At a glance
- Work with a local NGO that provides vocational training to disadvantaged youth.
- You’ll help the organisation to grow its businesses by working on their marketing, fundraising, and communication.
- Explore all that this incredible country has to offer in your leisure time, from spectacular scenery to ancient temples.
18 or over
You need to speak intermediate English. You must also have a background in business, marketing, or communications.
What will I do on this Business placement in Vietnam?
On this internship, you will take part in a range of different tasks depending on your background and experience. Our partner organisation runs two different social enterprises that you can work with, namely a hair salon and a food delivery service. You can get involved in:
- Provide training to the young people at these enterprises
- Work on communications with current and potential customers
- Help to promote and market the social enterprises
- Assist with fundraising efforts for the organisation
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Provide training to the youth at these enterprises
There is plenty of room for you to share your skills with the young people who are working at the businesses. Help them with their conversational English abilities, with a special focus on the phrases they will need for customer service. You can also show them how to make use of social media and photo or video-making applications for marketing purposes.
Work on communications with current and potential customers
As part of your work, you will spend time replying to foreign customers’ queries and processing their orders. You will also update and improve the current websites for both social enterprises, and use their social media platforms to spread the word.
Help to promote and market the social enterprises
You will help to promote the work of these social enterprises, assisting with different marketing campaigns. You will also reach out to potential clients by targeting expat groups and embassies. You’ll get to visit these organisations as a representative of the placement, which is an exciting networking opportunity.
Assist with fundraising efforts for the organisation
Our partner organisation does tremendous work to empower disadvantaged youth across the country. Fundraising is incredibly important, ensuring they can continue their mission. You’ll assist by writing proposals and searching for alternative sources of funding.
Where in Vietnam will I work?
You’ll gain business work experience in Vietnam’s vibrant capital of Hanoi. It’s one of the fastest growing cities in the world, with a rich cultural heritage. Collect some unique souvenirs while browsing the streets of the Old Quarter, and sample some varieties of the national dish pho from a roadside stall. You can also spend some time at one of Hanoi’s many historic monuments and museums, or simply relax on the banks of the Hoan Kiem Lake.
During your working hours, you’ll be based at the premises of one of the businesses.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Vietnam offers a mix of bustling cities and picturesque countrysides. With so many different activities and tourist sites, you’re bound to find plenty of ways to spend your free time.
For a glimpse into the country’s history, you can spend an afternoon exploring the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology or the National Museum of Vietnamese History. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is also a major historic site, located in Hanoi.
If you’re looking to buy some souvenirs, there are many markets with locally made products on sale. Evenings in Hanoi are filled with excitement and bright, colourful lights. You can watch street performers and then head to a nearby restaurant for a taste of local cuisine.
The countryside, with its emerald rice paddies stretching to the horizon, provides the perfect escape from the busy capital.
We run many different projects in Vietnam, so there will likely be other volunteers in-country with you. This makes travelling as a group easy to arrange. However, you’re welcome to explore independently if you prefer.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team in Vietnam
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