Do you accept volunteers?
Most of our volunteers are professionals on long-term placements, funded by volunteering agencies such as Australian Volunteers International. However, we do occasionally have placements for independent volunteers with appropriate professional qualifications.
What skills are you looking for?
A professional qualification and a proven track record in working with disability, particularly with children. From time to time, we require the assistance and training of special education teachers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists. We may also require the assistance of those versed in graphic design, web design, marketing and PR, and fundraising.
How long are placements for?
Placements for volunteers working directly with the children are for a minimum of six months. It takes time for the volunteer to settle into the placement, get used to the cultural differences (and usually, culture shock) and to get to know the children and staff in order to be able to make any real impact. Those not working directly with the children or training staff may be required for shorter, specific projects.
Do you provide financial support?
No. We are a very small grass-roots organisation. This is the reason that we usually use volunteering agencies who are able to support qualified volunteers.
Do you provide housing support?
No. For the same reasons as above.
What clearances/police checks are required?
Independent volunteers will need to provide a CV, a reference from a previous employer and an up-to-date police check from their national Criminal Records Bureau.
Are there any circumstances in which you require short-term volunteers to teach English or to just generally help out and play with the kids?
No. The children in our programme face sufficient challenges in learning Vietnamese; we do not teach them English. Our programme is geared toward the development of the local staff, as well as the development of the children, and all volunteers are required to contribute towards building staff capacity.