Volunteer Supporting Children with Learning Disabilities in Vietnam
Volunteer Supporting Children with Disabilities in Vietnam
Those who love working with children will find this particular project incredibly rewarding! As you volunteer, supporting children with learning disabilities here in Vietnam, you will discover so much about yourself, and those you support. Every day will be different here, as you meet the needs of some great kids, supporting the dedicated staff who work here. This is the perfect programme for those looking to gain experience in working with children with disabilities, whilst exploring one of the most fascinating cities on the planet!
Bring a Little Sunshine into the Lives of Disabled Vietnamese Kids!
Catering for around 25 children, the local hospital works to develop the children’s speech and muscular ability. During your stay, your role will encompass this element with you taking part in structured daily regimes. For example, you might create fun activities which will help them to develop their motor skills, or songs to help them with their language – your resourcefulness will be a real asset here! Please note, that having experience of working with children with disabilities, whilst advantageous, is not a prerequisite, as you will be fully supported by the caring staff who work here. So if you’re creative, patient and have oodles of love to give these little ones, then this programme is for you!
Immerse yourself in Vietnamese Culture as you Volunteer!
Are you ready for some stunning sights? You have a huge choice of things to do in this bustling city and beyond! There are amusement parks, nature parks, breathtaking temples and pagodas, as well as ancient ruins and modern buildings of eye-watering heights! Closer to home, you’ll find Ho Chi Minh city itself a maze of markets, shops, restaurants and bars with a nightlife to suit! Whatever you like to do, you’ll find it here in Ho Chi Minh – with a Vietnamese twist!
Why Volunteer Supporting Children with Disabilities in Vietnam?
- Give back to the community by helping disabled children to have a better life
- Learn new skills and adapt your knowledge to suit the needs of these little ones
- Discover cultural and educational differences in a Vietnamese health setting
- Make friends at our College dorm-style accommodation in Ho Chi Minh
- Enjoy authentic Vietnamese cuisine with meals and beverages* included
*tea, coffee and drinking water
Work with local staff to take care of these children by feeding them, comforting them, playing games with them and encouraging them to be more socially active! You can play a role in helping these individuals live a life of greater dignity and independence, while being active members of the community.
Mandatory Orientation Day
On the Monday of your first week as a volunteer here in Vietnam, you will join our orientation day, to familiarise yourself with the surroundings as well as local culture. Your program will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.
Orientation Day Schedule
- Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.
- Vietnamese Do’s and Don’ts, Vietnamese Culture Lessons and Vietnamese Language Lessons.
- Tour around the compound and local area; where to find local shops, and arrange a sim-card if necessary.
- Activities with local students and more
A weekly schedule can look like this:
During your first week, an introduction to the project and its staff will give you an opportunity to orientate yourself and discuss the role you will take on. You’ll also get to meet the wonderful children at the hospital, as well as your manager, who’ll support you throughout your stay!
Tuesday to Friday
On Tuesday of the first week, you will begin your hands-on work at the hospital. Your tasks will depend upon the needs of the children and the hospital so it is not possible to provide an exact schedule in advance. However, your activities will include assisting with daily speech and posture exercises, caring for the children, interacting with them, and playing games – generally giving them a fun time as they learn, play and exercise!
Evenings and Weekends
At the end of your day as a volunteer, you can choose to explore the area or simply relax with new friends back at your accommodation. Many of our volunteers enjoy mixing with their new volunteer friends or others, backpacking in Vietnam and plan their weekend adventures together!
Please note: This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Activities and Events
Football is arranged for volunteers every Wednesday together with the local coordinators.
Places to Visit
Here are some interesting places to visit in your free time:
Bui Vien Street is the main street, it is called ‘backpackers area’ of Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll find a wide variety of inexpensive restaurants, here, as well as bars, souvenir shops and hotels/hostels.
Landmark 81 is the tallest building in Vietnam, Southeast Asia and is well worth the view!
There is an observation deck, Saigon Skydeck, open to the public daily and offering 360˚ panoramic views of Ho Chi Minh City. From floors 50 to 52, there are further F&B and entertainment offerings, including a fine dining restaurant and bar/nightclub.
Suoi Tien Amusement Park
Suối Tiên Amusement Park is a great place to visit in Hồ Chí Minh City. The park includes several entertainment areas – something to suit everyone!
During your time as a volunteer in Vietnam, you’ll be staying in Ho Chi Minh, commonly known as Saigon, which is located in the southeastern region of Vietnam and is the country’s largest city.
About the Accommodation
Back to college! Your accommodation is located on a campus in a college dorm with each room sleeping 4-6 people, in single-gender accommodation. This is a great way to make friends and get to know fellow volunteers, but you will have to follow campus rules, such as the 11.30pm curfew!
If you need a little peace and quiet, we have a room reserved as an ‘office’ where you can spend some time, catch up with family online or read some of the books and magazines we have available. The following are available at our accommodation:
- Wifi in public areas
- Safety box
- Lockable rooms
- Hot showers
- Private bathroom
- Air conditioning
Nearby, there is also a great local cafe, with fresh juices, snacks and other treats!
Basic Vietnamese meals are provided on campus and generally include lots of noodles, soups, rice, chicken and beef. Vegetarians can be catered for, but do let us know prior to your stay. Western foods are also available, such as sandwiches, spaghetti and bread for those who might be a little picky! Lastly, please note that on weekends, we serve brunch instead of breakfast and lunch.
You can easily catch a taxi from the main road just outside of the campus to get to your chosen destinations. Further, you’ll find several ATMs nearby, around 10 minutes’ walk from the campus. All other essentials can be easily found – we are, after all, in the country’s capital!
Trip Country Info
Population: Approx.92 million
Currency: Vietnamese dong (VND)
Time zone: UTC +7
Vietnam is currently the world’s 13th most populous country and occupies 331,211 square kilometers. Today, although scarred by its past, Vietnam is a fast-growing economy helped by tourism that its interesting history and beautiful sights draw in.
One frequent thing to hear is that it has not yet been subjected to the western influence that Thailand and, to an extent, Cambodia have been. The Vietnamese still tend to prefer their traditional cuisine to the fast food chains that seem to be taking over the world.
Aside from the beautiful countryside of the north, rice fields and beaches, Vietnam is a country that is very much on the move. Roads are being upgraded, new hotels are opening everywhere and its cities are fastly developing.
If you are planning to work & travel in Vietnam there are a number of fulfilling opportunities available from volunteering with children to Hospital Out reach projects. As an experienced gap year travel company we have helped many people enjoy the delights of Vietnam during their gap year so if you are looking for an adventure in South East Asia you should add Vietnam to your shortlist. Few countries in the world can offer such a diverse range of culture, history, natural wonders and excitement.
Vietnam offers ravishing coastlines, emerald-green mountains and dynamic cities. The breathtaking National Parks continue to yield new species and are teaming with exotic wildlife. With outstanding cultural interest and one of the world’s best cuisines, Vietnam has it all. If you are looking for a Volunteer experience in Vietnam have a look at our latest experiences below.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
|Under 18, Parental Consent is Required
|DBS, Police Background Check
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance