Doan Thi Diem Ha Long School

Placement Address

Doan Thi Diem Ha Long School
Cao Xanh Urban Area, Ha Khanh B, Cao Xanh Ward,
Ha Long City, Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam

Truong Doan Thi Diem Ha Long
Khu do thi Cao Xanh, Ha Khanh B, Phuong Cao Xanh,
TP Ha Long, Tinh Quảng Ninh, Viet Nam

Tel:  +84 (0)33 222 7836

Placement dates

•  1st September to 21st December or 15th January
•  Late January to 31st May

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: Mrs Nguyen Thi Hong An
Phone: +84 (0)33 222 7857
Mobile: +84 (0)982 125 638

Volunteer mentors: Ms Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc, Head of English Section
Mobile: +84 (0)902 299 848

Ms Pham Thi Le, English teacher
Mobile: +84 (0)974 460 325

It is a good idea to find out exactly who is the link teacher, but all teachers are very friendly.

Background on host institution

Halong City is on the coast, a little north of Hai Phong, overlooking the famous Halong Bay (World Heritage site).  Some 3-4 hours by road from Hanoi.

This school is linked to the Doan Thi Diem School in Hanoi. It was established in 2011 under the sponsorship of the Doan Thi Diem School in Hanoi. It is a primary and middle school.

All classes specialize in foreign language study conducted in English. There are some 400 students and a staff of 35.

It is situated in a newly developing area, Ha Khanh B urban area, 3 km away from the city centre, in brand new buildings.

Volunteers duties

Volunteers teach classes independently but usually with a Vietnamese teacher present. Lessons are normally 45 minutes and it is a good idea to use games when possible. The school would like them to be involved in many school activities; music, drama, sport skills will be welcome.  If you wish to be involved in music and drama, you will need to ask, as it is not automatically available.

Volunteers may expect to be overwhelmed on arrival; timetables and syllabus may be unsure.  Take the initiative and ask for books and some sort of a lesson plan at the start.

The teaching skills course is very useful – its material will be relevant to all the classes.

Accommodation and food

Volunteers are lodged in a guesthouse on the campus. There is internet access. Bicycles will be supplied.

A food allowance of 3,000,000 VND per month is paid to volunteers in order to purchase food.

Financial allowance

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

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

• The school has the canteen, swimming pool, football stadium, indoor sport centre.
• The school is about 4 km from another placement, which is Van Lang school, and about 3 km from
   provincial hospital.

Recent volunteers

Samiul Charles Sheens:
Daniel Andrew Reed: 

Photo gallery

Doan Thi Diem Ha Long School - Front view

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