Volunteer Care Work: Making a Real Difference
Volunteering in care work is immensely rewarding, whether in developed or developing countries. Globally, countless children are orphaned, neglected, or under-educated, needing love, care, and educational support. Care placements offer volunteers, whether on a college vacation, gap year, or career break, the opportunity to significantly impact children's lives who might otherwise lack mental stimulation. The smallest gestures can make a profound difference in someone's life.
What Will Volunteers Do in Care?
No qualifications or prior experience are required for care volunteers. The essential qualities are compassion and a desire to improve the lives of those less fortunate. Tasks vary by institution but typically include assisting with rehabilitation exercises, engaging children in games, music, and arts, developing fundraising initiatives, and teaching English to local staff.
The impact of a volunteer largely depends on their initiative, motivation, and proactivity. Experiences may vary, even within the same project, so it's advisable to maintain realistic expectations. An active, creative, flexible approach, along with goodwill and a warm heart, will maximize your contribution.
Where Will Volunteers Work?
VVCD's Care projects span various categories, including orphanages, care centres, and kindergartens. We currently partner with the following institutions:
• Bode Pagoda, Long Bien, Hanoi
• Hanoi Friendship Village, Hoai Duc, Hanoi
• Thuy An Center, Ba Vi, Hanoi
• Phuc Tue Center, Hanoi.