|Start dates||Once a month throughout the year - see below for specific dates|
|Age requirement||20 +|
|Cost||From £795 / €1025 / $1265 - see fees table below|
Volunteers organise two activitity sessions each week day in a classroom at the rural Children's Home to help improve the children's English skills. 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.
Volunteers can plan for their English sessions to include any of the following:
The session runs for around 1.5 hours and volunteers can combine English lessons with games and creative activities, the children love competitions! The classes run by volunteers are additional lessons.
Teaching experience is not a requirement, we simply ask that volunteers are enthusiastic and imaginative and willing to learn as you teach. You can choose to do a TEFL Course before you go if this is of interest to you.
Volunteers run sessions 5 days a week and there are between 1-3 volunteers. 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.
Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Vietnam Children's Home Volunteering reviews.
The Children's Home was established by the Vietnamese government in 1984 to provide shelter and care for street children or orphans who have been abandoned, are parentless or have no relatives. The home aims to help the children learn vocational skills which will give them a brighter future.
The Children’s Home is a bright and colourful place where the children can grow up in a safe, supportive and happy environment. 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.
Volunteers provide much needed help and support to the children’s homes since volunteers provide English skills which greatly improves the English ability of the children. 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.
Children who have left the home as young adults have found employment in Hanoi, this is partly due to their strong English skills which they developed with the help of volunteers.
“The children’s English has improved a lot since volunteers come to teach English so the children have a chance to communicate with foreigners and can become more confident”
Tung, Placement Coordinator
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.
The volunteer project is located in a beautiful rural lake side location surrounded by rice paddy’s, farms and it a great opportunity to experience real Vietnamese culture.
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 bathroom and a TV. There is WIFI available in the guesthouse reception.
Volunteers can explore Vietnam and arrange a trip to the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site Halong Bay or the picturesque hill tribe Sapa region in Northern Vietnam after their placement.
|Before you go||On your placement|
|On your return|
|Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa, criminal records check, food. Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.|
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
2015 - 11 Jan, 1 Mar, 5 Apr, 3 May, 7 Jun, 5 Jul (fully booked), 2 Aug, 6 Sep, 4 Oct, 1 Nov, 6 Dec
2016 - 3 Jan, 21 Feb, 6 Mar, 3 Apr, 8 May, 5 Jun, 3 Jul, 7 Aug, 4 Sep, 2 Oct, 6 Nov, 4 Dec
We look forward to receiving your application! There is no commitment by applying and we will send more information
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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Life expectancy: 74.9 years
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