There are many interesting projects available in the categories listed below. Projects are situated in Hanoi City (north of the country). The example projects given here are representative of the projects in each category, but will not necessarily be the project where you will be placed. Our goal is to match the skills and expectations of the participants with the needs of the local projects. Our volunteer coordinator in the field will suggest a project for you once they have your application. They are well placed to match your skills and interests to the right placements. Volunteering in Vietnam also present a unique opportunity to meet and get to know local young people as Vietnamese volunteers (mostly students) are generally helping in local projects.
Teaching and Education
There are a number of community schools that require assistance from native English speakers to add value to the English classes in Hanoi. During the summer most schools are closed and volunteers can help in summer classes. Volunteers with previous experience in teaching and education are especially needed on these projects.
Example Project: The Ghia Tan primary school is situated in central Hanoi. The school has over two thousand students ranging in age from 6-11 and is a lively and active environment for any volunteer looking to teach. The children do have some knowledge of English, but, as is often the case for Vietnamese students, they have poor pronunciation due to their lack of contact with native speakers. There are 45 teachers, of which four are English teachers with about 50 students per class. Volunteers with an existing TEFL qualification, qualified primary or secondary school teachers or student teachers would be especially suitable for these projects.
Social and Care Projects
Volunteers are need to work in a variety of social-care projects in Hanoi. Daycare centres for children and young adults with disabilities and a centre for children with HIV are some examples of the types of projects available. Volunteers are assisting the local staff and are generally involved on a variety of tasks including:
- Following the daily schedule of the centre
- Asssisting with meal times
- Organising stimulating educational activities and games
- Using music, sport, drama, art or any other creative means to engage with and stimulate the service users
- Assisting in buidling up the children's independence, confidence and resilience.
Social and Care projects can be challenging and it generally takes two to three weeks for volunteers to get familiar with their project environment. Volunteers with previous experience working with people with special needs or with a social care background are especially needed on these projects.