Ba Ria-Vung Tau University

Placement Address

Ba Ria-Vung Tau University
Campus 1
80 Truong Cong Dinh St., Ward 3
Vung Tau City, Vietnam

Dai hoc Ba Ria-Vung Tau
Co so 1,
80 Truong Cong Dinh, Phuong 3,
TP. Vung Tau, Viet Nam

Tel:  +84 (0) 64 3532 222  
         +84 (0) 64 3818 066
         +84 (0) 64 3533 513
Fax: +84 (0)64 3532 233

Placement dates

•  Late August to 15th January
•  Late January to 25th June

Please note that we work with hosts to establish start and finish dates for placements in each programme. However, exact end dates may vary somewhat from placement to placement and year to year.  On arrival at your placement, you should receive guidance and training on your role and responsibilities, and you should take this opportunity to establish when your host expects you to finish.  This date should be respected, and you should only leave your placement earlier than this date with the express agreement of your placement and Programme Manager.

Placement contacts

Placement Head: Ms Nguyen Thi Chim Lang, Rector
Tel: +84 (0) 64 353 2222
Fax: +84 (0) 64 353 2233
Mobile: +84 (0) 913 947 285

Volunteer mentors:
Mrs Nguyen Thi Nga, Specialist of International Relation Department
Tel:  +84 (0) 64 353 2222 - 112
Mobile: (+84) 0983 277 355

Mrs Nguyen Thi Xuan Lien, Vice Dean of International Relation Department
Mobile: +84 (0)909 514 325

Background on host institution

A new university. The CEO is Mrs.NguyenThi Chim Lang.  It also includes a further education college and a technical college. 7,000 students. 6,000 full time and 1,000 in service students. Largely technical and technological.  All need English. 100 English specialists. 20 English teachers. 60% of the students are girls.  They are starting to build a new campus 3K from Campus 2.They will offer internships and exchanges with other Universities.

Volunteers duties

English language teaching assistant, but always completely independent of the Vietnamese teachers in classes majoring in English. The evening classes are mostly mixed ages and abilities.
Volunteers will teach in Campus 2.

Campus 2:
1 Truong Van Bang St., Ward 7,
Vung Tau City

They will teach additional conversation classes for students majoring in English.

Accommodation and food

Shared room on 4th floor of the campus 1  Kettle and microwave, and there is a  fridge. Airy and spacious.
The curfew is at 10 pm.

There are canteen and cooking facilities.

Cash in lieu of food:  3,000,000 VND

Financial allowance

There is an additional allowance of 1,500,000 VND per month for incidental expenses.

Suitable clothing

Vietnam is a reasonably conservative country and both male and female Lattitude volunteers should dress appropriately at their placements.  As teaching assistants, Volunteers need to dress in professional attire and not as backpackers.  Blouses, tops (no strappy singlets), knee-length skirt and trousers are good choices for females and collared tops and neat trousers are required for males.

Other information

• Vung Tau is a seaside resort, 2 hours to the east of HCMC.  It is a fair sized town, pleasant and
   picturesque, popular with the citizens of Saigon. Ba Ria is an industrial city situated some 30 km to
   the west of Vung Tau.
Bus and hydrofoil to HCMC.
Shops, supermarkets, beach, bars etc in Vung Tau.  Not a lot of westerners to be seen round about,
   though there is a bit of an ex-pat community.  Notably Russians.  There are lots of coffee shops, but
   girls won’t feel comfortable in bars here.  Lots of internet cafés.  Internet in rooms.
Vung Tau is an attractive place, basically a seaside resort, very colourful and cheerful.  A real plus is
   the wind which blows in off the sea.There have been incidents with pickpockets.

Recent volunteers

Carmel Eden Margaret Johnson:
Celeste Helene Crawford:

Photo gallery

The front view of Ba Ria - Vung Tau University, Campus 1

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