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Volunteer Hoi An

Hoi An is one of the most attractive cities in Vietnam and the old city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A major harbor and trading city in the 16th and 17th centruies it has kept the old city quite untouched.

The town is a special example of a traditional trading port in South-East Asia which has been completely preserved: it is the only town in Viet Nam that has survived intact in this way. Most of the buildings are in the traditional architectural style of the 19th and 20th centuries. They are aligned along narrow lanes of traditional type. They include many religious buildings, such as pagodas, temples, meeting houses, etc., which relate to the development of a port community. The traditional lifestyle, religion, customs and cooking have been preserved and many festivals still take place annually.

Three km outside of the city there is a long beach. The town is small and handy, though a much visited tourist site, still preserves an original feeling of small town.

Three km outside of the city there is a long beach. The town is small and handy, though a much visited tourist site, still preserves an original feeling of small town.

We are teaching en evening classes in a community development program. The program is located in the center of the city. On week days we teach in the evenings. We also have the possibility to teach Computers during week ends.

This can be combined with working in the orphanage.

We are teaching en evening classes in a community development program. The program is located in the center of the city. On week days we teach in the evenings. We also have the possibility to teach Computers during week ends.

This can be combined with working in the orphanage.

There is a big orphanage, run by the Department of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs of Quang Nam province, in the center of the town. About 100 children aged 0-18 years old.

We can work there from 9-11 am and from 3-5 30 pm.

You can help the kids with homework, you can arrange sports acctivities, art workshops and any other things that stimulates the children.

Prices are available for any period between 2 weeks and 6 months.

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What you receive

      • A two day orientation upon arrival
      • Vietnamese Language lessons
      • 24 hour support from local staff
      • Accommodation home stay according to specifications in your "Placement information"
      • Regular follow-up meetings
      Apart from our fees, you must pay for:
      • Your ticket to Hoi An
      • Vaccinations
      • Travel and health insurance
      • Visa to Vietnam
      • Food (about 3 €/day) and other personal expenses

Apart from our fees, you must pay for:
  • Your ticket to Hoi An
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Food and other personal expenses

Our application process typically takes two or three weeks, but can be speeded up if there is a need for that. When we receive the initial application from you, we will send you our full application form.

(1) Complete the Initial Application Form:
The first stage of the application process is to fill out the brief initial application form. Upon receiving this we will send you the full application form.

(2) Complete the Full Application Form:
Fill out the application form. After receiving this we will assess your suitability and place you on one of our programs.

(3) Placement info:
We will return detailed placement information and an invoice. If you accept the placement you should clikc the link to say so. The fee can be paid with credit card through PayPal or by bank transfer.

(4) Communication:
Once you have made your traveling arrangements you should mail your time of arrival and the means of transportation and we will confirm pickup.


Dates for the Year 2014:
December: Sat 6, Sat 20
Dates for the Year 2015:
January: Sat 3, Sat 17, Sat 31
February: Sat 14, Sat 28
March: Sat 14, Sat 28
April: Sat 11, Sat 25
May: Sat 9, Sat 23
June: Sat 6, Sat 20
July: Sat 4, Sat 18
August: Sat 1, Sat 15, Sat 29
September: Sat 12, Sat 26
October: Sat 10, Sat 24
November: Sat 7, Sat 21
December: Sat 5, Sat 19
Hoi An

Travel to Teach offers home stay or stay in the outskirts of the small town, five minutes from the city center and the working places.

The houses are western standard and the families are middle class Vietnamese families. This is a small tranquil community, very green and overlooking rice fields, yet 5 minutes biking distans to Hoi An city center.

Hoi An

Hoi An has a perfect infrastructure for tourism. There are a number of trips to take, such as:

  • Cua Dai Beach- beach is 5 km from Hoi An, and is a District of Hoi An.
  • An Bang Beach - beach is 2.5 km from Hoi An. It's known as the 'local's beach' and quieter than Cua Dai Beach.
  • My Son - UNESCO World Heritage Site, ruins of the ancient Cham empire, in the jungle at the start of the Central Highlands a little over an hour from Hoi An
  • Cham Islands- UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Cu Lao Cham - Hoi An 9 nautical miles offshore.

The marble Mountains, 9 km short of Da Nang, are well worth a morning or afternoon trip from Hoi An.

  • Lang Co- fishing village that includes mountains, a river, a lagoon, an island and a 32 km beach located between Da Nang and Hue.
  • Hue- the former imperial capital, a few hours away by car or train.

Da Lat- originally the playground of the French, who built villas in the clear mountain air to escape the heat and humidity of the coast.

Hoi An

There is a number of small restaurants and since Hoi An is a tourist hub in central Vitenam there is also a number of western restaurants available.

The home stays can also privode breakfast and lunch or dinnr at an extra cost.

The hot season starts in June and the montths of June July and August are very hot. The months of October, November can be very rainy and sometime the town has been flooded. Best months to come are December till April. But the beaches offer relief all year around!

Hoi An Weather Chart
Volunteer Hoi An Weather Image

You can get to Hoi An by flying to Danang from eitheer Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh Sity (HCMC). From Danang you can either take a bus or a taxi. The trip takes about one hour.

You can also take the train from Hanoi or HCMC but again the train only gos to Danang.

We will meet you in central Hoi An where the bus stops.

Vinh

Vinh manages our Hoi An programs. He studied developement and tourism at university in Vietnam, speaks good English and works with the Univeristy of Hoi An organising student exchanges. Vinh also runs a home stay agency in Hoi An.


You must arrange a visa for Vietnam in advance from your local consulate or embassy. A one month single entry tourist visa costs from $43-48 (depending on processing time). Some embassy's will process the visa the same day. Visa's can be extended for another month in some towns. Please note that your visa is valid from the date printed and not from the date you enter the country.

If you are planning to work in Cambodia then you will need to obtain a police records background check before starting your placement. For details on the application procedure in your home country please take a look at: www.travel-to-teach.org/CRB-information.php

At all other locations you will be required to abide by the Travel to Teach Child Protection Policy.

See your doctor at least 4-6 weeks before your trip to allow time for immunizations to take effect. We principally do not advise on vaccinations but refer you to your local clinic.

Also visit the WHO's (World Health Organization) Travellers health information.

One of the conditions of entry onto our programs is that volunteers have travel insurance. Most importantly the insurance needs to include medical treatment and repatriation in case of unforeseen accidents or illnesses. Volunteers should purchase insurance independently and bring a copy of their insurance certificate with them for their local co-ordinator to check before starting their program. Read our terms and conditions.

You will get a Travel to Teach certificate stating the time and place you have been teaching.

All volunteers are required to read and agree to our terms and conditions before being accepted onto one our programs.
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Vietnam Photo Nina's Vietnam Volunteer Blog
"After having spent a week in Hanoi, the busy, bustling capital of Vietnam, it felt like such a relief to arrive in beautiful laid-back Hoi An! I've been here for less than a day but I already love the place..."
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