NGO volunteers in Vietnam work to help tackle issues, such as health and human rights, in and around Hanoi. As an NGO volunteer in Vietnam, you will utilise your skills within a very stimulating environment, helping to support an NGO in a developing country. This project provides the perfect opportunity for international volunteers to put leadership skills into practice and make a profound positive impact on the project.
NGO VOLUNTEER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS THE UN’S SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL NO.10 – INEQUALITY
DEVELOP PRACTICAL WORK EXPERIENCE FACILITATING LOCAL PROGRAMS FOR LOCAL PEOPLE
CONTRIBUTE TO MEANINGFUL PROJECTS WORKING WITHIN THE NGO SECTOR
LEARN ABOUT TRADITIONAL VIETNAMESE WAYS OF LIVING
TASTE SOME OF THE MOST DELICIOUS SOUTHEAST ASIAN DISHES
BACKGROUND TO THE NGO PROGRAM
The number of local NGOs has risen significantly, addressing various issues. These include as supporting underprivileged communities, environmental conservation and children’s rights. However, due to a lack of funding and trained staff, these NGOs potential for advancement has been limited.
PMGY’s Vietnam NGO program is a fantastic way to get involved in development work within a more holistic environment. University students and graduates will find these placements to be an exciting way to gain work experience. The projects offer the chance for volunteers to learn about core economic, educational, environmental and social issues in the developing world. Working alongside NGO professionals is an amazing opportunity to develop your skillset, gain experience and learn more about the world.
As a volunteer in Vietnam, you are needed to bring new energy and perspective to NGOs in and around Hanoi. Our volunteers help NGOs to continue to make a difference in Vietnamese society. Your role in this project will be dependent on the needs of the organisation and your experience. The opportunities are office-based and offer a great opportunity for university students and graduates to develop invaluable work experience. This program is a great way to gain insight and make an impact on social development on a more strategic level.
NGO VOLUNTEER PLACEMENT EXAMPLES
Vietnam NGO volunteers support a variety of establishments, and a list of examples can be found via the ‘NGO’ tab at the top of the page. Participants will be assigned to these depending on their skills, experience, interest, duration of the program, as well as project needs at the time. Projects that the NGOs are involved in will naturally come and go. Our team will try their hardest to match volunteers to a project best suiting their skill set. For this reason, it is important that this is well detailed within your application. You will be asked to send through a CV to a member of our PMGY team. This will help ensure that the NGO program assigned to you is the best fitting.
Below are some ideas of what you could be doing on an NGO project, making an impact on local communities:
• Content Writing – Each NGO we support has a website that is displayed in English. Volunteers with strong writing skills can review the current website content – proofreading and developing the content.
• Design – Volunteers with graphic design skills can help NGOs in promotional activities. This could be helping to design websites, leaflets or presentational material.
• English – The local staff really appreciate if volunteers can help improve their level of English.
• Finance – Volunteers with accounting and finance backgrounds can assist with bookkeeping and developing cash management systems.
• Fundraising – International volunteers have the communication skills to create and edit fundraising proposals and foster national and international alliances. Fundraising is the key to the future of NGOs. Whether it’s compiling a list of prospective donors and creating concept notes. In the past PMGY volunteers have been involved in creating fundraising proposals that have brought in five-figure dollar donations!
• Report Editing – The NGOs have to provide regular reports to their sponsors, partner NGOs and various committees. Typically, these reports need to be produced in Vietnamese and English. Volunteers can lend a hand in editing the reports produced in English.
• Research – University students/graduates have the analytical and research skills to design and support research drives and fieldwork.
• Social Media – NGOs we support are becoming aware of social media power and its ability to raise awareness and build support. Training the local staff about effectively using social media is a great way volunteers can add value.
• Website Support – For those with relevant skills, assistance can be provided through updating and improving the NGOs website. Better still creating or introducing new software/systems that improve the efficiency of the NGO.
YOUR VOLUNTEER ROLE & TYPICAL VOLUNTEER DAY
As an NGO volunteer in Vietnam, you will support and facilitate with NGOs in a developing community. This can be anything from content writing and generating reports to helping with fundraising and building finance. Your exact role is dependent on you as a person and your experience/skillset. Each volunteer is different and brings a unique set of skills to the placement. Volunteers work closely with the staff to help strengthen the operations of the organisation. You will find the NGOs open to ideas and willing to create a role to suit your interests.
The typical working hours for the NGO volunteer project are 9am-5pm with an extended lunch break. This means that on average, an NGO volunteer in Vietnam will spend between 5-7 hours working on the project per day. Volunteers will attend the project from Monday-Friday each week.
Participants on this PMGY community development volunteer abroad project will usually travel by public bus to and from the project each day. This fee is included in the Program Fee. Volunteers will either be provided with a bus pass in-country or reimbursed their travel fares on a weekly basis. The bus station is around a 10 minute walk from the Volunteer House.
OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING IN VIETNAM
Project Availability – When you participate in your volunteer work in Vietnam, your project location will be dictated based on your experience and the greatest project need at that time. Where possible, the local team will place participants on their preferred project, when this has been noted within their application. However, this cannot be guaranteed in any case, and participants must be open to working in any location.
Requirements – Participants on this Vietnam volunteer program are advised to note the minimum age of most our of NGO projects is 20 years. In addition to this, the minimum time frame on the project tends to be 4 weeks. As an NGO volunteer in Vietnam, you should have completed a bachelor degree or be working within a relevant profession. Anyone outside these categories will usually be assigned to a project working directly with our local team. However, this again is dependent on a variety of factors and ultimately NGO placement is decided by our local team.
Volunteers joining us for a shorter time frame, or with limited experience, are advised to note that naturally, there is not as much opportunity for long term developments and input to be made. In such situations, the main purpose of the program instead is for insights, learnings and sharing of information. As an NGO volunteer in Vietnam, you will need to bring a laptop for this program.
Weekends – Your project work in Vietnam runs from Monday-Friday and weekends are free. You are welcome to relax and hang out at the volunteer accommodation but most participants will use this time to travel and explore the country. As a result, you can check out our Vietnam Weekend Travel Guide for top tips on how to spend your weekend. We also run two separate weekend trips which you can sign-up to before you depart for Vietnam. We offer the Ha Long Bay Trip along with the Sapa Trekking Trip with opportunities running every month.