The beautiful seaside resort town of Nha Trang proves an excellent volunteering destination. Nha Trang, which lies 442 km north of Saigon and far to the south of Hanoi, is the perfect antidote to hectic city life. Even with a population of 300,000, Nha Trang retains its small town, relaxed atmosphere. The city center is located just meters from the beach and much of the town is easily traversed by foot. The combination of the kids eagerness to learn along with the scenery and atmosphere of the city make this the ideal combination between volunteer work and play.
English and Computer
Teaching - Disadvantaged Children
Travel to Teach works with Kimmy Le and the School for Street Kids. The school was started by Vietnamese/Canadian systems engineer Kim Le, who, shortly after opening her popular restaurant, noticed the numerous children working and selling various items on the streets. Most of these kids did not go to school as they had to work to earn money for themselves and/or their family instead of attending school. Thus, she created a schoolroom in the back of her restaurant as a place where these kids could receive an education while also providing a safe haven from the streets. Kim has also been an active and loud voice in opposition of the pedophilia problem that plagues much of Southeast Asia and last year was featured in a report by the UK's Sky News. Watch the article Sky News article.
The school consists of two classrooms including eight computers and some musical instruments and is located behind Kim’s popular restaurant and bar. T2T volunteers mostly teach English but have the opportunity to include other subjects in daily lessons.
School is in session from 9:30 – 11:30 Monday-Saturday. From 9:30 – 10:30 is the beginners class in the downstairs classroom, these students are generally around 10 and 11 years old. And from 10:30 – 11:30 is the intermediate and advanced class, this is held in the classroom upstairs.
60% of the children at the school do not attend any other school; this is their sole source of classroom education. The other 40% attend night school.
The regular schools are on holiday from the end of May through the end of August. During this time three classes are held as opposed to two because many of the local kids like to attend classes.
9:30 – 10:30 beginners (downstairs)
9:30 – 10:30 intermediate (upstairs)
10:30- 11:30 advanced (upstairs)
Evening Community Classes
These classes run from 5:00 – 6:00 Monday through Saturday. They are conversational English classes for the general community and everybody is welcome. Students are from 10 – 60 years old and the level of English varies from beginning to advanced. It is best to work in teams and split the class up according to English level.
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be speeded up if there is a need for that. When we receive the initial application from you, we will send you our
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(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.
Once you have made your traveling arrangements you should mail your time of arrival and the means of transportation and we will confirm pickup.
All of the projects are ongoing. Schools in Vietnam open on 5 September and close on 19 May the following year with a Tet holiday of 1 week sometime in January or February. Summer is from late May to early September but many children still go to school for summer classes, especially for English and computer lessons.
|December: Sat 17, Sat 31|
|January: Sat 14, Sat 28
February: Sat 11, Sat 25
March: Sat 11, Sat 25
April: Sat 8, Sat 22
|May: Sat 6, Sat 20
June: Sat 3, Sat 17
July: Sat 1, Sat 15, Sat 29
August: Sat 12, Sat 26
|September: Sat 9, Sat 23
October: Sat 7, Sat 21
November: Sat 4, Sat 18
December: Sat 2, Sat 16, Sat 30
Travel to Teach has a volunteer flat located close to central Nha Trang. The dorm has a western bathroom, 2 bedrooms, a kitchen with fridge, microwave and cooking facilities and a living room.
Nha Trang has an excellent reputation for scuba diving, other activities available to local residents include jet ski-ing, swimming, fitness, tennis and kayaking. On any given day, between 5:00 am to 8:00 am Nha Trang beach is filled with local people taking in the fresh sea breeze, socializing, playing soccer, badminton or practicing Tai Chi.
Nha Trang is packed with places to eat. From local street food such as noodles and baguettes to international favorites such as pizza and steak there are also two supermarkets with a good selection of products. We have a fridge but no cooking facilities in the dorm so you can store things such as yoghurt and milk.
Nha Trang is reported to have the best weather in Vietnam with an estimated 250 days of sunshine. The rain starts at the end of October and lasts until January. The rest of the year is fine and dry however temperatures can reach in excess of 38 degrees.Nha Trang Weather Chart
Nha Trang is 445km from Saigon and 1299km from Hanoi. There is a small domestic airport in Nha Trang, regular train connections between Hanoi and Saigon stop here and bus tickets are easily available from Saigon, Dalat, Hoi An, Danag, Hue and Hanoi.
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.