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Volunteer in Special Needs/Childcare in Vietnam

Overall Rating

9/ 10

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  • Day to Day Life


Great opportunity to make a difference

Though I was only a part of the volunteer program for 2 weeks, there is no denying the immediate impact that our presence had on the children in the orphanage we visited each day. I worked with the toddlers, aged 17 months - 5 years, and they are so full of love and light. We were supposed to have a "prep" time at the end of each day to plan for the next day, but that was completely unnecessary, as the kids preferred free play, and turns being held.....any organized activity was simply not a part of their daily agenda :) The orphanage we visited was very well run and maintained, and though there are probably more kids than the staff can handle (67 kids, aged 1 month to 22 years old), they are trying their hardest to give these kids a shot at a good life, and that is highly respectable.

  • International Volunteer HQ responded to this review March 30, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Hi Jessica, it’s great to read about your experience volunteering on the Special Needs/Childcare project in Ho Chi Minh. It sounds like you got a lot out of your two weeks in Vietnam by giving just as much to it. Thanks for volunteering with IVHQ!