Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Guest Post: Volunteering in Vietnam

Samantha Lister from shares some expert advice on volunteering in Vietnam.
When considering where to volunteer for a trip of a lifetime, Vietnam might not be the first country that comes into your mind.  Research into this intriguing, historical country however, is likely to change your perspectives which have probably been generated largely by media interest into Vietnam’s troubled past.
Volunteering is an integral part of Vietnam’s development.  As is the case with much of  Asia, many of Vietnam’s communities suffer from acute poverty and deprivation.  This makes each volunteer project that takes place here extremely rewarding and valuable as volunteers become part of helping to build communities and contribute to the future of Vietnam.
The most popular volunteer projects in this area include teaching English and working with orphans and children with Special Needs of all ages.  Although this can be heart-breaking at times when you see the conditions some of the children live in but at the same time, you become part of their future and through volunteering, you know you are helping to shape their lives for the better. Vietnam also offers the chance to get involved in environmental projects within the rural countryside, including community projects to build homes for underprivileged families. 
Volunteering in Vietnam is an experience that you will never forget; life in this poverty-stricken country is very different to what you and I are probably used to, but given the opportunity to give something back to the people here is an opportunity not to be missed.
Whilst working on your volunteer project, you will also have the opportunity to explore the country and learn of its various customs and traditions, and its colonial past.   Also, not to be missed is the variety of flavorsome food on offer. 
With a wealth of volunteering opportunities in Vietnam available, particularly with the growth of the internet, you are sure to find a project that best suits your skills and interests.  Above all, it is the enthusiasm and motivation that volunteers bring to the country that will help move communities forward, towards a better life for generations to come.
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