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Teaching Conversational English in Vietnam

First-time Global Volunteer Denise Nelson Nash has always had a passion for volunteering. In July, she served on a Global Volunteers service program in Hanoi, Vietnam – a goal for her – teaching conversational English at the Vietnamese Institute for Development Strategies (VIDS). She shares her story here: “As a young adult, I lived and […]

volunteering abroad comforts the soul

Jeff started volunteering abroad after a personal loss. His journey of healing lead him to a new journey – as a Team Leader for Global Volunteers. This is Jeff’s story – about how volunteering abroad comforts the soul.  Jeff admits his story is deeply personal. When he lost his wife to breast cancer, he also […]

Volunteer in Hanoi

Over the past 30+ years, Global Volunteers’ CEO and Co-founder Bud Philbrook has led dozens of Global Volunteers teams. In all his travels across the world, Vietnam sticks as one of his favorite places to volunteer. Why? Read on for Bud’s eight reasons to volunteer in Hanoi! 1. Vietnamese love Americans. I’ve been to Vietnam […]

Expectations Vs. Reality

Expectations Vs. Reality in Vietnam: Fran, a volunteer serving in Vietnam, writes about her expectations and what she actually finds at a day serving with Global Volunteers.  Expectations: It is early and I am awake. I want desperately for this day to begin when I will meet and make new friends. In the short time […]

Peace Lilies

Global Volunteers Vietnam Team Leader Jim Swiderski reflects on Peace in Vietnam, Peace Lilies, and how to make both of these flourish.  Goooood Mooorrnig Vietnaaam!!! A garden of “Peace Lilies” next to the lake and park in central Hanoi greets my morning walk. It’s hard to capture the rush of emotions I have today as […]

use your career to make a difference in Vietnam

Tom has volunteered 5 times in Vietnam. Like Tom, you can use your career to make a difference in Vietnam. The weather today was beautiful — blue skies with a moderately warm temperature. It helped make it another pleasant day in Hanoi. My friend, travel partner and roommate, Keith, and I got up early and took […]

volunteer in vietnam

Have you ever wonder what would it be like to volunteer in Vietnam? Keith, a 4-times Vietnam volunteer describes a typical day volunteering in Hanoi.  “I’m not sure what part of my day is most enjoyable.” It could be my solo run around Hoan Kiem at the break of dawn. Just me along with hundreds […]

Lunar New Year

Jenny Quach is a volunteer coordinator at Global Volunteers. She knows a thing or two about Vietnam. She was born there. Here she shares a little bit about the Lunar New Year. While January 28, 2017 is just another day for most Americans, on the other side of the world, many Asian countries (China, Taiwan, Vietnam, […]

Global Volunteer Teaching Projects

Four-time Global Volunteer Connie reflects back on her volunteer teaching projects and experiences from Vietnam, Cuba and Portugal – comparing and contrasting them… These words “rigid, fluid, and tech” describe three Global Volunteers tutoring experiences in Vietnam, Cuba, and most recently Portugal. “Rigid” curriculum and teaching structure in Vietnam contrasted to the “fluid” evening conversation sessions […]

Vietnam Volunteer Vacation

Enlarge Their Capabilities – And Your Perspective. Service adds meaningful dimensions to life. On a Vietnam volunteer vacation, you not only work with children and adults one-on-one, you expand their role in the country’s future. As a volunteer, you contribute to the country’s long-term development and position in the global marketplace, just by sharing what you already […]