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Volunteer Vietnam

Why Volunteer in Vietnam?


If ever a country deserved a helping hand it is Vietnam. Blighted by a turbulent and tragic past, this Southeast Asian gem is fast on the road to recovery and our Vietnam volunteers are doing their best. Every year hundreds of volunteers join our projects in schools, hospitals, monasteries and orphanages across Hanoi, Vietnam, making a real and lasting difference to the lives of the country’s most disadvantaged people.

Vietnam’s breathtaking scenery, rich culture, incredible food and welcoming people are no secret. Millions of tourists flock here each year. However, volunteering in Vietnam provides a completely different take on how life here really works. Volunteers eat, sleep and work amongst Vietnamese nationals, in local projects designed help the most under-privileged in society. And while some of our projects can be challenging, the positive impact our volunteers make is something that stays with them for the rest of their lives. Many return year after year.

Our Vietnam volunteer projects offer a variety of options to the conscientious traveller who wants to take their Vietnam experience to the next level. All the projects have been in operation for years, and have enjoyed the benefit of hundreds of Vietnamese and foreign volunteers from around the world.

All of our Vietnam volunteer projects are focused on working for and with children. Projects range from working with sick kids in hospitals, looking after children in Buddhist temples, to providing much needed non-formal education to Hanoi’s disadvantaged youth. Volunteers will be provided with full orientation and assistance throughout the project.

Vietnam is fast emerging from a turbulent past and there is a very real sense that now is the time there is now a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a better future its people. Participating in one of our Vietnam volunteer projects is the perfect way to play your part.

Our Volunteer Vietnam Projects

Volunteer Vietnam – Youth House Project

Our Youth House Project volunteers help to transform the lives of Hanoi’s poorest children by providing basic care and education. Amid grinding poverty, the families of Hanoi’s slums are unable to afford even a basic education for their children and many are forced to beg and collect garbage from a young age. The Youth House gives the children a safe environment to learn, eat and play. Volunteers work with children, teaching English and other skills to improve their wellbeing and give them the promise of a brighter future.

Volunteer Vietnam – Children’s Hospital Project

Help bring a smile back to the faces of sick children with our Children’s Hospital Project. Volunteers in this project collaborate with other foreign and Vietnamese volunteers at one of Hanoi’s largest children’s hospitals. The plight of these children is heartbreaking and simply by spending time and playing games with these kids our volunteers bring some light back into their lives. This is one of our more challenging volunteer in Vietnam projects, but the rewards for both the children and volunteers are impossible to overstate. By offering time, ideas and creativity, volunteers bring fun and enjoyment to children that really need it.

Volunteer Vietnam – Temple Orphanage Project

When it comes to volunteering in Vietnam, it doesn’t get much better than this. Our Buddhist Temple Orphanage Project places volunteers in the beautiful Bo De pagoda where they are truly immersed in daily Vietnam life, interact with Buddhist monks and help the children who need it most.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Southeast Asia

Friends for Asia is not affiliated with any government or religion. It is a privately operated limited partnership, incorporated in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The director of Friends for Asia is a former U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer from Kyrgyzstan and Thailand. Besides Vietnam, Friends for Asia also offers volunteer projects in Nepal and Thailand.

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