Volunteers working in the Orphanage / Childcare Program work mainly in childcare centers and orphanages for disabled children in Ho Chi Minh City. Volunteers work in institutions and orphanages which provide care and attention especially to the children who are affected by Agent Orange.
Volunteer’s main work at the projects is to take care of the children, most of whom have mental and physical disabilities. You can help to feed, change, walk and play with the children and try to use the time to have constructive fun with the children. Volunteers can also entertain the children by playing games with them and teaching them in a play way method.
As a volunteer working in caregiving project, you will have an important role to play wherein you would be giving much-needed attention to the children. Your tasks would be varied and generally include taking care of children, playing with them and basic education activities.
Volunteers working in this program work for 5-6 hrs in a day and for 5 days a week. Many placements have around 75-100 children in the centers and volunteers have plenty of jobs to do to keep themselves busy.
Volunteers in Ho Chi Minh City are supposed to arrive on the program start date i.e First or Third Thursday of the month. The general schedule is as follows:-
Volunteering Solutions endeavors to provide the best of the comfort and living standards to its volunteers in Vietnam.
Volunteers are picked up from Tan Son Nhat International Airport by the local coordinator or representative. Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in Vietnam will be picked up at a meeting point decided beforehand.
Volunteers are provided with accommodations in a four storey volunteer house along with other volunteers in Phu Nhuan district of Ho Chi Minh City. The accommodation provides best with other volunteers and the homes have got modern facilities available such as Air Conditioning in the rooms during the night, Wireless Internet, TV, Fridge, and Washing Machine. The location is convenient for bus connections and endeavors to the city center and projects. There are four big bedrooms over two top floors with the capacity of hosting up to 24 persons at a time. Normally, rooms best of for about 1-4 volunteers per room. In the busy time, the number can be maximum either 8 or 5 volunteers per room in five or three bunk beds respectively. Bedding is provided to the participants and bathrooms are shared per floor with shower (hot and cold water) and toilet.
There are one permanent cook and one part-time cook who prepare a wide variety of delicious and authentic Vietnamese dishes with locally sourced, fresh, and daily produced ingredients.
All volunteers are given an by the local staff in Ho Chi Minh city on the next day after arrival. Areas like culture, greetings, locations, transportation, safety, and volunteer placements are given during the orientation.
Volunteers are provided with three cooked meals a day. Local Vietnamese food is with to the volunteers and the meals are cooked by the local cooks at the house. Meals consist of Rice, noodles, soups, chicken, meats, vegetables etc. Vietnamese cuisine is influenced from different Asian countries such as Thailand, China, and Cambodia.
During your Free Time
Volunteers in Ho Chi Minh City can visit the Mekong Delta on a weekend tour. There is a lot to do during the free time and you can explore the city on your own.
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