Volunteers in Vietnam find a large and diverse land. Nearly the size of Germany, Vietnam is known for its natural beauty. Miles of sparkling coastline blend seamlessly with the Mountains that cover three-fourths of the land. Vietnam’s complex political history is now focused on economic development as a national priority. Sports are popular in Vietnam, as is good food! Pho, spring rolls and green tea are must-haves. With history dating back thousands of years, temples, historic sites and traditions abound. Volunteers here are often surprised by temperatures that vary from extreme cold in the mountains to hot and humid in the central regions.
United Planet is the US and Canadian partner of the International Cultural Youth Exchange, or ICYE. As a volunteer in Vietnam, you will be hosted by Volunteers for Peace Vietnam, ICYE’s Vietnamese partner organization. VPV started in 2005 with the aim to promote international voluntary service as a means of cultural and educational exchange among people – for peace, friendship and understanding.
Volunteers work at primary and secondary schools. Tasks will include helping with the teaching of English and participating in the general running of the facility.
Volunteers work with disadvantaged members of the local community. Possible placements include working with disabled children, living and working in an orphanage, and working with local community development organizations.
Volunteers assist in local medical facilities. Areas of medicine include orthopedics and rehabilitation, pediatrics, and work with the disabled. Medical experience is not necessary, but is a strong advantage and will allow the volunteer to participate more fully.
While you’re in Hanoi, feel free to explore the city. Visit the local shops and street markets, sample delicious food, or walk along the Ceramic Mosaic Mural.
Visit Ho Chi Minh Square and see City Hall, explore Ben Thanh Market, or see the beauty of Ho Chi Minh’s very own Notre Dame Cathedral
Take a kite boarding or surfing lesson or visit Mui Ne Harbor and see the various colors and designs of the fishing boats.
Make sure to see the sunset while you are visiting the sand dunes, it makes a beautiful photograph for you to keep with you forever.
United Planet Quests are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.
|Start Date||6 month fee||1 year fee||Early Bird Deposit Deadline||Regular Deposit Deadline|
|August 2016||$7,775||$11,175||Monday, March 21, 2016||Monday, May 23, 2016|
|January 2017||$7,775||$11,175||Friday, August 12, 2016||Friday, September 16, 2016|
We want you to succeed. That means having in place the support our volunteers need. We don’t just drop you in country and hope for the best. We provide training before you leave … language exposure … 24/7 in-country support … support for your host family … accommodations, meals and airport transportation … activities and excursions. The whole idea is to make the experience successful and productive for you and the host community, and we have found that these things are crucial. Remember that we are a non-profit, mission-driven organization – we wouldn’t spend money on something that wasn’t important.