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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 138,000 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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Sharon Kunasagaran
30 May 2024

The staff in the soup kitchen took pride in preparing the meals. The volunteers were passionate about their mission and vision. The Food Outreach project made me reflect on my thoughts and how I do things back home. Real Eye opener, people considering this project should give it a shot!

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Eilidh Forrest
30 May 2024

I have gained invaluable skills and experience from volunteering in Ho Chi Minh City. As a student teacher back home it has also made me realise sometimes less is more and it’s about the communication rather than the resources. Not only has it been an invaluable learning opportunity for me but helped me make a difference where it is valued.

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Julia Martini
21 May 2024

My experience in Vietnam was incredibly enriching. Spending two weeks teaching English and caring for children in a kindergarten allowed me to connect deeply with the local community and understand their culture. I gained a new perspective on life, enhanced my teaching skills, and built meaningful relationships with the children and staff.

For anyone hesitant about joining this program, I would advise you to embrace the opportunity. It can be challenging at times, especially if you have to adapt to new living conditions or face personal fears, like my phobia of geckos. However, the rewards far outweigh these challenges. You will leave with a profound sense of accomplishment, a greater appreciation for different cultures, and unforgettable memories. Don't let hesitation hold you back from an experience that could transform your life.

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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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Elizabeth O'Callaghan
01 May 2024

I made such good friends there, got to experience what living in Ho Chi Minh City was like. The students I taught were great and many were interested in having conversations about anything with you so I learnt a lot from them. I felt so welcomed by the team, volunteers and the schools. I am so happy that I signed up and followed through as it was such a unique experience.

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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
Food Tour
Food Tour

A Vietnam Food Tour for the food lovers! Eat like a Vietnamese for a night! We will take you to the most popular street stalls and hidden alleyways in the city, showing you where the locals truly love to eat! So, save your appetite, delight your palate, and let us fill your tummy with delicious and authentic Vietnamese food!

$65
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
Food Tour
Food Tour

A Vietnam Food Tour for the food lovers! Eat like a Vietnamese for a night! We will take you to the most popular street stalls and hidden alleyways in the city, showing you where the locals truly love to eat! So, save your appetite, delight your palate, and let us fill your tummy with delicious and authentic Vietnamese food!

$65
Vietnam Introduction Week
Vietnam Introduction Week

Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Vietnamese culture.

$360

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