Teaching English in a Buddhist temple school in Vietnam

  • Volunteer Opportunity posted by CADIP




Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


Ho Chi Minh City
South Vietnam


The aim of the program is to provide English language speaking environment for disadvantaged youth and develop their English communication skills.

The school is located inside a Buddhist temple in Go Vap district, Ho Chi Minh City. It was established in 2005 to help educate 70-80 children from poor, undeveloped and immigrant families living near the pagoda. Some local teachers teach the children Vietnamese. Volunteers usually teach one or two English classes in the morning. In the class, there may be students of different ages. The students' English skill level can also vary but the age does not reflect their level of English. The younger students may be better in English than the older ones. Most of the children don't know English well so you can start with the basics, then move to teaching numbers, colors, body parts, etc. Volunteers will try to encourage the children to speak in English, play games, sing songs, draw….

Volunteers will be responsible for taking control of the English class. Volunteers will work as the sole teacher in the class. You will be required to make a teaching plan with lesson plans using the learning materials provided to ensure continuity in learning from the teachers before and after you. Although most of the students have studied English in the past, it is unlikely they know how to speak and listen properly. Due to this, volunteer’s work should be concentrated on helping students with speaking and listening. However, developing writing skill is also essential for the younger students in class. Remember to be their friend too. They have been through a lot and having fun with them through games and similar exercises will make it much more rewarding for them and for you. With permission from the principle of the school, volunteers may also arrange their own activities for the children to join and have fun together. The timetable will be given on arrival with volunteers working schedule from Monday to Friday and working hours from 09:00am to 10:45am. Volunteers will work around 4 - 7 hours per week at the class and will use the rest of their time between other projects and classes that require voluntary assistance.

Volunteers must show eagerness, the ability to maintain motivation and reliability, creativity and initiative when planning and running classes. Most importantly, volunteers need to have confidence in the classroom and time management skills to ensure an effective lesson.

Duration of the project: 1-12 months

For more information and enrollment, please go to: http://cadip.org/volunteering-in-vietnam or give us a call: 646-657-2900; 310-882-7400; 617-841-0400


  • Housing Available
  • Language/Cultural Support Available


  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

For more information and to sign up, go to http://cadip.org