Be a part of the incredible volunteering trip in Vietnam with Volunteering Solutions and explore the country like never before! From Hanoi to Hoi An, this amazing tour of Vietnam is as beautiful as it is fun-filled! We’ll take you from the culture and history of Hanoi to the eye-watering views over Ha Long Bay, to the parties, beaches, and markets of Hoi An, with everything in between.
This learning journey will also include helping out our wildlife NGO partners located in Cuc Phuong. Our time here will aid in the day to day operations where such activities include creating and repairing enrichment programs for the Pangolin’s, the otters, the Civet’s and lots more. We’ll be working in groups to ensure that our time has the maximum positive impact on the lives of the animals so they can ultimately be returned to the wild.
This is the perfect tour that offers so much of Vietnam, where you’ll learn about her rich history, culture, customs and to really get under the skin of this amazing country.
Day 1 – Welcome to Hanoi
We know that arriving at a busy airport in a new country is always a daunting prospect so let our team remove that stress and worry for you. Once you’ve cleared immigration and customs, and grabbed your luggage, one of our guides will be waiting for you in the arrival’s hall, ready to whisk you off to the tour starting point in downtown Hanoi.
Once you’re rested and freshened up, we’ll have an informal get-together, head out to explore the local area, and get to know our new travel buddies over a couple of cool drinks.
Day 2 – Hanoi City Tour
Hanoi really is an incredible city with the ancient rubbing shoulders with current and the futuristic. Your guide will show you everything that this place has to offer; excellent coffee shop culture, great hidden markets, stunning architecture and more. Yep, the infamous motorbikes will be buzzing around us all day – you have to see it believe it and we’ll give it all to you!
This evening we’ll head out for a traditional Vietnamese meal at a popular local restaurant to officially kick-off this great tour in style. Those who have the energy for it are welcome to experience the evening entertainment at Pub Street to keep the celebration going.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 – Ha Long Bay
Just a short trip from beautiful Hanoi city is the even more breathtaking setting of the world-famous Ha Long Bay. Once we’ve finished our breakfast we’ll be taking a quick trip out here. This could be your first opportunity to see the more rural areas of Vietnam, which is truly wonderful.
Once we arrive at the pier we’ll climb aboard our vessel and set sail around the bay, stopping off at several areas for swimming, kayaking and more. This will absolutely be one of the major highlights of your trip and we’ll show you exactly how to make the most of it.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 – Ha Long to Ninh Binh
As we’re eating breakfast the boats heading back to the harbor and once on dry land we’ll take the quick transfer to Ninh Binh – often referred to as the Ha Long Bay on dry land!
Ninh Binh is one of the most stunningly beautiful, breathtaking locations on the planet. This is exactly how we imagine the planet looked in the time of the dinosaurs and we guarantee that you will not be disappointed.
Once we’ve arrived at the guesthouse, we’ll get checked-in before heading out to explore the local area and to update you all on the schedule for our time here.
Day 5 – Exploring Ninh Binh
You can’t stay in paradise without getting out there and experiencing it all for real so today we’ll be doing exactly that. We’ll take bikes, boats, and trek to places that you thought you would only ever see in the movies. This will really be yet another highlight of your trip so be prepared to be blown away!
Day 6 – Let’s Meet the Animals
Today it’s a short hop from Ninh Binh to the area of Cuc Phuong, and home to our volunteering partners, one of the best wildlife NGOs in Vietnam. On arrival here, we’ll check-in to our new guesthouse then head off to meet the team who will lead us through the next few days.
We’ll receive a thorough orientation to learn about the NGO, their aims and goals and find out more about what we’ll be doing during our time here. Whatever we’re doing, we’ll be led by the experts to make sure that not only we are making the best of our time, but our NGO is also getting the most out of us.
Day 7 – Volunteering day two
We’ll be able to hit the ground running today as we’ll know everything we need to make sure that our time is put to good use and that the animals really benefit. Your group will be led throughout by our own guides and by the team from the NGO, so you’ll always have somebody around to explain to you everything that’s happening and why.
Day 8 – From Humble to Hue
This morning we’ll do what needs to be done to make sure our project work is completed on time and we leave our partners with a spotlessly clean reminder of the work we’ve completed.
This afternoon we’ll have free time to explore locally or to rest up as tonight we take very comfortable sleeper bus to the historic town of Hue.
Day 9 – Spend the Day in Hue
We’ll arrive in the beautiful town of Hue as the sun rises. We’ll check-in to our new hotel and have plenty of time to rest up, freshen up and explore locally.
Around lunchtime we’ll get together and head out for a tour of Hue; a former capital city of Vietnam. This is a very relaxed and very beautiful city, full of charm and character and set on the banks of the Perfume River the huge Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple City are just two of the locations we’ll explore and trust me they’re absolutely worth it.
DAY 10 – Free Time
Today is the only free day you’ll have on the tour as we feel that you’ve earned yourself a break. Your guide will of course still be around to help you with any trips or activities that you want to join or feel free to just hang out and relax.
Day 11 – Hue to Hoi An
We’re now heading to the beach and to get there we’ll be traveling on one of the most picturesque roads on the planet. The famed Hoi Van Pass is our destination where we’ll stop off at the lagoons for a swim, take the views from Marble Mountain and the Elephant Spring. This is one of those passes that if you don’t complete during your time in Vietnam, you haven’t really been to Vietnam.
Once we’ve reached Hoi An, we’ll check in to our new hotel before we head out to explore locally and welcome you to this excellent little town.
Day 12 – Hoi An Fun Day
Hoi An really is one of the most up and coming towns in Vietnam and today we’ll show you just why that is. This morning we’ll head out to the beautiful beach for some R & R and fun and games.
This afternoon we’ll head to the classroom to learn how to cook some of the incredible traditional Vietnamese foods. This is always great fun and a real laugh and the best part of the course is that we get to enjoy the food, however messy it is, at the end of the time!
As tonight is our final night together as the group, we’ll really show you what makes Hoi An with a journey through the buzzing bars and bustling streets. This is the perfect way to end the perfect tour and we guarantee you lifelong memories and friendships. It’s all a part of the service!
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13 – Final Group Hug
Breakfast this morning will be the fine one as the group. The tour officially ends today and your guide will be heading back to Hanoi after those final group photographs.
For those looking to head on to the next town, stay longer in Hoi An, or back to Hanoi, just let us know and we can help to organize your transfers or more itinerary if paid in advance.
Volunteering Solutions provides end to end services as far as living arrangements of the volunteers are concerned. VolSol volunteers just have to land at the placement destination and the rest is on us to arrange it for you.
Customers can be met on arrival into Hanoi International Airport (Airport Code: HAN) between 6 am and 8 pm. If customers arrive by another method (train, bus) they will need to make their own way to the guest house on the arrival day. Early arrival accommodation can be arranged on the condition that it is paid in advance.
All group members will receive a detailed orientation by the group leader/guide on the morning of the second day of the tour. This is necessary to make sure that each of you can make the most of your time with us, understand what to expect together with some custom, cultural and political norms that you may be unfamiliar with.
HANOI: City center location, very comfortable with A/C, free WiFi, breakfast, hot water and western bathroom.
HA LONG BAY: Overnight on a lovely boat cruising around the bay.
VOLUNTEERING: Accommodation is in a very traditional Vietnamese guest house. Rooms are basic, yet clean and comfortable with air-con and western bathroom.
NINH BINH: Lovely guesthouse in the city with very comfortable rooms featuring all of the comforts that you would expect, including air-con, WiFi, private western bathroom, TV and more.
HUE: Close to the center of Hue, the guesthouse here is very comfortable with everything you need for a nice rest after your volunteering with the animals
HOI AN: lovely guesthouse on the edge of the city, with an indoor swimming pool giving you lots of options to relax. Private bathrooms, WiFi and very comfortable bedrooms, the perfect place to end the tour
Meals are outlined in the above itinerary. All breakfasts are included during the tour and for the rest of the meals, some are included while some are not.
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Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the time of joining the project. You need to have an open mind and a flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference. Participants must be fit and healthy at the time of joining the program. Participants should have no criminal convictions and should provide a clean criminal background check report.
It is advised to apply for the projects once the volunteering/ traveling dates are decided as there are limited spots available. The application fee is valid for one full year and can be sent earlier than the desired year of volunteering for timely confirmation of the seat. As soon as you decide the travel dates, we suggest you to apply for the program and hold your spot.
The earlier you apply, the better it is, as you would get more time to be prepared for your program in Hanoi, Vietnam, and complete the necessary documentation, Visa formalities as well as take the vaccinations in time.
Below are the necessary requirements to participate in the Vietnam volunteer projects:
Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the time of joining the project.
Volunteers joining the medical volunteer project must be either Pre-Medical, Medical or Nursing students or possess other qualifications related to the medical and nursing field. Medical professionals such as doctors and nurses are also welcome to join the program as well.
Volunteers need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment.
The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
Clean Criminal Background Check Report for participants joining Childcare and Teaching Projects.
Participants must be in good health.
All volunteers need to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on the program starting date i.e First or Third Thursday of the month. Volunteers will be received at the International Airport by the local representative and will be transferred to the volunteer accommodation. A brief orientation would be conducted the next day where you will also be shown the area around the accommodations, the nearest ATM, market, and will be given safety guidelines as well as information about your project.
Noi Bai International Airport is Vietnam’s largest airport and is well connected with major international destinations.
Some of the international airlines flying to Vietnam include:
From the USA
From the UK
From the Middle East
Vietnam is a relatively safe country for visitors, including solo travelers (both men and women). When you venture out of your volunteer placement or accommodation, try to stay with your group. You are responsible for the safety of your bags and cameras etc. Traffic in Hanoi is very chaotic and one should be cautious while crossing the road and walking as a pedestrian.
Volunteers in Hanoi are provided accommodation in a volunteer house/ hostel. Wireless internet is available for the volunteers and rooms are shared. Shared bathrooms are there for volunteers with running water and flush system. Air conditioning is provided during the night in the volunteer rooms.
Convenience stores and internet cafes are also not very far from the volunteer house. The local cook at the volunteer house will prepare meals for the volunteers. Lunch and dinner usually comprise of rice, vegetables, meat, chicken dishes, tofu, and soups. Breakfast can be tea, bread, butter, jam, eggs or local Vietnamese dishes.
Volunteers work from Monday - Friday and have their weekends free for sightseeing. Evenings are free for the volunteers and they usually get together and go out for social gatherings, eat out or just relax at the volunteer house. Weekends are free for the volunteers and you can go for short weekend trips. There is a lot to do in Hanoi. You can start with Cu Chi Tunnels, Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater, Hon Viet - The Soul Of Vietnam, Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station and much more. You can also go to Mekong Delta or head out to Hanoi.
Your program fee does not cover your personal expenses. You will need to provide for yourself your personal expenses, such as bottled water, local transport, telephone, shopping, sightseeing etc. However, you should carry around $70-$80 per week for your basic personal expenses. This amount can vary and you would need a higher amount if you go on different weekend trips out of town.
Currency exchange options are ample in Hanoi. Inside the airport terminal, there are several exchange counters that offer the official exchange rate. You can also carry smaller denominations of your currency and buy things using them. Please check the latest currency exchange rate before going to Vietnam.
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