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Vietnam Food Bank Volunteer

Vietnam Food Bank Volunteer

Help to cook and serve meals at a food shop established to provide cheap and healthy meals for the poor.

Prices from $895

After emerging from years of conflict and war, Vietnam has now become a permanent fixture on many a wanderer's bucket list and attracts millions of visitors annually. It is a diverse country, both geographically and demographically. From the chilly and lush jungle-clad mountain peaks of the north and the unique, traditional tribes that occupy them to the vast marshes and waterways of the mighty Mekong delta in the south, there is much to experience throughout Vietnam.

Traditionally the economy in Vietnam has been rooted in agriculture and rice production, and though this is still a very important part of the economy, Vietnam has transformed itself into one of the fastest growing and most diverse economies in Southeast Asia with the expansion of manufacturing and tourism. However, despite rapid industrialization and modernization, food insecurity remains an important public health issue in large urban areas of Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City in particular. The quantity of food available is not the only issue, as people also face difficulties accessing nutritionally valuable food. Access to essential foods such as fruit may be compromised because of financial difficulties, which often leads to poorer health outcomes.  

Project Highlights

  • Help improve food security for low socio-economic households and communities
  • Help to provide good quaility and hygienic meals
  • Get to know local people

FAST FACTS

Location Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Activities Food preparation and cooking
Serving meals to the community
Transport Airport pickup

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Kit advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Food
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

What does the project do?

The food shop was established in order to provide cheap and healthy meals to the many people in Ho Chi Minh who live in poverty due to poor education and lack of employment opportunities. The shop caters to the elderly, workers with insufficient incomes, disabled people, poor students and children who come for the cheap, good quality and hygienic meals every day. The food shop relies on donations and the hard work of locals who work everyday to cook and serve approximately 500 meals.

What will I be doing?

On this project you will be working alongside a dedicated team of locals. You will help to prepare, cook and serve meals so that the poorer community of Ho Chi Minh can be provided with hygienic, healthy food at low cost.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You should arrive into HCMC Airport (SGN) on the Sunday where you will be met by local staff and transferred to the project site. Once you have had time to rest the staff will give you a local orientation. Your in-country coordinator will help you acclimatise and you’ll feel at home in no time in this stunningly vibrant country.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be staying in shared volunteer dorms. The dorms are located on a college campus, though the rooms are reserved for volunteers only. There is hot water and western style showers and patchy WiFi available, dependent on weather. Welcome to Vietnam!

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

On your project you will be provided with three meals per day which are served in a restaurant on campus. Meals are typically Vietnamese; traditional Vietnamese cooking is known for its fresh ingredients, minimal use of oil, plentiful use of herbs and vegetables. Typical meals may include rice vermicelli noodles, jasmine rice, dried shrimp and bean sprouts however meals may include some Western dishes such as sandwiches, spaghetti and bread. Did we mention rice?

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Additional Opportunities

From Vietnamese water puppet shows to shopping there is plenty for you to see and do in Ho Chi Minh. For an exciting day out why not head to Dam Sen water park. Alternatively visit Ho Chi Minh city museum to educate yourself on Vietnam's war- torn history. The museum houses many informative exhibitions and explains the countries history through photographs, artefacts and memorabilia. The city is home to numerous temples; Jade Emporer Pagoda is one of the cities most impressive and atmospheric temples.

During the weekends or before/after your placement you may like to explore further afield. Located 40km away Can Gio Mangrove biosphere reserve is a UNESCO biosphere reserve and is home to a huge variety of wildlife. The capital city of Hanoi with its interesting cultural history is a great place to explore. Or why not head to the coast to relax on the beautiful beaches of Vung Tao or Mui Ne. Your in-country coordinators will help you to arrange any additional activities.

COSTS

2 weeks $895

Extra week $395

Departure Dates

Weekly, please arrive on the Sunday to begin your project on the Monday.

Duration

1 week +

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Pick up from local airport or bus station
  • Project orientation
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Project equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Ho Chi Minh City (SGN)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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