Lots of questions? We understand. Hopefully we can answer most of them below.


Teaching —

what do we require from our volunteers? 

We require that you speak English to an advanced level with a clear accent. This allows our students to have the best quality education and experience that we can offer.


I DOn’T HAVE Any TEACHING EXPERIENCE or a teaching CERTIFICATE. CAN I still TEACH?

Volunteer teachers are not required to have any prior teaching experience or a teaching certificate. Upon arrival, fellow volunteers and staff will guide you until you are adjusted and understand your lesson plan. In our community classes, you will almost always be with a fellow volunteer. In local schools, you will have the assistance of a local teaching aide.

If you are looking for other assistance, the VCV apartment is stocked with resources like: teaching materials, computer, printer, and wifi access.


what ARE THE COMMUNITY CLASSES?

Community classes are for adults in Vietnam to learn English. The government does not allow public lessons for adults past university, so you have to study privately. We have set up a community classroom for those that wish to learn English at a very low price or completely free. These classes help community engage in conversational English which is lacking in the education system of Vietnam. Through your teaching, we hope to improve their English and confidence in communicating. University students improve their English to increase their future job prospects and business professionals hoping to be more competitive in the workplace.  

Class ages are from 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.

HOW much time will I dedicate to the program and TEACHING itself?   

No more than 20 hours, five days a week. Time preparing for your classes and making lesson plans is not included within this time. The time it takes you to prepare is outside those hours, which usually takes approximately an additional hour a day.

Each week, there will also be an optional outing to a cultural center, outdoor activity, or social event — all outings will include both the community of students and teachers. We encourage you to attend these events to promote cultural exchange, friendships, and see Hanoi from a local view. Otherwise, volunteers will have lots of free time to explore Hanoi and relax.


WHERE Will I TEACH?

As a volunteer, you will teach at a variety of classes. Some classes will be held at a community classroom, which is within walking distance to the volunteer apartment. Other classes will be taught at local schools; these classes are a 15-30 minutes drive for which we will provide transport.


HOW MANY STUDENTS are there per class?

It depends! On average, there will be anywhere from five to thirty students.


what age are the STUDENTS?

In our community classes, students range from 15 to 30’s. In the local schools, you will teach students ranging anywhere from Kindergarten to approx. fifteen.


Work / Trade  —

Where will I live?

All volunteers will live in the volunteer apartment in exchange for teaching. The apartment is located in the Nam Từ Liêm district of Hanoi. It is outside the city centre, but still within Hanoi. It is a quiet area of town and across the street from Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower, the tallest building in Vietnam.

The apartment is located in a very safe complex with a big courtyard surrounded by a couple cafes and a corner store. Within a 15 min walk are: banks, grocery stores, a local market, clinic, pharmacy, malls, gym, yoga centre, movie theatre, bowling, swimming pool, etc. The VCV Community Classroom is also within walking distance of the apartment.


What amenities will be made available?

The apartment comes with WiFi, laundry, hot water, AC, & TV. The volunteer apartment is co-ed and will have three to four volunteers per room, with a maximum of sixteen volunteers living in the apartment. Each volunteer will get their own bed with blankets and pillows. There are two washrooms in the apartment with showers and toilets.


What will we eat?

Volunteers get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast is usually light —coffee, tea & bread with jams or fruit. Lunch & dinner will be served family style for all of the volunteers, together. Meals are mainly local foods like; pho, spring rolls, fried rice, curries, stir fried meats and veggies. We will also make simple dishes like pasta, so no one gets too homesick. Don’t worry, we are accommodating for vegetarians, vegans or those with food allergies.


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Getting around —

How will I get around?

There are many forms of transportation available to you. The bus stop is a three minute walk away and has 11 different routes from that stop available to throughout the city. Tickets around Hanoi are VND ₫3,000/USD $0.15 and to nearby provinces VND ₫15,000-₫25,000/USD $0.65-$1.10. The bus station that takes you to nearby provinces and ‘out of town’ is a 15 minute walk away, which can facilitate your travels around the area.

Old Quarter is a popular spot among volunteers and foreigners, it is a 20-30 motorbike ride away or an hour bus ride.


Things to do around the apartment

The cinemas across the street has new releases for $3.50 US a ticket.

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. 


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.


 

Sound fun?

Volunteer

 
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