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Volunteer in Vietnam

Explore International Volunteer HQ’s fascinating Vietnam volunteer abroad program. Choose from a wide range of trusted Vietnam volunteer projects, including Teaching English, Medical, Special Needs Care, Childcare and Food Outreach. Volunteer work in Vietnam is based throughout a variety of communities in and around the city of Ho Chi Minh. With affordable Program Fees and top rated volunteer projects trusted by over 134,000 travelers, IVHQ is the best volunteer organization in Vietnam.

Highlights:
  • 5 meaningful project options available year-round
  • Program Fees from $400 for 1 week
  • Includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer dormitory in Ho Chi Minh City

  • Optional Cultural Immersion Introduction Week available as an add-on

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Key information

Fully hosted experience from $400
Volunteer from 1 - 12 weeks
Ages 16+ and families
Based in Ho Chi Minh City
Projects align with UN Sustainable Development Goals
Impact driven projects run by locals
B Corporation certified organization
Discover Vietnamese cuisine & culture

Volunteer opportunities in Vietnam

Increases access to education

4-6 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $400

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in kindergartens in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Help with all aspects of running a childcare center, with a specific focus on assisting with English lessons for early learners.

Improves health & wellbeing

4-6 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $400

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in soup kitchens
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

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.

Improves health & wellbeing

4-6 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $600

  • Duration: 2 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in a hospital
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Shadow and assist local doctors and nurses in a Vietnamese hospital, helping with basic tasks and triage.

Improves health & wellbeing

4-6 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $400

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in hospitals and clinics
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

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.

Increases access to education

4-6 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $400

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in a local college
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Help to teach English in a local college to students aged between 16-25, enhancing their job prospects and opportunities for further study.

What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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Cheryl Tay
16 Jan 2024

I’m more certain about a career in medicine and felt that I grew so much as a person! I learnt a lot from the healthcare professionals, had the chance to explore three cities in Vietnam on days I was not volunteering, and made the most of my 3.5 weeks in Vietnam! I took the leap of faith to volunteer alone in a foreign land in a program I have limited experience in but have gained so much! To all that are contemplating about joining IVHQ’s volunteer program, I’ve been on two in 1.5 months and I have zero regrets! Go for it, you have nothing to lose, and so so much to gain!

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Jolene Fry
16 Jan 2024

I have gained so much joy in helping others through the programs I have volunteered with. I would recommend anyone of any age to sign up and volunteer. I have completed my programs solo each time and have met so many friends along the way. My first time volunteering was in Guatemala in an after-school program; I was 38 years old and loved it so much that I went to China and volunteered with Special needs there the same year. Since then, I have been to Ecuador to work with street kids, and my last one was in Vietnam, working with special needs children. I have loved every minute of each. I am 48 years old now, but there is no age limit for volunteering and helping others. You are never too old to lend a helping hand when needed. I will continue to volunteer worldwide and try to make a difference where I can.

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Thomas Sanders
19 Dec 2023

Being immersed in Vietnamese culture, doing meaningful work and being surrounded by a team of people who make you smile everyday. I was initially nervous about joining the programme but it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life so I would suggest to anyone considering it to step out of their comfort zone and go right ahead!

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Nicole Glover
12 Oct 2023

My IVHQ Program Manager was prompt in replying to all my emails & was very thorough in providing all information pertaining to my enquires.

The local team went over & above in every aspect with every volunteer member. They were extremely professional & encouraged a family environment. They communicated with everyone via a WhatsApp group and were very informative in keeping everyone up to day. Monday night family dinner night was a fabulous way to meet the new recruits. They surpassed every expectation. I can’t praise them highly enough.

I went into the program hoping to make a positive impact on the participants however it was them that left a lasting impression & impact on me. The onsite staff at the daycare program do a wonderful job & appreciated the job all the volunteers did.

The cleanliness of the accommodation surpassed my expectations and the meals catered for all dietary requirements.

As a mature aged woman on her first solo volunteer program, I couldn’t rate IVHQ & the local team highly enough. They were professional in every aspect, Catered to all needs & nothing was ever a problem. My purpose was to make a difference to those less fortunate however they gave me more than I could have ever imagined. I’ll certainly be an advocate for more mature aged volunteers. Age has no boundaries with like minded people. I can’t wait to sign up for my next program.

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Tobias Gumm
12 Sep 2023

The four weeks I spent on the Vietnam Program were some of the best of my life; the staff were so kind, friendly, and genuine, the city was fun, dynamic, culturally rich, and the people you meet are incredibly respectful and welcoming. Not to mention the food provided - I’m still thinking about the stir fried beef and noodles - and the clean accommodation with a beautiful view.

The Medical program was great, and I learnt so much from the doctors and staff of the hospital. Coming home from this incredible experience they have provided has been wonderful, having brought back the lessons I’ve learned, and the friendships I’ve made. Thank you for everything!
P.S. karaoke night is a must-not-miss!"

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Free-time experiences & tours in Vietnam

Take your volunteer experience to the next level with IVHQ's affordable activity and tour add-ons in Vietnam! Explore your options below and learn how to book them once you've been accepted onto the IVHQ Vietnam program.

Vietnam Introduction Week
Vietnam Introduction Week

Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Vietnamese culture.

$400
Vietnam Introduction Week
Vietnam Introduction Week

Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Vietnamese culture.

$400

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How to get started

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Pay the Registration Fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
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