Nature of the project: Assist in Buddhism Orphanage
Type of the Project: (Educational/Children)
Starting & Ending Date: 10 May – 21 May
Skills and Qualification: Not Required
Workcamps Cost: 250$
Total Space Available: 14
The project is at Bo De, a Buddhism pagoda where monks have set up an orphanage to support about 130 kids. Besides having orphans, the center also contains homeless and disables elders.
Assisting at the orphanage for children is a remarkable way of serving the needy. GWC works in close collaboration with local NGOs and monks who are involved in bettering the lives of these children who are deprived of the very basic necessities of life like education, good health and dignity of humane life. As a GWC volunteer you will provide the children with the much needed love, care and attention. You would help teach the children with basic English conversation skills, play with them, help them do their homework and studies, organize extracurricular activities for them such as story telling, singing, dancing, performing puppet shows, painting and solving puzzles etc. The volunteers are also expected to extend moral support to other 50 homeless and disable elders housed in the area. The volunteers would be required to interact closely and actively with the local community to maximize the impact of good work. The suffering children do not get enough attention from Government and this is where volunteers leave their mark. Interaction with these monks will enhance your knowledge on Buddhism and you will envelop yourself in spirituality. Volunteers can take a break from the work by visiting near by Parks and tourist spots for relaxation. 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 (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.