Hai Phong Private University

Placement Address

Hai Phong Private University
36 Dan Lap St., Du Hang Kenh Ward,
Le Chan Dist., Hai Phong City, Vietnam

Truong Dai Hoc Dan Lap Hai Phong
So 36 Duong Dan Lap,
Du Hang Kenh, Le Chan, Hai Phong

Tel: +84 (0)31 3833 802
Fax: +84 (0)31 3740 476
Email: duan@hpu.edu.vn

Placement dates

•  Late August to 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: Dr. Tran Huu Nghi, Rector
Tel: +84 (0)31 3833 802
Fax: +84 (0)31 3740 476

Volunteer mentors: Ms. Tran Duc Nga, Vice Director of International Relation Office
Mobile: +84 (0)982 710 271
Tel: +84 (0)31 3795127
Email: nga.tran@hpu.edu.vn

Mr. Tran Ngoc Duong, International Relation Office
Tel: +84 (0)31 3795127
Mobile: +84 (0)904 206 987
Email: duongtn@hpu.edu.vn

Background on host institution

Hai Phong Private University is a young university, established on 24 September 1997. It offers 9 fields of study, IT, Electronics, Telecoms, Environmental Engineering, Business Administration, Foreign Languages, Food processing technology, Chemical Engineering and Agriculture.

Some 3km from Hai Phong city centre. Hai Phong is the third city of Vietnam and its main port. It is situated on the coast, 100 km east of Hanoi. Tourists can be found there, but it is not a major tourist spot. The city is animated and there is a good beach at Do Son, 22 km east of the city.

Volunteers duties

The age range of the students is 18 to 25 with large classes of around 45 students. 
There is plenty of equipment including computers, tape recorders and limited other teaching materials.  The motivation and discipline of students is generally good, but there can be problems with standards of attainment very mixed.

Accommodation and food

Lodging in a guest house in a pleasant district about 1km from the University.  All food (lunch, dinner) is provided by the University.

Financial allowance

There is an additional allowance of 3,000,000 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

• Bicycles are provide and use of University email allowed free of charge.
There is a relatively new sports stadium with a swimming pool available.
There are frequent, cheap (but slow) buses and trains to and from Hanoi.
Hai Phong is well located for exploration of the coast, including the Cat Ba Island National
   Park, the World Heritage Site at Ha Long Bay, Do Son Beach.
The cost of living is lower than in Hanoi and there are a number of excellent markets locally.

Recent volunteers

Joshua James Lillist: josh_lillyst@hotmail.com
Edward Patrick Tripodi: edtripodi@hotmail.com
Bethany Isobel Randle: bethany.randle@hotmail.com

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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