Binh Minh Special School for children with disabilities (Dong Anh, Hanoi) was established in 2002 with the aim of educating disabled children in Dong Anh District and nearby provinces. The school now has 19 teachers and 102 pupils with hearing and intellectual disabilities. School facilities include 9 classrooms, a dining room and a rehabilitation room.
As a result of the education given by dedicated teachers and the huge support of generous individuals and organizations, much has been done to alleviate the children’s emotional and mental suffering as they have slowly been integrated into society. However, due to the specific needs of this environment and limited government subsidies, Binh Minh School faces difficulties in the teaching area, and in meeting the nutritional and health requirements of the children.
The school is encountering great difficulties in its attempt to balance a limited budget with the provision of nutritional meals to the children. As such, a nutritional deficiency still exists. During our visit, while we were amazed at the clean and airy atmosphere of the dining room, we felt great pity for the children on seeing their simple meals lacking in sufficient nutrients. At 10,000 VND per meal, 8,000 VND of which is donated by sponsors and the balance family contribution, it is not possible to supply enough nutrition for school-going children.
As a school for children with disabilities, Binh Minh Special School offers a 5-class education program across a period of 10 years. According to this program, graduates 18 and 19 years of age have the knowledge-based skills equivalent to Grade 5 students, which means most of them struggle to find jobs and become a burden on their parents and society.
There is an urgent need to give these children vocational and job orientation training and access to career information during their time at school.
With the purpose of improving nutrition, and supplying supplemental knowledge and skills needed for their future, CVTD is implementing a charity program at Binh Minh Special School. The program aims to improve meal nutrition and provide the students with basic job orientation and vocational skills.
Note: In urgent cases, volunteers may be required to work on Sunday. They will be given compensatory time off.
New volunteers will spend their first two days on orientation, be taken on a tour of the city, complete and agree their volunteer schedule, make new friends and become accustomed to volunteer life in Vietnam before commencing work.
Day One: Volunteers will come to the office, be introduced to the staff at the placements where you will be working.
Weekdays: While our programs are flexible and can be fitted to your requirements, a typical day is as follows:
- 7.30am: Breakfast and coffee with other volunteers.
- 8.00am: Volunteer and staff take transport to volunteer placement. You will be given a duty roster and a plan for your work. There is usually a tea break and a lunch break (11.30 am - 2.00 pm). Work hours vary and depend on your placement.
- 8.30am-4.00pm: Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to visit local sites or do some shopping. You may also want to hang out with the children until around 5.00pm.
- 7.30pm - 8.00pm: Dinner at the volunteer house.
Weekends: During the weekend, volunteers have time off and usually just relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of Hanoi and Vietnam. Long weekends can be taken to travel further afield and engage in interesting activities with the students such as homestay in the student’s home, trekking, swimming, sport, historical tours and scenic tours. If volunteers wish to volunteer during the weekends, they can join local teams and visit orphanages or other children’s organizations and spend time playing with and entertaining the children.
WHAT WE OFFER
- Airport pick-up.
- Residential registration.
- Vietnamese meals.
- Furnished accommodation at the Volunteer House with Internet capabilities.
- Homestay to experience rural culture in the local people's house.
- Half-day cultural orientation.
- Travel advice and assistance.
- Vietnamese lessons can be organized on request.
- A bicycle, public bus or motorbike for local transportation.
- Sufficient and well-organized working facilities including a computer, Internet access, a shared printer.
- Participant certificate upon successful completion of the volunteer placement.
- Weekend trip with other volunteers to many scenic places around Hanoi to learn about the culture.
- We also have other cultural exchange activities between volunteer, staff and student every week.
- Over 18 years of age
- Native or fluent in English with excellent communication and pronunciation skills.
- Have teaching experience, TESOL, CELTA teaching certificate, or teaching experience in Blended Learning Center.
- Strong inter-personal skills and experience in working with people, especially children.