Die Workcamps in Vietnam 2016

1. Interacting with Children and Conducting Environmental Activities at Cat Ba Island

 

Project Code

Date

Type

Location

Vols

SJV1701

13.06.-24.06.

KIDS/GARD/ RENO/ORPH

  

Cat Ba Island, Hai Phong city

15

SJV1705

 

18.07.-29.07.

Background:

Cat Ba is the largest of the 366 islands spanning 260km2 that comprise the Cat Ba archipelago, which makes up the southeastern edge of Ha Long Bay in Northern Vietnam. Cat Ba is the largest island in the bay and approximately half of its area is covered by a national park, which is home to the highly endangered cat Ba Langur. The island has a wide variety of natural ecosystems, both marine and terrestrial, leading to incredibly high rates of biodiversity. Types of natural habitats found on Cat Ba archipelago include limestone karsts, tropical limestone forests, coral reefs, mangrove and sea grass beds, lagoons, beaches, caves, and willow swamp forests.

For all of its natural beauty, Cat Ba island faces numerous environmental problems. Increases in tourism and recent developments threaten the ecological integrity and biodiversity of the island, reducing and fragmenting the natural habitat for Cat Ba's numerous species. Illegal hunting and poaching, overfishing, and water pollution in Ha Long Bay continue to threaten the ecological health of the island. The island is a national park of Vietnam and was recognized by UNESCO in December 2004 as a biosphere reserve of the world.

 

Work:

  • Take care, feed the wild animal (crocodile, monkey, deer…), do gardening at the project site.

  • Organize activities for the children from the village nearby, small renovation at school if needed, activities to raise awareness of youth and local people about environment, climate change, protect white-headed langur at Cat Ba National park...etc

 

Terminal: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)

 

Accommodation and Food:

Volunteers will stay inside the tourism center, within a very basic condition. A shared room for all.

 

 

2. Summer Camp for Disadvantaged Children

 

Project Code

Date

Type

Location

Vols

SJV1702

04.07.-15.07.

KIDS/GARD/RENO

 

  

Hanoi

10

SJV1706

01.08.-12.08.

 

Background:

Since the youth centre project was launched 9 years ago, SJ Vietnam has succeeded in meeting their first target goals due to the support of our local and international partners and endless hard work of our coordinators and volunteers. SJ Vietnam had sent most of the disadvantaged, poor and street children to public school and vocational school where they can acquire a proper education and get integrated into the society. Nevertheless, the school fees, provided entirely by SJ Vietnam, are rather expensive and need to be covered. SJ Vietnam will therefore continue to provide education to the children staying at the youth center but will also participate to activities to raise funds to cover the children school fees. The center demonstrates the important role of volunteerism and public-private partnerships in social development.

Our general aspirations:

  • Gathering together to establish this center for disadvantaged, poor and street children

  • Create a space for people to exchange ideas, have a chance to study vocational skills and to be integrated in the community

  • We also want this center to be a place for Vietnamese youth to exchange their knowledge, experience and culture with international volunteers via workshops and everyday exchange. The youth house school has now become a youth center.

 

Work:

Organize activities for disadvantaged children who live illegally in the Red River and at the school nearby youth center.

 

Accommodation and Food:

Volunteers will sleep in volunteer’s house at SJ Vietnams office. Meals are at local restaurant. Volunteers will have lunch at the youth center with children and the other volunteers.

 

Terminal: Noi Bai Airport (HAN)

 

 

3. Happy Summer for Poor Children at Nam Dinh Rural Village

 

Project Code

Date

Type

Location

Vols

SJV1703

04.07.-15.07.

KIDS/RENO/ SOC/CUL

  

Giao Thuy commune, Nam Dinh province, 150 km from Hanoi

12

SJV1706

08.08.-19.08.

 

Background:

Giao Xuan is one of the poor villages in Nam Dinh province. Villagers’ lives are associated with sea including salt production, marine aquaculture. This hard work depends on the weather; therefore, villagers face many difficulties for their lives. More than 90% of the villagers are poor farmers and fishers, which makes them difficult to build good facilities for children in the village.

Giao Xuan kindergarten is not an exception. The kindergarten was established in August 1990. Experiencing 25 years, it is now in a bad condition such as cracked and mouldy walls, leaky ceiling. However, there are still more than 100 children coming to this school every week. Although this is the only school of the commune, the living conditions of the children here are very poor and are in need of renovation.

 

Work:

  • Help to paint the rooms at kindergartens

  • Organize games and leisure activities for the poor children

  • Teach basic English through games, activities, songs…

 

Terminal: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)

 

Accommodation and Food:

Volunteers will stay with the host families. Meals are self-prepared.

 

 

4. Experiencing Culture with Ethnic People at Buoc Village

 

Project Code

Date

Type

Location

Vols

SJV1704

11.07.-22.07.

ENV/GARD/ KIDS/SOCI

            

Buoc village,

Hoa Binh city

15

SJV1709

15.08.-26.08.

 

Background:

Buoc-village is a small village of Thai-people (an ethnic group came from southern of China) with very pure landscape. This area is placed by only green color and a lot of mountain. Because of this natural condition, Thai-people here rely mainly on agriculture. In the past, the village was located adjacent to streams and people in the village used water of the stream for gardening. During the rainy season water from the mountain goes down through the streams and washes everything away, making it very dangerous to live close to the stream. For this reason, the government has helped residents here to move to higher lands, and build permanent/traditional houses with wood. 10 years have passed since the new BUOC-village was reconstructed in 2002. Currently, firm houses, concrete roads, electricity have become the basic-living-condition of every villager. Although the stream is very beautiful, it is dangerous. Despite the good aspects of new infrastructure, villagers still lack a lot of education and understanding about modern society. Therefore, it would be very helpful to help and stay with BUOC-villagers.

 

Work:

Help local people to garden and repair traditional houses (if needed), organize leisure activities for their children and cultural exchange with the villagers.

 

Terminal: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)

 

Accommodation and Food:

Volunteers will stay together in the bamboo house; western toilets and bath room are available. Meals are normally served by the local people with the help of volunteer

 

 

5. Meaningful Mid-autumn festival for Disadvantaged Children

 

Project Code

Date

Type

Location

Vols

SJV1710

29.09.-05.10.

FEST/KIDS/ SOCI/ART

            

Hanoi,

Ho Chi Minh

12

Background:

The Mid-Autumn festival is named " Tết Trung Thu " in Vietnamese. It is also known as Children's Festival because of the event's emphasis on children. In olden times, the Vietnamese believed that children, being innocent and pure, had the closest connection to the sacred and natural world. Being close to children was seen as a way to connect with animist spirits and deities.

 

One important event before and during the festival are lion dances. Dances are performed by both non-professional children's groups and trained professional groups. Lion dance groups perform on the streets, going to houses asking for permission to perform for them. If the host consents, the "lion" will come in and start dancing as a blessing of luck and fortune for the home. In return, the host gives lucky money to show their gratitude

 

Work:

Volunteers will prepare performances and gifts for the disadvantaged children with different backgrounds from different projects of SJ Vietnam: street children living in the fisher village or the children patients in National Hospital of Acupuncture, etc.

 

Accommodation and Food:

Volunteers will stay at the dormitory with basic conditions. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at accommodation, only lunch at local restaurant near project site.

 

Remarks: Mid-autumn festival is organized in the north and in the south, please informs us the one you choose.

 

 

6. Traditional New Year for Poor Children and Families

 

Project Code

Date

Type

Location

Vols

SJV1711

03.02.-10.02.

FEST/KIDS/SOCI/CUL

Hanoi

12

 

Background:

Tết ([tet˧˥] or [tɜːt˧˥]), or Vietnamese New Year, is the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture. The word is a shortened form of Tết Nguyên Đán (Nôm: 節元旦), which is Sino-Vietnamese for "Feast of the First Morning of the First Day". Tết celebrates the arrival of spring based on the Vietnamese variation of the Chinese lunisolar calendar, which usually has the date falling between the months of January or February.It takes place from the first day of the first month of the Vietnamese calendar (around late January or early February) until at least the third day. Many Vietnamese prepare for Tết by cooking special holiday foods and cleaning the house. These food includes Chung cake (bánh chưng), bánh dày, dried young bamboo soup (canh măng), giò and sticky rice. There are a lot of customs practiced during Tết, such as visiting a person's house on the first day of the new year (xông nhà), ancestral worshipping, wishing New Year's greetings, giving lucky money to children and elderly people, and opening a shop.

Tết is also an occasion for pilgrims and family reunions. During Tết, Vietnamese visit their relatives and temples, forgetting about the troubles of the past year and hoping for a better upcoming year. They consider Tết to be the first day of spring and the festival is often called H?i xuân (spring festival).

 

Work:

Volunteers will make traditional Chung cakes and prepare special performances and gifts for the disadvantaged people.

 

Terminal: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)

 

Accommodation and Food:

Volunteers will stay at the dormitory with basic conditions. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at accommodation, only lunch at local restaurant near project site.

 

 

7. Teaching and Interacting with Disadvantaged Children in “Hearted School”

 

Project Code

Date

Type

Location

Vols

SJVS1701

26.06.-07.07.

EDU/KIDS/

SOCI

BinhThanh District,

Ho Chi Minh City

6

SJVS1703

 

10.07.-21.07.

Background:

Vinh Son Hearted School is an organization held by a group of catholic people who have a warm heart to help poor children improve their life by attending schools. There are more than 100 children from 3 to 12 year-old from poor families where parents don’t have any condition to take care of their children. As a result, they don’t go to school although studying is a right of children.

 

Work:

Volunteers will hold English lessons for students as well as organize activities such as games, sports, etc… Besides, there are manual works to help the school.

 

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)

 

Accommodation and Food:

Volunteers will stay at the guesthouse with shared room of 3, 4 volunteers depending on number of volunteers coming. Food will be served at local restaurant. Vietnamese food is considered as easy to eat but if you have any special dietary needs please inform us in advance.

 

 

8. Summer Language Camp for Children

 

Project Code

Date

Type

Location

Vols

SJVS1702

03.07.-14.07.

KIDS/

EDU

Tuy Hoa city,

Phu Yen province

10

SJVS1704

 

24.07.-04.08.

Background:

CEC is an English environment for children from 6–15 years old. Volunteers will be English teachers as they have to make lesson plan, teach in classes every day. More importantly, volunteers are encouraged to help the children to engage with English through games, songs, sport, music, etc. During the summer, the children will have more free time as they do not need to go for school, volunteers will organize workshops and summer camp for the children. This is an opportunity for both volunteers and children to get to know each other better and have great time together.

 

Normally, the volunteers will spend the morning to make lesson plan and then have teaching classes in the evening. Sometimes, volunteers will join and organize some events such as English club, visiting trip to explore and learn about the city with the children.

 

Work:

  • Organize leisure activities for children, teach Basic English through games, activities, songs…

  • Volunteers will organize and run different workshops including: sport, art, music, painting and summer camp for the children.

 

Terminal: Tuy Hoa airport or Tuy Hoa Train Station

 

Accommodation and Food:

Volunteers will stay at the guest house of Phu Yen Education Center with basic and simple accommodation. Meals are self-prepared by volunteers or served at the local food stores. Vietnamese food is considered as easy to eat but if you have special diet, please inform in advance.

 

 

9. Experience local life on Ly Son Island

 

Project Code

Date

Type

Location

Vols

SJVS1705

07.08.-18.08.

ENVI/KIDS/ SOCI

Quang Ngai

9

SJVS1704

 

24.07.-04.08.

Background:

Ly Son Island has a lot of places with natural beauties so since 2007;QuangNgai people’s committee first time launched the tour for local people to visit Ly Son Island as one of the most beautiful beach of Vietnam. Until now, the island attracts a lot of tourist. Together with the development of tourism, the marine eco-system and environment of Ly Son Island is threatened.

 

Work:

Volunteers will help the farmers to plant garlic and onion which is their major income. They will organize different activities related to environment for the students of primary schools around the area to raise awareness of local people about environment problems. The volunteers also have the chance to experience local lifestyle via this activity.

 

Terminal: Quang Ngai Train Station

 

Accommodation and Food:

All volunteers will stay in Ly Son home-stays, shared room of 3 or 4 depends on number of volunteers coming with air-con, western toilet style, do have Wi-Fi but not really strong. Food will be served at local restaurants.