Projects Abroad in Vietnam
Volunteers arriving in Vietnam fly into Noi Bai Airport, which is about 40 minutes outside of Hanoi city centre. One of our drivers, wearing a green Projects Abroad T-shirt and an ID, will be waiting for you in the main arrivals area. You will then travel to your accommodation where another member of the Projects Abroad team will be eagerly waiting to welcome you.
If you're arriving at night a Projects Abroad staff member will contact you on your arrival and will ensure that your transfer from the airport to your accommodation takes place smoothly. A staff member will then be met the following morning for your induction.
If you arrive over the weekend, you will normally wait until Monday to have your orientation, when your placement, the banks and post offices are open. Should you arrive on a Saturday or Sunday, please do not worry that you will have nothing to do until Monday; we will make sure that you are introduced to the other volunteers so that you can spend the weekend with them. Projects Abroad staff will keep in contact with you over the course of the weekend.
Induction and Orientation
Your induction will be conducted after you settle in. A staff member will show you how to get to the office. Once at the office, our staff will go over the Projects Abroad handbook with you and you will be able to ask questions. Afterwards, you'll be shown - among other important sites and landmarks - internet cafés, the post office, where to change your money, and how to get to each place from your accommodation. You will also be taken out for lunch to try some authentic Vietnamese dishes.
The following day you will be taken to your placement where you will meet the staff and people with whom you are going to work. They will arrange your schedule and show you the ropes. Depending on how far the placement is from your accommodation, some volunteers walk, some take motorbike taxis or regular taxis, and others take the bus. Projects Abroad Vietnam will give you a monthly transportation allowance, which you will be responsible for keeping track of.
Most volunteers in Vietnam stay in one of our volunteer houses, while others will stay with a host family or in a guest house close to their placement.
All accommodation for volunteers is located in safe, quiet, residential neighbourhoods, close to internet cafes, restaurants, embassies, and tourist attractions. Each volunteer will share a bedroom and bathroom with one other volunteer. The rooms are spacious and have all the necessary amenities. The houses have a washing machine, a screened-in rooftop terrace, and a large living area. Each afternoon, a cook will come to the house to prepare dinner, which is served at 6pm. The cook will also make sure that there are breakfast ingredients for the following day as well as food for lunch if necessary.
At the end of your placement, we will arrange for transportation to take you to the airport in time for your flight home.