The Teaching English Program in Hanoi, Vietnam, will be perfect for those who love to spend time with kids. Being a developing Asian country that has a dark past, Vietnam is still on the weaker side when it comes to English Language skills. However, with the rapid growth of tourism and other sectors in the region, studying English is considered to be an important part of the curriculum.
You'll be placed in schools in the Cau Giay District and other areas around Hanoi. The kids in those schools are mostly between the age group of 11 to 14 years. The teacher-student ration is poor in these schools. In one of the schools, there are 1500 students and just 70 teachers. Also, the teachers themselves aren't well versed in English, hence they need some guidance as well.
A perfect and affordable volunteering program for gap year travelers, college and high school students, the Teaching Program will help you to polish your existing skills and help you to acquire newer ones. The aim of the program is to provide English language speaking environment for the students and teachers, to practice and improve their confidence in using a foreign language in their daily communication.
Volunteering for the Teaching Project in Vietnam will be an incredibly rewarding and challenging experience where you can gain valuable international teaching experience alongside assisting the Vietnamese students in their English studies.
Normally volunteers will teach for about 20 hours a week. This time may vary depending on situations. There is always a local teacher who works closely with international volunteers.
The programme ends on Wednesday of your final week and you should depart the accommodation on this day. In case you need an airport drop, you can drop us a mail or directly get in touch with your coordinator.
For teaching, the schedule depends on the timetable of the school. Usually, the day starts with lessons at 8.30 am. Some days, the school begins at 10 am. On average, volunteers do not teach more than 20 hours/week.
Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating in.
Volunteering Solutions endeavors to provide the best of the comfort and living standards to its volunteers in Vietnam.
You should arrive at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi (airport code: HAN) on the selected Wednesday start date. Our country coordinator will be there at the airport to greet you and you'll be taken to the volunteer house. You'll be provided with further details once you book your Hanoi volunteering trip with us, in your Pre-Departure Guidebook.
Accommodation in Hanoi will be provided at the volunteer house, located in a quiet and friendly neighborhood approximately a 45-minute bus journey from the Old Quarter of Hanoi – which is the main tourist area. Rooms are provided on the same gender sharing basis and all rooms have AC. The bathrooms are shared and each has a western style toilet and shower. The house has a fully equipped kitchen.
Free drinking water is available 24/7. There is also a lounge where you can hang out. Wi-Fi is also available in certain parts of the house including the communal area. Each volunteer is also provided with a locker to store away valuable items and there are wardrobes to hang your clothes.
Our local team has an office on the ground floor of the house, which makes for a great atmosphere and ensures volunteers are well supported throughout their stay. There is everything you need within walking distance of the Volunteer House: ATMs, supermarkets, laundrettes, chemists etc.
You'll be arriving on a Wednesday and have your Orientation on Thursday. Before you start working at the project site, you'll have a detailed Orientation Session where your coordinator will provide you with all the necessary information about volunteering in Hanoi. All your doubts regarding the Vietnamese culture, greetings, locations, transportation, safety, and volunteer placements will be given during the orientation. On Friday, you’ll be visiting your project site, and have an introductory session.
Volunteers will be provided with three cooked meals. Local Vietnamese food is provided to the volunteers and the meals are cooked by the local cooks at the house. On weekends, you can also go out and explore the restaurants and cafes in Hanoi. Meals mostly comprise of rice accompanied by a chicken, pork, vegetable or fish dish. Depending on your work schedule, you eat lunch with other volunteers or at the project or at the volunteer house.
During Your Free Time
On the first Saturday, we shall take you out for a day tour of Hanoi. Otherwise, you can make the most of your evenings by exploring the local markets and eateries. On weekends, you can set out to explore the Halong Bay or the Sapa Valley.
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Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the time of joining the project. You need to have an open mind and a flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference. Participants must be fit and healthy at the time of joining the program. Participants should have no criminal convictions and should provide a clean criminal background check report.
It is advised to apply for the projects once the volunteering/ traveling dates are decided as there are limited spots available. The application fee is valid for one full year and can be sent earlier than the desired year of volunteering for timely confirmation of the seat. As soon as you decide the travel dates, we suggest you to apply for the program and hold your spot.
The earlier you apply, the better it is, as you would get more time to be prepared for your program in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and complete the necessary documentation, Visa formalities as well as take the vaccinations in time.
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