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.

“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 Alumnus

  • 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.

    • Foreign Trade University: Use standard English curriculum texts and established lesson plans to present lectures and practice conversational skills; lead open discussions on North American culture, history, lifestyles, and the like…all in English.
    • Nguyen Binh Khiem School: Use games, songs, quizzes and puzzles to help primary and secondary school students expand their English vocabulary and conversational skills.
    • Blind-Link and Omamori Spa: Practice basic conversational English skills to young, visually impaired adults who are in training for professional massage therapy careers.
    •  Vietnam Institute for Development Strategy (VIDS): Tutor high- and mid-ranking officials and bright young researchers on conversational English pronunciation and vocabulary.

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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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!”

“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.”

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

Single Room Fees and Availability