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Children’s Home - Vietnam

  • Run English sessions with disadvantaged children and young adults in rural Vietnam
  • Organise fun activities and games to help improve their English skills
  • Live in a guesthouse in a beautiful lakeside location
  • Experience rural Vietnamese culture and immerse in the local community
Location Northern Vietnam
Start dates Once a month throughout the year - see below for specific dates
Duration 2-12 weeks
Availability Spaces available
Age requirement: Minimum age 20 years old
Cost From £795 / $1265 - see pricing table below

How will I make a difference?

By volunteering on this project you will help support the children who live in the Children's Home, many of who have  had an incredibly tough life. Volunteers provide much needed help and support to the children’s homes volunteers provide native English skills which greatly improves the English ability of the children, many of whom have spent time on the streets. Helping to improve the children's communication skills and education plays a vital role in helping them break the cycle of poverty and have better opportunities for the future.

Volunteers are needed to help by giving their time, energy and attention to the children in the beautiful surroundings of rural Vietnam. Volunteers teach English to the children at the Children’s Home which is a bright and colourful place where the children can grow up in a safe, supportive and happy environment.

Read what past volunteers have said about this project in our Vietnam Children's Home reviews.

Orphanage volunteering in Vietnam: What will I be doing?

Volunteers organise two English sessions 5 days a week in a classroom at the Children's Home. In the morning volunteers run fun English activities for the younger children who are aged between 5 and 11 years old. In the afternoons volunteers run English sessions for the older children who are aged between 12 and 16 years old. The session runs for 1.5 hours and volunteers can combine English lessons with games and creative activities, the children also love competitions! The older children love improving their English communication skills through acting out role-plays and quizzes. There are between 15-20 children in each group.

Volunteers have the opportunity to get involved with a range of activities at the Children's Home depending on your skills and the needs of the project.

Volunteers can plan for their English sessions to include any of the following:
•    Teaching English
•    Playing educational games
•    Doing creative arts and crafts
•    Songs, music and dance
•    Organising quizzes ad competitions
•    Watching films and children's tv shows
•    Playing sports

More about the project

The Children's Home was established in 1984 by the Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs of Hanoi. The home aims to help the children learn vocational skills which will give them a brighter future. The Children's Home aims to provide shelter and care for street children or orphans who are parentless and have no relatives.

Currently, there are currently 52 children who are mostly between 6 to 18 years old. The children attend a local school which is 2 kilometres from the centre.

There are two small workshops and a large garden where the children to plant different kinds of vegetables and fruits and an area for raising domestic animals behind the home.

Location and free time

The volunteer project is located in a beautiful rural location surrounded by rice paddy’s, farms and it a great opportunity to experience real Vietnamese culture. On clear days there are fantastic views on the journey between the guesthouse and Children's Home over the nearby lake across to Ba Vi national park. The Children’s Home is located 70 km outside of Hanoi in Vietnam in Tay Dang which is in the Ba Vi district. Before or after the placement volunteers can arrange a trip to the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site Halong Bay or the picturesque hill tribe Sapa region in Northern Vietnam.

Volunteer accommodation

The volunteer accommodation is around a 25 minute bike ride from the Children’s Home. It is a very friendly hotel, with clean but simple bedrooms. Volunteers will stay in shared rooms, sharing with up to two volunteers. The bedrooms have air-conditioning, fans, en-suite and a TV. There is WIFI available in the guesthouse reception.

What's included

Before you go On your placement
  • Carefully selected and vetted volunteer project
  • Support from our friendly and highly experienced PoD UK team
  • Single point of contact - Gemma is your dedicated placement manager
  • In-depth information booklet on your volunteering placement
  • Travel information - visa, health and safety advice
  • Help arranging criminal record checks
  • Discounted online TEFL course
  • Specialist travel insurance at exclusive rates
  • Recommended travel agency for flights and tours
  • Access to special deals and resources
  • Fundraising guide and support
  • Financial protection for monies paid to PoD
  • Child care volunteering placement
  • Airport pick up (Hanoi)
  • 1 night in a hotel in Hanoi
  • Accommodation - a simple shared room
  • Induction to the placement and culture with an English speaking guide for 3 full days
  • Support from local team
  • Support from PoD UK office
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Specialist crisis management insurance
On your return
  • Contact from your placement manager
  • Feedback scheme
  • Volunteering certificate (on request)
  • References (on request)
  • Member of the PoD community
Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa, criminal records check, food. Budgeting guidance is provided in our information booklet which we will email you when you apply.

How volunteer fees are set

PoD is run as a non-profit volunteer organisation. Fee levels are set to match costs and any surplus monies are distributed to the projects we work with via the PoD Charity - for more details click here.

Child and vulnerable adult protection

PoD is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults - please see our Child and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy.

All volunteers are required to have a criminal records check, which we will arrange with you.


2 weeks £795 €945 $1265 $1360
Extra weeks £150 €180 $240 $255

Prices in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP.  For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com

Start dates

2014 - 5 Oct, 2 Nov, 7 Dec

2015 - 11 Jan, 1 Mar, 5 Apr, 3 May, 7 Jun, 5 Jul, 2 Aug, 6 Sep, 4 Oct, 1 Nov, 6 Dec


We look forward to receiving your application! There is no commitment by applying and we will send more information


PoD UK Manager



Gemma in the PoD UK team has visited this project and is the placement manager so if you apply you will hear from her soon!

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