Location
  • Vietnam
    • Ho Chi Minh City
Length
1 to 24 weeks

Program Details

Language
English
Timeframe
Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Housing
Guesthouse
Groups
Medium Group (16-30)
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women

Pricing

Starting Price
300
Price Details
Fully hosted experience from only $300 for 1 week - this includes accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, orientation and 24/7 in-country support.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Meals
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
May 03, 2023
Mar 01, 2024
45 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Trusted by 125,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the world's #1 rated volunteer programs in Vietnam and 50+ destinations worldwide.

For the past 5 years, we've won the "Top Volunteer Abroad Provider Award" from GoOverseas, so you can trust that you're in the safest hands with IVHQ in Vietnam.

Our affordable projects start from $18/day for your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, project placement and local support. Projects run year-round, with durations from 1-24 weeks. Choose from 5 projects, ranging from Special Needs Care to Teaching to Medical in the vibrant and bustling Ho Chi Minh City, known for its cultural landmarks and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Plus, you’ll stay with other like-minded, impact-focused travelers from around the world (private room options available).

With IVHQ’s superior pre-departure support services, you’ll gain exclusive access to your own Volunteer Travel Specialist, comprehensive preparation tools and volunteer training before you leave home.

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Program Highlights

  • Cheapest volunteer programs from $18/day for your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, project placement & local support.
  • Volunteer for 1-24 weeks, year round start dates most Mondays.
  • 15+ years experience & only B Corp certified volunteer travel organization.
  • Get free changes up to 14 days before you start with our flexible booking policy.
  • Affordable way to earn college credit - gain 5 credits for only US$500!

Popular Programs

Teaching English Project

The aim of this project is to provide assistance to college students in Ho Chi Minh City who are needing to increase their English fluency so they can further their studies in Business Communication, Nursing and Public Relations. This project is well suited to volunteers who are passionate about education and are excited about the opportunity to use the English language to help enhance the career prospects for students in Vietnam.

Medical Project

As a volunteer on our Medical project, you will have the opportunity to experience a new culture, while developing your medical knowledge by gaining an insight into the Vietnamese healthcare system. This is a unique opportunity to gain a greater understanding of differences between medical systems in developed and developing countries. This project is well suited to volunteers on pre-medical and medical students, or those qualified in a relevant medical field.

Special Needs Care Project

As a Special Needs Care volunteer in Vietnam, you will be working within hospitals and community clinics in Ho Chi Minh City, providing support to children and young people, some who have been affected by Agent Orange. This project is best suited to caring and hard-working individuals who are passionate about increasing access to care for young people living with a range of intellectual and physical challenges.

Food Outreach Project

Your role on this project is to provide assistance to a local ‘Soup Kitchen’ to enable them to provide over 500 lunches daily to people from various backgrounds including poor elderly, low-income earners, disabled, students and children. Poverty is still widespread throughout Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh has a large population of people who are unable to afford regular nutritional meals.

Program Reviews

4.95 Rating
based on 60 reviews
  • 5 rating 95%
  • 4 rating 5%
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  • Impact 4.75
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.9
  • Value 4.95
  • Safety 4.95
Showing 1 - 8 of 60 reviews
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Jane
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Loved my time in Vietnam

I can not thank you enough for my time shared in Ho Chi Minh City on the food outreach project.
The whole experience was fantastic from start to finish, I have already registered for my next program, that shows just how wonderful things were.
I ate things that were different from the normal things I eat. The strangest thing was a big snail & I liked it!
I experienced a lot of different Vietnamese culture & I especially loved the coffee.
Took two coffee making classes,
I arrived back in the U.K. last night & I am already missing my daily coffees.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I ate a snail
Pros
  • Great food
  • Great meeting people
  • Brilliant experience
2 people found this review helpful.
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Stefan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great personal experience - can recommend to everyone.

Great support for my 2 weeks of volunteering in Ho-Chi-Minh-City (in a soup kitchen, preparing food for those in need). You receive a lot of valuable information before, during and after the programme. Great local team! We also had a lot of fun besides working.
Great personal experience - can recommend to everyone.
It is a great feeling to give something back to the society. People really enjoyed to see how enthusiastic we worked during our volunteering programme.
Every detail of the programm (accomodation, food, working hours, working location) is described in detail in advance.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Just smile and you will earn a lot of smiling faces in return.
Pros
  • Help people
  • Personal experience
  • Lot of fun with other volunteers
5 people found this review helpful.
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Malak
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience!

This was my first ever volunteering experience abroad and I loved it! The local team were very helpful in making our volunteering experience smooth and memorable. They even went an extra mile to recommend places for us to visit around the city and even taking their free time to go with us. They were always there for our questions and helped us understand the culture and the language of the country and most importantly how to stay safe which made the experience great. I loved cooking new recipes and learn how to accommodate myself in new areas and talking with elderly.

What was your funniest moment?
When we did karaoke with the other volunteers in the program and had a fun night knowing everyone and their surprising singing talents.
Pros
  • Feeling informative throughout the shifts
  • Feeling like I belong in my forever family with the local team
  • Many funny and rewarding moments
Cons
  • Not knowing beforehand the starting and ending times of our shifts
  • Not knowing exactly what we will do before hand
16 people found this review helpful.
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Emma
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A wholesome, humbling opportunity

My journey as a volunteer English teacher in Vietnam for a week has bestowed upon me a wealth of invaluable lessons. It has illuminated the significance of empathy, cultural exchange, support, responsibility, and humility in fostering personal growth and learning.

Also, the host were super welcoming and helpful in every aspect from airport pick-up, hostels, food/drinks recommendation and drop-off. I enjoyed our first class about introduction to language and culture. Thank you so much to all staffs, fellow volunteers and the IVHQ organisation.

29 people found this review helpful.
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Mónica
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Medical Volunteer Program in Ho Chi Minh

This experience surpassed my expectations in all aspects. The company was extremely helpful whenever I had any doubts and responded to them very quickly which tranquilized me and assured me that I was being well taken cared of. The information presented in the website was very accurate compared to the actual experience and made my preparation go very easliy. Overall I'm extremely happy to have chosen IVHQ to embark on my first adventure in volunteering abroad and I cannot wait for my next one!

I never thought I would be so lucky with the people I met there, they truly changed my experience for the best.

One thing that surprised me and that I think is worth mentioning is that the local team was always with us in the hospital and assured that we were being well taken care of. I met other volunteers that came with other agencies that seemed lost in the hospital and didn't know where to go because they didn't have the support of a local team like we did. They introduced us to the healthcare professionals and taught us about the differences we would find in the system.

I am really happy with this experience and I would recommend it to everyone.

33 people found this review helpful.
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Aishwarya
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering Service with IVHQ

The collaboration of IVHQ with the green lion team in vietnam has been a very fruitful experience for me.

There was constant support from the IVHQ team and by the Green Lion Team.

The team in Vietnam was very friendly and the care given was super comfortable.

I was in Vietnam for a week, and every little things were taken care of.

We had a cultural vietnam class where we were taught about the use of currency, the best places to travel, the right flights to take incase you are looking for a domestic travel around the country(mostly useful for people staying for about 3-4 months).

There were basic language lessons given which helped us volunteers to do a basic conversation.

Mon to Fri the day is usually full packed depending on the kind of program, the duration of your stay and the experience you have had previously.

The volunteers come from around the world, so you get a window to the kind of people around the world.

The volunteers are super friendly,while literally becoming a part of a global group you develop friendships for life!

This is a great platform if you have never travelled solo. The weekends are generally free and you could move around the city, do hiking or just go partying. They help you with the best travel agents as well.

We had a karoake night and played games hence helping us volunteers to bond with each other and understand each other’s talents.

It was a very cherishable night !!

There was a curfew time in Vietnam which was 12:00am hence giving you enough time to move around the city and come back to the accomodation.

After you are done with the volunterring , you are generally free to do whatever you wish to do, allowing you to either enjoy your evenings or the mornings as per the timings of your volunteer program.

The volunteering is also not very stressfull and you have people who help you in getting the attention of the concerned people (in my case students! as I was in the English Teaching program) or help you with the technical stuff (usually for medical placement program).

I came back home with cherished memories and lots of Vietnamese soveneirs!! ;)

Hope you guys have a great experience !!

Happy Volunteering !!

34 people found this review helpful.
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Megan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable

Great programme. IVHQ helped me organize my trip and answered all my questions before I left, plus they sent me lots of information on everything I needed to know.
Once in Vietnam the staff was really helpful and welcoming. Orientation was useful as we were given all the country basic information, including language.
Great way to travel whilst gaining life experience.
Would recommend to solo travelers as it is a safe way of travelling and a good way of making like-minded friends.
10/10 experience.

Pros
  • Budget travel
  • Good way of gaining experience
  • Meeting similar minded individuals
40 people found this review helpful.
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Lesley
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience of a life time

I’m a 52 year old single lady and was the oldest there by far, but I needn’t have worried as everyone was so welcoming, the coordinators were amazing and very accommodating, I had the most amazing experience teaching English in a kindergarten (or should I say trying to teach them) the teachers were all lovely and the other volunteers were great and we managed to see lots of Vietnam, I would highly recommend going, I will certainly be doing this again , the IVHQ team were great in corresponding with me in any queries I had before the trip , I would say just go for it, you will have an experience of a lifetime and make lots of new friends and embrace a different culture

Pros
  • Very helpful
  • Embracing a new culture
  • Experience
49 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

For sure, all ages welcome, I volunteered with families, seniors, young adults and mature adults 😊