Volunteer in a country with an intriguing history and varying influences from the Chinese regal dynasties to the French colonial period. Vietnam has immense cultural and geographical diversity, from shimmering paddy fields, misty highlands and lavishly carved pagodas to unspoiled beaches and lively cities, this country will certainly inspire you.

    Volunteering in Vietnam

    Kaya’s projects in Vietnam are community based. Share your teaching experience skills and improve children’s education in the Teaching Development Placement. For those interested in working with both adults and children, we have a Community Volunteering Project, where you will provide extra support to centres helping the elderly, children with HIV and, also, special needs children.

    In many societies in Southeast Asia, life can be difficult for the disadvantaged and Vietnam is no exception. Children and adults with disabilities and special needs are often hidden away and lack support to help improve their quality of life. In impoverished communities, teachers do not receive they need to develop as educators. Experienced volunteers or those with a general interest in working with people, are sought to work alongside local educators and staff to support those who need it the most.

    In your spare time, visit Cuc Phuong National Park, one of Vietnam’s most important protected areas. It boasts magnificent limestone mountains, traditional stilt houses of the Muong hill-tribe and is home to some of Asia’s rarest species. For those with a particular interest in the country’s history, take a trip to the war remnants museum in Ho Chi Minh City. Try traditional and delicious Vietnamese cuisine, like beef pho noodle soup.

    Why not extend your trip and travel further afield by climbing Vietnam’s highest mountain, Mount Fansipan; just endurance and energy are needed to make it to the top! Take on the ultimate cycling adventure from Saigon to Angkor, Cambodia, riding along less travelled roads and encountering areas untouched by tourism. Visit Halong Bay in northeast Vietnam, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with floating fishing villages.

    Volunteer on a community based project in Vietnam and your hard work will make a difference to the most disadvantaged people in Vietnamese society.


    Here are some important facts about Vietnam:

    • Population 94,348,835 July 2015 estimate
    • Language – Vietnamese (official), English (increasingly favored as a second language), some French, Chinese, and Khmer, mountain area languages (Mon-Khmer and Malayo-Polynesian)
    • Religion – Buddhist 9.3%, Catholic 6.7%, Hoa Hao 1.5%, Cao Dai 1.1%, Protestant 0.5%, Muslim 0.1%, none 80.8% (1999 census)
    • Currency – Vietnamese Dong (TND)
    • Climate – tropical in south; monsoonal in north with hot, rainy season (May to September) and warm, dry season (October to March)


    Semester Study Abroad and Service in Vietnam
    Combine study abroad and volunteering for a semester in Vietnam
    NGO Business Development Internship in Vietnam
    Join this NGO Business Internship in Vietnam and develop your business knowledge by working with local community projects.
    Medical and Healthcare Internship in Vietnam
    Develop your practical and theoretical skills as a professional on this Medical and Healthcare Internship in Vietnam
    Occupational Therapy Internship in Vietnam
    Develop your practical and theoretical skills as a professional on this Occupational Therapy Internship in Vietnam at a recovery centre
    Climate Change Internship in Vietnam
    Develop your knowledge of the theory and practical elements in tackling global warming on this Climate Change Internship in Vietnam
    Agriculture Internship in Vietnam
    Join this Agriculture Internship in Vietnam and learn about local approaches to improving crop yields, land use, agri policy and more
    Social Work Internship in Vietnam
    Come and join us in an NGO in Ho Chi Minh city and develop your CV/Resume and work skills on this Social Work Internship in Vietnam
    Water Pollution And Environmental Engineering Internship In Vietnam
    Join Kaya's Water Pollution And Environmental Engineering Internship In Vietnam and learn about renewable energies and initiatives in Asia
    Community Volunteering in Southern Vietnam
    Bring your caring and sharing approach to life and participate in community volunteering in Southern Vietnam.
    Volunteer Teaching Development Placement in Southern Vietnam
    Travel to Ho Chi Minh City and share your teaching skills and experience with local educators on this volunteer education development placement in Southern Vietnam.

    Easy 3-step application process

    APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.

    TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.

    GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.


    We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.

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