Mekong Delta Home Stay Experience

Mekong Delta volunteer and homestay experience in Vietnam. Stay in the heart of the Mekong Delta and immerse yourself in local way of life. You will also be able to volunteer, teaching English to university students! Help them prepare presentations and build their confidence in their English conversational skills. This is a unique and authentic volunteering experience.

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Program Description

Embark on an exciting cultural adventure and immerse yourself in the local way of life, situated in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. You will be staying with a local host family, as well as volunteering with university students, teaching English. The students are all very eager to learn and are always excited to meet a westerner and to learn about your home country. You will be interacting with the students and your host family, gaining valuable knowledge about Vietnamese culture.

You will help the students research and put together a presentation on chosen topics, all presented in English. They may be a little shy at first, but with your help in building their English speaking skills, they will develop the ability to use their new knowledge.

Your homestay is a great opportunity for a real authentic experience and for a cultural exchange, learning about each other’s different lifestyles. They can provide you with insight into their daily life, take you to shop in local markets and show you how to prepare meals with them. This experience will give you a broader awareness about life in Vietnam. Your homestay will be near to your project and you will be able to use the bikes that will be provided for daily transportation.

Program Duration & Availability

Min duration (weeks):1

Aims & Objectives

  • Gain valuable and practical teaching experience
  • Develop your teamwork skills through hands on presentations and activities
  • Immerse yourself in the culture and learn the local customs and history of Vietnam

Schedule

Monday

  • Travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho via bus
  • Lunch and free time
  • Meet the students and be provided with your English teaching topics
  • Introduction to host family and homestay rules
  • Cook dinner, eat with family and interact with them
  • Free time

Tuesday

  • Head to your volunteer project at the university
  • Have breakfast
  • Receive teamwork presentation topics and pair with students in the class
  • Lunch break
  • Receive teamwork presentation topics and pair with students in the class
  • Return to homestay to assist with meal preparation.
  • Enjoy dinner with host family
  • Free time

Wednesday

  • Early morning visit to the floating market
  • Breakfast
  • Visit to local fruit garden
  • Lunch
  • Tour around the village on bicycle and see more of the local area or enjoy a nice coffee and/or coconut water while relaxing in a hammock.
  • Return to homestay to assist with meal preparation
  • Enjoy dinner with host family

Thursday

  • Head to the school for breakfast
  • Teamwork presentations for each group
  • Lunch break
  • Teamwork presentations for each group
  • Return to homestay to assist with meal preparation
  • Enjoy dinner with host family
  • Free time

Friday

  • Enjoy breakfast at the school
  • Teach English with the lesson plan you made, based on topic provided on the first day
  • Lunch
  • Continue the English lessons
  • Relax before preparing for a gala dinner
  • Gala dinner and performance: A night of cultural exchange with singing, traditional dances, storytelling and community engagement
  • Back to homestay

Saturday

  • Farewell to host family
  • Breakfast at the school
  • Receive certificate from FPT University
  • Departure

Location

The Mekong Delta River consists of swamps, islands, rice paddies, Khmer temples and the local floating markets. There are many small villages situated along the river front. It takes 2-4 hours by bus from Ho Chi Minh. The Mekong River flows through several countries in Southeast Asia and is a great location to get an authentic feel for the slow and relaxed way of life in Vietnam.

Accommodation & Food

About the Accommodation

Your accommodation in the Mekong Delta will be at one of our designated homestays. Staying with a local family is a great way to get more involved, and you can help with the shopping and preparation of family meals. You will be able to engage with the local community and become fully immersed in the culture, for a truly authentic volunteering experience.

Available Room Types

Standard Room
All meals included Yes *
Free beverages Yes **
Persons per room 2
Wifi in public areas Yes
Laundry facilities No ***
Safety box No
Lockable rooms Yes
Hot shower No
Private bathroom No
Western toilet Yes
Bed linen Yes
Towels No
Air conditioning No
Heating No
Fan Yes
Mosquito protection Yes

* 3 meals on weekdays, 2 on weekends
** Free drinking water provided
*** Hand wash, or launder at extra cost

Food Arrangements

You will receive three meals a day during the weekdays (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and two meals (brunch and dinner) on weekends. The food will be typical Vietnamese cuisine, cooked by your host family and using local ingredients.

Facilities

Our project is in a convenient location, nearby local shops, markets, ATM, banks, pharmacy and clinics.

Mandatory Orientation Day

At this location there is no mandatory orientation day offered.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

Can Tho

Can Tho is a town in the heart of the Mekong Delta and is a great starting point to explore this region. You can float on a traditional boat through the palm tree lined canals and visit the floating markets and local villages. You could also take a tour to learn about the local cacao farming or simply relax at one of the riverside bars.

Red &White Sand Dunes, Mui Ne

Situated very close to where you will be staying, these huge sand dunes are seriously impressive- you can even go quad biking, sandboarding or hot air ballooning over them. Or just sit and watch the beautiful sunset. The white dunes are the biggest and most popular and look as those they belong in the Middle East rather than Vietnam! The red dunes are smaller but look amazing at sunset when the red colour is really heighted.

Mui Ne beach & Harbour

Very close to your accommodation in Phan Thiet, this is a long sandy beach, lined with palm trees. There are many restaurants, shopping venues and luxurious resorts along the seafront, as well as a fishing village and harbour (great for photographers). It’s also a popular place to kitesurf.

Nha Trang

Nha Trang is a busy beach resort with a great nightlife, located along the South-central coast of Vietnam. There is a long stretch of white sand and palm tree lined beach, as well as many island hopping tours to gorgeous islands. This is a great place to go and enjoy some nightlife.

Hoi An

Hoi An, along the Centre of Vietnam’s coastline, is a very pretty town, known for its lanterns and its Japanese covered bridge. Although popular with tourists, the town still feels very authentic. There are many French architectural buildings, markets, nearby beaches and colourful lantern stalls to explore. This lively town also has a very relaxed and romantic vibe.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

A UNESCO Heritage Site in central Vietnam, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park hosts the largest cave in the world (Son Doong). There are also many other stunning caves to explore, on top of lush jungle, mountains, lakes and native wildlife. This is an adventure lover’s paradise, with the views you can get here being absolutely stunning.

Hue Ancient city

There are plenty of things to do in beautiful Hue, central Vietnam. This is a great place to explore temples, as there are many around. A Visit to the Tombs of the Ancient Emperors will take you around 19th and 20th century tombs, statues and carvings, with stunning backdrops of the countryside. Other popular places to visit are the Citadel, the Imperial City and the To Mieu Temple complex, all colourful and intricate temples.

Hanoi (Capital City)

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, has a rich culture and is known for its Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influence, as well as it’s antient architecture. Located in the North of Vietnam, you can explore the old quarter, watch a traditional water puppet show, wander through the maze of streets or visit some of the many museums.

Halong bay

Easily done as a day trip from Hanoi, Halong Bay is known for its emerald green waters and giant limestone imposing cliffs. Hire out a traditional junk boat and cruise through the beautiful scenery. Or hire a kayak and explore the many different and colourful caves as you go!

Sapa

Sapa is a stunningly beautiful part of Vietnam, popular with trekkers. For miles you will see green rolling hills, mountains and rice paddies. Explore this beautiful area, stopping in the small villages as you go for an authentic experience. You can reach Sapa by an overnight train from Hanoi, taking 8 hours (or 6 hours by direct bus).

Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh’s surrounding countryside is absolutely stunning and a great place for those who love the outdoors. Take a trip to Tam Coc, which is similar to Halong Bay. Drift through big limestone cliffs and bright yellow and green rice paddies. There are many things to do in this area from the Mua Cave, Bich Dong Pagoda, Bai Dinh Temple, a nature reserve and boat trips.

Ba Den mountain (The black virgin mountain)

The Ba Den Mountain trail takes you through lush jungle, mountain streams and caves, before reaching its rugged top. You can also take a cable car up to the top to see some wonderful views from above, sometimes from above the clouds!

Ho Chi Minh City

As Vietnam’s largest and most modern city, Ho Chi Minh has a lot to offer from shops to Vietnamese water puppet shows. Ho Chi Minh was formerly known as Saigon and is known for its French colonial buildings, skyscrapers and motorbikes!

Transportation

From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Ho Chi Minh
  • Phan Thiet

 

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