A Broader View Volunteers Corphttp://www.abroaderview.org/volunteers/vie...
236 Glen Place Elkins Park, Pennsylvania 19027 United States
2-4 weeks, 5-8 weeks, 9-12 weeks, 3-6 months (includes high school academic semester abroad)
Typical Duration of Program
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Volunteers can choose to teach English to children either of kindergarten, primary or secondary age at a privately owned community based center. Volunteers will work at language training centers as phonetic teachers and assistants. This project is especially good for international volunteers who wish to pursue a career in teaching. Volunteers will receive invaluable English language training and skills. Prior experience not necessary, just a desire to help teach English and expand the horizons of these children. Volunteers with language skills in French, Spanish, Chinese also needed. (4-5 hours a day)
Another education project focuses on disadvantaged children. In Hanoi there is a large amount of children with disabilities that lack access to proper education. Most families can not afford to send their children to school, especially a school for special needs. Volunteers can work at a make-shift center, located in an abandoned temple, which provides an opportunity for poor and handicapped students, to have a basic level 1 education (grade 1-5). All students- despite age- are taught, by one retired teacher, at the same level. The teaching focuses on reading and writing Vietnamese and math. The children are taught in Vietnamese, International volunteers will assist local volunteers teaching the children basic English language skills. (3 hours a day)
Hanoi is a lovely city and capital of Vietnam. Located in the heart of the northern Red River Delta, Hanoi is a city of lakes, tree lined streets, and green parks that has a French colonial feel. Founded over 1000 years ago, Hanoi became the center of government for the Indochina Union under French rule in 1888, and later the official capital of independent Vietnam.
Hanoi retains it charming sense of the old world, with preserved streets of the Old Quarter, temples, monuments and pagodas that reflect the significant character of Vietnam. It is a city that appears frozen in a long-gone era. There are relatively few cars many people travel by bicycle or moped. Today, compared to other cities in the south of Vietnam, Hanoi is far slower, less developed and a charming city to visit. Travelers can find hotels, internet cafes, and western style food in this once inaccessible city.
There is real poverty in Vietnam, especially on the streets of Hanoi, where many wary countryside villagers end up in search of a better life. Rural poor people generally have small plots of low-quality land or are landless, and opportunities for off-farm employment are scarce. As the came into the city looking for opportunities they end of living on the streets, begging to make a living and supporting their families. Poor households tend to include more dependents, especially children. Among age groups, poverty disproportionately affects children. Poor people, particularly ethnic minorities, are often uninformed about their rights and lack access to legal assistance, health care and especially education.
Our programs focus on children and education. Access to education changes the life of Vietnamese children. It allows them to break the vicious poverty cycle that they would otherwise be destined for. Through education they can gain invaluable skills that can further assist in the development of the community and themselves.
We offer the following programs in Hanoi:
* Program Length: From 2 to 24 weeks.
* Program Date: Flexible Start and End Date
* Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 30-40 hours per week
* Accommodations: Shared volunteer house
* Meals: Yes, 3 meals a day, traditional local food.
* Requirements: 17 years or older, an open mind to new adventures.
- Proactive: Jump in and maintain a positive attitude.
- Patient: Life in your host country moves slower than one might be used to. Relax and enjoy the slow pace. Remember, not everything is as organized and predictable as life in the US or UK.
- Flexible: Plans change, roads get flooded, and electricity goes out. Realize that not everything goes as planned, but good intention is always there.
- Considerate: Respect those around you and be a reliable worker at the program site. Tell your host family if you will be late. Advise the Project Coordinator if you are sick and can not work.
- Respectful: Remember that the local people you are working with, side by side, do so with little or no salary. They do this work because they believe in it. There are times when you may not agree with or understand the organizations decisions or direction. Although your suggestions are always welcome, your faith, respect and consideration for their long term work and commitment is appreciated.
- Friendly: In order to truly help someone you must get to know them. Do not be afraid to make friends with the local people. Smile, wave and see how fast you are welcomed into the community.
- Tolerant: The food, the culture, the smells and the sounds will be unfamiliar to you at first. We recommend that you dive in and experience life head-on. You will be surprised at how quickly you will adapt.
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- Airport arrival transfer in Hanoi.
- Orientation and project briefing with the local ABV staff.
- Accommodation in a shared volunteer residence with Hanoi, or at the wildlife refugee center.
- Three meals per day included either at the project or the volunteer residence.
- 24/7hr support from ABV Project Director.
- Departure transfer at the end of the program to Hanoi.
- English speaking volunteer assistants are provided at all projects.
18 to 65
American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African and Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.
Independently or in Groups
Independently or in Groups of varies check website
All of the ABV staff members I encountered are caring and work very hard! I felt like I had constant support. This program can be difficult to do alone since breaks from the orphanage once come on ...More
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