Introduction Week is a great way to gain a deeper understanding of Vietnamese culture and local life, and have extra time to bond with your fellow volunteers. You’ll also get to see some of Ho Chi Minh’s notable landmarks, visit markets and take a Vietnamese cooking class. Plus, it’s a great way to help ease any culture shock you might feel when arriving in Vietnam.
DAY 1 - Start off with an introduction to the Vietnam program, the local team, general rules and a class on the local culture and language. In the afternoon, learn about the local projects, go on a walking tour of the local area, and arrange your sim card.
DAY 2 - Start the morning off visiting some famous places in Ho Chi Minh City, such as the Reunification Palace, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, and the Jade Emperor Pagoda. Spend the afternoon visiting the Opera House, Walking street, last stop at the famous Ben Thanh Market symbol of Ho Chi Minh City.
DAY 3 - Spend your morning learning the art of Vietnamese cuisine at a cooking class. Your afternoon consists of bracelet making, followed by a visit to the local markets which are near to the volunteer accommodation.
DAY 4 - You will have the opportunity to visit one of the most popular museums in VietNam " War Remnant Museum" , after that discover a religious site, the Vietnamese National Pagoda. Next visit will be the beautiful Flower Market and the last stop is Local street food market. It's time for you to enjoy your real local food
DAY 5 - You’ll spend the day visiting the most famous historical site in the city - the Cu Chi Tunnels, a must to see in Ho Chi Minh city. Here you will experience and learn about the North Vietnamese soldiers lives during the Vietnam War. After the tour you will begin your introduction to your volunteer placement and receive the placement-specific orientation.
The Introduction Week is offered as an extension to your program duration and runs as a comprehensive orientation for the first 5 days of your stay. Once you complete the Introduction Week, you’ll be ready to start volunteering on the following Monday. This means that if you want to volunteer for 2 weeks and you add the Introduction Week to your itinerary, you’ll be hosted by the local team for a total of 3 weeks.