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Volunteer | Community Development

Construction project in Vietnam

La Gi, Vietnam

Description

Location: La Gi, Vietnam

Duration: Minimum 1 week, maximum 6 months

Start Dates: Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Placements start each Monday

Cost: £300 GBP / $400 USD per week

Includes: all food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation and all project related activities

Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations

Benefits:

  • Get to know the amazing country of Vietnam, its people, culture, food and environment
  • Flexible placement, tailored according to your interests and abilities.
  • Help with local construction projects in the incredible village of La Gi.

Introduction

Vietnam is a highly populous country with a dynamic rate of development that in recent years has witnessed the renovation of roads, the emergence of new buildings and major changes in the cities. Unlike Thailand and Cambodia, Vietnam is less influenced by Western culture and retains a unique identity, which manifests in many ways including the delicious traditional food. Vietnam's fast-growing economy is assisted by tourism, led by the growing interest for the country's fascinating history and breathtaking sights such as its beaches, the beautiful countryside in the north and the typical rice fields. Despite their painful past , the Vietnamese are proud of their heritage and embrace life with determination and enthusiasm. La Gi is a beautiful small beach town in the southern part of the country where you can experience an authentic local feel.

The purpose of this project is to provide assistance to the local villagers with renovation and light construction work and to create an opportunity for cross-cultural exchange. You can contribute to enhancing the living conditions of the local community as well as the communal areas such as schools, temples and clinics. With budgets that are not sufficient for maintaining and renovating living quarters, the need arises for many different renovation and construction works. Depending on the local conditions and the need at the time you may take up tasks including painting, repairing chairs and tables, building walls and toilets and many more.

You will have a unique experience engaging with the community and learning more about its people and culture while making a contribution!

Daily Life

Your first day will start with a briefing meeting after breakfast and will continue with working in the placements. The day will wrap up with a meeting about your first day and dinner.

Your remaining time working on the project will include various physical tasks and will depend on the current needs.

On your last day, you will have a final evaluation.

***The schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

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Travel and Accommodation

Your accommodation is a cozy guesthouse with 7 rooms reserved for volunteers. You will be sharing single-gender rooms with 4-6 other volunteers. All rooms are air-conditioned, lockable and have private bathrooms and hot showers. They are equipped with fans and bed linens; however, you need to bring your own towels. Conveniently located in the centre of La Gi, the guesthouse is a mere 10-15 minutes taxi ride from the local beach. The surrounding coffee shops are at your disposal for relaxation and reflection in your free time and you can venture out to explore the local restaurants which boast to be the makers of the best Pho in town. If you need to go to a supermarket, there is one within 10-15 minute walking distance and a little further away you can also find an ATM. Beyond walking, there are many taxis and rickshaws that will take you to any destination of your choice.

There is wifi available in the guesthouse; however, the quality of the connection depends on the weather conditions and at times, the heavy rain will affect it.

You placement includes three meals per day consisting mainly of typical Vietnamese food and are served at the guesthouse or occasionally at one of the restaurants nearby.
Arrival is on a Sunday and departure/check-out is on Saturday before 12:00 pm during the last week of your program.

Requirements

  • Minimum age 18.
  • Passion and enthusiasm to get to know the country, lots of energy and creativity, and not scared to get your hands dirty!
  • No previous skills are necessary, however, you will need to speak English at a conversational level.
  • Minimum 1-week commitment - 30+ hours a week
  • Necessary vaccinations.
  • Necessary flight & visas.
  • Full travel & medical insurance. Full assistance will be provided in getting everything you will need ready if you choose our Premium Support.

Costs

$ USD £ GBP*
Weekly fee $400 £300

* Currency conversions are approximate.
** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee.

What's Included:

Project Fee includes food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation, in-country support and project activities.

Private rooms are available for an additional £100 per week.

What's not included:

Flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.

Placement Support Package

For your trip, we will help you organise and plan everything you will need from start to finish. Our coordinators know each project & country like the back of their hand, and will be able to offer personalised advice to ensure your trip is well-planned & executed to perfection.

This includes one-to-one assistance planning and booking; 

  • Pre-departure Support - Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Essential Items and anything else you will need before you set off.
  • Ongoing In-country Support - whilst you are on the project you can Contact us at any time with any questions or concerns and we will do whatever we can to help.
  • 24/7 Emergency Support - a phone number that you or your family can ring at any time, night or day in case of emergency.

Our Placement Support Package costs £349 / $449 / €425 per person, and can be purchased once you are ready to confirm your place.

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