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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 140,000 travellers, IVHQ is the best volunteer organisation in Vietnam.

Highlights:
  • 5 meaningful project options available year-round
  • Program Fees from £325 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 £325
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 £325

  • 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 £325

  • 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 £488

  • 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 £325

  • 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 £325

  • 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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Tam Nguyen
18 Jul 2024

Please please do it! I was so hesitant on doing it at first because I was scared and nervous about the new environment but I’m so glad I did it! I met so many new friends and made a bunch of new connections. I also learned a lot and got to see a new medical system. If you’re hesitant about anything, don’t be afraid to ask IVHQ because they will do their best to help.

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Stephen Hands
18 Jul 2024

It was a great experience! The local team were very approachable! The volunteer project was great! I also made so many lifelong friends that I definitely will be keeping i touch with! This is the fourth time I volunteered with IVHQ and I love it! You're well supported in Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City is a beautiful city!

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Ava Gidley
16 Jul 2024

This project changed me as a person, I grew and learnt many skills that can be applied to my job. As well as this I made some incredible friends along the way. Don’t hesitate to join this project it is life changing !!

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Julianna Huang
04 Jul 2024

Volunteering in food outreach was incredibly rewarding. It taught me empathy, improved my communication skills, and gave me a deep sense of fulfillment. I built meaningful connections with the community and gained a better understanding of the challenges low-income families face. If you're hesitant, remember that your efforts can truly make a difference and you'll grow personally from the 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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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.

£126
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!

£52
Vietnam Introduction Week
Vietnam Introduction Week

Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Vietnamese culture.

£293
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.

£126
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!

£52
Vietnam Introduction Week
Vietnam Introduction Week

Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Vietnamese culture.

£293

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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!