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Volunteer in an Orphanage in Vietnam

Updated on April 7, 2014

Orphanage babies and children needing love and attention

Volunteers are greatly needed to help care for and play with gorgeous children in the orphanages in Vietnam.

Many children are parentless or have been abandoned as their parents cannot afford to provide for them. These kids need love, attention, education and life skills to ensure they have a future free from poverty.

Projects are available for you to work with orphans, street children, and mentally/physically disabled children in a variety of different orphanages, schools, daycare and social support centres.

Volunteers are needed to assist by caring for babies, teaching basic English, arts 'n' crafts, music, sports, and healthcare.

You will also have a chance to assist with physiotherapy at the disabled orphanages.

GVN serves you to arrange an affordable volunteer opportunity with peace of mind, finanical security, and is a great way for you to contribute to the global community, gain experience, and also fosters personal growth.

Our vision is to support the work of local community organizations in developing countries through the placement of international volunteers. We believe that local communities are in the best position to determine their needs, and we provide volunteers to help them achieve their goals.

The Global Volunteer Network has opportunities available through our partner organization in Vietnam. To find out more about the Vietnam Orphanage program you can visit our website here

We are also offering a Vietnam Youth Tour for 15 - 17 year olds.  You can see details on this exciting opportunity at

What can I do and where is it?

Volunteers are placed in Hanoi.

The Program

Orphanage Program

Volunteers in the Vietnam Children's program have the opportunity to work in one of our placements in Northern Vietnam - these include orphanages, disability centres, villages and street children shelters. Many children are parentless or their families are unable to care for them. The role of the volunteer is provide love, attention, education and life skills for these children, and to support the local staff at these placements. 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 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.

Teaching Program

There is a need in Vietnam for native English speakers or those with Teaching English as a Foreign Language experience to teach in schools, training centres, orphanages and disability centres. Volunteers in this program are placed in one of our placements in Northern and Southern Vietnam to teach primarily English to those from disadvantaged backgrounds. For those with other specialist vocational skills, there is also an opportunity to teach these in a vocational training centre (hospitality, sales, web/graphic design, accommodation, housekeeping, nail art and embroidery).

Volunteers in the Teaching Program are not required to be a qualified teacher, or have any previous teaching experience. All we ask is that you give 100% effort and enthusiasm in your work with the students.

New Physcial Therapy Project

Do you have physical or behavioural therapy skills?

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.

Qualified Physiotherapists Needed

Many children in Vietnam suffer from mental and physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, down-syndrome, hydrocephalus and polio. Volunteers with a physiotherapy background are needed to help the physically disabled children get their body working properly again through daily massage therapy and stretching exercises.

Volunteers who are qualified physiotherapists, occupational therapists, behavioural therapists or studying towards these degrees are needed to work with children with mental disabilities, encouraging them to engage in recreational activities stimulating them both mentally and physically.

Program Requirements and Schedule

As a volunteer in Vietnam you must:

* be 18 years or over

(Please note that we also offer a Youth Tour to Vietnam for 15 - 17 year olds: go to

* be 18 years or older

* have no health problems that would impede your volunteering

* be enthusiastic and motivated

* obtain a satisfactory police check from your home country prior to volunteering

* be a fluent English speaker for the Teaching Program

You can start your placement on the 1st or 15th of each month.

Volunteers can participate in this program from 2 weeks to 5 months.

Amazon Books - Vietnam

Check out these resources to help you get prepared for travelling to Vietnam and volunteering.

Top 10 Reasons Why Volunteering Internationally Will Help You Get Ahead

International volunteering provides a more reciprocal form of travel, in which both volunteers and host communities are able to benefit from the experience. The following report focuses on the benefits that can be gained by volunteers.

The GVN Story

In this short video, Colin will tell you the GVN story, introduce you to its three starter programs, and give you an overview of what GVN aims to do for its volunteers.

Fundraising Video for the Vietnam Orphanage Program

This video has been made by the talented Roz, one of our wonderful repeat volunteers in this program. Please watch the video and see how easy it can be to change the life of a child.

Every Step Counts When Fundraising For A Good Cause!

an article on the Vietnam program by Lauren McMahon, June 2008

Not everyone can cross continents to volunteer but as you will read in this story, no matter where you are, it is possible to touch the life of another human being across the other side of the world. This is an inspiring tale of how two women, one a volunteer and one a marathon runner, join forces to ensure disabled children at an orphanage in Vietnam receive the medical treatment they desperately need.

Evelien Masselink returned from her volunteer placement at an orphanage in Vietnam determined to continue helping the children that she had grown to know and love.

Marloes Campo was busy training for the Rotterdam Marathon, determined to make it over the finish line by running the gruelling, long distance of 42 kilometres.

Both of these women were working towards very different goals, but when they met up for a coffee to share their aspirations with each other, two dreams suddenly merged into one. read more

"I am truly very happy here. If I could stay 3 months I would. Maybe next year."


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      KReneeC 5 years ago

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