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Volunteer - Hanoi Vietnam

Remember, there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. (Scott Adams)

There are many opportunities to volunteer in Hanoi. The list below will get you started. Some - like VSO, WUSC, AUSVOLS, KOICA - are usually selected from overseas. Some - like FVH, HIWC’s CAC committee - are recruited from the expat community. Some are good causes you can support with your checkbook.

A few words of advice.
Most volunteer organisations expect a certain level of commitment of time and effort. Volunteering with children is especially sensitive. Kids need to develop relationships which last and it takes a while to train a volunteer, so travelers wishing to ‘help out’ can not always be accommodated. There is also the saying ‘To break someone’s rice bowl’ - take a job away from a qualified national. It’s often seen as more beneficial to train a Vietnamese who will remain in the system with these skills than to work with a foreigner who will ultimately leave. If you do have needed skills and will stay in Hanoi for some time - check out the websites below.

Action for the City
Their work focuses on improving the living quality in Hanoi. Join the Green Transport Movement.

Australian Charity for the Children of Vietnam
They work with under priviliged children, many of whom are also blind

Volunteer English Language teacher(s) needed to teach 8 staff members (most of whom are blind) Contact


Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation
Blue Dragon provides opportunities and tools to empower disadvantaged children. Check their wish list and VIP Motorbike Rentals

Café Smile
5 Van Mieu
Ba Dinh, Hanoi
T: (04) 3843 8850

Endangered Primate Rescue Centre
Cuc Phuong National Park
Adopt a monkey. A great gift for your relatives back home that have everything.

Heart Link
27 Thai Thinh
Dong Da, Hanoi
T: (04) 3275 2901
F: (04) 3564 0682
A printing company that hires persons with disabilities

Hoa Sua Restaurant
28 Ha Hoi
Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
T: (04) 3942 4448
F: (04) 3822 3499

Hoa Sua Croissant
French Bakery
21 Ha Hoi
Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
T: (04) 3943 6707
7am-9pm, free delivery within 5k

54 Xuan Dieu
Tay Ho, Hanoi
T: (04) 3719 1187
Mon-Sat, 7am-7pm, free delivery within 5k
Training for disadvantaged youth

Hoa Sua Sewing and Embroidery Shop
21D Ha Haoi
Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
T: (04) 3822 6912

Just Massage
12 D2a Van Phuc
Ba Dinh, Hanoi
T: (04) 3762 9187
Visually impaired youth trained in massage techniques

Korean Volunteers
360 Kim Ma
Ba Dinh, Hanoi
T: (04) 3831 6911

KOTO Restaurant
59 Van Mieu
Ba Dinh, Hanoi
T: (04) 3747 0337-8

KOTO Training Centre
101 Xuan Dieu
Tay Ho, Hanoi
T: (04) 3718 4573
F: (04) 3718 4580
Vocational training for street kids

Development Resource Centre
63 Ly Thai To
Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Find a list of NGOs working in Vietnam

Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research
This annual event includes teams and individuals; walkers, runners, strollers, skateboarders, elderly and in prams, ambassadors and dalmations. Sunday November 2, 2008. Information at the Canadian Embassy 734 5000


Walking Blood Bank
Family Medical Practice has a nationwide list of blood donors which can be accessed in times of emergency. Sign up at their clinics. 

World University Services Overseas
Canadian Volunteers

VSO  - Voluntary Service Overseas - international development charity

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