The World Endeavors Volunteer in Vietnam Program takes place in and around Ho Chi Minh City. Located on the South China Sea, Vietnam is a country rich with history, welcoming people, and stunning landscapes. After years spent ruled as a French colony, this unique nation has developed its independence over the second half of the twentieth century, allowing the culture to flourish.
Yet despite this growth, there are still issues affecting the Vietnamese people. Changing traditions and roles within communities in Vietnam have resulted in fewer care resources for some of this country’s most vulnerable citizens. World Endeavors volunteers in Vietnam contribute to the further development of the country as they work alongside local organizations focused on eldercare, childcare, special education, and teaching projects within local communities.
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, though exceptions to this age requirement may be made on a case-by-case basis. Successful volunteers are hardworking, flexible, and open to truly immersing themselves in Vietnamese culture.
World Endeavors volunteers in Vietnam live and work in Ho Chi Minh City, which lies along the Saigon River. Originally a French Colony, the city has a unique fusion of European and Asian influences, which can be seen through the cuisine and architecture. Volunteers can explore the museums, temples, and pagodas within Ho Chi Minh City to learn more about the ancient and recent history of this unique country. If participants are feeling more adventurous, they can go further and explore the lush Mekong Delta, the capital city of Hanoi, or one of the many limestone islands in Hạ Long Bay. Volunteers have numerous opportunities to experience the sites and culture of Vietnam.
Volunteers in Vietnam live and work in the lively southern coastal city of Ho Chi Minh City.
World Endeavors volunteers in Vietnam can contribute to the following projects:
World Endeavors Childcare and Orphanage Assistance volunteers in Vietnam work in centers for orphans and children from low-income families within the community.
World Endeavors Eldercare volunteers work in care facilities, assisting residents with their daily routines, organizing activities, and providing assistance to staff members.
World Endeavors Special Education volunteers work in programs serving children with special needs; depending on their experience and what help is most needed, they may help prepare lesson plans, direct classes, assist children with less mobility, and provide basic care for children.
Volunteers in Vietnam share a furnished house with other volunteers, where a small staff oversees the house and prepares meals. Housing accommodations are modest, safe, and clean, but may differ from Western norms in terms of space or amenities. Volunteers will share a room with other participants of the same gender and will have shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. Participants are expected to respect the volunteer home and their fellow residents and be open to the adventure of experiencing a different way of life in a new environment.
The World Endeavors Volunteer in Vietnam program is flexible in duration and can be tailored to last between 2 to 12 weeks. If you have the time, we recommend a stay of at least 4 weeks. Admissions are rolling, and programs can begin on any of the following days.
2016 Start Dates:
• November 7th, 21st
• December 5th, 19th
2017 Start Dates:
• January 2nd, 16th, 30th
• February 13th, 27th
• March 13th, 7th
• April 10th, 24th
• May 8th, 22nd
• June 5th, 19th
• July 3rd, 17th, 31st
• August 14th, 28th
• September 11th, 25th
• October 9th, 23rd
• November 6th, 20th
• December 4th, 18th
Due to holidays, traditional vacation schedules, and seasonal work availability, there might be better times than others to volunteer at a specific location or in a specific project.
When you are ready to start planning your volunteer trip to Vietnam, contact us. Our experienced advisors will help you sort through any timing considerations unique to your destination or your volunteer project.
Please wait until after you are accepted into the program and you have received the confirmed arrival and departure dates before you book your flight.
|Program Name||First Week||Each Additional Week|
|Volunteer In Vietnam||$1,390||$325|
- Program Advisor: dedicated, experienced, and accessible for one-on-one guidance
- Volunteer program placement: individualized for your goals and experience
- Flexible durations from 2 to 12 weeks with year-round start dates
- Academic credit facilitation
- Local Onsite Coordinator and 24/7 support
- Personalized Program Success Plan with ongoing support
- Re-entry Handbook: to help you reflect on and integrate your experience abroad into your daily life and future career, deal with reverse culture shock, stay connected to the culture of your host country, and get involved in future service and travel opportunities
- Airport reception, pick-up, and drop-off
- Daily transportation to and from the project
- Hosted volunteer housing accommodations with 3 meals per day included
- Comprehensive travel medical insurance
- Travel visa guidance and support
- 24/7 Emergency Travel Assistance
- Travel protection
- Discounts: to stores, restaurants, and entertainment located near your home and/or university!
OTHER BUDGET CONSIDERATIONS
- Round-trip airfare to Vietnam
- Visa expenses
- Optional trips and excursions
- Daily transportation
- Personal expenses
Congratulations on your decision to embark on a life-changing experience abroad! We look forward to working with you to make your trip a memorable, meaningful one.
For most applicants, the first step is to contact a World Endeavors advisor. Our advisors are available to answer questions and offer guidance along the way. With our help, you may be surprised at how easily your dream of going abroad can become a reality.
Enrollment in the World Endeavors program begins formally with an application. We can accommodate applications received 12 weeks prior to the intended start date up to a year in advance. Due to visa requirements and other processes involved in coordinating international programs, participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible. If your intended start date is less than 12 weeks away, contact World Endeavors for more information.