Make a social impact in Vietnam! Volunteer at a Disabled Center!

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The Exchange

The Đông Anh Training and Career Guidance Center trains the disabled in sartorial skills, producing offerings for the deceased, arts, basket-weaving, embroidering, and other crafts suitable for the disabled. These activities do not require hard labor and are easy to learn. The center’s services completely free.


Title

19 hours of help per week

Arts: Professional painting, sculpting or drawing.

Social Work: Help the local community.

Teaching Languages: Give language lessons to guests or local community.


What you get

2 days off per week

Shared Dorm: Be ready to meet people while staying in a shared dorm.

Lunch: Free lunch is served y'all, get yours!

Dinner: Have your free dinner before going to bed.

Free Laundry: There's a special place where all the clothes get cleaned for free.

Bikes at your disposal: Hop on my bike, baby! Free to use bicycles.

Pick Up: No worries! Get a free ride to get to our place.

Language lessons: Learn or improve your language skills.

Certificate: Get a certificate of completion after you finish your experience.


Requirements

Intermediate English

Over 18 years old


What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa


Program Details

On average, about 30 disabled students are selected each year. The training period lasts from 5 to 7 months and produces graduates who can independently start their own production facility. Those who would rather remain at the center may stay in residencies and earn a living from their hand-made merchandise. All proceeds go to the residents, the center does not take a single cent. Costs and resources are supported by social organizations, orders of artisan products from the sales team, and most importantly, benevolent benefactors.
Volunteers are needed to participate in the upkeep of the center, equipment maintenance, cooking, organizing recreational activities, daily care of the students, counseling, career and vocational guidance, physiotherapy, as well as essential skills training such teaching English. Volunteers with experience in outreach and networking to secure training partners


Activities & Shift

Volunteering days:

7.30am: Breakfast with other volunteers.

8.00am: Volunteer and staff take transport to volunteer placement. You will be given a duty roster and a plan for your work. There is usually a tea break and a lunch break (11.30 am – 2.00 pm). Work hours vary and depend on your placement.

4.00pm: Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to visit local sites or do some other things. You may also want to hang out with the children until around 5.00pm.

7.30pm – 8.00pm: Dinner at the volunteer house.

Day offs:
During the weekend, volunteers have time off and usually just relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of Hanoi and Vietnam. Long weekends can be taken to travel further afield and engage in interesting activities with the students such as homestay in the student’s home, trekking, swimming, sport, historical tours, scenic tours.


Rules

- Having a medical background and/or experience in working with people with disabilities is an advantage, however, volunteers without experience will still be able to join in various activities as the students are always very keen to be around foreigners.