Volunteer Experience | Teaching

Vietnam: Language & Cultural Exchange

Phan Thiet, Vietnam


Location:Phan Thiet, 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 Euros per week – see Costs section for more details

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

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


  • Get to know the amazing country of Vietnam, its people, culture, food and environment
  • Flexible placement, tailored according to your interests and abilities.
  • Assist in teaching English with a local school alongside local staff and other volunteers.
We also offer Paid Teach Abroad placements with TEFL training.
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Vietnam, one of the most populated countries in the world, is a place with captivating nature, an interesting turbulent past and it enjoys a lot of interest from tourists. While its economy is growing fast and it is very much a country on the move, Vietnam has kept a lot of its traditions and has not been westernized as much as Thailand and Cambodia . One aspect which is unchanged is the traditional Vietnamese cuisine which is still preferred by the locals over anything else and is a source of pride. The country is witnessing a fast growth immediately visible in the developing cities with refurbished roads and new buildings springing up. In contrast, Vietnam’s beautiful countryside in the north along with its typical rice fields and beaches remain unchanged and ever so appealing.

This project takes place in the south part of the country in Phan Thiet, a charming small beach town where you will experience an authentic local feel. The purpose of the project is to teach English to the children in the local schools and in this way to contribute to providing better prospects for them in the future. With the guidance and support of the local teachers, you can use the lesson plans which are based on the curriculum and match them with fun and interactive games and activities, real-life situations and conversations.

You will have a truly unique experience exploring Vietnamese culture and broadening the children’s minds!

Daily Life

Your first day will ease you into the program and introduce you to the school and all its facilities. In the afternoon you will participate in classroom activities and show the teachers your abilities. It is possible to serve as a classroom assistant or lead teacher.

The rest of the week you will spend your time teaching for 2-3 hours per day and preparing for the classes for another two hours. You will have an opportunity to get involved in all the regular activities at the school and provide assistance where it is needed. Spending time with the children and local teachers will allow you to get to know their culture better, to exchange stories and experiences and to make new friends.

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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 Phan Thiet, 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.

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  • Minimum age 18.
  • Passion and enthusiasm to get to know the country, lots of energy and creativity, and not afraid to stand up in front of a class of students.
  • No previous skills are necessary, however, you will need to speak English at a conversational level.
  • Minimum 1-week commitment – 30+ hours a week
  • CRB Police check (or equivalent) showing that you have no previous criminal convictions
  • 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.
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€300 Euros per week

* Check the latest currency conversions with xe.com
** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
*** Placements are confirmed with a 1 week deposit

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.

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We understand there’s a great deal to plan and organise for your trip. When booking a Placement, many of our participants choose to purchase our Premium Support Upgrade to benefit from the expertise, knowledge and experience of our Project Coordinators.

We can provide the personal advice you need to ensure your trip is organised with excellence and planned with efficiency; ensuring the very best experience possible. Read more about how we can help you.

Note: Map coordinates are approximate

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