Volunteer in Vietnam with Friends for Asia

Vietnam Volunteer Booking Info

Booking Procedure for our Volunteer Projects

  1. Complete Online Application at: APPLY NOW
  2. Read through this booking information.
  3. Correspond about your main motivations and interests to participate in our projects. This is normally conducted via e-mail.
  4. Sign Terms and Conditions and Liability Agreement
  5. Send $295 US Dollar Project Deposit to book spot in the volunteer or intern project. This can be conducted through our online payment system on our Fees and Payments Page, which is administered by PayPal for security reasons.
  6. Complete and Submit a clean criminal police background check.
  7. Purchase international medical insurance for the length of project time.
  8. Make travel arrangements to arrive into Hanoi between 8am and 8pm on the project start date.
  9. Send balance of the project fee 30 days prior to project start date.

Volunteer Project Fees

The fees listed below are the entire fee (deposit + balance). To book a project, first a participant must send a $295 deposit. The balance of the fee is then due by 30 days prior to the project start date. So, for example… If one booked the Children’s Hospital for four weeks starting on the 1st of July – the entire fee would be $937 US Dollars. They would be required to send the non-refundable deposit of $295 to book their spot (along with the signed terms and conditions agreement). They would then be required to send the balance fee of $642 by the 1st of June. If the balance isn’t received by the 1st of June, their placement would be lost without refund of their deposit.

In the event that a participant books a project within 30 days of the project start date, then they will be required to send the entire fee at one time.

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

Specific Volunteer Project Fees

All of our project fees are in US Dollars. Although we use US Dollars, we accept volunteers of any nationality that possess the necessary requirements for the project of their participation. The fee for all of our projects is $699 for two weeks, with all additional weeks at $119/week.

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 most projects)

The timeline for Vietnam Volunteers

Arrival Day

Arrive into Hanoi on a your project start date (a Wednesday). Our coordinating staff will pick you up from the airport, bus station, train station, or arrival point and escort you to our volunteer accommodation. After the check-in process volunteers and interns are free to recover from jet-lag, or explore the neighborhood of our office and accommodation.

Orientation Day 1

Orientation day is always on the Thursday, after volunteers arrive (the day prior). During orientation we cover rules of the House, neighborhood tour, introduction to Friends for Asia Vietnam, Dos and Don’t in Vietnam, Transportation in Vietnam, and of course, Information about placement.

Orientation Day 2

On Friday morning, we take volunteers to visit their project site and give them an on-site orientation where they get to meet the staff and people they’ll be working with. On Friday afternoon, we conduct basic Vietnamese language lessons.

Orientation Day 3

On Saturday we do a city tour with our volunteers, and Sunday is a day off, to rest, relax and prepare for the first day in the project. Monday is the project start date.

Wednesday– Last day in the project.

Thursday– Check out of volunteer accommodation by noon (no exceptions). For volunteers that plan to stay in Hanoi for a few more nights, we can point you in the right direction of inexpensive, nearby hotels.

Pre-Volunteer / Intern Orientation Schedule

As you can see, our volunteer and intern orientation is a rather busy couple of days. It’s understandable that volunteers and interns maybe drowsy due to jet-lag and adjusting to the new climate of Vietnam. For these reasons, we do ask that volunteers and interns take care of themselves upon their first few days in Vietnam and get plenty of rest and drink lots of water.

Volunteer Accommodation

Located in a quiet neighborhood about 15 minutes from the busy city center of Hanoi, sits our volunteer house. Words to best describe the house are: new, clean, and bright. Our volunteer accommodation offers volunteers shared, air conditioned rooms. All rooms have an attached bathroom with a western style toilet and a hot water shower. Our office is on the first floor, and communal meals are had at the house three times daily. So, you’ll have plenty of time to get to know your fellow volunteers, touch base with staff and eat some great Vietnamese food. Below are some candid, amatuer pictures of the volunteer accommodation.

Vietnam Volunteer House

Volunteer Accommodation in Hanoi, Vietnam

Kitchen and Lunch

Volunteer lunch in Hanoi, Vietnam

Lunch at Volunteer House - Vietnam

Volunteer Living Room

Vietnam Volunteer Accommodation

Volunteer Bedroom

Vietnam Volunteer Bedroom


Vietnam Volunteer Accommodation

Volunteer House Neighborhood

Hanoi, Vietnam

Vietnam Volunteer Administration and Staff

Our staff in Vietnam is fluent in English, well traveled, good hosts and amazing people. They provide the perfect window into Vietnamese culture and society. A little about them below:

Vietnam Project Co-Directors Phuong and Que

Phuong - Friends for Asia, Vietnam

Phuong and his wife Que co-direct our Vietnam volunteer projects. They are Hanoi natives and have worked with thousands of international volunteers and interns.

Que - Friends for Asia, Vietnam

Que and her husband Phuong co-direct our Vietnam volunteer projects. They are Hanoi natives and have worked with thousands of international volunteers and interns.

Vietnam Volunteer Coordinators

Huan - Friends for Asia, Vietnam

Huan – Vietnam Volunteer Coordinator

Hien - Friends for Asia, Vietnam

Hien – Vietnam Volunteer Coordinator

Thuy - Friends for Asia, Vietnam

Thuy – Vietnam Volunteer Coordinator

Flexibility, Patience and Commitment

Things in Vietnam don’t operate culturally and socially, as they do in the societies most of our volunteers are from. Things are different here, and sometimes difficult for western volunteer. For this reason, it’s very important that our volunteers are able to deal with the unexpected and posses great levels of flexibility and patience. Also, our projects are only as strong as our volunteers. Therefore commitment to the cause and project from our volunteers is of the utmost importance.

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