Vietnam is a richly diverse country located between the Red River Delta in the north and Mekong Delta in the south. With tourism being such a strong industry for the country’s economy, learning English is considered the key to a prosperous future and Lattitude Volunteers provide an avenue for people to learn and practice.
Placements are mostly located in the capital Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and surrounding areas, click here to view a map..
Is it for me?
Vietnam will allow you to step outside your comfort zone, and embrace a truly rich cultural experience. You will be able to push yourself as you take on a position of responsibility, and teach English to people of many ages. Any shortage in resources will be more than made up for by the keenness of your students to learn.
English Tutor placements are in colleges and universities and some primary and secondary schools. Volunteers provide students with the opportunity to practice their spoken English by leading activities such as conversation, role playing, singing and debating. A range of extracurricular activities including conversation groups, visiting students’ homes and playing games add great value and enjoyment to the placements. Volunteers may also be asked to teach the teachers and assist in enhancing their confidence in English conversation.
These placements sometimes have a Sports Coaching component to them, in local schools assisting and mentoring students in such sports as soccer, basketball, volleyball and badminton.
A small amount of pocket money is paid.
Summer Holiday Placements
Vietnam is unique among our destinations, as it also offers a Summer Break programme, with a shorter duration of 2 months, from early December to late January, as well as the mainstream programme of 4 1/2 months, departing in February & August.
Most volunteers live with a host family providing a unique opportunity to live amongst local people. Ghanaian society is far more traditional than western society and your hosts will expect you to live as a family member and spend time with them, whilst welcoming you with open arms. Some volunteers in Ghana choose to live in staff accommodation or have a room in a boarding school. This gives you more independence, but you will still be living close to teachers and students. You are free to travel at weekends and during school holidays, provided that you let your host know that you will be away.
Need to know
- Pre departure briefing - all volunteers are invited to a group briefing prior to departure
- Language - no previous knowledge of Vietnamese is required
- On arrival - volunteers undertake a five-day combined teaching skills and orientation course in Ho Chi Minh City
Before you go:
- We interview each volunteer in order to find out their strengths, skills and interests, as well as identifying what they are hoping to achieve while away. This helps us select the right people to be Lattitude volunteers and after a second interview with the In Country Programme Manager (often via Skype or e-mail), we match them to a placement that is right for them.
- Once you have been accepted by the in Country Programme Manager you will be looked after by a specialised Volunteer Coordinator based in our NZ office, who is responsible for all volunteers going to a particular country. They provide briefing materials, support with logistics such as flights and visas and are there to answer any questions.
- Everyone attends a pre-departure briefing to meet other volunteers and Lattitude staff, and other professionals such as our travel agent, travel doctors and insurance company representatives as well as hearing from returned volunteers.
- All volunteers sign our Term and Conditions to ensure that Lattitude's expectations of each volunteer are agreed and clear from the outset.
When you're overseas:
- We have paid staff based in each country. Our Country Managers oversee the program and work with a team of Local Representatives who provide support in the local areas and develop close relationships with placement hosts.
- Each volunteer attends a 5 day group orientation & teaching skills course on arrival in Hanoi.
- We work with Embassies and High Commissions to ensure we can respond to any situation and provide 24/7 emergency support from the Lattitude office in NZ
When you are back:
- We recognise that coming home can be difficult and provide one-to-one support, with onward referrals for further professional support if needed. Volunteers are invited to debriefing events and become part of our network of alumni.
|Lattitude Application Fee||$150|
|Lattitude Contribution Fee||$3900|
|Lattitude In-country Orientation||$150|
|Travel Insurance (5 months)||$290|
|Return Airfares (approx cost of group flight)||$1800 - $2500|
|Medical examination||$50 - 200|
|Immunisations||$0 - 750|
|Total cost (approximate)||$6560 - 8160|
The main opportunity for travel is within a one-week holiday during your placement and also at the end. The options for adventure in Vietnam are endless: kayak the hidden caves and secret lagoons of Halong Bay; spot rhinos and leopards in Cat Tien National Park; trek the mountains around Sapa; or cycle the back roads of the Mekong Delta. When it’s time to chill out, head to the beaches of Nha Trang, Mui Ne or Phu Quoc or if art, food and history are more your style, don’t miss a visit to Hue, the country’s old imperial capital by the banks of the Perfume River.
2 or 3 months
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Population: 85 million
Time Zone: Auckland (UTC/GMT +13 hours) minus 6 hours
Climate: The climate in Vietnam is tropical and sub-tropical. Winters can be chilly in the north but are mild in the south. The middle calendar months are hot and sticky.
Currency: Vietnamese Dong
“A hand reaches over and plucks some chips from the packet I just opened. No “please” or “may I?” uttered, just a common understanding that here in Vietnam people share things equally, westerner or not. I am chastised by the teachers for spending too much time in the sun and ruining my beautiful ‘white’ complexion.”
Alicia Varley, Lattitude English Teacher