Program & Schedule
You will be working in a small food shop which opened in the summer of 2017. It is privately owned by a local family who has realized their own dream, of providing affordable and healthy meals to low income citizens in the area. Most often these are the elderly, students, and others with limited means.
With the financial support of a daughter that resides in England, the shop is able to offer a full meal for a reduced price of 5000 Vietnamese Dong (about $0.20) seven days a week. The food served is vegetarian and usually sold as take-aways. On an average day, 20 kilos of rice is served to roughly 300 customers. During special Lunar observances, upwards of 60 kilos of rice may be purchased at the food shop, along with other dishes and typical Vietnamese snacks.
The vibe within the food shop is extremely social and welcoming, which means that you will enjoy your time here as you work hard to support this program. Daily tasks for participants include helping to make breakfast and lunch, which includes all of the food preparation (cutting vegetables, frying foods, etc.), food service and kitchen clean up.
Aims & Objectives
- Assist the local staff by providing an extra hand to support the food shop program
- Develop your teamwork and skills through hands on activity
- Broaden your perspective to others that may not be as fortunate
- Engage with other community members to provide a valuable service
Monday to Friday
- Depart for the food shop around 7AM
- Assist in the preparation of food, cooking, cleaning the area and serving food
- Lunch at the foodshop
- Back to the accommodation
- Free time during the afternoon
Participant Criteria & Requirements
Minimum age: -
Maximum age: -
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: On Signup
Passport copy required: On Arrival
Resume copy required: No
Required qualification: None
There are no further requirements for this program.
Living & Location
Located in the Binh Thuan province along the coast in southeast Vietnam, Phan Thiet is a relatively undisturbed fishing town that is also the capital of the province. Here you will find all sorts of cultural sites, local markets and natural wonders to enjoy!
Located on the campus of Phan Thiet University, our accommodation has a very comfortable setting. Rooms for up to 6 participants, are well equipped with air conditioning, fans, hot water and private bathrooms in each. There are separate rooms for male and female participants.
WiFi is available for use in specified locations throughout the accommodation. Please note that the quality of internet access will depend on local weather conditions. Since we are in Southeast Asia, we might have poor internet accessibility at times due to heavy rain.
Three meals a day during the week (breakfast, lunch and dinner), two meals (brunch and dinner) on weekends will be served at the accommodation. The food will be typically Vietnamese cooked by locals and using local ingredients. Occasionally there may be some Western dishes served. When necessary, lunch may be provided near the placement location to long travel back and forth to the accommodation.
The bus stops right in front of the Phan Thiet University. You can use the bus to travel to the beach (about 5 minutes away), the tourist area (about 15 minutes away), where you can find restaurants, bars, banks, supermarkets, shopping centers, pharmacies, and the hospital (also about 15 minutes away).
Activities & Events
No scheduled activities outside the program.
Sights & Surroundings
In your off time you may want to explore some of the natural and historic sites in the area. These include:
White Sand Dunes
Scenic desert area where ATV and other activities are possible.
Red Sand Dunes
Sand sledding is very popular at this desert location.
Mui Ne Beach
Very close and accessible by public transportation. Many activities including swimming and chilling.
Mui Ne Harbor
Very close and accessible. Activities here include fishing and Kite surfing.
Ta Cu Mountain/Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda
Lush location 28 km from Phan Thiet, where you will enjoy the natural landscape, limestone caves and ornate Buddhist structures.Save yourself some of the hike by using the cable car too!
Fairy Stream - Suoi Tien
Photography hotspot just 18 km from Phan Thiet.
Po Sah Inu Towers
Ancient site with towers from the 18th century. Only 6 km outside of Phan Thiet.
From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):
- Ho Chi Minh
- Mekong Delta
Name: Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Population: 92 million
Currency: Vietnamese dong (VND)
Time zone: UTC +7
Vietnam is currently the world’s 13th most populous country and occupies 331,211 square kilometers. Today, although scarred by its past, Vietnam is a fast-growing economy helped by tourism that its interesting history and beautiful sights draw in.
One frequent thing to hear is that it has not yet been subjected to the western influence that Thailand and, to an extent, Cambodia have been. The Vietnamese still tend to prefer their traditional cuisine to the fast food chains that seem to be taking over the world.
Aside from the beautiful countryside of the north, rice fields and beaches, Vietnam is a country that is very much on the move. Roads are being upgraded, new hotels are opening everywhere and its cities are fastly developing.
Due to the country’s land mass, its climate varies from region to region. On average, temperatures range from 22-27°C year-round with a generally warm and humid climate. Although temperatures don’t vary much in the southern parts of Vietnam, the northern areas can get quite cold during the winter.
Tropical monsoons can be expected between October and April in the centre of Vietnam and from May to September in the north and south. Outside of these rainy seasons it remains almost completely dry.
Although Vietnamese culture is rooted in the ancient indigenous Dong Son culture with wet rice agriculture as its economic foundation, certain aspects of its culture have Chinese influence. In more recent times, the country has been exposed to Southeast Asian, European and American culture as well as their media.
Having said this, it is safe to say that Vietnam has not yet absorbed as much western culture when compared to some of its neighbours.
Vietnamese cuisine is heavily influenced by the Asian principle of 5 elements which correspond to the five elements: wood (sour), fire (bitter), earth (sweet), metal (spicy) and water (salty). This yin and yang principle is an art of balance to make food beneficial to the body.
Traditional Vietnamese cooking is known for its fresh ingredients, minimal use of oil, plentiful use of herbs and vegetables and what’s more, it is considered one of the healthiest cuisines worldwide.
Typical dishes might include rice vermicelli noodles, jasmine rice, dried shrimp, fish sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame seeds, and bean sprouts to name a few!