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Nowadays, volunteering abroad has become very popular for people from all over the world either old and young. While older people use their skills and experience to help others, young people go help others with their enthusiasm and dedication to gain their experience and learn life lessons. Whatever their purposes are but at the end, they are all living a meaningful and happy life while volunteering because life is about to give and take. When you give something to others, you will get a lot for your own.
Among hundreds of countries in the world, Vietnam has become a well-known destination for people from all over the world to come volunteer. Vietnam is a developing country, there are still a lot of poor people that need help from others to improve their life so there will be many volunteering opportunities for people to choose. But not only that, Vietnam is a beautiful country with plenty of interesting things to discover.
1. Breathtaking landscapes
It’s easy to find a beautiful place everywhere in Vietnam. From the majestic mountains in the North to the beautiful sunny beaches in the South, they are all breathtaking and make you feel amazed. You can easily find many volunteering opportunities in those places depending on where you like to stay.
You wouldn’t want to live in a place where people are cold or mean. Vietnamese people are so lovely. They are happy to make friends with you, invite you to their house and help you when you run into any problems. It would make you feel just like home and comfortable.
3. The food is amazing
Vietnamese food is popular not only with Vietnamese people but also with people all over the world. You can easily find a Vietnamese restaurant in the US, Europe, Korea or Japan. It is famous because of its flavors and diversity. There are many dishes you can eat and the price is also very cheap such as 1 dollar for a breakfast or 50 cents for a coffee. This makes your life here so much easier.
VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN VIETNAM
1. VOLUNTEER FOR EDUCATION (VEO)
This is a paid program formed in 2015 for someone who likes to discover different
culture in different regions of Vietnam and do meaningful things for people there. They have many projects in different provinces, from the North West with gorgeous rice terraces to the life above water in the South West.
When you join VEO’s projects, you will not only do charity activities but also attend other activities with local people. During those activities learn about their culture and experience people’s life. VEO also holds some events with a lot of fun games during your volunteering period to connect volunteers in the project and make it memorable for yourself. Since this is a paid project so VEO will take care of everything, your accommodation, food, volunteer schedule and your safety. The benefit of a paid program is you can just enjoy your time and focus on helping people, you don’t need to find accommodation to stay, transportation to go, what to do, what need to notice. You will have support from VEO’s staff to make your program complete.
After volunteering with VEO, you will learn so many new skills. How to adapt when living in a new environment, how to speak in front of a crowd, teamwork skills, presentation skills and other interesting experiences during the volunteering period.
The fees for different projects are quite cheap, from 60 – 100 USD along with many benefits, this is a reasonable price.
VEO’s website: http://www.veo.com.vn/
2. Volunteer For Ethnic Children In Ta Van Village – Sapa
If you like the beauty of nature, Sapa will be the perfect destination for you to come and volunteer. This is also an education project for poor ethnic children in Ta Van village. The children here usually can not afford to go to English classes and even most of them have to work since they are 8 or 9 years old. The works they can do are selling local souvenirs for tourists or being tour guides for foreign tourists. That’s why being able to speak English will help them so much to improve their quality of life quality.
Known as a virtual town in mist, Sapa has always had special allure travelers from everywhere by fresh air, beautiful scenery and glamor as a picture. In this project, you will live in a volunteer house at Ta Van village. Everyday you can enjoy the beautiful nature around you and go to some other village on your days off to visit. You will be surprised how gorgeous this place is.
This program is free, you don’t have to pay for participating but there are something you have to prepare:
- Flight tickets
- Visa application fee in home country
- Insurance of any kind. Participants are required to obtain adequate the Travel insurance, Health insurance, etc.,
- Personal items (toothpaste, towels, shampoo, shower gel, soap…).
- Travel during the program and after the formal program is completed
Link to apply: http://cvtdvietnam.org/programs/teaching-english-tavan/
3. Volunteer On The Food Outreach Project In Vietnam
This program is based in Ho Chi Minh city. Volunteers on the Food Outreach project in Vietnam provide assistance to a local ‘soup kitchen’ to assist in administering up to 300 meals per day to people from various backgrounds including low-income earners, disabled, students, children and the elderly. Volunteers are needed for every element of this operation and tasks include food preparation, cooking, serving and cleaning. Volunteers on this project will get to interact with locals daily and by being a part of a team that provides such a basic necessity to those less fortunate, volunteers will have a very rewarding experience.
Link to apply:
4. Volunteering For Environment In Vietnam
This program is in Mai Chau – Hoa Binh city. If you are interested in getting away from the hustle and bustle of a big city, consider volunteering with the Natural Forest Conservation Project. You will have the opportunity to be out in a peaceful location with fresh air and the calm of the forest around you. Listen to the animals and birds as you take this chance to help feed animals and keep them engaged through games. You will be a part of important conservation efforts that are geared towards preserving the valuable wildlife and forest in Vietnam. The “Environmental Conservation in Vietnam” project is ideal for volunteers interested in the wilderness and ensuring that our planet continues to thrive.
- Food provided by local family for 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
- Arranging secure, centrally located accommodation (homestay) based on your budget.
- Registration fees
- Facilitating a volunteer experience in program site that specifically meets your needs
- Assisting with local transport and providing advice on public transport routes
- Airport meet and greet service
- Advice, assistance, and guidance before, during, and after your stay
- 24/7 emergency support and assistance
Link to apply:
Besides, there are still a lot of other volunteering program, you can refer in the links below:
In the near future, VTJ company is going to hold many different volunteering projects on education in the poor regions to help people there. VTJ company is going to bring knowledge to the children, helping to build schools or preserve the environment so the children here can have a better life. VTJ will need a lot of help from volunteers all over the world. Would you like to join us in these programs, together we will make this world a better place. Please fill your personal information in the link below, we will contact you in the near future.