Play an important role in the
daily lives of children in
Hanoi

Helping children of differing needs across several settings in the capital

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  • Duration
    2-24 Weeks
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Monday
  • From
    £310
  • Duration
    2-24 Weeks
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Monday
  • From
    £310

Vietnam childcare volunteers

Are you someone who is hard working, caring and are able to understand and adapt to the differing needs of children? If so, you would be the perfect person to come and continue the great work that goes on day in day out in Vietnam.

Help underprivileged children in and around Hanoi where your time volunteering will be greatly appreciated by the local community. The children will love the attention and care they receive and the experience will not only change their lives but also yours!

"I volunteered in Vietnam for 3 weeks and my time was filled with the most amazing memories, coolest experiences and funniest stories. Thank you to everyone for taking care of me and supporting me, my stay here the greatest, you will all forever be in my heart."

This rewarding and worthwhile programme will see you helping children of differing needs across several care centres, kindergartens and hospitals around the capital. You will play an important role in their daily lives and provide vital support and care for the children with every small step and action of love making a huge difference to them.

Although Vietnam has now been at peace for many years, effects from the war continue to haunt not only the adult population of this beautiful country, but also its children. With many people affected by Agent Orange, it is reported that nearly seven million people in Vietnam are disabled, which equates to 8% of the total population!

As with most developing countries, disabled people in Vietnam do not receive the level of support they so desperately need and this is where you and other volunteers can really help make a difference. Volunteering with disabled children is a challenging but a highly rewarding experience. By using your creativity, emotion and resourcefulness you will be able to provide the love and attention the children need.

There is no better way of helping than by volunteering in one of the worthwhile care centres around Hanoi. Every day will be different, but as you get to know the children and their routines, as well as develop special relationships with them, you will soon reap the rewards and benefits.

You can be sure that your time and effort will not go unnoticed. With limited resources and overcrowding, we desperately need volunteers to help take some of the burden from our staff to ensure that the proper care and attention can be given to everyone.

Although you may be placed in a number of projects around the city, the tasks will generally be the same. You can expect to assist local staff in providing rehabilitation exercises, caring and playing, teaching basic subjects, arts and crafts and feeding the children.

Located in a peaceful and quiet neighbourhood of Hanoi, you will be able to explore the city at your leisure. Whether you want to have a gentle stroll down to the market, try some mouthwatering cuisine or are after a more lively atmosphere in the Old Quarter, then the capital has it all!

You will have the weekends to go on adventures and visit places like the famous Halong Bay, Sapa, Mai Chau and lots more!

Example placements

Friendship Village

The Friendship Village provides a place to live, necessary medical care and constant supervision for physically and mentally disabled children. The children that live here are generally because parents cannot care for them adequately due to the severity of their condition, poverty or the parents themselves having related health problems.

The Friendship Village complex is composed of two living quarters, two classroom buildings, a health centre and a few other buildings used by the staff for cooking and general administration. It also has an assortment of vegetable gardens that helps to feed all of the residents as well as raising additional funds by being sold at the local market.

Home to 130 residents from all over Vietnam, you will be volunteering with children and young adults aged between 4 and 26. The residents disabilities include autism, cerebral-palsy, downs-syndrome, physical deformation and severe mental disability.

You will be working along side the local staff that include nurses, medical technicians, therapists, teachers and caregivers.

Morning Star

The Morning Star Centre is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that was founded in 1995 for the early detection and care of mentally impaired children.

Caring for over 190 children with disabilities such as downs-syndrome, autism and cerebral palsy, the 90 or so staff do an incredible job every day. Comprised of teachers, psychologists, nurses, doctors and physiotherapists, you will be working alongside everyone to ensure the children (aged between 1 and 16) get the one to one interaction and attention they need.

The centre strives to provide education to help increase the children’s independence and confidence and to increase their chances of being enrolled in professional courses and to play their part within the local community.

This well-organised and structured centre means volunteers can easily follow the activities planned and provide crucial support to the children. The children are grouped in smaller classes of between 10 and 20 with on average 2 to 3 teachers. The classes are tailored to the needs of the children and where possible prepares the them to enter mainstream education.

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