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Volunteer in Vietnam

Volunteer in Vietnam with Volunteering Solutions and gain international work experience while making a difference in the lives of the underprivileged people. VolSol aims to provide reliable and affordable volunteering projects to students, gap year travelers and backpackers who wish to travel in Vietnam and volunteer for a cause.

As a volunteer, you'll get a chance to contribute effectively towards the society while exploring the country, unlike any other tourist. Those who are eager to volunteer with children can join either the Child Care Program or the Volunteer Teaching Program in any of the two cities - Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City, in Vietnam. Apart from these, Pre-med and Medical students can join the Medical Volunteering Program and gain first-hand experience by working with professionals.
 
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Vietnam - Quick Facts
  • Start Dates : All Year Round
  • Duration : 2-24 Weeks
  • Program Locations : Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
  • Minimum Age: 17 years+
  • Certificate - Offered after Program completion
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Key Features
  • Currency Used : Vietnamese Dong
  • Language : Vietnamese
  • Travel on Weekends to Ha Long Bay, Sapa Village in North Vietnam, Nha Trang
  • 5 Days Volunteer Work
  • Meet other like-minded travelers

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Volunteer at an Orphanage in Vietnam

Childcare & Orphanage Program

Volunteers working in the Orphanage / Childcare Program work mainly in childcare centers and orphanages for disabled children in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Child Care Volunteering Program in Hanoi

Child Care in Hanoi

For all those loving souls who wish to do something worthy for the underprivileged and disabled children of Vietnam, this is your chance to serve...

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Medical Volunteer Program in Vietnam

Medical Program

Volunteers working in the medical volunteer program are paired along with a medical professional such as a doctor or nurse who will guide them...

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Volunteer Teaching Program in Vietnam

Teaching English Program

Volunteers work in schools, shelters and community centers to teach English to Vietnamese students. Volunteers teach primary and high school...

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English Teaching Volunteering Program in Hanoi

English Teaching in Hanoi

Volunteering for the Teaching Project in Vietnam will be an incredibly rewarding and challenging experience where you can gain valuable...

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You can surely make your own checklist about which all places you wish to cover and all the things to do in Vietnam during your free time. From the gorgeous rice valleys of Sapa in Vietnam’s north stretching to the fascinating bustle of the Mekong Delta in the south, Vietnam is home to a wealth of attractions that can never fail to seduce a traveler.

Volunteering Solutions ensures that all the participants volunteering in Vietnam get to see the various sides of the country. We provide amazing weekend excursions which include Cu Chi Tunnel Experience Tour, Hanoi Cultural Tour, Mekong Discovery Day Tour, Ho Chi Minh City Tour, War Museum Tours etc. Apart from these, there are several other things to do in Vietnam, and you can seek help from the coordinator while planning your weekend trips.

Go ahead and choose your weekend tour. In case you have any doubts or wish to customize your trip, simply write to us at [email protected] and we’ll help you plan your weekend!

Cu Chi Experience Day Tour

Cu Chi Experience Day Tour

A perfect day in Ho Chi Minh is here. This day trip will take you back in the history of Indochina conflict. Walk through the underground tunnel...

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Hanoi Culture Tour – 3 Days / 2 Nights

Hanoi Culture Tour – 3 Days / 2 Nights

Halong Bay is one of the most breathtaking natural landmarks in Vietnam. This weekend break is the best way to explore this beautiful destination....

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Mekong Discovery Day Tour

Mekong Discovery Day Tour

If you are looking to explore the region around Ho Chi Minh, then join this tour which will take you to Mekong Delta, a rich fertile region in...

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Vietnam - FAQ's


FAQ's Application and Program Details
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.
Usually, it takes around 10-12 working days for the application to be processed and placement to be confirmed. After we review your CV and documents, your booking is confirmed and the booking confirmation is updated in your My Account and you can view the information in your account. The application acceptance depends on the availability of seats in the project as well as the eligibility criteria of the program (age, skills and experience etc.).
Below are the necessary requirements to participate in the Vietnam volunteer projects:
Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the time of joining the project. 
Volunteers joining the medical volunteer project must be either Pre-Medical, Medical or Nursing students or possess other qualifications related to medical and nursing field. Medical professionals such as doctors and nurses are also welcome to join the program as well. 
Volunteers need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. 
The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
Clean Criminal Background Check Report for participants joining Childcare and Teaching Projects.
Participants must be in good health.
Yes, you are welcome to take part in Vietnam Volunteer Program as part of a group. We welcome families, friends, high school students, college/university and corporate groups to volunteer together in the India program. Volunteering Solutions Vietnam programs have hosted large student groups as well as families coming to volunteer in the programs. We have hosted groups, from universities in UK, Europe, and the USA as well as other countries.
Yes, most definitely you can, as we believe that every participant brings something new to the project. If you do not have previous experience, we offer you the opportunity to have a great start with us. We make international volunteering easy – not only are our Volunteer Abroad opportunities rooted in offering you extensive support, but they are also very affordable.
All volunteers need to arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on the program starting date i.e First or Third Thursday of the month. Volunteers will be received at the International Airport by the local representative and will be transferred to the volunteer accommodation. A brief orientation would be conducted the next day where you will also be shown the area around the accommodations, the nearest ATM, market, and will be given safety guidelines as well as information about your project.

Flights and Visa
All enrolled participants are provided information on the appropriate Visa requirements for Vietnam in the pre-departure manual. You can also contact your pre-departure point of contact to know more about the Visa requirements.
Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Airport Code: SGN) is Vietnam’s largest airport and is well connected with major international destinations.

Some of the international airlines flying to Vietnam include:

From the USA
Air China
Cathay Pacific
Vietnam Airlines

From the UK
China Southern    
Vietnam Airlines

From Australia
Vietnam Airlines
Jetstar

From Asia
Malaysia Airlines
AirAsia
Cathay Pacific
Tiger Air
Singapore Airlines
Silk Air
Jet Airways
Vietnam Airlines

From the Middle East
Emirates
Qatar Airways 
Etihad Airways

Health and Safety
Vietnam is a relatively safe country for visitors, including solo travelers (both men and women). Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City is absolutely safe. When you venture out of your volunteer placement or accommodation, try to stay with your group. You are responsible for the safety of your bags and cameras etc. Traffic in Ho Chi Minh City is very chaotic and one should be cautious while crossing the road and walking as a pedestrian. 
All participants are recommended to consult their physician or travel doctor before traveling to Vietnam. To view the general list of vaccinations recommended for your travel to Vietnam, click here.
Yes, for all participants, it is mandatory to have a valid travel medical insurance for their trip. Volunteers have the option to purchase Travel and Medical Insurance at a nominal extra cost from Volunteering Solutions.  To provide the best option to our participants, we offer comprehensive insurance coverage in collaboration with a leading insurance provider. 

If you already have a valid Travel and Medical insurance, you can email us a copy of the same. It is also advised to bring along the Insurance documents during your trip.

Accommodation and Living
Your project coordinator will take you to your project placement and introduce you to everyone after giving you a basic orientation about the program/city/culture etc. You will be told about the directions to the project location from your accommodation and the best and the most affordable mode of transport you can use. Volunteers usually opt for public transport, as they are much affordable.
Volunteers in Ho Chi Minh City are provided accommodation in a volunteer house/ hostel in Phu Nhuan district of Ho Chi Minh City.
Wireless internet is available for the volunteers and rooms are shared. Shared bathrooms are there for volunteers with running water and flush system. Air conditioning is provided during the night in the volunteer rooms. 

Convenience stores and internet cafes are also not very far from the volunteer house. The local cook at the volunteer house will prepare meals for the volunteers. Lunch and dinner usually comprise of rice, vegetables, meat, chicken dishes, tofu, and soups. Breakfast can be tea, bread, butter, jam, eggs or local Vietnamese dishes.
Unfortunately, the entire volunteering experience is as much about volunteering on your project, as it is about the cross-cultural exchange and community building. A lot of that happens through the accommodation that we have set up, where one can enjoy by being with like-minded people. Additionally, for safety reasons, all volunteers must live in the allotted accommodation.

Yes, that is not a problem at all. However do inform us beforehand about your any special dietary requirements.
Volunteers work from Monday - Friday and have their weekends free for sightseeing. Evenings are free for the volunteers and they usually get together and go out for social gatherings, eat out or just relax at the volunteer house. Weekends are free for the volunteers and you can go for short weekend trips. There is a lot to do in Ho Chi Minh City. You can start with Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh Square, Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater, Hon Viet - The Soul Of Vietnam, Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station and much more. You can also go to Mekong Delta or head out to Hanoi.
Your program fee does not cover your personal expenses. You will need to provide for yourself your personal expenses, such as bottled water, local transport, telephone, shopping, sightseeing etc. However, you should carry around $70-$80 per week for your basic personal expenses. This amount can vary and you would need a higher amount if you go on different weekend trips out of town.
Depending on the project, elected volunteers will work during the week from Monday- Friday. You will have the weekend off so you can travel on weekends. However, volunteers need to be flexible, open minded and understand that work requirements can change as well on certain occasions.
Currency exchange options are ample in Ho Chi Minh City. Inside the airport terminal, there are several exchange counters that offer the official exchange rate. You can also carry smaller denominations of your currency and buy things using them.Please check the latest currency exchange rate before going to Vietnam. 

Connect with Past Volunteers
We encourage volunteers to get in touch with former Volunteering Solutions participants and also other program participants joining our projects. You are recommended to join the Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page or Facebook Group to communicate with other participants.

To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit the ‘Meet a Volunteer’ section on our website.
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