Volunteer Supporting Children with Learning Disabilities in Vietnam
A wonderfully rewarding opportunity to carry out voluntary work caring for disabled children in Ho Chi Minh. Catering for approximately 25 children, the project cares for children with mental and physical disabilities. Primarily, the hospital works to develop the children’s speech and muscular ability. Your role will encompass this element with you taking part in structured daily regimes. Additionally, your tasks will include comforting the children, interacting with them on a social level and entertaining them by playing games.
Being experienced in working with disabled children would be advantageous, however it is not essential. The children enjoy learning creatively so activities like singing, dancing and painting are encouraged. Any resources that you feel would contribute to enriching the children’s experiences would be greatly appreciated. In return for your work on the project, you would be gaining an invaluable knowledge of working with children who have disabilities as well as benefiting from intercultural exchanges with locals and other volunteers.
Please Note: Projects start on a Monday, however you should arrive over the weekend on either Saturday or Sunday.
Work with local staff to take care of these children through feeding them, comforting them, playing games with them and helping to make them more socially active! You can play a role in helping these individuals live a life of more dignity and independence, while being active members of the community.
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 and your manager.
Tuesday to Friday
On Tuesday of the first week, you will begin your hands-on work at the hospital. Each of the tasks you carry out will be responsive to the immediate 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, socialising with them and playing games.
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on local conditions and unforeseen circumstances
Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon, is located in the southeastern region of Vietnam and is the country’s largest city. During your stay, you will be living in a dorm on college campus right in the centre of the city.
Accommodation & Food
The accommodation is located on a campus in a college dorm. As such, it follows certain campus rules such as a night curfew.
We also have a room reserved as an “office”, where you can go to if you want some peace and quiet. We have books and magazines available here for you to borrow.
- Persons per room 8
- Wifi in public areas
- Safety box
- Lockable rooms
- Hot showers
- Private bathroom
- Air conditioning
There is the nice local café next to our dorm. A beautiful and peaceful place where you can enjoy fresh juices, snacks and lots more treats.
Please be aware that this accommodation has a 23:30 curfew
Basic Vietnamese meals are provided on campus. Food include some western dishes such as sandwiches, spaghetti and bread.
On weekends brunch instead of breakfast and lunch
There are many taxis around our campus. You can easily catch one from the main road to reach your destination of choice in Ho Chi Minh.
There are several ATMs in the area where we stay. The nearest one is about 10 minutes walking distance from our campus.
All necessary amenities can be found in the city, remember we are located in the country’s capital after all!
Sights & Surroundings
Here are some interesting places to visit in your free time/weekends!
As a large city, Ho Chi Minh has a lot to offer from shops to Vietnamese water puppet shows. Here are a few suggestions:
Bui Vien Street is the main street, it is called ‘backpackers area’ of Ho Chi Minh City. There are a wide variety of inexpensive restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and hotels/hostels. You can shop, dine and party on Bui Vien Street.
Landmark 81 is the tallest building in Vietnam, Southeast Asia. As of July, 2018 and the 14th is the tallest building in the world.
There is an observation deck, Saigon Skydeck, open to the public daily and offering 360 degree 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 an amusement park in District 9, Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam. The park includes several entertainment areas. The landscaping and attractions in the park illustrate Vietnam’s history and legends.
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
|Criminal 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