Volunteer in Viet Nam


Share your laughter, skills, spirit and heart in the Vietnam volunteer program in orphanages, care and disability centres and schools in and around Hanoi. The greatest need project is located in beautiful Ba Vi where you’ll cycle to your placement each day through rice paddies. Work alongside local volunteers to bring joy and energy to community projects in Vietnam.

What more can say! I am pleased we found this organisation in Vietnam and would recommend this as a volunteer placement for the effort in setting up the work and accommodation for us before we arrived, and particularly for the ongoing support provided and friendship throughout the 2 months in Hanoi.

Jessica | Viet Nam Volunteer


I had a great time joining the projects as a volunteer in Vietnam. Teaching the kids at the Orphanage as well as the kids at the Street Kids Centre was a welcoming and exciting challenge.

Anne | Viet Nam Volunteer


Just Choose a Project and Apply!


With placements in and around Hanoi, you can immerse yourself in the diverse culture of either rural or urban Vietnam, living on-site, in a local guesthouse or with a homestay. You'll be provided with two meals a day of traditional Vietnamese food, or a stipend will be given for these meals upon arrival. We recommend you try the pho bo (beef noodle soup) and goi cuon (fresh spring rolls)!

GVN Projects: Only $250 application fee + $495 per week (for the first four weeks of placement), and $200 per week after this. This includes accommodation, meals (as specified below), coordination, supervision, training, airport pick up and it is due at least 10 weeks prior to your arrival.

Childrens Program

Childrens Program

Are you crazy about kids? Do you want to support them in building a brighter future? Volunteers in the Vietnam Children’s program have the opportunity to work in the rural district of Ba Vi – located approximately 50 km north of Hanoi. You will be working alongside the local staff and giving love and care to the children who have physical and mental disabilities. Volunteers are welcome to focus on tangible goals and encourage the children to be mentally stimulated and work towards becoming mobile in the long term. Volunteers are needed to assist in caring for children, teaching basic English, arts and crafts, music, sports and other life skills where possible. There is also a need for volunteers who have specialized skills in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nursing or other professions with qualifications that could support children with mental and physical disabilities.

Location: Ba Vi Province (50 kms north of Hanoi)

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Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

Do you have physical or behavioural therapy skills? Or an interest in supporting children with physical and mental disabilities? Unfortunately, due to low resources, there is a lack of understanding and skills to support those with disabilities living in residential projects. There is a great need for volunteers who can use any specialized skills in physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing or other professions with qualifications that could support children with mental or physical disabilities. Even if you don't have a related qualification, we still welcome you to join this program - there's always a need for volunteers to provide interaction and engagement for these kids to help them reach their full potential and build relationships.

Location: Ba Vi Province (50 kms north of Hanoi)

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Are you a natural communicator? Do you want the opportunity to help others reach for their goals? Why not spend time in a beautiful rural community while volunteering at the local primary school? Volunteers in this program will teach primarily English to those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Volunteers assist the local teacher but also have the opportunity to teach their own lessons as well. There is also the unique opportunity to teach at the local Pagoda to university and college students. No previous teaching experience is necessary - although enthusiasm, compassion and patience are a must!

Location: Ba Vi Province (50 kms north of Hanoi)

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Why GVN?


Our vision is to connect people with communities in need, with a particular focus on vulnerable women and children. We do this by supporting the work of local community organizations in countries through the placement of international volunteers.

We are excited to get your placement under way where you will:

  • Be a part of GVN's efforts to inspire learning, innovation and action to unlock the potential of vulnerable communities around the world. Work with exceptional grassroots projects in community development, conservation and wildlife, personal development, fundraising and physical challenges.
  • Have the 24/7 support of a non profit with 14 years experience in placing 20156 volunteers that will provide you with an affordable and rewarding placement.
  • Volunteer with a world-class organization which is recommended by Bill Gates and CNN.
  • Be a part of progressive non profit that has raised over $2 million to help women and children in need.
  • Have the comfort of knowing that GVN staff have collectively flown over 1 million miles to ensure you get a quality placement.
  • Make a long-term impact in your community of choice - it's not just a vacation.




How GVN works...


The first step is to fill out an application to see if we have a place for you. Then if your application is successful you will be accepted and we will then get to work organizing your placement.

GVN is a registered Charitable Trust, so volunteers finance themselves, or can fundraise online with our unique GVN platform, with US donors receiving tax receipts. The Program Package provides you with all that is listed below, along with personalized support from our expert staff and the knowledge that you'll be working with a reputable and registered charity with over 14 years experience in the field.

At the heart of our work is the communities our volunteers work to support - we ensure that these communities truly benefit from your time in Viet Nam and that the Program Package fully supports you financially while you're volunteering.

Program Package

GVN Projects: Only $250 application fee + $495 per week (for the first four weeks of placement), and $200 per week after this. This includes accommodation, meals (as specified below), coordination, supervision, training, airport pick up and it is due at least 10 weeks prior to your arrival. due date.

The Program Package also includes a project donation, which supports the work the GVN Foundation does in addressing nutrition, education and healthcare needs, as well as supporting longer-term development approaches, including income generation activities and microfinance.

Your program package includes:


  • Personal support from your Program Specialist throughout the preparation process.
  • Your Program Guide, with all the details on Viet Nam and your placement.
  • Fundraising strategies and access to our crowd funding platform where you can raise up to 100% of the cost your trip, with tax receipts for your US based donors.
  • Access to Your Own Online Journal: which helps you to communicate effectively and easily with your family and friends back home.
  • Opportunities for Preferred Pricing and Personalized Service when booking Airfares: through our travel partner GYT Flight Centre who go the extra mile to support GVN volunteers.


  • Accommodation: Onsite/ Guest House/ Hotel/ Host Family.
  • Meals: 3 meals daily.
  • Airport pickup: On arrival date.
  • Training: In-country orientation and training.
  • Supervision: In-country staff supervision.
  • Support: Pre-departure personal support from your volunteer coordinator, 24/7 in-country support from partner, and 24hr emergency e-mail.


  • An opportunity to debrief and provide feedback
  • Free access to GVN Changemakers program which alerts you to future internship/job opportunities at GVN.
  • A Letter of Completion in Volunteer Service.
  • The opportunity to stay connected with your project.
  • Global advocacy and fundraising campaigns to continue your part of the movement for social change with an international non-profit that has granted over $2 million to our partner organizations.

The program package does not include: Flights, insurance, visas, vaccinations, accommodation the night before orientation, transport to your project outside of Hanoi, transport to project if not within walking distance, departure from the program.

We recommend you allow a weekly budget of US $25 for your other expenses such as bottled water, personal items, beverages, and entertainment.




Do I need travel insurance?

All GVN Volunteers must have insurance. You are free to take out insurance cover through any provider of your choice. However, as some policies do not cover volunteering, we recommend you check you are covered during your volunteer placement.

For your convenience we have arranged a comprehensive package specially designed for volunteering. It includes excellent medical and accident coverage as well as “loss of deposits” cover which covers fees paid to GVN, airlines etc. If you would like to learn more just follow this link: http://www.globalvolunteernetwork.org/insurance/

Who organizes my visa for my volunteer placement?

You do. You will need to obtain a tourist visa, which can be extended once you are in Vietnam if your placement is longer than three months. Visas can be obtained prior to arrival from a travel agency or Vietnamese Embassy, or at the airport on arrival to Vietnam. Your visa needs to specify the exact dates that you will be in Vietnam, so you will need to bear this in mind when applying.

How many volunteers are there on site at the same time?

This varies depending on how many volunteers we have at the time. You may be placed with other volunteers but you also may be placed by yourself at a particular placement. If this is a concern for you, please contact your volunteer coordinator and they can advise you further.

How safe is it to volunteer in Vietnam?

Vietnam is a relatively safe country to live in, however, as with all travel, you need to take precautions such as carrying cash in a money belt and being aware of your possessions and surroundings at all times (be extra vigilant at night time). You will need to be extra careful when travelling in urban areas, such as Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

Can I learn Vietnamese during my teaching period?

Our partner may be able to arrange this for you if you are interested.

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About Viet Nam


Viet Nam

Vietnam is notable for its spectacular scenery and long and rich cultural history. While the war is not too far in the past, and still affects the day to day life of many Vietnamese, its people are friendly and the country has opened up to economic liberalisation. With a long and beautiful coastline and the Red River and Mekong Deltas, Vietnam is full of beautiful and unspoiled scenery. The Vietnamese are extremely cordial to Western visitors, and are eager for extra contact with the rest of the world.

Geographically Vietnam lies in South East Asia, sharing a border with China to the north, and Laos and Cambodia to the west.  Vietnam enjoys a long coastline along its eastern side.

Development in Vietnam

Vietnam launched an economic reform programme in 1986. The core of Vietnam’s economic strategy has been rapid integration into the world economy.  Despite an initial improvement, with integration into the global market Vietnam struggles with strengthening its resilience to global fluctuations.

The Vietnamese economy suffers from inflation, which increases the price of goods and services putting further pressure on families.

Fifty per cent of the population still live on less than US$2 a day. On top of this, large portions of the population remain vulnerable to sliding back into poverty as a result of either economic shocks or natural disasters such as typhoons and flooding.

Education of Vietnamese youth is an extremely important foundation for lifting their generation and their family out of poverty.

Volunteer Impact

The mission of our partner in Vietnam is to reduce poverty and provide better quality of life for disadvantaged children in Vietnam. This builds cross-cultural education and understanding between Vietnamese people and people around the world.

Volunteers provide assistance to disadvantaged socio-economic groups within Vietnamese communities, focusing primarily on displaced, destitute, disabled and orphaned children.

As a volunteer in Vietnam you can provide love, affection, education and support to orphaned children.  You will help to improve their living facilities allowing them to be self sufficient and providing a safe and secure environment in which they flourish.  As a volunteer you can practice and teach physiotherapy to disabled children.  You will also provide English education, inter-cultural exchange and understanding in Vietnamese communities.

What else can I do in Vietnam?

Visitors to Vietnam will find a range of activities within their local area, with the rest of the country also within easy access for sightseeing.

Based in Hanoi, you can visit magical Ha Long Bay on a weekend trip, or the rural town of Sapa. There's also plenty to do within Hanoi, including a tour of the old city, shopping markets, sampling street food, or explore Vietnam's history in the many museums and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

Also highly recommended in Vietnam are the Forbidden City in Hue, the small town of Hoi An, China Beach, or the Cham ruins in My Son.


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