Volunteer in Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh with International Volunteer HQ today. IVHQ’s local staff in Ho Chi Minh City require volunteers NOW! IVHQ has a wide range of volunteering projects in Ho Chi Minh City, including Teaching English, Caring for Disabled /Orphanage Work and Medical.
LOCATION OF VIETNAM - HO CHI MINH VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
IVHQ has volunteer placements located in and around Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam.
START AND DURATION OF VIETNAM - HO CHI MINH VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
Volunteers begin the IVHQ Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh program on each Monday of every month. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from one week to six months.
SHORT TERM VOLUNTEERING IN HO CHI MINH
If you wish to experience a taste of volunteering in Vietnam, you can register for a special one week program. You will spend the first part of your week with the other volunteers on orientation, gaining a cultural insight into Vietnam. This will be followed by two days visiting a volunteer placement to get an idea of what it is like to volunteer.
VIETNAM - HO CHI MINH VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS
Volunteers must be 18 years or older on the program start date and have at least a high school education. Teaching English volunteers must be fluent in English and Medical volunteers must be training or qualified in a relevant medical field. All volunteers must provide a criminal background check to IVHQ partner staff on arrival in Vietnam.
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VIETNAM - HO CHI MINH VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIALS
VIETNAM VOLUNTEER PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS
The majority of volunteers on the Teaching English project work at a Ho Chi Minh tourism college, teaching students there. Many students have beginner to intermediate English, allowing volunteers with no Vietnamese language skills to work effectively. Volunteers follow a syllabus and help the students to improve their vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation and general knowledge of English. In addition to this there is some limited work in local Vietnamese schools, kindergartens, hospitals and community centre, assisting staff and students with their education. Many Vietnamese schools lack teachers with sufficient English competencies to extend the students’ English beyond basic writing and speaking skills. Volunteers help to improve the children's vocabulary and pronunciation, assist local teachers in managing their classes, organize games and other activities in the classroom, and help to improve the children's listening and speaking skills. Hours will vary depending on the institution where the volunteer is placed and (average around three to six hours per day). Please note, you do not need to be a qualified or experienced teacher to participate on the project.
ORPHANAGE WORK/CARING FOR DISABLED CHILDREN
Although Vietnam has now been at peace for many years, effects from war continue to haunt not only the adult population of this beautiful country, but also its children. Volunteers 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 dependent on the institution where the volunteer is placed, however typical examples of jobs and tasks can include; assisting local staff in providing rehabilitation exercises and therapist treatments for children, playing with children and entertaining/educating them with games, music, arts and other exercises, renovation work such as painting murals, helping to develop fundraising initiatives to ensure on-going funding for these institutions and informal teaching English to local staff.
The Medical project in Ho Chi Minh City provides skilled medical professionals and students the chance to experience a new culture and working environment, while still learning and developing their specialized medical knowledge at the same time. On this project, volunteers have the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of differences between medical systems in developed and developing countries. Volunteers will be placed in a local Orthopedic and Rehabilitation hospital, working alongside a local doctor and/or nurse who will guide them in different tasks and activities at their placement. It is important to note that as a volunteer, you will be unable to partake in serious procedures and will be job shadowing. However, depending on your level of experience, you may observe operations, provide assistance in basic procedures and visit patients, before and after surgery, as well as any other tasks offered or required by the local staff. While volunteers are always encouraged by local staff to see and learn as much as possible, the local staff are also very interested in gaining a better understanding of medical work in your country and learn about the similarities and differences.
Please note, there is a surcharge of USD $25 per week to cover training and resources used on this program. This will be included in the fees quoted to you when you apply. To participate on this project, volunteers must stay in Ho Chi Minh for a minimum of two weeks. Volunteers must also be trained or qualified in a relevant medical field and are required to present a copy of their qualifications and certificates to our program partner on arrival in Vietnam.
VIETNAM - HO CHI MINH PROGRAM COSTS
One of the strengths of IVHQ is our extremely affordable fees. Click here to see the program cost to volunteer in Vietnam and what you receive in exchange for your fees.
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
In Ho Chi Minh City, volunteers live onsite in volunteer dorm rooms (ranging in size from 8 to 14 people) at the Ho Chi Minh Tourism School in the heart of Ho Chi Minh. Living conditions in the dorms are basic, but there is AC (air conditioning), fans and WiFi. Males and females are accommodated in separate rooms. While bedding is provided, it is recommended that volunteers bring their own sleeping bag liner and mosquito net if they wish to travel during the weekends. If you would like to upgrade to a private room in a nearby hotel, you can expect to pay an extra US$15per night (to be paid when you arrive in Ho Chi Minh). The hotel is a basic 2 star Vietnamese hotel with AC, wifi and private room and bathroom. Volunteers that elect to take the accommodation upgrade still eat with the other volunteers at the nearby Tourism School restaurant. If you would like to request an accommodation upgrade, please note this in your application form.
Vietnam is renowned for its tasty and diverse food. Three meals a day are provided for the duration of your program and all meals are eaten at the Ho Chi Minh Tourism College restaurant. Meals consist of traditional Vietnamese fare, which volunteers generally find to be very generous and tasty. Breakfast is eaten at the restaurant between 7.30am and 8.00am and can be western (toast, spreads, juice, coffee and tea). Lunch is served at the college restaurant at approximately 1.00pm and dinner is served at around 7.00pm. If you have special eating requirements, please let us know ahead of time so that we can make arrangements for you. However, we need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but also as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible and accommodating to the local food.
Orientation will begin on the Monday morning in Ho Chi Minh and lasts for five days and is a great cultural introduction to the city of Ho Chi Minh. As well as an introduction to Vietnam, Vietnamese Customs, Rules and Expectations, Safety and Travel Opportunities in Vietnam, it includes two Vietnamese language lessons, a cooking class, a visit to the War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace and the famed Cu Chi tunnels. At the end of the week you will be shown around your placement and spend the afternoon planning for your project.
When volunteers initially arrive they will spend their first five days completing orientation, taking a city tour, planning for their placements and generally getting accustomed to volunteer life in Vietnam before they start volunteer work.
First Day: On the first day of the volunteering project, the volunteers will be escorted to the project by local staff and introduced to the staff at the placement you will be working with.
Weekdays: While our programs are flexible and can be fitted to your requirements, a typical day is as follows.
- 7.30am: Breakfast at the Tourism College restaurant
- 8.00am: Volunteer accompanies local staff by motorbike or takes a bus to placement. You will be given a duty roster and a plan for your work. There is usually a tea break and a lunch break between 11.30am - 1.00pm. Work hours vary and depend on your placement.
- 2.00pm - 5.00pm: Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to vist local sites or do some shopping.
- 7.00pm - 8.00pm: Dinner at the Tourism College restaurant
Weekends: During the weekend, volunteers have spare time and usually just relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of Ho Chi Minh and Vietnam. Long weekends can be taken to travel further afield and engage in tourist activities, such as trekking, Vietnamese history tours and visits to temples. If volunteers wish to volunteer over the weekends, they can join local teams and visit other orphanages (or other children helping organizations) to spend time simply playing with and entertaining the children.
VIETNAM - HO CHI MINH VOLUNTEER FEES
|Volunteer Period||Program Fee US$|
|1 Month (4 weeks)||570|
|2 Months (8 weeks)||920|
|3 Months (12 weeks)||1220|
|4 Months (16 weeks)||1570|
|5 Months (20 weeks)||1870|
|6 Months (24 weeks)||2220|
|To convert these prices to your local currency click here.
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*) – 24/7 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 placement period, In-country 24/7 volunteer support and In-country administration costs.
What additional costs will I have?
Visa, flights, travel insurance, vaccinations, souvenirs, trips or tours you do while in the country, transfer back to the airport from program, spending money (volunteers in Vietnam generally find US$30 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses).