Helping Hands in Vietnam (2013)
Tay Dang Orphanage receives financial support from government. However, its infrastructure has downgraded a lot due to lack of renovation. The staff is limited, while the number of children has increased. The centre needs more supports in taking care of children and older people. Children under five years of age attend kindergarten run by housemothers in the orphanage, while the rest of the children go to public school 2km from the centre. The children go to the local school for half a day Monday to Friday and in the morning on Saturdays. During their free time, children need support with homework and learning English and vocational work.
Make your own way to the arrival hotel in Hanoi. The day is yours to explore the city.
At 9:30am, volunteers will have a briefing about the project at Buffalo Tours office - 94 Ma May for about 1 hour. Free at leisure after that. At 1:30pm, volunteers will be transferred to Ba Vi at Northern Hanoi of about 2 hour driving and visit the Centre for an introduction of the centre by Management Board. Our guide will help introduce volunteers to the Director of the centre together with the staff and provide the guidelines for daily work.
Day 3 & 4 you will have a guide to give you an orientation. In the afternoon of Day 4 the local guide will return to Hanoi. You begin you work as a volunteer and overnight at a local guesthouse for these days you are volunteering. Volunteers have the opportunity to get involved with a range of activities at the orphanage and care home depending on your skills and the needs of the project. Volunteers will spend Monday to Friday 8am to 4:30pm at the orphanage and care home. You will have a few hours at lunchtime to relax and head back to the hotel for lunch. Some of the children at the orphanage attend school during the day while around 40 children stay at the centre to learn vocational skills and improve their English. Each day at the orphanage will differ but they are likely to include the following tasks: Teaching English Playing sports Help take care of infants Doing arts and crafts Songs, music and activities Help with vocational classes (sewing/carpentry etc...) Food preparation Cleaning and maintenance of the orphanage Helping the children with their homework The care home also cares for older people who have been abandoned by their families or have no relative to take care of them, and people with mental illnesses. Volunteers also have the opportunity to spend time with the older people and disabled adults if they would like to.
A transfer (with guide) is arranged for you to get back to Hanoi downtown.
Price based on per person with minimum 2 travellers in twin share room. For single travellers please contact your local STA Travel store for more details.