Social Support Center Assistant, Vietnam

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

Apply to work at two centers in Da Nang – the Social Support Center & the Red Cross Children Home. This is the primary placement for our volunteers, although it encompasses a wide array of activities at multiple locations.

 

Volunteer Activities

The assignments volunteers rotate between while working with this program include:

  • Child care
  • Educational activities for children with special needs
  • Physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy
  • Fieldtrips with the seniors
  • General improvement projects
  • Sports & enrichment activities 

 

The Centers

The Social Support Center in Da Nang is where the bulk of our program activities occur. This government-run facility is home to 200 residents who are either elderly or physically or mentally disabled. Volunteers are able to participate in a variety of tasks and quickly become familiar with many of the residents. The programs volunteers assist with are:

Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy: After some brief training from Vy, our Head of Therapeutic Programming, volunteers are able to assist with physio and occupational therapy. These tasks involve hands-on work with residents who have Cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, or have suffered a stroke. The Center is equipped with an array of supplemental tools and equipment, as well as support staff to guide volunteers through our therapeutic exercises.

Educational Activities for Children with Disabilities: The Social Support Center is home to several children with disabilities such as Cerebral palsy and Down syndrome. Volunteers assist with targeted educational activities with the goal of helping these children develop essential life skills and build confidence. You will be able to help with arts & crafts, activities which promote hand-eye coordination, helping the children wash their faces and brush their teeth, and playtime! Be prepared to be in high-demand at this time as the children soak up the positive attention and encouragement our volunteers give. 

Sports Training & Field Trips: Volunteer Vietnam organizes regular soccer games for the adults at the Social Support Center. This is a really fun way for residents to get a bit of exercise and show off their skills. We also take residents on once-weekly field trips to local coffee shops, museums, or swimming when the weather is nice.

The Red Cross Children’s Home is another government-run facility that Volunteer Vietnam partners with to provide supplementary services. At the home there are three groups of children: infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities. Volunteers assist with feeding and diaper changing for the infants, and playing games and reading books with the older kids. There are several children with disabilities, some who are bed-ridden and others who are not. These kids are mostly non-verbal, however they do manage to communicate their preferences quite clearly to attentive volunteers. Afternoons at the Home are really rewarding for volunteers and children alike!

You will work in a team with our local staff and volunteers to carry out the above activities. On your arrival, our team will give you a few days of orientation and training. They will plan activities and lessons together with you and accompany you to the placement sites. Some of our staff live in the volunteer house and will help you to enter into the program as smoothly as possible. 

 

A Typical Day

Volunteers work from Monday to Friday morning and have a long weekend from Friday afternoon to explore Da Nang city and the nearby areas.

Here is the schedule for a typical day

  • 7:30: Breakfast, coffee and some work meeting
  • 8:15: Leaving for work
  • 12:00: Back to the Green House for lunch
  • 13:30: Leaving for work
  • 17:00: Back to the Green House for dinner
  • Evenings can be free, or we may arrange some activities.

 

Free-time Activities 

During the weekday, volunteers will have some free time in the evening and this can be filled up with the following activities: 

  • Hanging out at cafes near the Green House to see the local way of life
  • Visiting the city center’s many beautiful sites, including the Dragon Bridge which breathes fire on weekend nights
  • Shopping at the local night market & sampling Vietnamese foods 
  • Having movie nights with other volunteers in the Green House living room
  • Planning lessons and activities for the next days with volunteers and staff 

On the weekends: 

Volunteers love to explore the many attractions in Da Nang such as: the Marble Mountains, Lady Buddha Temple, Han Market, Dragon Bridge, Ba Na Hills and the many world-renowned beaches. 

Make the short drive down to Hoi An, a preserved port town recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hoi An is perfect for a relaxing weekend getaway where volunteers get clothes tailor-made in the day and explore the lantern-filled city at night.

Take the 2-hour train ride up to Hue, another UNESCO world heritage site and former imperial city. The train ride takes you along the coast and through the mountains of the Hai Van Pass.

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 volunteer house called Green House. The house is located 4km from the city center. It is nearby the placement sites Social Support Center and the kindergarten schools. It is three store house and there are 05 bedrooms equiped with AC, private toilets and bathrooms. Downstairs, there are living room and kitchen area where the volunteers have meetings and meals. There are wifi internet, cable TV and a karaoke machine in the living room. Some of our staff live in the house and are available to help you fix things or give necessary guidance.
- 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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