Volunteer and gap year placements in Vietnam

Vietnam is a richly diverse country located between the Red River Delta in the north and Mekong Delta in the south.  With tourism being such a strong industry for the country’s economy, learning English is considered the key to a prosperous future and our volunteers provide an avenue for people to learn and practice.

Placement locations

Placements are mostly located in the capital Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and surrounding areas.

Is it for me?

Vietnam will allow you to step outside your comfort zone, and embrace a truly rich cultural experience. You will be able to push yourself as you take on a position of responsibility, and teach English to people of many ages. Any shortage in resources will be more than made up for by the keenness of your students to learn.

Roles explained

English Teaching placements are mostly in colleges and universities with  some in primary and secondary schools. Volunteers provide students with the opportunity to practice their spoken English by leading activities such as conversation, role playing, singing and debating.  A range of extracurricular activities including conversation groups, visiting students’ homes and playing games add great value and enjoyment to the placements.  Volunteers may also be asked to teach the teachers as well to assist in enhancing their confidence in English conversation.

Volunteers are involved with an average of 20 hours of formal classes per week.  A small amount of pocket money is paid.

Accommodation and food

Accommodation is either provided on campus at the host institution, or in a nearby flat rented by the host.  Food is either supplied or an allowance provided for self-catering.

Need to know

Pre departure briefing – all volunteers are invited to a group briefing prior to departure
Language – no previous knowledge of Vietnamese is required
On arrival – volunteers undertake a five-day combined teaching skills and orientation course in Ho Chi Minh City


Volunteers have the opportunity to travel with a one-week holiday during their placement and also at the end. The scars of the Vietnam War are still visible and the Vinh Moc tunnels north of Hue are a poignant reminder of that time.  Thousand year old Hanoi in the north has a beautiful, classical old quarter where oriental and western influences mingle seamlessly.  Ho Chi Minh City in the south is Vietnam’s largest city, a real shopper’s paradise.  In between are white sandy beaches, the magical Mekong delta, endless terraced hillsides and thickly forested highlands.


Quick facts
Capital: Hanoi
Government: Republic
Language: Vietnamese
Population: 88.1 million
Religions: Buddhism
Timezone: GMT +7
Climate: climate, with humidity averaging 84 % throughout the year
Currency: đồng
"Discovering Vietnam and how radically different it is from England (I really did fall in love with it) has also made me want to travel more and explore the world and all it has to offer. I would never have been this adventurous had I not been on this placement; it’s really opened my eyes to the world."

Marianne, English teacher