VIETNAM UPCOMING TRIPS - COST: $1,637 - Program starts on Sunday

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What Is Included With Your Globe Aware Trip

  • Meals
  • Accommodations
  • Medical insurance
  • Volunteer coordination
  • Orientation package
  • Project funding/donations

Globe Aware trips are professionally planned and led. You do not need special skills or the ability to speak a foreign language. Globe Aware employees lay the groundwork prior to your arrival, accompany you during your volunteer vacation, and assist with transfers and departures.

Expedition Vietnam

A short drive from the central city of Danang, Hoi An has rightly earned a reputation as one of Vietnam's most picturesque towns. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Hoi An draws visitors to its lovingly preserved mix of Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and French architecture - evidence of the town's fascinating past as a major trading port. From the 17th to the 19th century, Phai Pho which is Hoi An's old name riverside port was frequented by trader from as far away as Holland, China, Japan and India , who came for Vietnam's silk. porcelain, pepper, cinnamon and medicinal plants. While the trade dried up when the river filled with silt, the town distinctive architecture remains intact, having miraculously survived the wars of the 20th century.

Hoi An's quarter features traditional shophouses, the facades of which are made from carved ironwood. The front rooms of these houses served as shops, while the families lived on the second floors. Central and back courtyards allowed both sunlight and fresh air to penetrate. To this day, many houses have a pair of carved wooden yin yang symbols that are thought to protect the house's inhabitants from ghosts and bad luck. The officially Socialist government, run by the Communist Party, has made recent reforms that open the economy for trade and some building wealth. Volunteers will see, however, that the old and new Revolutions have left many rural peasants behind in their idealism of minimum living standards. Our projects help these people.

Work Project

Depending on the group size, volunteers will participate in diverse projects such as constructing chicken coops and donating chickens for sustainable protein, teaching English pronunciation and colloquial language, renovating playgrounds and improving housing conditions, refurbishing buildings for schools, and assisting kindergartens and primary schools.

The Vietnamese government does not fund kindergartens presently. However, disadvantaged youths from rural areas outside town can attend the schools we support for free. Volunteers often teach Basic English and engage in playful activities with the children. Some of these children may have disabilities, such as visual or hearing impairments, or mobility issues.

This program is most appropriate for those over 18 unless traveling with a parent or guardian, and those who feel reasonably confident about their overall fitness level. The work can be demanding and the climate is hot. We are grateful to anyone who can bring books in Vietnamese and or English, some children's coloring books and crayons, and anything that has to do with the libraries with them when they come. Books that can teach the teachers how to educate the children from grades 2-9, and about the world at large (such as geography). Other good things for the teachers and students are things like good pens, nice notebooks, and arts and school supplies, used or new.

Food and Lodging

Volunteers will be lodged in a lovely villa, just outside of Hoi An in a beautiful pastoral setting. Running, hot water and flushing toilets are available as electricity. Volunteers will be served local Vietnamese specialties - simply incomparable cuisine of fresh herbs, noodles, rice, meats and vegetables. The French influence has left behind a proud tradition of fine crusty breads, strong coffee, and a love of inventive cooking processes. Breakfasts and most dinners are taken at the villa, while lunches are usually catered near the work site.

Leisure Activities

Simply walking in this World Heritage Site is a sheer joy, but volunteers can use free time to discover the charming bridges in colonial old town Hoi An, China Beach, Champa ruins at My Son, Hue, Marble Mountain, among many other highlights.


Arranging Your Airfare

You'll arrive and depart from Da Nang International Airport, approximately an hour away from Hoi An. For your return flight, it's advisable not to schedule a departure earlier than 2:30 pm to account for potential road or weather-related delays.

Safety and Security

Compared to its neighbors in south east Asia, Vietnam has considerably less petty theft once you leave the major urban cities (where drive-by thieves on motorbikes have been known to pickpocket purses). Violent crime is very rare. Outbreaks of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) in Vietnam have resulted in a small number of human fatalities. As a precaution, you should avoid live animal markets, poultry farms and other places where you may come into close contact with domestic, caged or wild birds. You will not be engaged in any such activity as part of a Globe Aware program. The likelihood of being affected by Avian Influenza is much less than that of being in a car accident in the US.



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