Teach English for immigrant children, adult in outskirts of Hanoi and some other provinces in Vietnam

[Code: 2017.12.TO]

Dong Anh Dist., and Soc Son Dist., outskirts of Hanoi. The locality is in the process of urbanization, and as a result of the establishment of Thang Long Industrial Park, Quang Minh Industrial Park,… which leads to mass immigration from nearby rural provinces. Migrant workers accounted for more than half the total number of immigrants in Dong Anh Dist., and Soc Son Dist.,

The programme aims at providing the children with basic English lessons and other extra activities including drawing, music and physical activities in leisure time. The children have 1 – 3 class per day, 3 – 5 days per week, each class lasts for 1.0 – 1.5 hours per day.

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Volunteers will be living in the CVTD’s volunteer house in Dong Anh District, 10km from Noi Bai International Airport and 15km from Hanoi Old Quarter.

1. Location:

Dong Anh dist., / Soc Son dist., Hanoi and some provinces in Vietnam

2. Help:

– Teaching English at kindergarten, primary and secondary schools on the outskirts of Hanoi.
– Training in English and career skills for students and youth workers in the Industrial Zone.

✅ Volunteers will do the following:

– Write/prepare the lesson plans for every week/month including teaching aids (materials), games, and activities…
– Teach the lessons.
– Collaborate with teaching assistant to manage the class.
– Give feedback and recommendation to management regarding students’ performance
– Give feedback and success stories on website about your experience volunteering with us.

3. Duration:

From 04 weeks

4. Requirements:

– Volunteers who are fluent in English and have excellent pronunciation and communication skills with English as a second language
– Volunteer, who have teaching experience or have vast experience in volunteering in the field of education in different countries.
– Prioritize native English speakers.
– Strong inter-personal skills and experience in working with people, especially children and young adults.
– Have a laptop for teaching, slide, video, game,…

5. CVTD Fees: Table Of Fees 2017

✅ Volunteer service includes the following:

– Accommodation: Volunteers will be living in the CVTD’s volunteer house in Kim Chung Commune (Bac Thang Long Industrial Zone), Dong Anh District, 10km from Noi Bai International Airport and 15km from Hanoi Old Quarter.
+ Volunteers share their rooms with other volunteers, using bunk beds
+ There is full internet connection in the accommodation.

– Meals: Two meals per day (Lunch and dinner). We do not supply breakfast, but we have full kitchen facilities which you are free to use.

– Transport from CVTD’s volunteer house to the kindgarten, schools or center by bus or Grap moto.
– Airport pick-up at Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi.
– Various scenic visits with students.

– CVTD’s staff is available 24/7 by Online/Telephone or in person to support and guide you. It is extremely safe in Vietnam and there is really nothing to concern about.

❎ Not included:

– Flight tickets
– Visa application fee in home country
– Insurance of any kind. Participants are required to obtain adequate the Travel insurance, Health insurance, etc.,
– Personal items (toothpaste, towels, shampoo, shower gel, soap…).
– Travel during the program and after the formal program is completed
– Stipend – this is a volunteer project, the volunteer will receive no allowance or stipend

✅ More benefits for volunteer/internship:

– Two (2) days off per week
– Volunteers who work at least 3 months: One (1) week off for vacation (Total 07 days every 3 month).
– Participant certificate upon successful completion of the volunteer placement and small gift.


About Us


We are CVTD (Center for International Cooperation and Vietnam Talent Development) – a NGO, non – profit volunteer organization based in Hanoi, Vietnam, which was founded since 2012. We operate mainly in the fields of education, community eco-tourism and support of business startup.

CVTD is a member of the Vietnam Scientific Association for Development of Talents – Human Resources, with the support from Erasmus Ka2+ by European Union funding.

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Our goal is to create short and long-term International Voluntary Programs to assist in long lasting community development, education and community eco-tourism; to exchange and explore cultures; broaden experiences and improve skills between Vietnamese volunteers and international volunteers. And, our purpose is linking people all over the World and helping develop human resource for sustainable development of the society.


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We want to make it as easy as possible for anyone who is considering volunteering internationally to find all the information they need, as well as a good organisation to volunteer with. We are trying to achieve this aim in several ways, including:

(*) We regularly interview past and current volunteers about their experience in order to provide a realistic view of different types of volunteer work available, as well as conditions in various countries, etc.

(*) We try to get in touch with volunteers of every organisation listed on the website and ask them to write a review of the organisation. Therefore, anyone considering being a volunteer with the organisation can get a better idea of what it will be like.

(*) We have a comprehensive database of volunteer organisations around the world and we continually get in touch with new organisations and ask them to provide their details. Our visitors can then browse or search through the database using criteria such as price, country, type of work, etc.

(*) If we come across any links, books or other useful information, we will share them on the site. Our visitors are always encouraged to stay in contact if they’ve found something that they think would be of value to other volunteers.


Teaching English experience

Whoops and cheers greeted us as we walked into the high school classroom. The wall of sound could have easily been for a rock star or the latest boy band. But it wasn’t – it was for us.To the students we were complete strangers from the West there to teach English. That, though, didn’t seem to matter in the slightest judging by the volume. Once the noise finally abated it was straight into the ice-breaking introduction. They say it is always good to start with a joke, so that is what I did. On the blackboard I wrote, ‘My name is Tom, not tôm.’

I am over six-foot tall (183cm). The Vietnamese word ‘Tôm’ means shrimp, so that line was guaranteed to raise a laugh. The hidden irony is that I am allergic to shrimp. The next move was to write-up on the board three statements about myself. Two were false and one was true. It was then up to the class to ask me questions and ascertain which of the statements was true. I won that game. Nobody believed I had two grown up daughters or that I had celebrated my 50th birthday. The most flattering estimate of my age was 25. Clearly, no one here has much practice with ageing Westerners.

After that it was onto the describing game where students took it in turns to pick out a slip of paper. On each slip was the name of an everyday object that the student had to describe to the class without saying the word or miming. That was fun and the class got quickly engaged in that activity and developing their speaking skills.

Lesson over it was time to pose for what seemed like dozens of photographs with students whom I towered over. Several of these pictures, I am quite sure, turned up on Facebook captioned, ‘This is me with a giant, sweaty Scotsman.’ I had a total blast. I was buzzing afterwards at what is probably the closest I will ever get to feeling like a celebrity!

It’s not all work and no play at CVTD Vietnam. Time off is more than ample to go exploring the local area or travelling together to places of interest. While I was with CVTD Vietnam (late 2014) we visited a pagoda as a group and had a chilled out time in the ornate gardens. As soon as you cross through the gateway there is an aura of peace and calm. It is like stepping from everyday reality into another gentler realm where the mundane concerns of life are banished and there’s a deep sense of tranquility.

After teaching English from kindergarten to teens and factory workers, it was refreshing to have some down time with my fellow volunteers to simply clear our heads and relax. Feeding the fish and watching butterflies dance from flower to flower became our focus. Sauntering through the gardens revealed a new haven of blissful retreat at every turn. Indeed, the whole experience was intensely uplifting and quite spiritual.

I struck up a friendship with one of the Buddhist monks. He is indisputably the calmest, wisest person I have ever met. He exuded a serenity and
imperturbability you rarely, if ever, encounter in today’s full throttle,  high pressure consumerist era of modern living. There was much to learn from him. I suspect I may now be on a personal quest for inner peace. Even if it is only a fraction of the calmness I witnessed within that monk, I will, I am sure, have grown into a better person thanks to him and the opportunities afforded to me by the CVTD Vietnam.

Thomas Edgar


A voluntary work at Hanoi, Vietnam

There are places that have a too strong history and a so different culture from your own that could not be discover only on a journey.

That was what I felt about Vietnam. I wanted to know Southeast Asia and Vietnam was the place that most caught my attention. Anyway, I doubted if this was the place that suited me to spend some time living, considering how rich and interesting is the culture in Southeast Asia and the amount of wonderful places that have to be discovered.


One day, while I was planing my future months somewhere in the south of Asia, I received an email from a portal with international programs in which I was pointed saying ‘VOLUNTARY WORK IN VIETNAM‘ as the subject. In the mail there were more offers of interesting projects, and all of them in Europe and was such a chance that what it came prominent in the email subject was Vietnam, that I decided to contact with the organization that was proposing this voluntary work program.

The deal offered by this NGO in Hanoi city was that volunteers helped children and youth in the suburbs of the city to learn English and in exchange, the organization gave you a place to sleep and food. Actually, they gave something more important that they did not say in the offer of the project: the opportunity to learn the Vietnamese culture. And I, as a journalist I am, there is nothing that fascinates me more when I go to a new place than knowing well the local customs.

After convincing myself for the opportunity, I flew towards Hanoi, where I stayed with a family, the sister of one of the members of the organization, with her husband and her three young children. I don’t deny that it wasn’t hard at the beginning. The cultural shock was strong. In Vietnam there are few people who speak English and, what is more difficult is that many basic gestures with hands don’t always mean the same in all cultures, so most of the time was impossible to understand.

And in many cases, voluntary workers felt strongly that the woman from the family where we lived didn’t want to have us there, until one day, thanks to a neighbor who worked as a translator, we realized that it was not like that at all. There were many more cultural shocks, inevitably, and uncomfortable in many occasions.
Nevertheless, the experience payed off. I had 12 years old students learning very fast, and another group of adults who, with time (it was not so easy to know things when you questioned them by the large language barrier that exists in Vietnam) I knew that they were young rural immigrants from Vietnam, and they had moved to the outskirts of Hanoi, where they studied at night at a school created for workers.

They worked in large factories as Panasonic or Canon creating cameras and smartphones for consumption in the West. In other words, these workers, exploited in the name of communism, which appear on television and we are shocked by their working conditions, were my students, young adorable teenagers, all under 20, with their heads full of dreams and to reach a better future. It was like this because after 10 or 12 hours of daily work, always stood, were attending to night school and were searching three hours free in their weekends to learn English.

In other words, although what the organization proposed to me was that I would teach in exchange for a room and food, what I got was much more: new friends, knowledge of new customs and cultures, learning to handle different situations and, above all, the unconditional love of a people born in other points of the globe, with whom I still keep in touch.

Bárbara Becares
(CVTD’s volunteer)