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Volunteer Abroad in Ho Chi Minh Vietnam with IVHQ

Volunteer in Vietnam

Volunteer in Vietnam with International Volunteer HQ on a wide range of volunteer abroad projects, including Teaching English, Medical, Special Needs Care, Kindergarten and Food Outreach. Volunteers are based throughout a variety of Vietnamese communities, volunteering in and around the city of Ho Chi Minh. With low volunteer program fees and top rated volunteer projects, you will not find a more affordable and trustworthy volunteer travel organization in Vietnam.

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At a glance…

  • Available year-round
  • 5 meaningful project options
  • Projects based in and around Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam
  • Accommodation in a volunteer dormitory
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Program fees from US$275 (approximately CA$375) for 1 week
  • Optional Introduction Week available
  • Between 15 and 30 volunteers start in Ho Chi Minh City each month
I absolutely loved that I was able to go to all the volunteer areas on offer. IVHQ weekends were amazing! And the local staff were the best!!
IVHQ Volunteer - Shelley Hume
Shelley Hume
Nationality: Australian
Age: 21
Destination: Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh

Volunteer opportunities in Vietnam

Food Outreach in Ho Chi Minh
Volunteer on the Food Outreach project with IVHQ in Vietnam
Improves health & wellbeing
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Hands-on volunteer experience
Assist soup kitchens to serve up to 800 meals to low income workers, students, the elderly and other locals who couldn’t otherwise afford a suitable daily lunch.
Suited to:
High school students Spring break Gap year Solo travelers Food lovers

Food Outreach in

For many locals in Ho Chi Minh City, food is expensive and unaffordable. However, local soup kitchens are available to all and provide a high value meal every lunchtime. Volunteer assistance is important to help keep these kitchens open and serving meals to those who need them.

Meals are available for a fraction of the price of other options. Locals prefer to pay for meals, even if it’s a very low price, to avoid the stigma of accepting free food. The soup kitchen is popular and busy, serving up to 800 meals to low income workers, the elderly and anyone who requires lunch.

Food outreach volunteer in Vietnam with IVHQ

Your role on this project is to provide assistance with food preparation, cooking, serving and cleaning the area after meal times. Lunchtime can be very busy serving meals, but energetic volunteers with good initiative will be well suited to the fast pace.

As you will be volunteering alongside our local team and placement staff, you do not need to have prior food preparation or hospitality experience to participate on this project.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Help a local soup kitchen to prepare, serve and clean up after lunch
  • Meals are very cheap for locals who cannot otherwise afford nutritious food
  • Suited to energetic volunteers with good initiative
  • Volunteer for up to 4 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Vietnam at a glance
    Also available in Vietnam
    Our project options
    Food Outreach Volunteer Program in Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam Kindergarten Volunteer Program in Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam Medical Volunteer Program in Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam Special Needs Care Volunteer Program in Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam Teaching English Volunteer Program in Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam
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    Kindergarten in Ho Chi Minh
    Volunteer on the Kindergarten project with IVHQ in Vietnam
    Increases access to education
    3-6 hours volunteering per day
    Awesome variety of volunteer tasks
    Help with all aspects of running a childcare center, with a specific focus on assisting with English lessons for early learners.
    Suited to:
    Students Early childhood teachers Mature volunteers Gap year Families High school students

    Kindergarten in

    Learning English is much easier from a young age, and having a fluent speaker helping at a local kindergarten can be hugely beneficial in exposing Vietnamese children to the language. Not only that, but volunteers are able to provide valuable support to local teachers in the day-to-day operations at childcare centers.

    You’ll be volunteering with children between 3-5 years old, playing games, helping with lessons, meal times and other activities. Your expertise as an English language speaker will be well utilized in English lessons in a fun and supportive environment.

    Kindergarten volunteer in Vietnam with IVHQ

    This project is best suited to volunteers who love working with children and are passionate about supporting their development. You’ll be well supported by local teachers, who can guide you in your daily activities.

    You can expect to be volunteering for between 4 - 6 hours per day, from Monday to Friday. Your day will be split between a morning and afternoon lesson, with children having a nap in the middle of the day.

    As you will be volunteering alongside our local placement staff, you aren’t required to have experience in childcare or education to take part in this project.

    Project Highlights
    What you need to know
    • Volunteer in childcare centers around Ho Chi Minh City
    • Help to teach English to early learners
    • Suited to enthusiastic, lively volunteers who work well with children
    • Volunteer for up to 6 hours per day
    Destination Highlights
    Vietnam at a glance
      Also available in Vietnam
      Our project options
      Food Outreach Volunteer Program in Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam Kindergarten Volunteer Program in Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam Medical Volunteer Program in Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam Special Needs Care Volunteer Program in Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam Teaching English Volunteer Program in Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam
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      Medical in Ho Chi Minh
      Volunteer on the Medical project in Vietnam with IVHQ
      Improves health & wellbeing
      3-5 hours volunteering per day
      Guided volunteer experience
      Shadow and assist local doctors and nurses in a Vietnamese trauma hospital, helping with basic tasks and triage.
      Suited to:
      Medical students Pre-med students Qualified volunteers Gap year Spring break Solo travelers

      Medical in

      The healthcare system in Vietnam is run differently to many others in the western world, and volunteers can play an important role in assisting local staff. By volunteering in a local trauma hospital, you can help in a range of departments and get exposure to a range of treatments and roles.

      Medical volunteer in Vietnam with IVHQ

      Government regulations prevent volunteers from carrying out independent tasks, so you can expect to be shadowing and assisting local doctors and nurses as they perform their duties. For this reason, this project is best suited to students hoping to gain more insight into the Vietnamese healthcare system. Qualified volunteers are able to take part, but you should not expect to carry out hands-on medical care.

      Medical volunteers assist with basic triage, wound care and rehabilitation. You’ll be helped by an English-speaking coordinator, and many doctors and nurses who also speak English.

      Please note this project has a minimum duration requirement of 2 weeks and there is also a surcharge of US$25 (approximately CA$34) per week, which covers the training and resources needed. This amount will be included in the Program Fee quoted to you by IVHQ when you apply.

      Project Highlights
      What you need to know
      • Volunteer in a trauma hospital across a range of departments
      • Observe and assist local doctors and nurses
      • Suitable for experienced professionals or medical students
      • Minimum duration of 2 weeks
      • Additional {% usd_approx 25 %} per week surcharge for additional training and resources
      • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
      Destination Highlights
      Vietnam at a glance
        Also available in Vietnam
        Our project options
        Food Outreach Volunteer Program in Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam Kindergarten Volunteer Program in Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam Medical Volunteer Program in Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam Special Needs Care Volunteer Program in Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam Teaching English Volunteer Program in Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam
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        Special Needs Care in Ho Chi Minh
        Volunteer on the Special Needs Care project with IVHQ in Vietnam
        Improves health & wellbeing
        3-5 hours volunteering per day
        Awesome variety of volunteer tasks
        Support hospitals and clinics to care for those with special needs, including those affected by Agent Orange. You can assist with physical therapy, education and sensory tasks.
        Suited to:
        Active volunteers Teachers College students Solo travelers High school students

        Special Needs Care in

        The nature of special needs care in Vietnam is unique, due mainly to the nature of disabilities still being dealt with as a result of Agent Orange. The debilitating toxin was used on locals in the Vietnam War, and has had lasting effects on multiple generations.

        As a Special Needs Care volunteer in Vietnam, you will be working in hospitals and community clinics in Ho Chi Minh City, providing support to children and young people, some of whom have been affected by Agent Orange.

        Special Needs Care volunteer in Vietnam with IVHQ

        This project is best suited to caring and hard-working individuals who are passionate about increasing access to care for young people living with a range of intellectual and physical challenges. There is also a particular need for physical therapists on this project.

        Your tasks will vary based on your volunteer placement, but can include helping with rehabilitation exercises and therapeutic treatments, feeding and washing up, playing games, organizing music and arts activities, supporting renovation work like painting murals, helping with fundraising initiatives and teaching English to local staff.

        As you’ll be working closely with local placement staff, you aren’t required to have previous experience or training.

        Project Highlights
        What you need to know
        • Volunteer in hospitals and community clinics, supporting those with disabilities
        • Assist local staff and provide individual care and attention
        • Suited to caring and compassionate volunteers
        • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
        Destination Highlights
        Vietnam at a glance
          Also available in Vietnam
          Our project options
          Food Outreach Volunteer Program in Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam Kindergarten Volunteer Program in Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam Medical Volunteer Program in Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam Special Needs Care Volunteer Program in Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam Teaching English Volunteer Program in Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam
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          Teaching English in Ho Chi Minh
          Volunteer on the Teaching English project in Vietnam with IVHQ
          Increases access to education
          3-5 hours volunteering per day
          Guided volunteer experience
          Help to teach English in a local college to students aged between 16-25, enhancing their job prospects and opportunities for further study.
          Suited to:
          Teachers Solo travelers Qualified volunteers Mature volunteers Gap year

          Teaching English in

          English language skills are highly desirable in Vietnam, as they enable students to pursue other areas of study and open up many different career options. English teachers are in high demand, meaning those who speak the language fluently are extremely valuable as experts.

          This project works with much older students than many other teaching projects, with classes at a local college for those aged between 16-25. Many already have an intermediate understanding of English.

          Teaching volunteer in Vietnam with IVHQ

          This project is well suited to volunteers who are passionate about education and are excited about the opportunity to use the English language to help enhance the career prospects of students in Vietnam. As a volunteer, you can be either taking a class as the head teacher, or assisting a local teacher with lessons.

          You’ll be helping with all aspects of learning English, including improving vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation and general knowledge. You’re required to follow a syllabus within a business communications textbook, which will guide you in the tasks you’re assisting with. During holiday times, you may be required to plan and run informal English lessons, with the help of the local team.

          You aren’t required to have teaching experience or hold a qualification to participate on this project. However, we encourage volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training, like a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate.

          Project Highlights
          What you need to know
          • Help to teach English to local students
          • Volunteer in a local college
          • Assist with students ranging from 16-25 years old
          • Volunteer under the supervision of a local teacher or as the lead teacher
          • Suited to volunteers interested in education and teaching English
          • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
          Destination Highlights
          Vietnam at a glance
            Also available in Vietnam
            Our project options
            Food Outreach Volunteer Program in Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam Kindergarten Volunteer Program in Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam Medical Volunteer Program in Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam Special Needs Care Volunteer Program in Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam Teaching English Volunteer Program in Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam
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            • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organization in Vietnam to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
            • Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in Vietnam will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
            • Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
            • Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
            • Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organizations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
            • New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travelers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
            • Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore Vietnam with your new-found friends.

            How to get started

            Pick a destination + project and apply for free
            Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
            Pay the registration fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
            Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!