Nature of the project: Mid Autumn Festival for Disadvantaged Patient Children (Pediatric Hospital)
Starting & Ending Date: 06 Sept – 14 Sept
Skills and Qualification: Not Required
Workcamps Cost: 250$
Total Space Available: 14
The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of August as per the lunar calendar (usually around mid- or late-September in the Gregorian calendar). This is the ideal time, when the moon is at its fullest and brightest, to celebrate the abundance of the summer’s harvest. The traditional food relished during the festival is called moon cake, that too of lot many varieties. Accompanying the celebration, there are additional cultural or regional customs that are followed. The festival is very much like a combination of our Halloween and Thanksgiving. Children parade on the streets, while singing and carrying colorful lanterns of different sizes. Some of the popular shapes include fishes, stars, butterflies and a lantern that spins when a candle is inserted, representing the earth circling the sun. The cakes are filled with lotus seeds, ground beans and orange peels and have a bright yoke in the center to represent the moon. Thus on the occasion of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, the GWC volunteer will provide the children with affection, promote education, teach poetry, dance, arts and crafts.
GWC volunteers along with the local staff would arrange many activities for Mid Autumn. GWC volunteers belong to and come from different countries who when participating in the festival would bring beautiful gifts (traditional star lightens) for the children in The National Pediatrics Hospital. Gifts will be distributed among poor children of local fisher’s village. These children are deprived of the basic facilities and necessities of life including school. This year GWC will organize the festival with the help of its volunteers where they will arrange cultural performances for these poor children who are orphans, disadvantaged, and or are suffering from deadly diseases like HIV/AIDS. GWC believes 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 (Assist in Buddhism Orphanage) 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.