Helping disadvantages in Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Company : Volunteer Vietnam
Location : Da Nang city, Vietnam
Duration: 3 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 750 to 2500 $ Dollars (US)

The Volunteer Vietnam Mekong Delta program takes place in Vi Thanh city in the heart of the Mekong Delta. Volunteers will be immersed in the traditional Vietnamese lifestyle while having access to weekend getaways such as Ho Chi Minh City or the tropical Phu Quoc Islands.

The program is made up of three projects – our care and enrichment project at Hoa Mai Halfway Home for Children,  our English teaching project at Bui Thi Xuan primary school, and our work with the residents at the local Social Support Center . Volunteers will contribute to all three projects during their stay.

 

HOA MAI HALFWAY HOME

Hoa Mai Halfway Home is located in southern Vietnam in the heart of the Mekong Delta. The Halfway House is home to 50 abandoned children in Vi Thanh city, Hau Giang province . Although many have heartbreaking stories, they remain joyful and eager to learn. Due to underfunding the center is not able to provide adequate care and education to these children – and that’s where Volunteer Vietnam comes in! With this program volunteers provide a variety of educational and enrichment activities to the kids, including:

  • Teaching basic English 
  • Educating the children about personal and environmental hygiene
  • Organizing recreational activities and games for the kids
  • Teaching art, music, and sport workshops

BUI THI XUAN PRIMARY SCHOOL

The school runs an illiteracy program for 100 underprivileged children whose parents must travel to work at another place to make living for the families. The children live with their grandparents or other relatives. There are only 02 teachers at the school and volunteers are needed to help them teach the children. Volunteers are expected to assist with the following programs: 

  • Teaching basic English 
  • Organizing recreational and sport activities and games for the kids

HAU GIANG SOCIAL SUPPORT CENTER

This Volunteer Vietnam program gives volunteers the opportunity to enrich the lives of the men and women who live at the Social Support Center.  There are around 200 residents who live in the center and they are only provided with the basics for living with no meaningful activities to help them pass the day.  We visit the center once a week and plan fun activities, whether it’s playing sports with the men or making bracelets with the women.  We may organize an outing with them as well, taking them to a pagoda or out for coffee. 

They rarely see visitors and are very appreciative of any attention given to them.  Our visits there bring many smiles and laughter and you will feel like you have a made a difference to their lives by spending time with them and showing that you care.  

 

 

Start Dates

The program is available around the year. The preferred start dates are on the 1st and 15th of a month ( volunteers can come around those dates). Due to Tet holiday, there are no start dates during the first half of February

Costs / Benefits

- Placement arrangements: volunteer permit/ visa approval/ preparation for accommodation and support staff
- Pre-departure information support: emails/ Skype conversation/ Phone
- Pick up and training on arrival ( culture and language training/ city tour/ work guidance and team building)
- Accommodation ( volunteer house/ shared rooms )
- Meals ( 03 meals per day from Monday to Friday/ breakfast for Saturday morning)
- Transportation to work ( volunteer car/taxi)
- Support staff 24/7 who always accompany with you to placement sites to help with translation work and activities.
- 5% of fee is used to buy needed materials and supplies for the activities
- Completion Certificate
- Warming meals with other volunteers and local friends which gives you a deeper taste inside Vietnamese culture and language
- Guidance and support for sightseeing during the free time
- We accommodate volunteers in a hotel where they share rooms with maximum of 02 other volunteers. The hotel is located in the heart of Vi Thanh city, Vietnam. Rooms equipped with AC, private toilets and bathrooms.
- Volunteers are provided 3 meals per day from Monday to Friday plus breakfast on Saturday morning by our cook Mrs. Hai. You’ll have a chance to enjoy both Western and Vietnamese cuisines in the local dining room. You should budget for all other meals during the weekend. We will recommend some local restaurants near the Green House where they serve Vietnamese food which is delicious.We provide safe transportation to go to work by a volunteer car.

Requirements

- Minimum age: 18
- Volunteers do not need any special skills to volunteer with us. You just need to have passion in helping others in need.
- Required documents: Application Form/ Copy of passport/ Copies of Education Certificates. Volunteers should send us the documents at around 45 days before the starting dates. We will arrange a visa approval letter based on the documents.

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