Volunteer and gap year placements
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
Placements are mostly located in the capital Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and surrounding
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.
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
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.