Volunteer in Vietnam with Friends for Asia

Children with Disabilities Volunteer – Vietnam

Vietnam Children with Disabilities Volunteer Project

Vietnam has undergone rapid development over the past decade, but the country still lags behind many of its South-East Asian neighbors. There are many ways that volunteers can get involved and make a real and profound difference, not least through lending a hand with projects that care for mentally and physically disabled children.

The stigma attached to mental illness and physical deformity is a problem all over the world, but its repercussions are particularly strong in Vietnam. There are relatively few programs in place to care for people suffering from development illnesses such as cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome and Japanese encephalitis. Those programs that are in place are too often under-supported.

Unfortunately, public support for programs that assist the mentally ill is spotty in Vietnam. A study published by the Stanford Undergraduate Research Journal found that traditional beliefs often attribute psychiatric disorder to past moral transgressions. While this is only one facet of a highly complex social response to disabilities, it at least illustrates the importance of raising awareness about the reality of mental and physical disabilities.

Making a difference – Volunteering in Vietnam!

When international volunteers donate their time and resources to causes like this, they contribute to two important causes. First, the children that they work with can see, in a very tangible way, that they are cared for and loved – even by strangers who have no direct connection to them. That’s a powerful realization in anyone’s life.

Secondly, international volunteer support for centers that care for children with disabilities shines a public spotlight on the issue. The neighborhoods where these facilities operate don’t receive many international visitors. When a group of volunteers arrives to lend a hand, others in the community can’t help but take notice. In a sense, it forces the issue in a subtle and non-confrontational way. Everyone benefits.

Volunteer Tasks

This is an intense project that requires a great deal of patience, maturity and compassion. It’s also intensely rewarding. The children are delighted at the attention they receive from international volunteers, and you’ll see plenty of genuine smiles and hear plenty of laughter while on duty.

Most of these childcare centers are understaffed, especially when it comes to workers with a medical background or experience working with people with disabilities. Volunteers that have experience in these areas are greatly needed; however, this is by no means a requirement.

Childcare centers also need help with other tasks that are not directly related to working with children. Volunteers who enroll in a two-week (or longer) project generally help out in one of more of the following ways:

• Playing with and taking care of disabled children

• Lending a hand with feeding during lunchtime

• Assisting with gardening on the compound

• Organizing charity campaigns (for items such as books, clothing and shoes)

• Helping with networking and fundraising campaigns

Vietnam Volunteer Project Fees

Participation in the Vietnam Children with Disabilities Volunteer Project starts at a minimum of two weeks at $699. Each additional week is $119.

Volunteer Project 2 Weeks 3 Weeks 4 Weeks 5 Weeks 6 Weeks Additional Weeks
Children with Disabilities Volunteer Project $ 699 USD $ 818 USD $ 937 USD $ 1,056 USD $ 1,175 USD Add $ 119 USD/week for each week over 6 weeks

Volunteer Project Fee Includes

  • Comprehensive Pre-Departure Information
  • International Accident and Injury Insurance
  • Airport pick up
  • Daily transportation to/from accommodation and project site
  • Accommodation during orientation and entire project time
  • 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • 2 day Orientation (including half day city tour, and Vietnamese language lessons)
  • Onsite Coordinator
  • 24 hour emergency assistance
  • Written record of service completion (for volunteers that successfully complete their project).

Volunteer Project Fees Do Not Include

  • Travel to/from Home and Hanoi (airfare, train tickets, etc.)
  • Vietnam visa costs
  • International Medical Insurance
  • Cost of criminal police background check (required for this project)

Vietnam Children with Disabilities Volunteer Start Dates


  • the 2nd of January, 2019
  • the 16th of January, 2019
  • All Projects closed for Vietnamese New Year – (the 28th of January – 11th of February, 2019)
  • the 20th of February, 2019
  • the 6th of March, 2019
  • the 20th of March, 2019
  • the 3rd of April, 2019
  • the 17th of April, 2019
  • the 1st of May, 2019
  • the 15th of May, 2019
  • the 5th of June, 2019
  • the 19th of June, 2019
  • the 3rd of July, 2019
  • the 17th of July, 2019
  • the 7th of August, 2019
  • the 21st of August, 2019
  • the 4th of September, 2019
  • the 18th of September, 2019
  • the 2nd of October, 2019
  • the 16th of October, 2019
  • the 6th of November, 2019
  • the 20th of November, 2019
  • the 4th of December, 2019
  • the 18th of December, 2019


  • the 1st of January, 2020
  • All Projects closed for Vietnamese New Year – (the 24th to the 29th of January, 2020)
  • the 5th of February, 2020
  • the 19th of February, 2020
  • the 4th of March, 2020
  • the 18th of March, 2020
  • the 1st of April, 2020
  • the 15th of April, 2020
  • the 6th of May, 2020
  • the 20th of May, 2020
  • the 3rd of June, 2020
  • the 17th of June, 2020
  • the 1st of July, 2020
  • the 15th of July, 2020
  • the 5th of August, 2020
  • the 19th of August, 2020
  • the 2nd of September, 2020
  • the 16th of September, 2020
  • the 7th of October, 2020
  • the 21st of October, 2020
  • the 4th of November, 2020
  • the 18th of November, 2020
  • the 2nd of December, 2020
  • the 16th of December, 2020