Van Lang School
Van Lang Primary and Secondary School
Hon Gai Ward, Halong City,
Quang Ninh, Vietnam
Truong TH-THCS-THPT Van Lang
Phan khu 7, Phuong Hon Gai, TP. Ha Long,
Tinh Quang Ninh
Tel: +84 (0)33 3658 012
Fax: +84 (0) 33 3829 823
• Late August to 15th January
• Late January to 31st May
• Early June to 31st August
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 Head: Ms Hoang Thi Kim Khanh
Tel: +84 (0)33 3658 012
Mobile: +84 (0)904 735 678
Volunteer mentor: Ms Do Thi Thuy
Mobile: +84 (0)985 721 468
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. The school is just off the main street of Hon Gai, very close to Poem Mountain,
which is a fine viewpoint which volunteers are encouraged to climb.
Van Lang is a new school, much favoured by the DOET. It is owned by a state firm that produces school equipment. At
present it has 36 classes, with more than 1300 pupils. It has primary, middle school and secondary levels. All
pupils from Grades 1 to 12 learn English. It is very keen to improve the English of the Vietnamese teachers.
To improve the communication skills of the pupils and improve the English of the English teaching staff. The school
has the ambition of establishing a selected group which would be taught bilingually. Vols will teach from Grade 1
to Grade 10. The classes typically have about 35-40 pupils.
In summer all children have a right to one month’s schooling. In Van Lang they stay for at least two months
(primary and middle school). In summer they are not obliged to follow the MOET teaching course, so it can be more
interesting for Vols. Vols and Vietnamese teachers will co-teach.
Regular extracurricular activity: singing and dancing. Sports: basketball, badminton.
Volunteers will usually teach about 20 hours per week.
Accommodation and food
Accommodation is on the campus. Well appointed. Three good sized rooms, shared kitchen with good facilities.
There is a canteen in the school. Volunteers receive 4,000,000 VND per month, to be spent in the canteen or in the
There is an additional allowance of 1,500,000 VND per
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.
• Buses to Hai Phong and to Hanoi. Halong City is an
interesting place. It is on the edge of the
justly famous Halong Bay, and therefore sees many tourists, but it is also an industrial town:
ship building and coal mining. The tourists stay in Bai Chay and rarely get as far as Halong
City. There are internet cafes to keep in touch with home. The school is in Hon Gai, which is a
colourful district. The locals love to talk to the volunteers. It is a very friendly place. It is
dominated by the beautiful Poem Mountain.
• This is a relatively new placement. The school is clearly well run. It should be very worth
while, in part because it is in a less financially favoured part of the country. Volunteers will
have to accept that Hanoi is 3-4 hours away by road. Hai Phong and Cat Ba Island on the other
hand are very accessible.
• New volunteers must be very open and give of themselves, because the more they do and give
the more they will receive. They should make friends with the teachers and the local town
people and should not be afraid to tutor more people in their free time; it’s very rewarding. The
students are eager to learn and the teachers are lovely and helpful. Also: Do not be put off by
comments about Halong City in Lonely Planet; they are all WRONG
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