Start & Duration
The programs running in Vietnam have set start dates. In Hanoi the programs begin on the 1st and 15th of each month. In Ho Chi Minh city the programs begin on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. Volunteers can help out from one week through to six months. It's possible to extend this further with our local partner.
Food and Accommodation
Volunteers in Vietnam working on the childcare program are housed at our partner’s headquarters, which is an hour to the west of the frantic central Hanoi. Accommodation is in dorms containing between four and twelve bunks and equipped with a wifi connection. There are shared bathrooms and good-sized common room with a television. Total numbers staying at any one time tend to be between ten and twenty. The building is in a semi-rural spot next to rice paddies, but close to a small town where foreigners are met with great curiosity and usually a warm smile.Meals are prepared by a cook whose food is greatly appreciated by volunteers. Two or three meals will be included depending on the program type. Lunch may not be included depending on the placement location. Vietnam is known for its fantastic food. Pho is a staple dish comprising noodles, often consumed at breakfast. Spicy and fragrant, pho also features in two soups, Pho Bo, containing beef, and Pho Ga, containing chicken. Com (young green rice) is a much-loved autumn speciality served in a lotus leaf.Nems (fried spring rolls) are made from a variety of ingredients. One snack-style dish is giò served at the time of the Vietnamese New Year (Tet). It comes in many varieties, but all of these are infused with the aroma of banana leaves and fish sauce. Also consumed at Tet are Chung cakes - sticky rice cakes involving pork meat.Other ingredients used in the extraordinarily varied cuisine of the country are fresh vegetables, mussels, shrimp, crab meat, tuna, fish of various kinds, bamboo shoots, garlic, cassava and chilli. Seasoning often includes herbs, as well as lemon grass, lime and kaffir. North, Central and Southern Vietnam each have their own regional cuisine.Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are both home to many outstanding restaurants.Volunteers on programs elsewhere in Vietnam are accommodated with host families or in dormitories.
A typical week
The Working Week runs from Monday to Friday, and amounts to a total of between 20-30 hours worked.
Typically, volunteers rise at around 7am, have breakfast and report for work at 8am. Lunch breaks normally fall at around 11am-12pm. The working day generally ends at 5pm, with dinner eaten at 6pm.
Free time can be spent relaxing or travelling to visit such places of interest such as Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its attractive islands and amazing limestone forms known as "karsts"; Sapa, a picturesque town in the North-west; Hue on the Perfume River, which is full of fascinating attractions including the Imperial City. Volunteers may also want to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda with its interesting bars and eateries, or the quiet, car-free ancient city of Hoi An. The Mui Ne beach is a popular yet quiet tropical beach resort on the South China Sea, which is great for kitesurfing and windsurfing.