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Volunteer in Vietnam - Hanoi

Volunteer Abroad in Hanoi Vietnam with IVHQ
Volunteer in Vietnam - Hanoi with International Volunteer HQ, the world's most affordable and trusted volunteer organization. IVHQ has a wide range of volunteer abroad projects in Hanoi, including Teaching English, Special Needs/Childcare and Working with NGOs.
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Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate, with humidity averaging 84% throughout the year. However, because of differences in latitude and the marked variety of topographical relief, the climate tends to vary considerably from place to place.

About the Vietnam - Hanoi program


The IVHQ Vietnam - Hanoi volunteer program has volunteer placements located in and around Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam.


Volunteer programs begin the first and third Monday of every month. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks. 


Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian. All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to IVHQ's local team on arrival in Hanoi. Additional requirements apply for Teaching English and Working with NGOs volunteers, please read the project description below.


All volunteers are encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training, which is available exclusively to registered IVHQ volunteers. The training is designed to build an understanding of important aspects that need to be considered before embarking on an IVHQ program. It helps volunteers to prepare in the right way by providing advice on what it takes to be a safe, responsible and valuable volunteer. Try a sample of the training here.


Between 15 and 30 volunteers start on our volunteer program in Hanoi each month. What does this mean for you? More people to socialize and travel with, more people to meet from different cultures, more people to volunteer with, more projects to work on, more staff support, better infrastructure for volunteers and lower fees! 

Vietnam - Hanoi volunteer reviews

"This was the first time that I volunteered abroad. Although I was worried a lot before I set out, I was totally satisfied when I arrived there to see the local staff waiting to pick me up, and the services in the following days were also fantastic. Thanks to the orientation, I got to know the other volunteers quickly and made friends with them. I witnessed the children's progress day by day and was impressed by their happiness and industriousness. I also made a lot of new friends from various countries, who are all very nice!" - Miaofeng Zhang (Teaching English Volunteer in Vietnam - Hanoi)
Read more reviews from IVHQ volunteers in Vietnam - Hanoi here.

Vietnam - Hanoi volunteer project descriptions

Teaching English

Teaching English volunteers work in local Vietnamese schools, kindergartens, hospitals or community centers, assisting local staff and students with their English learning. Many schools in Vietnam lack teachers with sufficient English competencies to extend the students’ level of English beyond basic writing and speaking skills. Volunteers help to improve the student’s pronunciation, listening and speaking skills, as well as organizing games and other activities within the classroom. The Teaching English project requires all volunteers to commit to their assigned placement for it to operate successfully. As volunteers work with the support of IVHQ's local team and placement staff, they do not need to be qualified or experienced teachers to participate. However, we encourage volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training. Visit our Online TEFL course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate. If volunteers are a qualified teacher, they can request to be placed in a public school where they can take their own class.

Special Needs/Childcare

Although Vietnam has now been at peace for many years, the effects of war continue to haunt not only the adult population of this country, but also its children. Volunteers on this project have the opportunity to work in institutions caring for children and young people affected by Agent Orange, or in hospitals and community clinics looking after mentally disabled children. Work is somewhat varied depending on the institution where the volunteer is placed, however typical examples of tasks include; assisting local staff in providing rehabilitation exercises and therapeutic treatments for children, playing with children and entertaining/educating them with games, music and arts, renovation work, such as painting murals, helping to develop fundraising initiatives to ensure on-going funding for these institution, and teaching English to local staff.

Working with NGOs

Working with a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Vietnam is a rewarding and valuable experience for volunteers who would like to appreciate how these organizations are organized, managed and supervised. There are many locally-run NGOs in Vietnam, contributing to development projects in both urban and rural areas of Vietnam. These NGOs, being typically newly established, are often in shortage of funds, human resources and experience. A motivated and resourceful international volunteer working within the organization helps to improve the communication skills of staff, facilitating effective exchanges with existing and potential partners in English-speaking countries. There are currently placements in local NGOs in the following sectors: public health, community development, sustainable development, women's empowerment, economic empowerment and natural conservation. Typical volunteer work can include: writing proposals and reports, improving English language proficiency and communication skills of staff, assisting with fundraising initiatives and networking with international partners. It is worth noting that volunteer roles will vary depending on the type of organization they are working with. Please note, in order to participate on the project, volunteers must be staying in Hanoi for a minimum of 8 weeks and have some experience in the field they wish to work in. This can either be university study or relevant working experience. Volunteers on the Working with NGOs project also need to be fluent in English and will need to bring a laptop for the project. Volunteers are required to provide their CV/resume to their IVHQ Program Manager as soon as they are registered onto the program. Volunteers are placed in accordance with their interests and where their skills can be best utilized, however this is largely determined based on the skills and experiences outlined on the volunteer's CV/Resume. For this reason it is very important that you send through a detailed and up-to-date CV so that the best possible placement can be arranged for you. Volunteers who do not send their CV/resume through, at least 2 weeks prior to their program start date, cannot be guaranteed a NGO placement and should expect to work within another project if a suitable NGO placement cannot be arranged.


Volunteers are accommodated in a volunteer apartment with other volunteers. The apartment is in a high rise building in suburban Hanoi, approximately 30 minutes from the Hanoi city center. Bedrooms are comprised of bunk beds and you can expect to share a room with two to five other volunteers. Bathrooms include electric heaters for hot showers and western toilets. Bedding (pillow, sheet and thin blanket) is provided, however it is recommended that volunteers bring their own sleeping bag/silk liner (which can be purchased in Vietnam) for the winter months in Hanoi and a mosquito net if they wish to travel during the weekends.

For couples or older volunteers who would like a private room, our local team recommend two local hotels, which volunteers can arrange at a discounted rate. The cost will vary depending on the hotel and room you select, you can expect to pay approximately US$15-US$40 per night. If you wish to request an accommodation upgrade, please make a note of this in your application form.

Volunteers in Hanoi are served three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). These meals are typically Vietnamese and include a wide variety of rice, noodle and soup dishes with plenty of vegetables and fresh herbs. Breakfast generally includes toast, spreads, fruit, coffee and tea. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you.


Orientation is taken by our Vietnamese team at the volunteer offices in Hanoi. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date and runs for half a day. Orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Vietnam – Introduction to Vietnam, Vietnamese Customs, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities in Vietnam, Introduction to your Project and Placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.


First Day: On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.

Weekdays: A typical volunteer day is as follows:

7.15 AM Breakfast at the volunteer accommodation.

8.00 AM Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements. Work and hours are dependent on the project and placement that each volunteer is working at.

11.30 AM - 1.00 PM Lunch Break.

2-5.00 PM Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel home, prepare for the next day or do some shopping and sightseeing.

7 - 8.00 PM Dinner at the volunteer house.


During the weekends, volunteers have spare time to just relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of Hanoi and North Vietnam. Long weekends can be taken to travel further afield and engage in tourist activities, such as trekking in Sapa, experiencing Vietnamese history tours and visiting Ha Long Bay.

Vietnam - Hanoi Volunteer Fees: 
Volunteer periodProgram fee US$
1 Week270
2 Weeks370
3 Weeks470
4 Weeks570
5 Weeks670
6 Weeks770
8 Weeks930
10 Weeks1090
12 Weeks1250
16 Weeks1570
20 Weeks1890
24 Weeks2210
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Please note: All programs attract a Registration Fee of $279 USD on top of the Program Fee. A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.

What do my fees pay for?

Registration Fee (refundable if you choose not to go*) – ongoing support from IVHQ staff, program marketing costs, information pack, administration costs, IVHQ Fund, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers.
Program Fee – airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, accommodation and meals during volunteer program period, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs.

What additional costs will I have?

Visa, flightstravel insurance (mandatory), criminal background check, vaccinations, transfer back to airport at conclusion of program, in-country trips and tours, souvenirs, spending money (volunteers in Vietnam generally find US$30 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses).

* - Terms and conditions do apply.

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