Volunteer in Vietnam

Teach English skills in classrooms, offices and small groups as a short-term volunteer in Vietnam. Growing out of rural community development projects in 1995, our Vietnam partnership helps propel youth and adults toward their educational and career goals. Review the standard volunteer work schedule here for volunteers who teach English in Vietnam.

“Working with enthusiastic and energetic adolescent school children was a two-way learning experience and very satisfying. Teaching English,  playing word games and the ever-popular spoons, and a bit of sports was a lot of fun. The hotel was quite pleasant and perfectly located. The Vietnamese food was superb, and Hanoi had a number of sites worth seeing. This was my sixth Global Volunteers program, and it’s hard to pick which one I liked the best.”
– Ken Dubuque, Vietnam Alumna

  • Work with Youth and Adults

    Many Vietnamese schools and private language programs lack teachers with sufficient English competencies to teach practical English capabilities beyond basic writing and speaking skills. Your English teaching assignments build on these skills, and help them improve their conversational abilities.

    • As a volunteer at Foreign Trade University, you teach conversational English skills using standard English curriculum texts and established lesson plans to present lectures on specified topics, but occasionally you may lead open discussions on North American culture, history, lifestyles, and the like…all in English.
    • As a volunteer at Nguyen Binh Khiem School, you use games, songs, quizzes and puzzles to coax primary and secondary school students into expanding their English vocabulary and conversational skills. Team-teach in classrooms, or work independently with small student groups.
    • As a volunteer at Blind-Link, you teach basic conversational English skills to young, visually impaired adults who are in training for professional massage therapy careers. Your skills, enthusiasm and encouragement go the distance in giving them a “leg up” in their long-term professional development, and ultimately, their self-sufficiency.
    •  (Available in late 2020) As a volunteer at the Vietnam Institute for Development Strategy (VIDS), a research center on national socio-economic development strategies, you’re a resource to their English Communication Program. Tutor high- and mid-ranking officials and bright young researchers on conversational English pronunciation and vocabulary. You work with up to five students and a local volunteer who helps prepare English teaching materials and coordinates logistics. You may also be called on for simple English translation.

FAQs: How to Volunteer in Vietnam

Food and Lodging

Your health and safety as a volunteer in Vietnam are our highest priorities. Your secure, full-service 3-star Hanoi Heritage Hotel is an airy and quiet oasis in Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter. Each guest room is double occupancy, with air-conditioning, in-room telephones, private baths with hot and cold water, and cable TV with CNN, BBC and other international channels.

  • Air conditioning
  • English TV channels
  • Free Wi-fi and business center
  • Central location in city
  • Single rooms available for an extra fee
  • Foreign currency exchange
  • Spa service
  • On-site restaurant
  • Laundry services

Vietnamese food is healthy and appealing to most every palate. A buffet breakfast is served at the hotel. Lunch is at the schools or local restaurants. Dinners are enjoyed as a team at restaurants in the Old Quarter. You can expect meals based on rice and noodles such as stir fry, hot pot, vegetables, tropical fruits, fish, chicken, pork and beef.  Bottled water is provided daily.  Vegetarian diets can generally be accommodated.

“I really appreciate what the Global Volunteers do for us. You come not only like friends, teachers, and colleagues but also like angels with all enthusiasm, respect, and friendliness.”

Nguyen Thu HuongForeign Trade University teacher

“The Vietnamese seem to really like us. Their smiles are warm. Students are always eager to say hello to us. Suzanne and Katie are told that a student, a soon-to-be-bride would be honored to have them at her wedding. And Ben, a former soldier, is treated so well he wants to return and again help people he has come to love.”

Janet RodriguezVietnam Volunteer

“I would like to express my highest appreciation for your wonderful teaching, helping to improve greatly my colleagues’ pronunciation and presentation skills. We look forward to an even closer cooperation between VIDS and Global Volunteers.”

Phan Ngoc Mai PhuongVice President, Vietnam Institute for Development Strategies

“Opening our doors to volunteers from America has been a great success for our students and our teachers, especially in a world where speaking and writing English is becoming increasingly important.”

Dr. Nguyen Van HoaHeadmaster of Ngyyen Binh Khiem High School

“Overall, it’s an amazing experience. I love to see how eager the students are to learn English. They never get frustrated with their disability. Blindness never stopped them from being happy every day, from smiling and wanting so badly to learn and becoming more successful in their life. These all inspire me.”

Courtney BradyVietnam Volunteer

“With the teachers in the front of the classroom, we truly felt we were part of a TEAM. Clearly, they’ve come to understand the value of working in partnership with us, so we were treated as welcome guests and valued resources. The students are bright – there is much pondering, repeating, laughing, trying again, and at times, singing!”

Barbara CorbusierVietnam volunteer

“Having said ‘Good Morning Vietnam’ my own way, one person at a time, I’m going home to America knowing that for me, the war in Vietnam and in myself is finally over.”

John BochainVietnam War veteran, Vietnam Volunteer

Be The Change.

Through important, full-day volunteer English teaching assignments, cultural activities and time for personal adventures, you’ll learn about Vietnam and remain forever invested. Our time-tested and proven philosophy of service ensures your efforts help advance the host community’s development vision and goals. You contribute to genuine development projects, and in doing so, you‘re accepted as family. Our commitment to work in partnership on long-term community projects enables you, in just a short time, to serve as a critical link in a chain of volunteer support spanning three decades.

Volunteer in Vietnam: Request a Program Fact Sheet

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