Volunteer with children in Vietnam and work with other teenagers at a care centre. You'll focus on helping disadvantaged kids learn through play and teaching the ABCs and 123s. This project is a great opportunity to make the most of your summer break, and gain practical experience at the same time.
You’ll work at a daycare centre, or a special needs centre. The work you do here is part of our ongoing efforts to support children’s education and care. You’ll also help improve their learning environment, like giving a classroom a fresh coat of paint or drawing a bright, educational mural.
You’ll live and work with a group your age in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, and stay at a guesthouse. When you’re not doing volunteer work, our staff have planned cultural and social activities for you to enjoy. We’ll also take you on a weekend sightseeing trip. Projects Abroad staff will be by your side throughout it all.
Fixed dates during school holidays
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
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
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
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised 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
Organised weekend tourism trips
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on the Childcare & Community Project in Vietnam?
The specific work you do will depend on where you are placed at a daycare centre or special needs centre. It could include the following types of activities:
- Support local staff by helping children learn through play
- Do sports activities with children to promote physical exercise
- Spend time painting and refurbishing child care centres
- Explore Vietnamese culture and landscapes around Hanoi
Your work will focus on the following activities:
Support local staff by helping children learn through play
For local teachers and caregivers, you’ll become an invaluable pair of helping hands. You’ll support their work mainly by helping children learn through play. You could do activities like:
- Plan and play educational games
- Do arts and crafts
- Read stories
- Teach the ABCs and 123s
- Play sports
You’ll also encourage the children to practise good hygiene every day. This would involve doing things like making sure they wash their hands properly before eating.
Do sports activities with children to promote physical exercise
Some of our placements work with children with physical disabilities. Playing sports and doing simple physical activities can go a long way with improving their mobility and fitness. With the staff, you can help the children take part, and have fun. This is also a great opportunity to teach kids about the benefits of working as a team!
Spend time painting and refurbishing child care centres
While at your placement, you can team up with your group to make the placement more colourful and exciting for the children. You could add fresh coats of paints and even paint an educational mural on a classroom wall. You can also get out the coloured cardboard and crayons, and make flashcards, posters, or other educational materials.
The materials you leave behind will benefit the children and staff for a long time after you’ve left.
When you’re not working, we have plenty of social and cultural activities for you to enjoy. You’ll be with your group the whole time, and Projects Abroad staff are there to supervise constantly. On the weekend, we’ll take you on a sightseeing trip to the countryside. Be prepared to see and do a lot, and stuff yourself with delicious spring rolls and noodle soups!
Where in Vietnam will I work?
Hanoi is the second largest city in Vietnam with around 7.5 million people. With Projects Abroad staff at your side, you’ll navigate your way through busy streets filled with thousands of motorcycles, Vietnam’s primary mode of transport.
Around the city are rural villages and endless fields of rice paddies where farmers and water buffalo work tirelessly. When you’re not working, we’ll make sure you get to explore some of this countryside and learn about Vietnam’s history with your group.
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
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
While the other volunteers returned home after their two weeks of volunteering, I had planned for one more week in Vietnam in which to explore on my own. Projects Abroad was very accommodating while working with me on this objective. (...). I remained in contact with them during my independent travel and never felt abandoned or alone.
Volunteer with Children in Vietnam for Teenagers
Meet the team in Vietnam
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