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Youth Center project

Posted on 2014-01-08 10:35:00 by Maddalena


Non-formal education provision for poor and street children at Youth Center in red river bank Hanoi

Language: English
Age: 18+


Work and activities: The Youth Center is a small non-formal education center for disadvantaged and poor children. It is also a friendly place for young local people and international volunteers to come to explore their cultural diversity with lots of youth exchanges such as music performances, photo exhibitions and lessons for the children and funny leisure activities. We need teachers and volunteers to give lessons to the children and cook meals for 20 children every day. SJ Vietnam combines these activities with projects to help disadvantaged people at Fisher village who are very old and live in slum-boats on the Red river by giving them free food, supporting medicine for their diseases, providing water filters, toothpaste, second-hand warm clothes, etc. Volunteers will join a team of young local people and SJ Vietnam coordinators to manage the projects and participate in daily activities at the school. Volunteers need to have a very high motivation, very good communication skills and to be independent in their work. Volunteers also need to have many ideas about how to keep the children's interest and they need to know how to deal with problematic situations with the children as well as to encourage the children to go to the Youth Center regularly for free basic education and nutritious food. We have been increasing their awareness of education which can help them to get a simple job and a better future to ensure their independent living and economic self-sufficiency. The scheme will demonstrate the important role of volunteerism and public-private partnerships for social development. Our general aspirations: gathering together to establish this center for disadvantaged, poor and street children, to exchange ideas and integrate into the community.

Accommodation & Food: The volunteer can live in a simple and small accommodation in SJ Vietnam's LTV House where he will stay in dormitory beds. It is supposed to have from 5 to 6 volunteers sharing a bedroom and up to 18 volunteers sharing 2 bathrooms/showers. Volunteers need to take their sleeping bag, mosquito net, pillow and sheet with them. Volunteers are responsible for their food: they can cook by themselves in the kitchen of the LTV House or go and eat outside. Vegetarian catering is possible.

The volunteer can also live in a home stay with a Vietnamese family. The details of the accommodation will be sent before volunteers’ arrival in Vietnam. Volunteers will either have their own rooms or their own beds in a shared room. The meals will be cooked by the host family. The volunteer will have breakfast and dinner in the host family and he will have lunch outside in some restaurants near the project site. 

Leisure activities: Hanoi has many historical and cultural places and it is also a famous destination for tourists. Visiting the Old Quarter or traditional trade villages are good choices for volunteers at weekends or during free-time. Many cultural festivals are held in Hanoi annually so this is a great chance for volunteers to explore the Capital which is 1000 years old.

Location: Youth Center, Tan Ap, Long Bien, Hanoi, Vietnam.

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Remark: Volunteers are supposed to have experience in teaching and working with children.


For more information, download the infosheet.

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