Established in 1994, Tra Vinh disabled center is now taking care of more than 200 children with mental or physical disorders coming from poor background. The main objectives of the center are providing these children with education, vocational training, and offering physical treatment to disabled children. Moreover one of the most important goals is to help the children integrate into the mainstream society.
This is a very fulfilling and heartwarming project where you have the opportunity to interact with the poor lovable children and help them in every possible way. While working in the project, you need to support the children by various methods like painting the rooms for the kids, re-systemizing the electricity lines, and lights. On the other hand, in order to help the children to integrate into the society and become more confident, you have to organize activities, games, and English classes for them. You can also collect toys, materials or clothes to give to the children. You need to help the disabled children by taking individual care by feeding, bathing and playing with them, dressing and washing their clothes. Even your words of encouragement can be of great importance to them. A little step of love and care shown by you will go a long way and add to their confidence.
At the project the volunteers will get a life time experience of mingling with other volunteers and participants coming from different cultural and ethnic back ground which will enhance their knowledge and skills. GWC believes that besides compassion the young has the energy and the right attitude to bring in change smoothly, 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.