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  • Location: Hanoi
  • Accommodation: Host family, placement guest house, Projects Abroad rented volunteer house
  • Local languages: Vietnamese
Country Info

Volunteering in Vietnam with Projects Abroad is a chance to make a difference in a developing country with a complex history. Although there is a huge disparity between the wealth of rural and urban populations, Vietnam is focused on change and volunteers have a crucial role to play on our worthwhile projects and internships, whether you are on a gap year, taking a break between semesters, or on a career break.

Projects Abroad volunteers and staff take a picture together at a lookout point in the Mai Chau valley in Vietnam, Asia.

Vietnam, a one-party Communist state, is one of the fastest-growing economies in Southeast Asia and has set its sights high for development. After three decades of bitter wars that held the attention of the world, foreign investment has grown and the US is Vietnam's main trading partner. However, poverty is widespread and there is a lot of development work for volunteers to do, and your time and effort will be greatly appreciated by the people you help.

Volunteers can work on a variety of meaningful projects, including care work with children and teaching English and a variety of other subjects including sports. You can even volunteer in a traditional stilt village, fully immersing yourself in Vietnamese culture and daily life.

Where You Will Live in Vietnam

Projects Abroad Vietnam is based in Hanoi, in the north of the country. Hanoi is one of Southeast Asia's liveliest cities. It is the capital and the second largest city in Vietnam. Though it may seem chaotic when you first arrive, as a volunteer living and working in the city you’ll discover the gracious Vietnamese people, explore the charming old town, and find hidden temples beyond the throngs of mopeds and urban activity.

Hanoi is the cultural highlight of Vietnam and has over 600 pagodas and temples to visit. The city continues to change rapidly as the current economic boom adds more high-rise steel and glass hotels to the French colonial architecture, traditional markets, and ramshackle shops.

Depending on the location of your placement, you will stay with a local host family or in a Projects Abroad rented volunteer house.

Travel and Sightseeing Opportunities in Vietnam

Projects Abroad volunteers take a tour to explore the caves of Halong Bay in Vietnam, Asia.

As a volunteer you’ll usually work from Monday to Friday, leaving plenty of time to explore Hanoi on the weekends. To escape city life you could head to nearby Ba Vi National Park, where there is excellent trekking, wildlife viewing, and over 1200 steps leading to the mountain summit for panoramic views over the city. You can also relax and try the local seafood at Halong Bay Beach, the closest beach to Hanoi.

Vietnam is well worth exploring further after your placement. Hike in mountainous Sapa, stare in awe at Halong Bay’s soaring limestone islets, or shop for a new tailor-made wardrobe in fashion capital Hoi An. If this all sounds too chaotic you can head south and enjoy the laid-back beaches on the island of Phu Quoc.

Many volunteers choose to travel on through Southeast Asia to Thailand, Cambodia, or Laos, which can be done affordably - if not always quickly - by bus and train. There are also now many low-cost airlines, which allow you to explore the region further in a limited amount of time.

Projects for All Ages in Vietnam

High School Specials for Teens in Vietnam

Projects for professionals available in Vietnam

Most recent blogs from Vietnam

Vietnam - the final placement blog

The last week at Thuy An was challenging for all of us volunteers. It's hard to commit to the project enough to care, but not get over-involved emotionally, leaving ourselves (and the children) in bits when we leave. I've coped by hitting the database and tidying it up (frustrated ex-librarian persona ...

Vietnam 2016 - speech and language therapy (student)

Blog entry no. 2: it's 2.10am, note the effect that Vietnamese coffee drunk at 7pm is having on me!!!! I've now completed about 2 weeks at the rehab unit, and first impressions were correct: I love it. Here's a sample of the daily timetable. 5.15am. Shocked awake by the children's wake-up alarm: someone ...

De laatste dagen. .

Zo hier ben ik weer :) Jammer genoeg zitten mijn dagen er bijna op. Vandaag dubbel en dik genoten van de kinderen en de sfeer in thuy an met de andere vrijwilligers.  Want het was er mijn laatste halve dag :/. Echt jammer want ik begon me er echt meer en meer thuis te voelen. Zelf de klanken van ...

Vietnam 2016 - speech and language therapy (student)

Six days into the trip, and I finally have a working laptop ... if it dies again, this may the first and only blog entry. First impressions of Vietnam: Hanoi. Walloping heat, near-100% humidity and crazy motorbikes. Cars overtake and undertake, and bikes do the same and try and squeeze through the gaps. ...

een beetje werken als opvoedster

Daarnet de kinderen geholpen bij het wassen. Iets dat ik altijd graag heb gedaan op stage. Ook hier is dit geval. Je zag dat de kindjes er enorm van genoten. Even wat meer tijd voor hen.   Daarna de kindjes die beter te been of beter communiceren helpen met de tanden te poetsen. Blijft het spannend ...

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