All of our volunteer projects in Vietnam are located within the capital city of Hanoi. The projects are largely focused to working with children, however, there are other ways that volunteers are able to contribute then direct childcare. Qualifications to participate in the project differ, but all require for volunteers to be above 18 years old, able to communicate in English fluently, along with being flexible, patient and cross-culturally sensitive.
Helping to bring a smile to a sick child between treatments at a children’s hospital is one of the most selfless, altruistic things for any person to do anywhere. Volunteers in this project collaborate with other foreign and Vietnamese volunteers at one of Hanoi’s largest children’s hospital.
The Friends for Asia rural schools project offers a candid view of daily life in Vietnam. Ideal candidates will be keen on getting an inside perspective on a side of this country that tourists rarely encounter.
This is a holistic community that aims to live as self-sufficiently as possible. With that in mind, the range of tasks carried out on site is diverse. Volunteers that have a background in medical work or caring for those with disabilities are highly sought-after. That being said, there are many other ways to get involved in a meaningful way.
Volunteering with a non-governmental organization (NGO) is one of the most exciting ways to get involved in Vietnam. These groups provide highly specialized services that are making a serious impact on local communities. The opportunity to lend a hand and see lives being changed firsthand is something that stays with you for a lifetime.
Volunteers applying through Friends for Asia can sign up to assist a newly formed NGO that is poised to assume a leading role in an at-risk community in western Hanoi. This is a critical time in the life of this NGO, as it’s currently operating under a two-year charter. With ample support from volunteers like you, this organization has the potential to set a new standard for community development in Vietnam.
Vietnam has undergone rapid development over the past decade, but the country still lags behind many of its South-East Asian neighbors. There are many ways that volunteers can get involved and make a real and profound difference, not least through lending a hand with projects that care for mentally and physically disabled children.
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