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Volunteering in Vietnam is a great opportunity to those who want to experience a new life in a peaceful, fascinating, friendly, and rapidly changing country and interested in learning Southeast Asian culture. Many westerners still imagine Vietnam through the lens of war, but in reality, it is a country with a unique and rich civilization filled with captivating natural beauty and tranquil village life as well as friendly people. Two decades have passed since Vietnam was officially united, and the country has to heal its wounds from war such as social problems, poverty, as well as health and disabled children issues. Vietnam Federation of UNESCO Associations, based in Hanoi, has expanded its activities for development of the country, so now it organizes projects for anyone interested in volunteering in Vietnam including those on a gap year, between semester, or on a career break.

Projects of UVVO are located in Hanoi and rural areas surrounding Hanoi. Volunteers have a lot of opportunities to work on a variety of projects, including care work with disabled children and medicine & healthcare work on hospitals and treatment centers, or work on farms. We also offer volunteer opportunities for teaching English in orphans, primary and secondary schools in Hanoi. Besides, if volunteers want to learn Vietnamese traditional culture, they can work in Vietnam traditional villages. After completing their volunteering in Vietnam, they can also receive a certificate of Vietnam Federation of UNESCO Associations for their outstanding contribution for activities in UNESCO Vietnam.

Program snapshot

Location: Hanoi and rural areas surrounding Hanoi.

Age: 18+. Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the beginning of the program.

Volunteers can come to the projects as individual, as a couple, family or group. All nationalities are welcome.

Minimum stay:  1 week

Costs: UVVO registration fee (US$185 - Refundable if you choose not to go) plus program fees from US$250 for one week (including accommodation and meals). See below for details.

Start and duration

The programs running in Vietnam have start dates as follows: 1st and 15th of each month. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for periods of one week to six months. It’s possible to extend this further if volunteers require.

Airport pickup: included.

Accommodation: Hostel. Meals provided.

Working hours: mainly from 8am until 2-5pm from Monday to Friday. Volunteers can spend their free time to relax or travel and sight-seeing such places of interest such as Ha Long Bay, Tuan Chau Island,

Phong Nha – Ke Bang cave, Huong Pagoda, Cuc Phuong National Park, Sapa, Hue, Da Nang – Hoi An… We also offer travel-tours in Vietnam for volunteers as their requirement in application form. 

Language requirement: English

Program description

1.     Teaching program:

Volunteers will work in Vietnamese school or community centre to help students to improve their English vocabulary and build their listening and speaking skills. Volunteers will assist local teachers with classroom management, educational activities and organize games. Teaching qualifications and experience are welcome, but are not a requirement. The working day is fairly flexible and hours can be tailored to suit the volunteer’s wishes.

2.     Care program:

Volunteers have the opportunity to work in orphanages, care centers, institutions caring for disabled children and young people with special needs. Volunteers will assist local staff in providing rehabilitation exercises and therapy treatments for children, playing with children, involve teaching them English, organizing and helping out with extra-curricular activities…

3.     Medicine & Healthcare intern program

Volunteers can work at hospitals and treatment centers in Hanoi in an internship. Interning in a Medicine & healthcare intern program is a preparation for a future career in general medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, nutrition… To apply for this intern program, volunteers must have qualifications and experience or at least a 3rd –year-student of a medical school.

4.     Working on farms program

Volunteers can work on a milk-cow farm in Ba Vi to help farmers cleaning, feeding and taking care of cows and milking cows or an organic farm to help growing fresh vegetables, fruits and tending to animals.

Besides, we also offer other programs depends on volunteer’s requirement. Please contact us for more details.


Volunteers in Vietnam are introduced to the program staffs and Vietnamese volunteers who directly guide you about Vietnam customs, rules and expectations, safety, travel in Vietnam, also basic Vietnamese lesson, introduction to your project and placement.