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Vietnam Community Teaching Project

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Travel to Vietnam – the jewel of Asia – and take part in a cultural exchange that will leave you forever in love with Vietnam and it’s inspiring people, exotic food and stunning scenery.

This project will present you with the unique opportunity to work with enthusiastic and lively Vietnamese children and contribute to providing an improved quality of life for local people living in Vietnam. You will be heavily involved in teaching and playing with local children, whilst helping to create a sustainable education infrastructure for the future of the local community.


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  • Make lifelong friendships
  • Teach and care for fun-loving, orphaned children
  • Feel a sense of fulfilment and accomplishment like no other
  • Discover this mysterious, little explored corner of South East Asia


  • Minimum age of 18 years
Airport Pickup Community Emergency Ground Transport Hotel Homestay Meals Teaching Terrestrial Qualification Free Time Breakfast Family
Location Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Activities Assisting teachers and developing lesson programmes
Develop and lead fun activities for the children
Devise and run recreational activities
Build a better education system
Transport Airport pick-up upon arrival
Accommodation Homestay or hostel accommodation

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Local orientation
Project training
Free TEFL certificate (four week projects only)
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


Based in an orphanage, the aim of the Vietnam Community Teaching project is to facilitate and implement the educational development objectives of this local NGO, in order to better the lives of the local street children living in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Enthusiastic and aspiring volunteers are needed to provide orphaned and impoverished children with an improved education system, where volunteers work together to improve the level of education in the hope that ultimately students will be able to lead better lives,  ensure a brighter future, and integrate successfully into their communities.


You will be working at the centre Monday to Friday. Your work schedule will cover a varied and enjoyable programme at this small centre. You will engage fully with your students and will awaken your own creativity and initiative. The kinds of activities you can expect to be involved in may include teaching English, light construction and renovationwork and even helping with the production of local handicrafts, which are sold at local markets.

We encourage you to be creative, designing activities that are engaging, interesting, and fun! Whatever you decide you are sure to gain huge satisfaction from interacting with and inspiring these underprivileged children, whilst enhancing your own skills and experience significantly. 


You should arrive into HCMC Airport (SGN) on the Sunday where you will be met by local staff and transferred to the project site. Once you have had time to rest the staff will give you a local orientation. Your in-country coordinator will help you acclimatise and you’ll feel at home in no time in this stunningly vibrant country.


You will be staying in shared volunteer dorms. The dorms are located on a college campus, though the rooms are reserved for volunteers only. There is hot water and western style showers and patchy WiFi available, dependent on weather. Welcome to Vietnam! You may need to pay for ground transfers to and from your project depending on how you choose to get to work, but transport os quite cheap in HCMC!

What will I be eating?

On your project you will be provided with three meals per day which are served in a restaurant on campus. Meals are typically Vietnamese; traditional Vietnamese cooking is known for its fresh ingredients, minimal use of oil, plentiful use of herbs and vegetables. Typical meals may include rice vermicelli noodles, jasmine rice, dried shrimp and bean sprouts however meals may include some Western dishes such as sandwiches, spaghetti and bread. Did we mention rice?

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A range of adventure and cultural activities like visits to remote villages, mountain biking through the stunning landscape, diving, canopy tours, and river rafting may be available. Get lost in the mystical world of ancient temples, where you will be inspired by the beautiful unspoilt monuments, the magical atmosphere, and the charming monkeys tumbling amongst the ruins. Visit the local towns with their complex and multifaceted architecture, and friendly, welcoming locals.

Ask your local hosts to arrange extra activities for you – they will help ensure that you get the best prices whilst booking direct helps to support the local economy.


2 weeks US$ 895

3 weeks US$ 1,195

4 weeks US$ 1,495

5 weeks US$ 1,795

6 weeks US$ 2,145

Longer durations are available on request


Weekly please arrive on a Sunday. The project finishes on a Saturday.


2 weeks and longer

This project is available throughout the Christmas period


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Accommodation and food
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Ho Chi Minh City (SGN)



Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


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Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

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We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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