Volunteer in Vietnam with Projects Abroad
Volunteering in Vietnam is a chance to spend time in a fascinating, friendly and rapidly changing country. Projects are available for anyone interested in volunteering in the developing world; whether you are on a gap year, a summer placement, or a career break.
Volunteers can work on a variety of projects, including Physiotherapy projects and Care projects with children with disabilities. We also offer volunteer opportunities for teaching English in both primary and secondary schools.
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
Live and work as a Business project volunteer in the village of Mai Chau with Projects Abroad and assist with the marketing and production of traditional hand-made products.
Volunteer in day cares and rehabilitation centres in Hanoi, providing educational support and care to disabled children. You will also help to support the work of local staff.
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.
Work at Voice of Vietnam Radio and gain insight into the workings of the media in a new cultural and political setting.
Work alongside qualified doctors in various departments of a hospital and help treat patients who require medical attention.
Work in a city hospital and learn about many new medical conditions to gain a greater understanding of healthcare in Vietnam.
Gain valuable experience working in a rehabilitation centre.
Learn from qualified dentists in Hanoi, assisting them where necessary and gaining valuable insight into this profession.
Work as a nurse in a fast paced environment and gain experience in various departments, including paediatrics and orthopaedics.
Work alongside qualified doctors in various departments of a hospital and rehabilitation centres and help treat patients who require medical attention.
Volunteering on this project means you will be faced with an exciting but challenging experience. You will be assisting local staff in caring for both children and adults.
Many medical institutions in Vietnam lack the staff and the resources needed to provide sufficient care to patients. Physiotherapy volunteers are needed to work alongside local staff.
Volunteers who join this project will be based in an institution where their existing knowledge and skills will be best put to use. You will work in a rehabilitation centre for disabled children.
Volunteering on a sports project near Hanoi is an ideal way to share your passion for sports with the local children. Football and basketball are the main sports taught in Vietnam.
Volunteer in Vietnam and teach conversational English in Hanoi. We work with a number of different establishments, ranging from kindergartens through to upper secondary schools.
Short-term specials for 16 to 19 year olds available in Vietnam
Projects for professionals available in Vietnam
On this volunteer psychology project you will be working with children who have been diagnosed with Autism. You will be based in either a school or care centre providing parents with advice and support.
As an experienced social worker you have the opportunity to help many people in Vietnam who are in need of support and guidance in social services.
Use your knowledge and training to help the local staff and assess the physical, mental and social challenges facing the children in Vietnam.