Check out the scene in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as the city comes alive with decorations for Christmas and New Year’s.
Catherine Gradel, from London, spent eight weeks teaching English at a children’s shelter in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
She and her fellow volunteers also helped paint and do light repairs on another children’s home where we send volunteers.
As the photos below show, volunteering in Vietnam is a wonderful experience not only for the volunteers but of course for the local children.
For sightseeing, Catherine visited Mui Ne Beach (about 200 km from HCMC). The beach is famous for its beauty, including huge sand dunes and dramatic views of the ocean and shoreline.
If you’re not into the ocean, you can rent a bike and take ride through the countryside. If you’re a golfer, there’s also the Nick Faldo-designed Ocean Dunes Golf Course for public play.
Here are some photos of Catherine teaching students in Vietnam:
Norman Kirby and Ankur Agrawal, both friends from New Jersey, volunteered at a children’s facility in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with Cosmic Volunteers.
They taught computer and English classes. They also bought paint and supplies and led the children on a project to paint the facility.
Here are some photos:
Stacey-Leigh Williams first volunteered with Cosmic Volunteers in 2005 at an orphanage in Chennai, India.
She recently joined our volunteer programs in Vietnam, working at the Hoa Mau Don orphanage in Ho Chi Minh city.
Stacey recently emailed us about her experience in Vietnam:
I just wanted to thank you once again for an amazing and fulfilling volunteering experience. As this was my second trip that you have organised I kind of knew what to expect.
Volunteering in Vietnam was so different to India (both fantastic), and I learnt so much about the people and country. My coordinator An in Vietnam went out of her way to make sure my stay was enjoyable and safe, and without her I would not have had the amazing experience that I did.
My next volunteering trip will be to Africa later in the year (yes i know I’m addicted) and I can’t wait.
Thank you and keep adding more countries.
Stacey Leigh-Williams (Australia)
Orphanage Volunteer in Chennai, India
The Lady Buddha Statue in Danang is the tallest Buddha statue in Vietnam and well worth the effort to visit.
The statue is located in the coastal city of Danag. Participants of our volunteering programs in Vietnam always tell us how much they love visiting Danang overall.
Located at the Linh Ung Pagoda on the Son Tra Peninsula in Danang, the Lady Buddha Statue is 220 feet tall (67 meters) — equivalent to a 30-story building.
Danang is the third largest city in Vietnam and one of its major port cities. Located on the coast of the South China Sea, Danang is the commercial and educational center of Central Vietnam
Here are some photos of the Lady Buddha Statue taken by one of our volunteers in Vietnam:
The VietNamNet Newspaper has some wonderful photos from Halloween in Vietnam.
One of the most popular day trips for those volunteering in Vietnam is the Cu Chi Tunnels outside of Ho Chi Minh City. The photo above is from one of our volunteers who made the trip this year.
(Thank you letter from Elsa High principal in Hong Kong regarding her 27 students’ one-week volunteer trip to Vietnam. The trip was led by Scott Burke from Cosmic Volunteers and six of Elsa High’s teachers.)
On behalf of all of us at Elsa High, including our parents and the Governing body, I would like to thank you very much for indeed your part in the wonderfully successfully first educational visit for our G6 & G7 students. All the feedback I have received has been positive, and I know you worked way beyond the call of duty in more than one area in order to ensure the best outcome.
Michael and the rest of the staff very much enjoyed working together with you and I would be more than happy to recommend your organisation to other schools.
It was great meeting you and I look forward to welcoming you back to Elsa High School in the future.
Mrs. Rachel Friedman
Carmel School Association
Elsa High School
We recently donated $300 USD to buy paint and roofing supplies through our volunteer programs for children in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
Two of our volunteers in Vietnam — Norman Kirby and Ankur Agrawal — coordinated the purchase of the supplies and spent their spare time doing the painting and repair work at the orphanage.
With some of the remaining funds, the volunteers bought the children 20 shoes and gave each of them a small amount of “lucky money” for the New Year.
They also bought more painting material for a mural drawing on the wall of the shelter.
Thanks, Norman and Ankur!