Volunteer in Vietnam

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Volunteer in Vietnam

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Volunteering in Vietnam is a chance to spend time in a fascinating, friendly, and rapidly changing country.

Volunteers with Projects Abroad help out on a variety of projects: including working with children with disabilties, teaching English in poorly resourced state schools, working as a physiotherapist, and even sports projects.

 Projects Abroad has a full time staff in Hanoi and support our placements all year round, meaning you can start at any time of the year and be well supported in making the best contribution you can while volunteering in Vietnam.

Our local staff make sure the volunteer work is truly worthwhile, and you can be rest assured that your hard work in Vietnam will be appreciated by the local communities and NGO partners we work with.

As with any volunteering, the more you put into the project, the more you and everyone else gets from it. Volunteers do get attached to their placements and the people they work with, it can be hard to leave.

 volunteering in vietnamOur volunteers are based in Hanoi, one of Southeast Asia’s liveliest cities. It is the capital and the second largest city in Vietnam. Though it may seem chaotic when you first arrive, as a volunteer living and working in the city, you’ll discover the gracious Vietnamese people, explore the charming old town, and find hidden temples beyond the swarms of mopeds and urban activity.

While Vietnam is growing quickly, it is still very much a developing country and the support volunteer give to the placements is most valuable.

Volunteers will stay with a local host family or in a Projects Abroad rented volunteer house based on the location of their placement.

Hanoi is the cultural highlight of Vietnam and has over 600 pagodas and temples to visit. The city continues to change rapidly as the current economic boom adds more high-rise steel and glass hotels to the French colonial architecture, traditional markets, and ramshackle shops. The contrast between the fruits of new economic growth and the poorer areas is truly remarkable!

Sight-seeing and Volunteering in Vietnam

volunteer teaching vietnamAs a volunteer you’ll usually work from Monday to Friday, leaving plenty of time to explore Hanoi on the weekends. To escape city life you could head to nearby Ba Vi National Park, where there is excellent trekking, wildlife viewing, and over 1200 steps leading to the mountain summit for panoramic views over the city. Or relax and try the local sea food at Halong Bay Beach, the closest beach to Hanoi.

Vietnam is well worth exploring further after your placement. Hike in mountainous Sapa, stare in awe at Halong Bay’s soaring limestone islets, or shop for a new tailor-made wardrobe in fashion capital Hoi An. If this all sounds too hectic you can head south and enjoy the laid-back beaches on the island of Phu Quoc.

Many volunteers choose to travel on through Southeast Asia to Thailand, Cambodia, or Laos, which can be done affordably - if not always quickly - by bus and train. There are also now many low-cost airlines, which allow you to explore the region further in a limited amount of time.

Volunteering in Vietnam is an amazing experience: from the chance to give to the open-heartened and friendly communities we work with, to the opportunity to explore a Southeast Asian treasure.