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Children’s Home - Vietnam

  • Run English sessions with disadvantaged children and teenagers in rural Vietnam
  • Organise fun activities and games to help improve their English skills
  • Design sessions to encourage the children to practice speaking English
  • Live in a beautiful rural location and immerse in the local community
Location Northern Vietnam
Start dates Not Available
Duration 2-12 weeks
Age requirement 20 +
Availability Unavailable
Cost From £795 / €1025 / $1265 - see fees table below

Volunteer role: What will I be doing? 

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:

  • Teaching English
  • Playing educational games
  • Creative arts and crafts
  • Songs, music and dance
  • Organising quizzes and competitions
  • Watching films and children's tv shows
  • Playing sports

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. 

Hear from past Vietnam Children's Home part volunteers

Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Vietnam Children's Home Volunteering reviews.



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How is the Vietnam Children's Home project making a difference?

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.

Why are volunteers needed?

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

Child 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.

Where will I be living?

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.




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 Volunteering Guide on your volunteering placement
  • Travel information - visa, health and safety advice
  • Help arranging criminal record checks
  • Discounted online TEFL course
  • Access to 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 on arrival
  • 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 by phone and email
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Crisis management plans and 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 Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.

Pod volunteer fees

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.


2 weeks £795 €1025 $1265 $1480
Extra weeks £150 €195 $240 $280

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



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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