Volunteer with children in Vietnam and support the work of local teachers and caregivers at disadvantaged daycares or special needs centres. You’ll focus on early childhood development, and improving quality of life. This is a great way to get practical childcare experience, which could help your future career.
In Vietnam, the care centres we work with are understaffed and lack resources. We need your help to give local staff the support they need. They’ll appreciate having an extra pair of helping hands. In addition, you’ll work toward our long-term, sustainable goals for education and children’s care.
You’ll live and work in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city. Seize the opportunity to see and do as much as possible, and eat your weight in spring rolls and pho!
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Certification of project completion
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Volunteering for Professionals
This project is also perfect for qualified professionals. With your skills backing up our ongoing efforts, we can make an even bigger difference together. We'll match you to the placement where your skills are needed most.
This means you can share your training and and knowledge with others. You can work hand-in-hand with our partner organisations and local communities to support sustainable development.
If you have relevant skills or qualifications, read more about how you can make use of them with Projects Abroad.
What will I do on this Childcare Project in Vietnam?
There are a number of volunteer opportunities with children in Vietnam for you to take part in. Your specific activities will vary slightly depending on where you are placed. These are some of the major areas of work you can contribute to:
- Promote early childhood development and give children the skills they need to thrive
- Help improve quality of life for children with disabilities
- Encourage good hygiene practices, like washing hands and brushing teeth
- Teach basic English to support education and raise children’s confidence
Your tasks may vary depending on your placement and the specific needs of the children. They could include the following types of work:
Support early childhood development
A child’s early years are a critical time for their development. They need to learn skills that will allow them to thrive later in life. This is why early childhood development is a major focus at the daycare centres we work with. You’ll help with this by using games and activities to teach certain skills, like improving hand-eye coordination. You’ll identify those skills using our early childhood development checklists.
You’ll also help monitor children’s progress by uploading information and notes to our Global Impact Database.
Help children with disabilities develop new skills
Several of our partner placements work with children who have disabilities, like autism or Down’s syndrome. Your role here will be to help improve quality of life and support education. You’ll do this through activities like easy games, and arts and crafts.
Encourage good hygiene, like hand-washing and brushing teeth
Improving hygiene is an important goal at our Childcare Project in Vietnam. You’ll need to encourage the children to practice good hygiene everyday, and make sure they wash their hands and brush their teeth.
Teach basic English
Being able to speak English is a huge benefit to people in a country with a thriving tourism industry. If you work at a special needs centre, you can teach basic English to some of the older children. At the daycare centres, you’ll teach basic English words and phrases, and encourage the kids to practice speaking with you. This will give them more confidence expressing themselves in English.
Where will I work on the Childcare Project in Vietnam?
You’ll work at a daycare centre or centre for children with special needs in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital.
The centres usually have large numbers of children, making it difficult for the local staff to give each child the attention they need. Most of the children come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Some of them have physical or mental disabilities.
Hanoi is the second largest city in Vietnam with around 7.5 million people. While you travel around the city, you’ll navigate your way through thousands of motorcycles, Vietnam’s primary mode of transport for most people. Follow the delicious smells coming from street food vendors at nearly every corner. Enjoy lunches of spring rolls and Vietnam’s famous pho, a noodle dish with rice, broth, herbs, and chicken or beef.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
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.
As a Vietnamese American, I chose Vietnam for obvious reasons. I wanted to learn more about my rich culture and heritage, but also to give back to my roots in some significant way.
Volunteer with Children in Vietnam
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