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“My experience was amazing. I met an amazing group of people and the program itself was very rewarding; the kids were beautiful” Chelsea 

Make a genuine difference to the lives of these special needs kids at a day-care centre attached to a local hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. This project cares for up to 25 disabled Vietnamese children, and volunteers are a valuable help to the local full-time staff.

The key focus area for improving the quality of the children's lives is enhancing their speech and muscular capacity. Daily regimes are carried out in which you will play a part.

The volunteer team help with all aspects of care, from assisting at mealtimes to reading, playing games, dancing and singing and generally having fun with the kids. Painting, art and other creative pursuits are encouraged by the hospital. Previous childcare experience, whilst helpful is not essential.

Your enthusiasm and love for these kids will be of great value – bring lots of energy, heaps of patience and a great big smile and you will enjoy every minute – not only that, but the kids will love having you there too! Vietnam is a fascinating country with a turbulent history, and during your time here you’ll explore and learn all about it. 

By joining this program and giving 1-1 attention you will play a part in helping these special kids become more socially active, developing skills which will enable them to live a life with more dignity and independence and to become active members of the community in future.

itinerary

Day 1 - (Sunday)

Arrive to Ho Chi Minh City any time between 6am and 10pm and after clearing customs and immigration, you’ll be met by our local team and transferred straight to your accommodation, a journey of under 30 minutes, depending on traffic

Day 2-6 Intro Week (Monday-Friday)

Intro week is packed full of exciting adventures and cultural excursions where we explore Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon) and its beautiful surrounds and get acquainted with Vietnamese culture. You can expect your week to look something like this:

  • Monday – orientation, Vietnamese language and culture session, activities with local students
  • Tuesday - City tour inc. Reunification Palace, Opera House, Notre Dame, Jade Emperor Pagoda, War Remnant Museum and Ben Thanh markets
  • Wednesday – Vietnamese cooking class, bracelet making workshop and Can Cu markets
  • Thursday – all-day visit to the famous Cu Chi Tunnel system
  • Friday – first day to your volunteer project 

Days 7 & 8 (Saturday & Sunday)

Spend your free time as you please, your weekends are yours to enjoy. Our coordinator will be able to help you decide what to do and will advise on the best way to get around.

Days 9 - 13 (Monday - Friday)

Your volunteering schedule will vary, Your exact role will depend upon the needs of the project at the time. Playing games with the children, helping with their speech and posture are commonly carried out. Whilst there is no formal dress code to follow, volunteers are expected to be clean, tidy and modestly dressed. 

Your last day (Saturday) 

Oh no …… no matter how long you’re here for, one of these days it will be time to say goodbye to your newfound friends. The return airport transfer is not included, but is straightforward to arrange, and our team will be glad to assist.

Your last day (Saturday)

You’ll return to Kathmandu on your final Friday where you will spend the night before your program concludes after breakfast on the Saturday. The team will be happy to help with a taxi to the airport or city hotel, just save some rupees for the fare - budget $10-15 for the airport, $5-8 for the city.

your digs

The accommodation is located on a campus in a college dorm. We have our own rooms inside this dorm which are reserved for our participants only. Single-gender rooms are shared up to 10 people, with air-con, a safety box for your valuables, wifi, bed linen, hot showers and western-style toilets. There is a pool and gym on campus and available for for you to use. Next to our accommodation is a local café where volunteers love to hang out, it is a beautiful and peaceful place which serves fresh juices and snacks.

meals

Three meals a day are served in the on-campus restaurant. Meals are typically Vietnamese, but some Western dishes are available

other information

Facilities and the area

  • Laundry facilities are available for a small fee
  • A safety deposit box is provided for your valuables.
  • Bedding is provided – no need to bring a sleeping bag, but do bring your own towel
  • Taxis are cheap and easily found, so it is no problem to go out in different areas of the city in the evenings and on weekends
  • Southern Vietnam enjoys a tropical climate, always humid and with temperatures defined as hot, hotter or really hot ! The dry season is December to April, hot season

March to May, and monsoon season between late May and November (expect some rains daily, but plenty of sunshine too!)

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start date

Sunday's year round

minimum age

17 if travelling solo, younger teens accepted with parents

important info

  • Pricing :2 weeks £799pp, 3 weeks £1009pp, 4 weeks £1239pp, 6 weeks £1679pp, 8 weeks £2099pp, 12 weeks £2939pp. Prices will be advised in writing prior to confirming.
  • Fly In & Out : Ho Chi Minh City (SGN). Airport Pickup 6am–10pm Sunday
  • What’s included: Airport meet-and-greet, accommodation, meals, briefing, local 24/7 support
  • Making a difference in the lives of special needs kids
  • Being a part of an inspiring care program in this wonderful developing country 
  • Exploring this bustling, vibrant city during action-packed week 1 
  • Cu Chi Tunnels and extensive Ho Chi Minh City Tour
  • What’s not included in cost: Flights, return airport transfer, visa, travel insurance

As part of our duty of care to the children, you will need to provide us with a Police Check / Working with Children Check prior to arrival in Vietnam 

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