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  • Duration
    1-24 Weeks
  • Minimum age
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Saturday
  • From
  • Duration
    1-24 Weeks
  • Minimum age
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Saturday
  • From

Vietnam teaching volunteers

Come and teach in Vietnam where you will play an important role in supporting the local teachers. You will become an integral member of one of the many government and community schools we support around Ho Chi Minh City.

This is your chance to really make a difference by providing a new learning experience for the children and at the same time teaching new vital skills and sharing cultural perspectives. Conversing with fluent, native English speakers will greatly improve the children's language skills, essential for future employment.

You will immerse yourself into the vibrant and diverse Vietnamese culture and have plenty of time to explore everything this amazing capital has to offer and beyond.

Amazing Experience

Amazing experience, great operators and accommodation provided was perfect. Thank you.

Helena GrantMarch 2023

Our Time In Vietnam

Our time in Vietnam in the children shelter was life changing. The volunteering program is the brilliant!

Amelia GlydonDecember 2022

Volunteering in Vietnam

I could not have wished for anything else from my time in Vietnam. Teaching in the secondary school was out of this world and the children were so eager to learn and I will miss them so much.

Anthony RodgersNovember 2019

Background to the teaching programme

Since the market reforms in the 1980's, Vietnam has become a booming country and is second only to China in economic developments. With this new found success and the tourism industry and other professional services growing year on year, learning English has never been more paramount.

One of Vietnam’s strategies to achieve further economic growth is the modernisation of its education system, which is considered to be lagging behind other Southeast Asian countries. In recent years there have been many reforms put into place, with the most important being English lessons introduced into the national curriculum in 2010. On top of this, access to primary and secondary education has risen significantly and more and more funding has been directed to schooling.

However, with approximately one million workers every year transitioning from the traditional agriculture industry into other sectors and services and nearly 40% of the population being aged under 25, there remains a huge lack of placements to cater for everyone. Over the past decades, the fast-paced growth of the education system has intensified quality problems at overcrowded secondary schools and universities and led to the mushrooming of low-quality private providers.

With classrooms being overcrowded and the lack of native English teachers being present, we hope that you and other volunteers can assist with creating and providing interactive and engaging lessons as well as providing more one-to-one support for the students. We support a range of educational facilities from government primary schools, secondary schools and local community classes where you will encourage students to engage more and improve their confidence. 

Where will I be volunteering?

Phu Nhuan Shelter – This small school class was established many years ago by the Phu Nhuan People Committee. The headteacher Mrs Loan teaches the 20-30 disadvantaged children from the local community that attend every day, with English and core life and health skills being the main focus. The students attend classes six days per week, either in the mornings or afternoons, with volunteers also having the opportunity to join in computer classes on Saturday mornings and taking part in making handcrafted items on Wednesdays.

Thao Dan Shelter – Thao Dan is a civil society organisation that launched back in 1992 by a group of volunteers who wanted to contribute to the care, support and protection of street children in Ho Chi Minh City. There are several locations where volunteers will be able to get involved with teaching, with between 10 and 20 children attending each class 2 to 3 times per week.

What is my role?

Your role will vary slightly depending on which school you are placed at and the age of the children you will be teaching. With this in mind, there are still many similarities no matter where you will be volunteering.

Your will assist the teachers by providing more one-to-one time with children to ensure they fully understand the lesson. On top of this, you will also plan and lead your own classes to deliver a more student-orientated approach. You will mainly be teaching English, but you'll also be able to introduce some new and exciting extra-curricular actives such as arts and crafts, games and more.

During your free time you will be able to create interactive and exciting lessons (in line with the current curriculum) that aim to get the children more engaged. Creating lessons that are fun and introducing some new activities really helps to enrich the education the children receive and improves their levels of literacy, numeracy and communication.

The children are eager to learn and you will find that they all have a real thirst for knowledge which helps to make your teaching experience as rewarding for you as it is for them. With smiling faces and positive attitudes, their excitement will shine through everyday, letting you know what an amazing job you are doing.

What will a typical day look like?

You will be volunteering from Monday to Friday, teaching between 20 and 30 hours per week. Your actual working hours each day will be dependent on the placement you are assigned to and could be any 4-5 hour period from 8am to 6pm.

The majority of schools and community classes are located within a 10-20 minute bus or taxi ride away. You can either make use of the city's excellent public bus network or go by private taxi, with costs being split between all volunteers travelling.

At the end of every day, volunteers from all programmes meet back at the accommodation to have a delicious meal or head out and explore Ho Chi Minh City.

Where will I be staying?

While volunteering in Vietnam, you will be staying within our dedicated volunteer accommodation located just outside of the centre of Ho Chi Minh City. This peaceful and friendly neighbourhood is the perfect base for volunteering and exploring everything Southern Vietnam has to offer. The street is generally reserved for officials and as the road is separate from the main road, so there is not a lot traffic or noise – which is very common in Vietnam.

You'll have plenty of opportunities to explore the city at your leisure. Whether you want to have a gentle stroll down to the market, try some mouth-watering street food or are after a more lively atmosphere in the touristy areas, then Ho Chi Minh City has it all!

Other things to consider

Project placements - As we support a wide range of educational facilities across Ho Chi Minh City (including many more than listed above), it is important to note that it is not always possible to place you within any preferred school. You are more than welcome to request your preferred option when applying under the 'special requirements' box during the application process, but this cannot be guaranteed. 

Previous experience or qualifications - Although an advantage, no previous experience is required. As long as you bring lots of positive energy and are enthusiastic, then your efforts and time will contribute massively to the school and local community.

Online TEFL course - Although not mandatory, we encourage volunteers to prepare as much as possible for their English teaching placement abroad. In the build up to your trip, you can make the most out of your time by completing an international accredited online TEFL course - costing £159. This course will not only prepare and provide the necessary skills allowing you to help further when volunteering, but can also be used to gain employment around the world.

Resources and donations - Resources can be very limited on our programmes in Vietnam and we would really appreciate any additional support that can be provided. It would be amazing if you could bring any materials associated with your project, including pens, paper and anything else you think will aid your time on the programme.

Weekends and free time - You will have every weekend off from volunteering and this is the perfect time to explore everything this beautiful country has to offer. You are more than welcome to simply relax around the accommodation and enjoy the nearby beaches, but most volunteers will use this time to travel and see the country. Further down this page you will come across many suggestions and ideas on where you could go. Alternatively, if you are looking to see as much of the country as possible during this time, travel with other volunteers and be accompanied by one of our local team members, then you may be interested in one or more of the organised weekend trips we run.

Volunteering on my gap year in Vietnam & Bali

  • January 2024
As a part of my gap year, I travelled to Vietnam and Bali. It was one of the best experiences, I met so many new people, learnt so much and would 100% recommend it to anyone! My journey started in Vietnam, where I was able to help within the children's disabled centre for 2 weeks. My next destination was Bali, which involved exploring for 10 days as a group , then 2 weeks volunteering. Overall, it was a trip of a lifetime! I got to experience different cultures in Vietnam and Bali whilst having the opportunity to help.

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