Vietnam is a popular tourist destination for those seeking breathtaking landscapes, world-famous beaches and impeccable cuisine. But despite the beautiful aspects of Vietnamese culture, there is also a great need for international volunteers, particularity in Vietnam’s largest city, Ho Chi Minh City. World Endeavors places international volunteers with local shelters supporting children affected by HIV/AIDS. Because HIV/AIDS is a highly stigmatized illness in Vietnam, society often attempts to hide these children in shadows. These children lack not only nutritious meals and adequate education, but more importantly, they lack families to love and care for them unconditionally. These shelters work to provide these essentials to children in need, and require the assistance from international volunteers like you!
World Endeavors volunteers in Vietnam can expect their days to be a combination of meaningful volunteer work, cultural experiences, and free time for relaxation and reflection. Volunteers begin their day with breakfast at the volunteer house, which is provided by the local caretaker. This is a great way to experience authentic Vietnamese cuisine with volunteers from all over the world!
At the shelter, volunteers become involved in a variety of different tasks. We mainly want our volunteers to build meaningful friendships with the children at the shelter though playing games, helping with homework, and teaching English classes. Other assistance may be needed with tasks such as preparing meals and assisting the local staff.
The weekends are a great time to see all that Vietnam has to offer. Optional weekend trips are available at an additional cost. Weekend excursions include trips to Mekong Delta, the southern most region of Vietnam where the Mekong River reaches the South China Sea. The Mekong Delta region offers a maze of river ways for visitors to tour by boat, making stops at the famous floating markets.