Volunteer in Vietnam
Volunteers in Vietnam have the chance to join a more recently established program and contribute to constructive and sustainable projects. Projects Abroad’s volunteer work in Vietnam supports numerous worthwhile placements which, while they may be challenging, give volunteers in Vietnam the opportunity to learn about the real world and themselves while making a useful and positive contribution to a worthy community setting.
Volunteering in Vietnam provides volunteers with an opportunity to work on a wide range of constructive projects. These include working with children on a care, teaching or sports project, medicine and healthcare projects – including physiotherapy, nursing and occupational therapy, and International Development placements.
Where we are Based in Vietnam
Projects Abroad Vietnam is based in Hanoi, in the north of Vietnam. Hanoi is one of Southeast Asia’s liveliest cities. It is the capital and the second largest city in Vietnam.
Volunteers will stay with a local host family or in a Projects Abroad rented volunteer house based on the location of their placement.
General Information on Hanoi
Hanoi may seem chaotic when you first arrive, but 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 throngs of motorbikes and urban bustle.
Hanoi is the cultural highlight of Vietnam, with 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.
Although Vietnam's economy has grown rapidly in the last few years, there are still many development issues that need attention.
Travel and Tourism in Vietnam
As a volunteer you’ll usually work from Monday to Friday, so will have plenty of time to explore Hanoi at the weekends. To escape city life you could head to Ba Vi National Park, where there is excellent trekking, wildlife viewing and over 1200 steps to reach 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 of clothes in fashion capital Hoi An. If this all sounds a bit active head south and enjoy some laid back beach vibes on the island of Phu Quoc.
Many volunteers choose to travel on through South-East Asia to Thailand, Cambodia or Laos, which can be done cheaply, if not always quickly, by bus and train. There are also now many low-cost budget airlines, which allow you to explore the region further, even without months of extra travel time.
Projects available in Vietnam
Situated near the culturally vibrant Hanoi, you will be working in rehabilitation centres or kindergartens. You will get involved with every aspect of the children’s daily routine.
Live in a traditional Vietnamese stilt village 160km from Hanoi helping local artisans with their work.
Based in bustling Hanoi, you will work directly with Projects Abroad’s partner organisations to help tackle issues like drug addiction, prostitution, mental health, disabled people’s rights and HIV/AIDS problems.
Take part in an intensive stand-alone Vietnamese language course or sign up for language tuition alongside your regular placement.