Volunteers will spend time with the children and help to improve their English, organize games and other activities for them. Volunteers will also do some manual work such as cleaning, renovation, etc depend on the need of orphanage/pagoda. Volunteers will get closer to the children’s lives and try to build up a wider horizon for the children and encourage them to learn better for a brighter future.
There is a possibility to support children with disability on the disabled children room.
Volunteers will stay in a dormitory, sharing rooms with volunteers of other nationalities joining the volunteering work. Normally, rooms are arranged with about 2-5 volunteers per room. In the busy time, the number can be maximum 7 or 9 volunteers per room in five bunk beds. Western toilets and hot showers are available.
Breakfast, lunch & dinner are either self-cooked or provided. Food is local style. The main types of food will be rice, meat, fish and vegetables. For vegetarians, the choice is usually limited to rice, bread, vegetables, egg & tofu. Volunteers are free to use the kitchen for self-cooking.
Go Vap district, Ho Chi Minh city (or Sai Gon- Southern part of Vietnam). One culture exchange day, self-organized city tour or excursion, etc.
Ky Quang Pagoda was built in the early part of the 20th Century in 1924 and is quite famous in Ho Chi Minh City. The pagoda is now a place of charity for unlucky children and also helps treat diseases. Now, the pagoda is taking care of and bringing up more than 100 children in the South of Vietnam. The children here have unfortunate backgrounds as many have been abandoned by their parents and relatives. Every few months, the monks find a new baby left in front of the pagoda gate. The head monk sometimes receives phone calls from hospitals requesting him to take in abandoned babies. At the moment, about 100 children are living in the Pagoda, their ages ranging from 5 days old to 40 years old. 60 of these are orphans/abandoned that are suffering from cerebral palsy, blindness or Down’s syndrome. At present, about 30-40 local children have a chance to study for free at Ky Quang as some local teachers teach Vietnamese for them in the morning.
Interest and motivation working with children in a difficult situation