What sort of teaching skills will you need?
We only require that you speak English to an advanced level and with a clear accent. We ask of this because we hope to give our students the best quality experience and education. No prior experience is needed, all we ask is that you be open-minded, patient and most of all, willing to learn!
The VCV volunteer apartment is stocked with teaching materials and has a printer with WiFi access. Youth classes are lead with the assistance of a teaching aide and adult classes are lead with another VCV volunteer.
Where would I teach?
There are a variety of classes that volunteers teach, all in Hanoi and within close proximity to the volunteer apartment. Some of the classes are within walking distance, others are a 15-30 minutes drive for which we provide transport.
How many hours a day will I be teaching and how many days a week?
VCV volunteers work no more than 20 classroom hours per week in the afternoon and evening or in the morning and evening. Volunteers have lots of free time to explore Hanoi or relax. Typically volunteers teach 5 days per week. We also host an optional outing once per week with the students to encourage casual conversation and friendships.
How many students in class will I be teaching for?
The size of our classes rang from 5-15 students.
Do we interact with the community outside the classroom?
On Sundays, we try to have one social outing or day trip to museums and/or sights. This is a less formal opportunity to share experiences and culture. This is a great chance to interact with your students within the VCV Community.
How else do we help the community?
Once a month, we support the homeless and under-privileged, by providing food, water, and milk. We will go out as a group and give hand-outs to this community in need.
How are the community classes?
Our community classes are run at either a very low price or are completely free for our students. You'll help those in the community better their chances of improving their English and confidence.
Our students range from university students to those working every day, trying to improve their future prospects in their spare time.
Class ages are from young children to adults. Topics are varied and there are plenty of opportunities to share your experiences, exchange language skills, and gain knowledge of our culture and way of life.
All volunteers will live in the volunteer apartment which is located in the Từ Liêm District. This is near our VCV Community Classroom, as well as a variety of local schools which we teach at.
Included with the accommodation are 3 meals per day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Food for vegetarians/vegans is available. Tea and coffee is also provided.
Further to this, we provide free Wi-Fi, laundry, hot water and air conditioning. We also have smart TV with a Netflix account
You will be sharing a bedroom ( with a maximum of 3-4 volunteers per bedroom). You will have your own mattress, pillow, blanket, and sheets. We have toilets with showers. There will always be someone in the apartment available to help you with anything you may need.
Our apartment is located in a very safe area of the city. Our building comes with its own security guards, primarily to look after the bikes.
Everything you could possibly need can be found within walking distance. This includes: banks with ATMs, supermarkets, a local market, ,a hospital, a clinic, a pharmacy, a mall, gyms, a yoga center, bowling alleys and an indoor swimming pool.
There are also two nice cinemas ($3.5 for a ticket), restaurants, and lovely coffee shops with different styles ($1-2 per a drink).
It is only a 3 minute walk to the bus station to get to Old Town and around Hanoi ($0.4 for a ticket). There is also a coach station 15 minutes walk away which can facilitate your excursions into the rest of northern Vietnam!
We are also close to the National Sports Stadium (My Dinh stadium). Nearby Hanoi museum and National Convention Center can also be found.