Assisting local NGOs/social enterprises - North (VNM-135)

Type: Cultural Exposure, Development, Community, Administrative - Country: Vietnam

Brief description and main aims

The main aim of these projects is to offer volunteers the chances to learn more about socio-ecomomic issues of Vietnam and how an organization is structured and functioned. Volunteers will also have the opportunities to directly or indirectly contribute to specific development projects in Vietnam.


Main Activities

These projects include the placements at local non-govermental organizations (NGO) or social enterprises. Some of these organizations that often host international volunteers from VPV are the Center for Education and Development (CED), the Center for Environment and Community Assest Development (CECAD), the Center for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD), the Volunteers for Education Organization (VEO), and the Dao’s Care.

Volunteer tasks

Depending on specific organizations, volunteers’ tasks may differ. Some common tasks include:

  • Helping with administrative work (translating, proof-reading, editing documents…)
  • Assisting in communication tools and strategy for the organizations (improving website, enhancing the effectiveness of social media, designing brochure, leaflet…)
  • Working on specific projects with the local team (doing field trips, researches, implementing projects…)
  • Doing fund-raising for specific projects
  • Writing proposals for new projects or for fund-raising purpose.

Volunteer requirements / Skills

  • Have strong interest in development work
  • Have bachelor degree in development and relevant fields
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Be proactive and open minded
  • Be friendly, creative and flexible


Volunteers work at office of the local organizations, which are mainly in Hanoi. Sometimes, when required, volunteers travel to project sites or do some filed trips with local staff.

Travel to work: depending on location of each specific organization, the travel may take between 40 minutes to 1 hour by bus.

Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)

Volunteers who join programs in Hanoi will stay in a volunteer house, which is located at no.72, Pham Than Duat street, Mai Dich, Cau Giay, Hanoi. There are 6 bedrooms over the 3 top floors with the capacity of hosting up to 30 persons at a time. The house is equipped with TV, wifi internet, fridge, washing machine, air conditioner, provided meals as well as cooking equipment, common area & rooftop. Bunk-beds, fans, sheets, pillows, mosquito nets & blankets are provided. Bathrooms are shared per floor with shower (hot and cold water) and toilet; please bring your own towel.

During working days, volunteers may either have lunch outside or eat with the staff at Hope Centre. They have to inform the cook at the centre one day in advance if they want to eat there. Volunteres can also come back to eat at the volunteer house.

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