COSTS: 150 Euros per camp.
AGE: Volunteers must be older than 18 year old.
LANGUAGE: English is the official language.
ABBREVIATIONS: FEST: Festival; ENVI: Environmental; MANU: Manual work, KIDS: Children; DIS: Disabled peoples, ART: Art and craft; TEACH: Teaching
There are 25-30 children who are street children and come from a poor fishing village. After 3 years with a local volunteer organisation and volunteers, most of the children have basic education and study well in a national school. To help children have a good future, the host organisation wants to run a new school for street children and children in a poor fishing village located in the outskirts of Hanoi. Volunteers will be responsible for cooking lunch for children, teaching classes (with the help of the local volunteers) to learn basic things about their countries, health, etc., and to organize some leisure activities for youth after school. The volunteers will stay in the school and form a close relationship with the children.
Volunteers will plant vegetables and trees in a big garden which is really interesting and meaningful for the disabled people at the center. Volunteers will also organize activities for the people at the center. Accommodation and Food: Volunteers will live in a volunteer House. Volunteers will form part of a cooking roster.
Kids Welfare Centre
Volunteers will work in collaboration with a welfare center in Hai Duong province, 50 km from Hanoi amd the work-camp organisation. This Welfare Center was established in 1982 in Haiduong City and assist around 1000 children coming from many different parts of Hai Duong province. The children who access the center are poor children, disadvantaged children, disabled children and some orphans. Volunteers are expected to help the children in the welfare center with their daily tasks like cleaning the bedrooms and the school yard. The volunteers can also join drawing classes, teach them some basic things about their countries, health, English and other languages, etc., and to organize some leisure activities for children and youth after school. Volunteers can join some activities (teaching English, organizing games) with the children in a Kindergarten nearby.
There are 120 blind children who come from many provinces of Vietnam to attend this center for blind children and adults. They have difficulties in their daily activities. The volunteers with the assistance of the host organisation will run volunteer activities to clean and keep the school nice by sweeping the classes, paint the walls, doors, windows or repair study tables, chairs for the children before they begins school.
Volunteers will organize “Children’s Day” (1st of June) festival for disadvantaged children in welfare centers, the National Pediatric Hospital of Vietnam, street and orphan children and children with HIV. Volunteers will be involved in organising and assisting with all sorts of fun activities for the children on this day.
Mid-Autumn Festival is a traditional festival for children in Vietnam. The children will have a chance to take part in many leisure activities. Volunteers will help the host organisation to organise the festival for the poor children in the fisher village, and the disadvantaged children in the National Pediatric Hospital. They will make mid-autumn cakes and five-star lanterns to give to the children. Volunteers will also teach the children to sing and to dance the basic songs. In free time, volunteers will organise some leisure activities for the children (games, short drama shows, painting, etc). It is important to note that some of the children in the hospital have fatal illness' such as cancer, this is emotionally draining on volunteers.
International Volunteers Day
IVD (December 5th) is an international observance designed by the United Nations since 1985. The declared aim of this activity is to thank the volunteers for their efforts and increase public awareness on their contribution to society. The day is celebrated in a majority of countries around the world. You will join our activities such as the eco-tour (parade in the Hanoi city), decorating for
exhibitions and cultural exchanges with many foreign and local volunteers. Accommodation and Food: Volunteers will live in a volunteer House. Volunteers will form part of a cooking roster.
Christmas and New Years Festival
The volunteers will assist in organising a Christmas and New Year parties for extremely poor children living in fisher village and the patients of the National Pediatric Hospital.
In the fisher village, in collaboration with local volunteers and the children, the volunteers will organise a big party on the bank of the Red River ( theatre, dance, BBQ, etc)
In the Hospital, the volunteers will visit the children in their rooms as Santa Claus and they hand out candies and small gifts.
Between the parties, the volunteers will cook for the children. They will also assist at the school for street children, and they will organise leisure activities for the children after school.
NOTE: The volunteers should come with Santa Claus clothes and they will collect second hand clothes to give to the very poor children. They don’t have enough warm clothes in winter.
Vietnamese New Year Festival:
Tet is the Lunar New Year of Vietnamese people. It is the most important traditional celebration each year in Vietnam. Vietnamese usually spend one or two weeks to visit their families, friend, and relatives and beautiful places. They also go to pagodas and temples to pray for happiness, luck, success, good health, etc with holly meanings for the new year. They also make and enjoy very delicious food and cakes, especially “Chung” cake which is square sticky rice cake that all Vietnamese make only for Tet. However, there are still poor people and street children who they do not have money for buying or making “Chung” cake.
Volunteers will assist at a local welfare Center. This Welfare Center was established in 1982 and assists around 1000 children coming from many different parts of Hai Duong province. The children who access the center are poor children, disadvantaged children, disabled children and some orphans. Volunteers will join with group of local people and volunteers to make ‘Chung” cake then give them as happy gifts for Lunar New Year to the disadvantaged people and children in the area. The volunteers are expected to help about 300 people on the special occasion. Volunteers will also take part in preparation and decoration houses of the poor people.
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