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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 137,000 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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Amber Spearing
13 May 2024

For anyone who is debating whether to undertake a volunteering programme with IVHQ, don't delay- go for it! You will not regret it. It will open your eyes to new cultures, ways of life, standards and make you feel lucky and privileged. It is one of the most humbling experiences of my life. I also get to watch my students grow immensely, out of their comfort zones in challenging conditions and see the pride in them when they complete their volunteering work. You will have no regrets and it will be one of the most satisfying experiences of your life. I can't wait to go back with a another group of students and watch them grow and develop through charity work.

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Danielle Danby
07 May 2024

This experience was amazing, and really helps you grow as a person. I was hesitant before I got involved, but everyone makes you feel so welcomed and comfortable. Knowing I made a difference to people really boosts your confidence and makes you feel good about yourself. I would really recommend this project to anyone who is thinking about it.

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Sommer Nadelstein
23 Apr 2024

We participated with our 14 yr old son as part of our “family gap year” and his world schooling program for his 8th grade year. We thought our experience was invaluable, not just to him but to us as a family to grow and teach us all, about other cultures and to be so grateful for what we have and be able to give back to communities that might have less. My advice would be go in with an open heart and mind. Your “discomforts” in stepping out of your comfort zone is temporary; but your impact on the community and the individuals you meet and impact is long term. The lessons learned, on both sides, will be impactful for years to come.

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Louise Monk
16 Apr 2024

I would like to thank you all at IVHQ for being so supportive and organising such a wonderful opportunity for me to help at the Food Outreach, Ho Ch Minh City. It was absolutely amazing, I gained confidence and self esteem and learned about Vietnamese culture and socio-economic situation. It has been an invaluable experience and I met some great volunteers and residents. Dive in if you are hesitant, as you’ve found the website so you must be keen to explore. Be open minded and motivated to work hard.

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Indira Gandhi Tamayo Quintero
20 Feb 2024

Being alone more than 30 hours from home was an amazing experience. Being a 18 year old, volunteering changed me in a good way, I was expecting a normal trip during my gap year but Vietnam was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I met lovely people from every single part of the world and the best part was that we share the same purpose of volunteering.

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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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To read all reviews, visit our reviews page.

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.

Cu Chi Tunnel
Cu Chi Tunnel

Embark on a captivating journey through history with our Cu Chi Tunnels Half Day Tour. Delve into the wartime significance of this underground network, crawl through tunnels once used by guerrilla fighters, and soak in the lush green scenery en route. Departing from Ho Chi Minh City, our luxury transport takes you on a scenic 1.5-hour ride to the tunnels. Explore the intricate passageways and even witness remnants of battle. With all-inclusive amenities and expert guides, it’s a memorable adventure back in time. Please note that the Cu Chi tunnels tour is included in the introduction week so you will not need to add this to your itinerary if you are already joining the introduction week.

$155
Vietnam Introduction Week
Vietnam Introduction Week

Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Vietnamese culture.

$360
Cu Chi Tunnel
Cu Chi Tunnel

Embark on a captivating journey through history with our Cu Chi Tunnels Half Day Tour. Delve into the wartime significance of this underground network, crawl through tunnels once used by guerrilla fighters, and soak in the lush green scenery en route. Departing from Ho Chi Minh City, our luxury transport takes you on a scenic 1.5-hour ride to the tunnels. Explore the intricate passageways and even witness remnants of battle. With all-inclusive amenities and expert guides, it’s a memorable adventure back in time. Please note that the Cu Chi tunnels tour is included in the introduction week so you will not need to add this to your itinerary if you are already joining the introduction week.

$155
Vietnam Introduction Week
Vietnam Introduction Week

Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Vietnamese culture.

$360

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