Volunteers working in the Orphanage / Childcare Program work mainly in childcare centers and orphanages for disabled children in Ho Chi Minh City.
Volunteers working in the medical volunteer program are paired along with a medical professional such as a doctor or nurse who will guide them...
Vietnam is mainly known for its gorgeous beaches, soulful rivers, Buddhist pagodas and over-bustling cities. Visited by thousands every year, it is considered as a backpacker's hub!
Being a volunteer, you'll not only get a chance to make some meaningful contribution towards the underprivileged communities, but also get to travel extensively and know more about their culture, customs, traditions, and history. Explore the beauty of the country, and know more about the lifestyle and culture of the locals while volunteering in Vietnam.
Volunteering Solutions has been working since 2007 with the aim of providing support to the underprivileged societies across the world, and the projects in Vietnam are designed in such a way that volunteers can make some meaningful contribution to the lives of the host communities.
VolSol offers unique and affordable volunteering projects in Ho Chi Minh City and the Program Fee that you'll pay will include your Pre-departure Guidebook, Airport pickup, Project Orientation, 24/7 in-country support, accommodation, and meals etc.
VolSol works with in association with local organizations in the country, indirectly touching a lot of lives. We try to provide the best services to our participants so that they can give back to the society in the most effective manner. The entire process is a circle of goodness, and we believe that every human on this Earth deserves to be happy.
Apart from volunteering, we also provide the best opportunities to travel and explore, to learn about the Vietnamese culture, history and heritage as well as to try the best Pho that's served in the country!
There are 3 projects available in Vietnam which include the Child Care & Orphanage Program, Medical Volunteering Program and Teaching program. The minimum duration to be a part of any project is 2 weeks to a maximum of 24 weeks. Although there's no fixed time to apply for the projects, we would suggest you to apply as soon as you decide to volunteer. You must apply at least 45 days before traveling abroad to join your project. The procedure to apply is very simple. You simply have to create an account, and then Login to your 'My Account' to update the details as required and pay your Program Fee.
Projects in Vietnam are available throughout the year. The minimum duration is 2 weeks and the maximum is 24 weeks (6 months) and participants can choose the duration as per their convenience.
Volunteers will have to arrive at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Airport Code: SGN) which is Vietnam’s largest airport and it's well connected with major international destinations.
Once you arrive at the Airport, you shall be greeted by our Local Coordinator, who'll be there to receive you. You'll be taken to the accommodation where you can take rest after a long flight.
All enrolled participants are provided adequate information about Visa for Vietnam in the Pre-Departure Booklet. You can also get in touch with your pre-departure point of contact to know more about the Visa requirements.
Vietnam, like every other Southeast Asian country, has a tropical climate. The weather is usually hot and humid. April is the hottest month in Ho Chi Minh City with an average temperature of 30°C and the coldest is December with 27°C. Monsoon lasts between Mid June to September, with July being the wettest month.
Vietnam is one of the safest destinations to travel to, and hundreds of solo travelers and backpackers cross this region every year. The accommodation is located in a very safe area in Ho Chi Minh City and the program coordinating staff will be there to help you out at any time of the day. We would request our volunteers to keep their important documents safely at the accommodation and not to carry them while traveling within the country. Also, going out alone at night is not advisable. Keep your coordinator informed, in case you have any plans to venture out.
Before you travel to Vietnam, you must consult your physician and take the vaccinations as instructed. We generally suggest our volunteers to take the Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Tetanus vaccines. You must also carry your regular medicines along with you, in case you need them.
You need to get a Travel and Medical Insurance before setting out for a volunteering trip. VolSol also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.
Volunteers usually work at the project site on the weekdays (Monday to Friday) for a duration of 5 - 6 hours daily. (This timing may vary, depending on the intensity of work) Volunteers working with kids can make a day-to-day plan and set a goal, that would fetch a more sustainable outcome. Apart from teaching and playing, volunteers often engage themselves in renovating the centers, making them more vibrant and attractive. Medical volunteers can dedicate as much time as they can at the project, to treat more people.
The evenings would be relaxing, and volunteers can head out to explore the local markets, or stay at the accommodation and get to know their peers better.
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. VolSol 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 Experience Tour, Hanoi Cultural Tour, Mekong Discovery Day Tour. The weekend tours can be chosen from 'ADD ON TOURS' in your 'My Account', for an additional cost.
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.
The Vietnam Program team comprises of local staff members, who can be easily approached and they can all communicate in English. The local office is within the premises of the Volunteer House, and hence, volunteers can seek assistance whenever required. They'll also help you to learn the basics of the local language so that you don't have a problem while exploring on your own.
In Vietnam, VolSol works in association with a well-reputed local NGO that has been working for a few years and focuses on different social causes including Human Rights issues, Community Development etc.
Volunteering Solutions endeavours to provide best of the comfort and living standards to its volunteers in Vietnam.
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.
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
From the UK
From the Middle East
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.
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.
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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