Vietnam English exchange –VCV seeks English speaking volunteers from all over the world who are social, friendly, funny and responsible. We also would like volunteers who are easy-going, and talkative to help create a friendly family-like environment around the dinner table. At VCV we believe that education is fundamental to sustainable development, therefore our aim is to create an open and fair learning environment for all our students. At many universities in Vietnam, students learn a lot of English grammar but rarely learn to correctly engage in real conversation. Once they graduate, they have difficulties finding employment in the best paying jobs, because these jobs often require high English language skills.
What type of host are you? 🏡
What are you looking for help with?
- Teaching/Language Exchange 🧑🏫
- Film-Making 🎥
- Marketing 📈
- Writing ✏
VCV offers exchange projects in the Hanoi center. Every year, hundreds of volunteers join our projects in teaching English and joining outdoor activities and make an unforgettable experience volunteering, cultural exchange, cuisine exploring and charity for the homeless. We are proud of the positive impact that we have on enhancing the lives of both the volunteers and the students who learn English with us.
We are welcoming and enjoy helping voluntourists anytime in our volunteer home. Our students will become your tour guide. You will have lots of meaningful time to meet many amazing people, and discover Vietnamese culture, and traditions all whilst sampling traditional Vietnamese foods. This will be a great chance for you to integrate into local people’s lives and traditions
- 1. Help with teaching English in our non-profit classes in the Hanoi centre.
- 1.1. Teach English to kids in the Hanoi centre.
- Age: 5-15 years old.
- Class size: 6-20.
- Material: detailed lesson plan, list of games, whiteboard, flashcards (4-8 years old).
- Throughout your class, our Vietnamese-speaking assistant will be on hand to help you explain lesson plans to the children.
- The children are very nice, enthusiastic and eager to learn.
- They have some experience with learning English previously.
- 1.2. Teach English to adults in Hanoi centre and University.
- Age: 16+ years old.
- Class size: 6-30.
- Material: general lesson plan, list of games, whiteboard and computer.
- Throughout your class, our Vietnamese teaching assistant will be on hand to help you explain lesson plans to the beginner students.
- Help with pronunciation, speaking, and listening.
- 1.1. Teach English to kids in the Hanoi centre.
The students are enthusiastic learners, very friendly and always eager to help out our volunteers.
- 2. Help students practice English with FREE activities surrounding Hanoi.
Besides teaching students inside the class we aim to increase their confidence, conversational abilities and skills in the workplace. This is done by having a cultural exchange between volunteers and students, including kids and adults on Sundays (which are optional for volunteers to attend). We focus on activities such as free talk, picnics, team building, day trips, charity, food tours, etc. This is a great way to share experiences, explore Vietnam and participate in cultural exchanges through the local people, foods, and customs. It is also the perfect opportunity if you have any work experiences/skills to share with the students. They also are happy to share with your local culture.
What’s the mission of your community? 🎯
We strive to make English language education and exchange cultures available to everyone regardless of their economic status or background. We provide free social skills, and low cost, subsidized classes to our community and to anyone looking to improve their English skills, get a better job and have a brighter future.
How many volunteers could you host? 🎎
- Up to 20 volunteers
When would you need volunteers? 📅
All year long
How many hours of help per day? ⏱
4-5 hours of help per day
How many days of help per week? 🌒
5 days per week – 2 days off
Note about the volunteer work and other expectations 📝
A typical day. – Our teaching schedule arranges in the morning, afternoon and evening. Each classroom is from 45 minutes, 90 minutes or 120 minutes. However, the volunteer does not teach all these classes per day. You only have 2-3 morning classrooms or/and 1-2 afternoon classrooms and/or 3-4 evening classrooms randomly. Typically, you have 1-3 classes per day, 5 days per week and the volunteer does not work more than 20 hours per week. Time preparing for your classes and making lesson plans is not included within this time, but we have a teaching syllabus to guide. The time it takes you to prepare is outside those hours, which usually takes approximately an additional hour a day. Every week, you have 2 days off to explore Hanoi or relax. Sometimes, we arrange 2-3 days off in a line and the volunteer is able to travel to other areas.
We also host an optional outing once or twice per week with the adult students to encourage casual conversation and friendships. In your spare time, you can explore the city and surround Hanoi.
Are accommodation and food included? 🏠🍜
Yes, we offer food and accommodation
What type of accommodation can you provide? 🏕
Dormitory/shared rooms 🛌
Diet – nutrition information 🥗🥤
Volunteers get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast is usually light — coffee, tea & bread or fruit. Lunch & Dinner will be served family style for all of the volunteers, together. Meals are mainly local foods like; noodles, spring rolls, fried rice, curries, soups, stir-fried meats and veggies. We are accommodating vegetarians, vegans or those with food allergies.
Fees transparency 🆓🔍
VISA – could you provide Visa support/info/invitation letters? 🛂
Maybe. We can help with an invitation letter, if the candidate has good qualifications. 💁♀️
Volunteers’ benefits in short🏆🏅
- The chance to meet new people and make friends.
- The opportunity to help others
- A meaningful fun experience.
- Work and life experience.
- Live abroad, Learn new skills
- Impact the lives of others.
- Higher self-confidence
- Explore a beautiful country and discover the rich cultures
- Volunteer certificate & recommendation letter
What to do in your free time 🚴🚣🦒
In our safe area, you can get almost everything you want and you also have lots of free time to explore Hanoian Cultures as well as others famous places, such as Halong Bay, Cat Ba island, Ninh Binh, Sapa, Moc Chau, Mai Chau, etc. Surrounding our area are lots of gyms, a yoga centre, bowling, a swimming pool, etc.
There are two nice cinemas ($3-4 for a ticket), restaurants, and lovely coffee shops with different styles ($2-3per a drink).
Only a 5-minute walk to the bus station to get to Old Town and around Hanoi ($0.4 for a ticket), or a 20-minute go to a park as wellas a walk to the bus station to catch the bus/car to travel around Vietnam. 30 minutes by motorbike or 60 minutes by bus to the Old Quarter and around Hanoi.
Close to the National Sports Stadium (My Dinh stadium). Nearby is the Hanoi museum and National Convention Center.
We require that you speak English to an advanced level with a clear accent.
How to get to your site ✈ 🗺
By airplane to Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) in Hanoi which is the nearest airport. We assist you to find cheap flights to Vietnam. Then, from the Airport, you can get on 1-2 buses ($0.5-1) or taxi ($13-15) to our location.
Is there internet access? 🌐
CONTACT DETAILS 🔍📧
Vietnam English exchange – to apply for the VCV exchange programs please use one of these contacts or leave a comment below.
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