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.
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.
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.
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.
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
There are a lot of local non-governmental organizations and social enterprises in Vietnam promoting community development. These organizations are usually in need of resources, including human resources, to run their activities and programs.
Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)
Volunteers will stay in a dormitory with rooms shared with other volunteers. Living conditions will be Vietnamese standard with shared bathroom, shared room with bunk-beds. Mattress, blanket, pillow and mosquito net are provided. Food will be provided at accommodation. Meals will be mostly local food, which vary from the daily cooking schedule. During working days, depending on work locations, volunteers can go back to VPV house for lunch or eat out by themselves or with the project staff.
Number of volunteers needed: 1 per each organization.