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|Start dates||Once a month throughout the year - see below for specific dates|
|Availability||Spaces available (June fully booked)|
|Cost||From £795 / $1255 - see pricing table below|
By volunteering on this project you will help orphans and street children who have had an incredibly tough life. It is hoped that through improved education and healthcare, these children can lead happier and healthier lives 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 can teach English to the children at the orphanage 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 orphanage reviews.
Volunteers will spend Monday to Friday 8am to 4:30pm at the orphanage. You will have a few hours at lunch time to relax and head back to the guesthouse for lunch. Some of the children at the orphanage attend school during the day while around 40 children stay at the centre to learn vocational skills and improve their English with help from volunteers.
Volunteers teach English lessons to the older orphans the morning and to the younger orphans in the afternoon for around 3 hours each day. Volunteers have the opportunity to get involved with a range of activities at the orphanage depending on your skills and the needs of the project.
Each day at the orphanage will differ but they are likely to include the following tasks:
A care home which cares for homeless elderly people is located next to the orphanage. The residents have been abandoned by their families or have no relative to take care of them, and some have mental illnesses. Volunteers also have the opportunity to spend time with elderly in the care home if they would like to.
The orphanage and care home was established in 1984 by the Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs of Hanoi. The centre aims to help the children learn vocational skills which will give them a brighter future.
The orphanage aims to provide shelter and care for street children or orphans who have lost one or both parents, as their relatives are often too poor to take care of them. The care home cares for older people who have been abandoned by their families or have no relative to take care of them and people with mental illnesses and is located next to the orphanage.
Currently, there are about 67 orphans who are mostly between 12 and 14 years old. Children under five years of age attend kindergarten run by housemothers in the orphanage, while the rest of the children go to public school 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 and fowls at the back of the centre.
The orphanage and care home is located around 70 km outside of Hanoi in Vietnam in Tay Dang which is in the Ba Vi district. It is in a beautiful rural location surrounded by rice paddy’s and corn fields and it a great opportunity to experience real Vietnamese culture. After the placement volunteers can arrange a trip to the beautiful Halong Bay or the Sapa region of Northern Vietnam.
The volunteer accommodation is around a 20 minute bike ride (4km) from the orphanage. It is a very friendly hotel, with clean and simple bedrooms. Volunteers will stay in shared rooms, sharing with up to two volunteers. The bedrooms have air-conditioning, a fridge, fans, en-suite and a TV. There is WIFI and a computer with internet available in the guesthouse reception.
Not included: Flights, visa, travel insurance, food, daily travel between the guesthouse and orphanage (bikes can be hired for around $1 per day)
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.
Prices in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com
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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