MEKONG DELTA PROGRAM
The volunteer program is based in the center of Vị Thanh, a provincial city and also the capital city of Hậu Giang Province in Vietnam. A new and small city that is 35 km from the Mekong Capital city Can Tho. The city is in the middle of the delta and has a beautiful landscape with rivers, canals, fruit, and flowers garden. A flat city which is good for biking and hiking with many photo opportunities.
What can you expect
Friendly people to make you feel at home. The Volunteer Vietnam team is well organized and each member has experience in working with volunteers. Volunteers are given a weekly schedule of their work times and activities. Volunteers will have a meeting each day with the Volunteer Vietnam care team member to discuss the activities planned for the following day.
The program takes place at 3 sites:
- The Hoa Mai Half Way Children’s Home
- Social Support Center
- The Primary School
What We Need
We are seeking volunteers to assist with care and teach for around 1,000 disadvantaged people at the social support centers and schools. Here are the volunteer programs for you:
Physiotherapy, occupational therapy for disabled people: Volunteers assist with giving physiotherapy and occupational therapy for elderly homeless people with mental, physical and emotional disabilities in Vi Thanh city. Volunteers will work at the Social Support Center with around 50 women, accompanied by the Volunteer Vietnam physiotherapist. As well, there are two physiotherapists who work at the center who will support us. The Volunteer Vietnam physiotherapist will teach volunteers the physiotherapy methods used and will work closely with the volunteers. You will work approximately 12 hours per week in the physiotherapy program. When you are not working in the physiotherapy program, you will be helping out with the other programs, such as the teaching program and healthcare program.
Care for children and elderly people: Volunteers assist with healthcare to children and adults with mental, physical and emotional disabilities in Vi Thanh city. Volunteers will work with a Volunteer Vietnam team member in healthcare activities at various times during the week at the schools, the Social Support Center and the Primary School. You will be working in the healthcare program for approximately 10 hours per week with a Volunteer Vietnam team member. When you are not working in the healthcare program, you will be helping out with the other programs, such as the physiotherapy program and teaching program.
Teaching underprivileged children: Volunteers assist with teaching hygiene, English, arts and crafts, music and sports to the underprivileged children at Bui Thi Xuan primary school in Vi Thanh city. During the week, volunteers and a Volunteer Vietnam team member will teach approximately 12 hours per week. This involves teaching at two kindergarten schools and teaching English classes to social workers and horticulture students at the Social Support Center. When you are not working in the teaching program, you will be helping out with the other programs, such as the physiotherapy program and healthcare program.
The day starts at 7.30 am with breakfast at the volunteer house. At 8 am you will travel to your work place by car, driven by a Volunteer Vietnam team member. You work from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. You return to the volunteer house for lunch around 11 am. Your lunch time is from 11am to 2 pm. This time is your free time to do whatever you like. At 2 pm you will travel to your work place and finish at 4:30 pm. Dinner is served at the volunteer house at 5 pm. In the evening your time is free. Some options are going out for coffee, going downtown, or getting a massage.
The volunteer's weekly work schedule is approximately 5 hours per day from Monday to Thursday and 3 hours on Friday.
Free Time Activities
Visit the delta by boat for photo opportunities and meet with local people, visiting fruit gardens or rice fields, staying in a bungalow resort in the heart of the delta and get the evening experience about the rural area. You will have the chance to enjoy local food, traditional music and learn cooking. Visit Can Tho Capital City to see floating markets, have some local fruits, walk around the city, and do some shopping.
At Volunteer Vietnam, we do not take volunteer applications directly. We partner with international volunteer sending organizations around the world to recruit volunteers. It depends on your regions and interests. You can choose to apply through our partners as bellows. We are more than happy to answer any questions and will give you the best information about our programs which will support your application process. We look forward very much to having you volunteer with us!
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