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Vietnamese Community Volunteering

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  • Hanoi, Vietnam
Organization Description

Founded in 2014, VCV is Vietnam Community Volunteers, a Non-profit organization, for community development, educational cooperation and cultural exchange based in Hanoi. Specializing in helping our students with their education, skills development and awareness of environmental issues.

VCV believes that education is fundamental to sustainable development, therefore our aim is to create an open and fair learning environment for all our participants to learn. At many universities in Viet Nam, students learn a lot of English grammar but rarely are they taught to correctly speak and converse in English. Once they graduate, then, they have difficulties finding employment in the best paying jobs, which often require these English language skills.

VCV aims to give our students the best chance possible to improve their speaking skills, to find a good job and improve their overall well-being.

Within the communities, we operate we strive to do so without any regard for the economic status or background of the students. As such, we offer some free and subsidised classes in order to welcome students from disadvantaged backgrounds; as well as, providing classes for business professionals looking to improve their working English.

Along with our students, the most important part of our organisation is our volunteers. We recognise that they are an integral element in providing an environment that supports the educational and cultural development of our students.

We will provide you with a good quality of life during your stay in Viet Nam. Our full-time staff will be on hand to provide you with a tidy space to live and work, and offer you all sorts of authentic Vietnamese meals throughout the day,

Along with our students, they enjoy helping our volunteers anytime and are more than happy to become your tour guide, They'll be able to take you to the sites of Hanoi not well trod by your average traveller.

We offer projects in Hanoi center. Every year, hundreds of volunteers join our projects in teaching English and joining outdoor activities. Making an unforgettable experience volunteering, cultural exchange, cuisine exploring and charity for homeless. We are proud of the positive impact that we have in enhancing the lives of both the volunteers and the students who learn English with us.

VCV does not require a Teaching Certificate, but do prefer you to have some experience of teaching. However, if you have no experience but are passionate about helping our students, we're more than willing to help you get to grips with teaching.To support our volunteers with their teaching and preparation we have a number resources available, including: class books, teacher's book (very detailed on how to teach lessons in the language center), flashcards, media, CDs, game ideas and other ideas to make their classes more exciting. Along with discussing fun ideas with your fellow volunteers and us.

1. Teaching adult in Hanoi center.
- In our volunteer home area, we run very low price and free classes.
- This is a great environment to exchange culture, meet new people and gain teaching experience for children and adults.
- Topics are varied and there is plenty of opportunities to share your experiences, exchange language skills, and gain knowledge of our culture and way of life.
- The age of students is from 18+ years old

2. Teaching children in Hanoi center.
- These classes are more structured, so you'll be able to apply your existing experience in a new environment or gain lots of teaching experience in a welcoming atmosphere.
- There are detailed teacher book guides for these classes for you to follow if you wish.
- The age of the students is 5-13 years old.

3. What’s else you will do to gain cultural exchange.

a, Weekly team building/coffee shop/Picnic/VCV monthly meet up in the volunteer apartment.

b, Social Outing, a great way to explore Vietnamese and participate in cultural exchanges through the local people, foods, and customs.

c, A chance for learning Vietnamese. We can help you to learn Vietnamese if you want.

d, Serve underprivileged communities of Hanoi every month. We are raising a fund to help the homeless and underprivileged people living in Hanoi

We are pleased to welcome volunteers who can support us for one month to several months or more.
• Free accommodation, wifi, laundry
• Free different, delicious food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner per day.
• Coffee, Lipton tea, green tea, cacao, cake, fruits, noodles, bread, pasta, ...are available for free.
• Food for vegetarians/vegans is available.

A nice apartment for all volunteers with 01 big living room + 03 bedrooms with private bed and mattress + 02 bathrooms + 01 kitchen room + 01 balcony with nice view.

There are lots of restaurants, coffee shop, supermarket, local market, taxi, hospital,

It's very close to the football field, park, banks with ATMs, cinemas, Gyms, Yoga centre,...

Volunteer certificate and recommendation letter, with a stamp, will be provided

What’s not included
Flights. Insurance. Visas. Transportation: airport drop-off.
Childcare / Children, Education, Women
Skills Needed
English fluency
Accommodation Provided - Minimum Stay: 1 month
Average Cost per Week ($USD)
$0 per week
Estimate only - contact this Organization for actual costs to Volunteer
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • 3 Meals per Day
  • Homestay
  • Local Transport
  • Internet

Costs do not include Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Spending Money, 2-Meals-per-Day, 1-Meal-per-Day, Volunteer-Hostel, Airport-Pickup-and-Drop-Off
Hay Luyen


Vietnamese Community Volunteering Average Ratings
I volunteered in Sept 2018 at Vietnamese Community Volunteering in Hanoi. I had a great experience and I highly recommend this organization!!! The accommodations were comfortable and the food was plentiful. I hadn't taught English in over 7 years but the volunteers really helped me a lot and if you go there and have questions, just ask the other volunteers and staff. It is just like one big family there and everyone helps each other. Ms Hay, the leader, will go out of her way to help you in any way she can. I enjoyed getting to meet all my new friends and I highly enjoyed the cultural exchanges. If you have never volunteered before or never taught English before, then you should volunteer here first! I had such a great time here and cant wait to go back. I shall always...
The experience at VCV was amazing overall,i have met incredible friends Vietnamese and other foreigners and also students taught me a lot! I am very great full to have been accepted to take part in this organization , i feel very confident when teaching because of the advice and guidance of Miss Hay the Owner. Thanks a lot ! Best regards Phelisa :)
I spent almost 2 months at VCV and had a fabulous time. I loved not only teaching, but building friendships with the students in the adult classes. They were all incredibly motivated to learn, full of enthusiasm, and very good fun! I am still in touch with many of the students, who were so instrumental in making my experience in Ha Noi so great! The day trips, where we went to various interesting places with the students, travelling on the back of the students' motorbikes, provided me with many great memories, as well as the chance for the students to converse with volunteers in a more informal, less contrived setting. 2 days a week were set aside for volunteers to either get some well-earned rest or explore more of the surrounding area. However, one thing I learned during my travels...
I had an amazing time here. I had never taught English before and had no idea what to expect but once I got there I was shown some really good resources to help me plan my lessons. You teach at both a learning centre (children) and also at the apartment (children and adults) which can sometimes be overwhelming with a lot of people at the house but its actually a really good way of meeting new people and it makes the lessons at the apartment seem a lot more relaxed. The children are so cute and really well behaved. Make sure to teach and play lots of learning games with them because they love games! Ms Hay and other volunteers can suggest games to play if you don't really know any before heading to VCV like me. The adult lessons are taught with another volunteer which is awesome...
It's a very good time here. The teaching experience is wonderful, and the community is nice. If there's anything I think people should know, I think that it's quite tight quarters. Expect to share a room and bathroom with 2-3 people, which is entirely the norm for Vietnam. The classes take place in the living room, so sometimes students are in the apartment. Expect to teach 7-8 classes a week, with 2 days off being the norm. With that being said, Ms. Hay is flexible and if you ask her for a certain block of days off, she is entirely willing to let you have them. She and the team cook great food for lunch and dinner, and breakfast is usually a mixture of bread and fruit. This is a great program if you need teaching experience for a job later on, or if you'd like a...
I contacted VCV a few weeks before starting volunteering. Ms Hay was very quick to respond with information and to confirm my dates for volunteering. I've just finished 6 weeks of volunteering here and have really enjoyed it. We teach mainly adult classes in the apartment where we live, these are mostly in the evening. The students are very enthusiastic and motivated to learn which is great. We also teach children at a school nearby, about 30 minutes on a motorbike. There is a lot of flexibility in planning lessons for the classes at the apartment. We go on a trip with students once a week and students are often at the apartment which allows you to get to know them outside of classes. I've really enjoyed working with the other volunteers and everyone at VCV. I would...
I applied to VCV just 2 weeks before I came to Vietnam, I was in contact with Ms.Hay who was very helpful and quick to process the application. When I arrived I immediately felt at home. The other volunteers were all very nice and the students were so friendly. Ms. Hay cooks the best Vietnamese food on earth and I would highly recommend VCV to anyone who wants to get a real vietnam experience and make many friends. The classes were also great, I was teaching some classes aged 8-12 and other classes were aged 20-35. The hours were very reasonable, I always had 2 days off per week. I am very happy with my experience in Hanoi and thank you Ms. Hay for everything. hope we can meet again some day!
I started at VCV at the end of March, and am staying until the end of May. I have absolutely loved this experience and do not have a bad word to say about my time here. I was instantly welcomed into the VCV family by ms Hay, her Vietnamese helpers and other teacher volunteers. It was my first time ever teaching English as a second language, but I had all the help and resources I could hope for. Apart from being very nervous in my first week, I soon got into the flow of teaching and planning my own lessons. Ms Hay is a very dedicated, generous and thoughtful person, who always wants to look after her teachers and students. She cooks amazing food, which I'd consider to be the best in Vietnam. The day trips that we are lucky enough to go on every week, are amazing experiences for us and...
Ms. Hay makes VCV feel like a family. All the students were incredibly enthusiastic about learning English. The fellow volunteers have become friends for life. The apartment is in an incredible area, everything is easily accessible. And the food.... Ms. Hay makes the best food in Vietnam, hands down. I cannot recommend volunteering at VCV enough! Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!
VCV has been a life-changing experience for me. I came in as a teacher but I believe I have learnt the most here. Ms Hay and the VCV family have taught me so many lessons and it has truly been a humbling experience. I have made friends for life and I cannot wait to re-visit and see how everyone is doing. Practical Information: I taught five days a week and the days off were flexible. If I wanted two consecutive days off, Ms Hay would ensure this happened. I shared a room with two other people and there were three bathrooms for use. We all chipped in with the cleaning and so the apartment was lovely to live in and very homey. I do not exaggerate when I say this, Ms Hay's food is the best Vietnamese food you will eat. There are three meals a day provided. Every Thursday and...
This was a great place to volunteer. The people and kids teachers and other volunteers were awesome. I have so many new friends now because of the experience. Miss Hay went out of her way to make my accommodations more comfortable. She is also a very fine cook and I wish she was making my meals right no but she is not. I was there from October till April 1st. The teachers also were very helpful and nice. I still get the kids to say hi to me on facebook so that is so rewarding alone let alone the rest of the experience. I can't say enough good things but would without a doubt recommend it anytime. Thank You Miss Hay, Clay Hornbaker