Volunteer Abroad in Hanoi Vietnam with IVHQ

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Volunteer in Vietnam - Hanoi

Volunteer in Vietnam - Hanoi with International Volunteer HQ! IVHQ has a wide range of volunteer abroad projects in Hanoi, including Teaching English, Caring for Disabled Children/Orphanage Work and Working with NGOs.
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Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate, with humidity averaging 84% throughout the year. However, because of differences in latitude and the marked variety of topographical relief, the climate tends to vary considerably from place to place.


The IVHQ Vietnam - Hanoi volunteer program has volunteer placements located in and around Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam.


Volunteer programs begin the first and third Monday of every month. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks. 


Volunteers must be 18 years or older on the volunteer program start date, have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to IVHQ partner staff on arrival in Vietnam. Teaching English volunteers must be fluent in English. 


Between 15 and 30 volunteers start on our volunteer program in Hanoi each month. What does this mean for you? More people to socialize and travel with, more people to meet from different cultures, more people to volunteer with, more projects to work on, more staff support, better infrastructure for volunteers and lower fees! 


"This was the first time that I volunteered abroad. Although I was worried a lot before I set out, I was totally satisfied when I arrived there to see the local staff waiting to pick me up, and the services in the following days were also fantastic. Thanks to the orientation, I got to know the other volunteers quickly and made friends with them. I witnessed the children's progress day by day and was impressed by their happiness and industriousness. I also made a lot of new friends from various countries, who are all very nice!" - Miaofeng Zhang (Teaching English Volunteer in Vietnam - Hanoi)

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Vietnam - Hanoi volunteer project descriptions

Teaching English

Teaching English volunteers work in local Vietnamese schools, kindergartens, hospitals or community centers, assisting local staff and students with their English learning. Many schools in Vietnam lack teachers with sufficient English competencies to extend the students’ level of English beyond basic writing and speaking skills. Volunteers help to improve the student’s pronunciation, listening and speaking skills, in addition to assisting local teachers in managing their classes, organizing games and other activities within the classroom. Please note, in order to be placed in a public school, it is necessary to volunteer for 2 weeks or more and have some teaching experience. For other Teaching English placements, volunteers do not need to be qualified or experienced teachers to participate, however IVHQ offers volunteers with the opportunity to upskill for their Teaching projects by gaining an internationally recognized TEFL certification. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn more.

Caring for disabled Children/Orphanage Work

Although Vietnam has now been at peace for many years, the effects of war continue to haunt not only the adult population of this country, but also its children. Volunteers on this project have the opportunity to work in institutions caring for children and young people affected by Agent Orange, or in schools, hospitals and community clinics looking after mentally disabled children. Work is somewhat varied depending on the institution where the volunteer is placed, however typical examples of tasks include; assisting local staff in providing rehabilitation exercises and therapeutic treatments for children, playing with children and entertaining/educating them with games, music and arts, renovation work, such as painting murals, helping to develop fundraising initiatives to ensure on-going funding for these institution, and teaching English to local staff.

Working with NGOs

Working with a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Vietnam is a rewarding and valuable experience for volunteers who would like to appreciate how these organizations are organized, managed and supervised. There are many locally-run NGOs in Vietnam, contributing to development projects in both urban and rural areas of Vietnam. These NGOs, being typically newly established, are often in shortage of funds, human resources and experience. A motivated and resourceful international volunteer working within the organization helps to improve the communication skills of staff, faciliating effective exchanges with existing and potential partners in English-speaking countires. There are currently placements in local NGOs in the following sectors: public health, community development, sustainable development and natural conservation. Typical volunteer work can include: writing proposals and reports, improving English language proficiency and communication skills of staff, assisting with fundraising initiatives and networking with international partners. It is worth noting that volunteer roles will vary depending on the type of organization they are working with. Please note, in order to participate on the project, volunteers must be staying in Hanoi for a minimum of 8 weeks and have some experience in the field they wish to work in. This can either be university study or relevant working experience. Volunteers on the Working with NGOs project also need to be fluent in English and will need to bring a laptop for the project.


Volunteers are accommodated in a volunteer apartment with other volunteers. The apartment is on the 13th floor of a high rise building in suburban Hanoi, approximately 30 minutes from the Hanoi city center. Bedrooms are comprised of bunk beds and you can expect to share a room with two to five other volunteers. Bathrooms include electric heaters for hot showers and western toilets. Bedding (pillow, sheet and thin blanket) is provided, however it is recommended that volunteers bring their own sleeping bag/silk liner (which can be purchased in Vietnam) for the winter months in Hanoi and a mosquito net if they wish to travel during the weekends. Most volunteer placements are located relatively close to the volunteer accommodation, however in some instances (mainly on the Working with NGOs project), volunteers may have to travel by public bus for 30 to 45 minutes. If this is the case, volunteers will be escorted by a member of staff for the first 2 to 3 days to ensure they know where to go and can find their way around easily.

For couples or older volunteers who would like a private room, the local staff can arrange accommodation in a nearby basic hotel. This will cost an additional US$15 per night and is to be paid directly to hotel staff in country. If you wish to request an accommodation upgrade, please make a note of this in your application form.

Volunteers in Hanoi are served three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) at the volunteer apartment. These meals are typically Vietnamese and include a wide variety of rice, noodle and soup dishes with plenty of vegetables and fresh herbs. Breakfast generally includes toast, spreads, juice, coffee and tea. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you.


Orientation is taken by our Vietnamese team at the volunteer offices in Hanoi. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date and runs for half a day. Orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Vietnam – Introduction to Vietnam, Vietnamese Customs, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities in Vietnam, Introduction to your Project and Placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.


First Day: On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.

Weekdays: A typical volunteer day is as follows:

7.30 AM Breakfast at the cafe.

8.00 AM Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements. Work and hours are dependent on the project and placement that each volunteer is working at.

11.30 AM - 1.00 PM Lunch Break.

2-5.00 PM Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel home, prepare for the next day or do some shopping and sightseeing.

6.00 PM - 8.30 PM Dinner at the volunteer house.


During the weekends, volunteers have spare time to just relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of Hanoi and North Vietnam. Long weekends can be taken to travel further afield and engage in tourist activities, such as trekking in Sapa, experiencing Vietnamese history tours and visiting Ha Long Bay.

Vietnam - Hanoi Volunteer Fees: 
Volunteer periodProgram fee US$
1 Week270
2 Weeks370
3 Weeks470
4 Weeks570
6 Weeks770
8 Weeks920
10 Weeks1070
12 Weeks1220
16 Weeks1570
20 Weeks1870
24 Weeks2220

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Please note: All programs attract a Registration Fee of $249 USD on top of the Program Fee.

What do my fees pay for?

Registration Fee (refundable if you choose not to go*) – ongoing support from IVHQ staff, program marketing costs, information pack, administration costs, IVHQ Fund, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers.
Program Fee – airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, accommodation and meals during volunteer program period, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs.

What additional costs will I have?

Visa, flightstravel insurance (mandatory), criminal background check, vaccinations, transfer back to airport at conclusion of program, in-country trips and tours, souvenirs, spending money (volunteers in Vietnam generally find US$30 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses).

* - Terms and conditions do apply.