There are two types of work that volunteers are expected to support the center: manual outdoor work with construction and social indoor work with children. For this camp, the expected work is to help to finish building the playground : cleaning the area, even out the ground (with sand), putting bricks and creating small fences around the trees. The volunteers might need to help with the construction of the sewerage as well.
At the same time, volunteers can work in the classrooms for special education such as retardation class, basic education for deaf and mute children or the vocational classes where children learn to sew, do embroideries, wool knitting… if the volunteers have the necessary skills. Working with kids here requires a lot of creativity and different groups prefer different approaching methods. It is advisable if the volunteers can bring some educational materials. Our former volunteers often use pictures, drawing, clay, games, CD and music to teach some dance moves.
Note: The work may change everyday and be informed at short notice, which is based on the requests of the center. Therefore, volunteers are expected to be flexible with sudden changes.
• Volunteers will stay in the guestrooms of the center, which are close to each other.
• The center will provide mattresses, pillows and blankets. Volunteers should bring their own mosquito nets.
• Bathrooms and toilets are available close to the rooms. There’s no hot water.
• Volunteers will have lunch and dinner in the center. VPV will prepare breakfasts for the group which include a few options such as breads, sticky rice or dumplings. If you are a vegetarian, or have special diets, please let us know in advance.
• No washing machine for the group, so prepare yourselves to do hand-washing.
• No wifi available
Thuy An commune is around 60km from the city center of Hanoi. Volunteers will have 2 days off on Saturday and Sunday at the end of the 1st week of camp. Volunteers can travel to Ba Vi National Park, one tourist attraction near the center. Or volunteers can leave the village on Friday afternoon and take the bus back to Ha Noi or other provinces. In case volunteers stay at the village, food and accommodation are still provided.
Thuy An Rehabilitation Centre for people with disabilities finds itself 13kms away from small town of Son Tay and 70kms from down town of Hanoi. Founded in 1976, the centre was originally opened for disabled children whose parents are the veterans infected with the Agent Orange, the toxic chemical used in American war. Over time, however, the centre has started to render its services to all disabled children. Thuy An Centre is a ‘campus’ housing up to 150 children and 50 staff. The children aged 0 to 18 suffering from mental or physical disabilities are helped in any of three ways, depending on their disability.
Volunteers should provide C.V. and passport copy in advance for the administration work.