Short-Term (few weeks/months)
The center for disabled and disadvantaged children in Hai Duong was established more than 30 years ago. It is the biggest center of its kind in the north of Vietnam. About 1000 mentally and physically disabled and disadvantaged children from different parts of Hai Duong province live and study here. The center aims to provide compulsory education and vocational training courses to create employment opportunities for the teenagers. The center has a wide variety of courses for children ranging from 6 to 18 years old. For example, children between the ages of 6 to 12 are provided with educational courses, and the older children are able to attend vocational training courses at the center.
Volunteers are expected to organize activities with the children and support the local staff. Volunteers will play games with the children, take care of infant orphans and organize activities such as fun games, group activities, singing, drawing, painting and performing plays. The volunteers will also help the staff to prepare lunch for the children and will learn how to prepare Vietnamese food. Cultural exchange with the local people is also part of the program.
The voluntary work at the center is quite hard and it requires high motivation and patience from volunteers. So volunteers need to be well prepared before starting this project.
The aim of the volunteer project is to encourage the disabled children to integrate into the community and communicate with other people, to help them become more self-confident thanks to the work with volunteers, and to provide fun and relaxed time for the children after classes.
Duration of the project: 2-12 months
Location: Hai Duong city is about 50 km away from Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.
More information: http://cadip.org/volunteering-in-vietnam
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