Volunteer in Vietnam
While volunteering in Vietnam there are countless sites you should plan to visit including Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park and Ha Long Bay, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. With its rate of economic growth being one of the world’s highest, Vietnam has so much to offer and so much to explore. As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to discover a side of the local communities and people that ordinary travellers aren’t always privy to. Ho Chi Minh City, which used to be known as Saigon, is Vietnam’s largest city and has been described as having a more colonial feel than the ancient capital of Hanoi, showcasing the diversity you will encounter while visiting this wonderful country.
Volunteer placements range from providing assistance in the fields of education to healthcare and all-round community development projects. There really is a volunteer abroad opportunity for everyone in Vietnam. If you are looking for a valuable way to contribute your time and expertise to community development while providing assistance and care to those who are without, then there is no doubt that volunteering abroad in Vietnam is the opportunity you have been looking for. With opportunities to work with children with special needs as well as helping to take care of children who come from underserved communities your time and dedication will undeniably be greatly appreciated. Alternatively, you may wish to give back to the healthcare industry, helping to alleviate some of the daily stress in the hospitals all while learning about Vietnam's various medical practices and treatment methods. The value of good English language is not overlooked in Vietnam and this means that international volunteers can teach English or help local teachers improve their English skills, too.
This wonderfully diverse country and its close proximity to other exciting Southeast Asian countries like Cambodia, Laos, China and Thailand mean that travel excursions are plentiful. Over and above that, volunteering abroad in Vietnam promises to be a rewarding and meaningful experience and a unique opportunity to engage with some of the most beautiful communities and locations in the east. read more close
The Ho Chi Minh Community Involvement placement starts off with four days of Culture Week, a fantastic opportunity to get to know the other volunteers we would be living with for the next three weeks. This involved language and culture classes, a tour of the city and its major historical sites, cooking class and Vietnamese towel folding class (the last two of which caused a LOT of laughter!). Then we all started work.
I learned a lot about the culture in Vietnam and was able to explore the famous places in Ho Chi Minh as well. Apart from the amazing time I had during the cultural week, I was more keen for my week of volunteering to come, as that was my main purpose of enrolling myself to this program. I’ve never been happier that I chose to work in a school as I; myself enjoy having children around me.
It was truly an amazing experience. The coordinators were very friendly and accommodating and I learned a lot during my stay. Even though it was crowded, overall the program was great and I would recommend it to anyone. I’ll surely miss everything about Vietnam from its rich history and culture, food, friendly students, to the patients in the hospital who kept asking me if I’m Vietnamese. I’ll especially miss the lifelong friendships I had made.
It was quite the eye opening experience to see how efficiently very little resources could be used to yield the maximum care for the patients.The best part of the volunteering was actually being able to do procedures and assist the nurses in their daily activities. I had already been trained in how to do many of the skills, so it was as simple as the nurses showed me how to do them in the Vietnamese way and off I went. The hands on experience you get through GoEco is second to none.
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