Nature of the project: Christmas for Disadvantaged Children (at Blind school and Youth House)
Starting & Ending Date: 13 Dec – 24 Dec
Skills and Qualification: Not Required
Workcamps Cost: 250$
Total Space Available: 14
Christmas is a joyous occasion for many in the world. Long Holidays and the festive occasion brings hope, joy and strengthen relationships. In Vietnam, there are still a lot of disadvantaged children and disabled children and orphans as well as disadvantaged elder people who don’t have family to support them. Our partner organization organizes many programs during Christmas and New Year to give them a memorable celebration with gifts and celebration.
Our work camp is scheduled to take place in the Blind school for disable students and at Youth House School in Fisher Village (Long Bien district, Hanoi) for street and poor children. We help them to organize the Christmas celebration and offer gifts and performances for the less-fortune kids by our participants. With the key message “Warm heart, warm Christmas” this work camp hopes to foster relationship among people towards a beautiful future.
Our work camp purpose is to provide disadvantaged people a warm atmosphere which they otherwise are deprived of. In this project, our participants will work with school children on workshops to practice, and play music & songs. After one week of workshop all the participants and school children will perform at Blind school. We hope to give the children a memorable celebration with this play.
Decoration: A decoration group will decorate Youth House School and Blind school where we will celebrate Christmas Party. We hope to give the children feeling of Christmas atmosphere. Another activity of this group will be to make the background, costumes and props for the performance. We have activities to interact with children after decorating and before performing. We hope that through these activities volunteers will get to know more about the orphans and disadvantaged children.
Games: Volunteers can think about and introduce games to play with the children.
Gifts and fundraising: From the beginning of November local volunteers collect second-hand clothes, toys, books, magazines, cakes and any donation in kind from people living in Hanoi and sponsors. During the work camp the volunteers will bring these gifts to the orphans, disadvantaged children and elderly people. We hope to provide them a beautiful Christmas with lot of gifts and joy!!! GWC believes the young has the energy and the right attitude to bring in change smoothly, the can give them the joy during this Christmas. So please come forward and join hands with GWC for this noble cause
Typically you are expected to work for about 4 to 6 hours a day; however if you wish to put in more working hours in the interest of needy you are welcome. A typical working day begins after breakfast at 8:30 am till 11 am and after lunch at 1:30 pm to 3:30pm. It is highly recommended that you work with other project closely to adjust better and maximize the impact.
Day 1: Arrival at Vietnam International Airport, from where you will be transferred to your respective accommodation. Your 1st day will be a rest day, so that you can easily recover and refresh yourself after a long journey. But at nights, you can stroll around and enjoy the beautiful place by exploring your surroundings.
Day 2: You will be welcomed at GWC Vietnam Office, where you will be given a short introduction of GWC. You will also be introduced about the local people, local conditions, local language & culture, host family, safety & climate and social or political issues.
Day 3: You will leave for the project site where you will meet with the local villagers and will be introduced about the project and environment.
Day 4 – 9: Work in Project (Refer Project Highlights for details)
Day 10: This is the time to relax and refresh by taking a tour to village site, interact with locales, staff and your fellow volunteers. You will visit and explore various sightseeing spots and will get to have lots of fun. After dinner in the evening, you can have more fun when you join cultural program performed by local community people which is always a visual treat.
Day 11-12: Project work (Work with Disadvantaged children) continues.
Day 13: Explore the beautiful places of Vietnam along with fellow participants who all are of almost of your own age. This will enhance the bonding among the participants.
Day 14: Completion of project, final experience synthesis and Farewell program will be conducted at the end. This is a wonderful platform to the participants to recall and share important experiences and lessons learnt. During this, a short program of certificate distribution will also take place. Once the program is over, the group of volunteers (youth participants) will leave for departure for their respective destinations.
GWS partner organizations at Vietnam will arrange and manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work in at the project. You will stay either with a host family, in a project hostel, in a dormitory or in a Home base. You will be served with 3 meals a day which includes noodles, Curry, Bread, and Pickle etc with occasional supplement of sea food, chicken or mutton. The meal might be cooked by a group of volunteers with the support of local staff. Although a beautiful, warm and friendly place, you should not expect luxurious treatment or accommodations because we ideally want you to feel and experience the real local Vietnam culture and lifestyle closely.