Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • All meals included Yes
  • Free beverages Yes
  • Persons per room 4-6
  • Wifi in public areas Yes
  • Laundry facilities No
  • Safety box No
  • Lockable rooms Yes
  • Hot shower Yes
  • Private bathroom Yes
  • Western toilet Yes
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Towels No
  • Air conditioning Yes
  • Heating No
  • Fan Yes
  • Mosquito protection No

Program & Schedule

You can support the community of Phan Thiet, as you provide your assistance, enthusiasm and skill for the day to day tasks at this local kindergarten. Children from ages 3 to 6 years old will be in attendance and you will be able to work directly with them, leading them in song, playing games and other fun educational activities. You will work alongside local teachers who are dedicated to preparing these children for the structure of a school setting, as they transition from home to school. You will be able to teach the children simple English words and phrases and maybe even learn a bit of Vietnamese while you are there too.

Aims & Objectives

  • Gain valuable experience caring for local kindergarten aged children
  • Gain insight into the local work ethic and culture, through interactions with local staff
  • Provide an extra set of hands and eyes to local teachers

Schedule

Monday to Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Morning session: Engage in creative learning activities with the children
  • Prepare children and eating area for lunch
  • Help with cleanup and put children down for a nap.
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon session: Engage in creative learning activities with the children
  • Dinner
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                15

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Advanced

CRB required:                On Arrival

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        On Arrival

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

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.

Food Arrangements

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.

Facilities

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.

Transportation

From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Ho Chi Minh
  • Mekong Delta

Quick Facts

Name:                Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Population:        92 million

Capital:        Hanoi

Language:        Vietnamese

Currency:        Vietnamese dong (VND)

Time zone:        UTC +7

Country Information

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.

Climate

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.

Culture

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.

Gastronomy

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!