Catherine Gradel Volunteers in Vietnam

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. 

Mui Ne Beach Pool

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:

Vietnam Volunteer Catherine Gradel Tutoring

Vietnam Volunteer Catherine Gradel Math

Vietnam Volunteer Catherine Gradel Fun

Vietnam Volunteer Catherine Gradel Teaching

Stacey-Leigh Williams in Vietnam

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.

Regards, Stacey-leigh

Stacey Leigh-Williams (Australia)
Orphanage Volunteer in Chennai, India

Lady Buddha Statue in Danang, Vietnam

Lady Buddha Statue in Danang, Vietnam

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:

Lady Buddha Statue in Danang, Vietnam

Lady Buddha Statue in Danang, Vietnam

Lady Buddha Statue in Danang, Vietnam


Letter from Elsa High in Hong Kong

(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.)

Dear Scott,

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.

Warm Regards,

Mrs. Rachel Friedman
Carmel School Association
Elsa High School

(Click to see the original letter)

Cosmic Volunteers Donates to Vietnam Children

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!

Vietnam Volunteers Norman Kirby Ankur Agrawal Teaching

Vietnam Volunteers Norman Kirby Ankur Agrawal Paint

Vietnam Volunteers Norman Kirby Ankur Agrawal Smiles

Vietnam Volunteers Norman Kirby Ankur Agrawal Motorbikes