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Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work in Vietnam

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Free or Cheap Volunteer Work in Vietnam


A bit of a marmite country - you'll either love or hate Vietnam - volunteering will allow those in the former camp to stay for longer in one of their favourite countries.


Grassroots Volunteering in Vietnam

The organisations listed below have either got in touch with us to add their details to this or another of our websites, or we otherwise have reason to believe they are actively looking for international volunteers and charge reasonable or no fees to join in, live and work with them:

Sapa O'Chau

The activities of Sapa O’Chau are focused around their recently opened education centre, which accommodates 35 students and providies daily support for another 70, mostly from Black H’mong and Red Dao minority villages. Founded by Shu, a member of the H'mong tribe and a former child street seller, the organisation is reliant on volunteers to teach or assist in the classroom. Other positions for volunteers include designer, admin and working in their tour department.

Where: Sapa.
Accommodation & Costs: No fee but volunteers should be self funding, finding their own accommodation locally.

Volunteering in Vietnam


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Christina Noble Children's Foundation

CNCF helps children in need with education, medical care, social opportunities, and job placement. Volunteers work as carers with the children and are involved with the children's daily routines, activity sessions and outgoings. Experienced volunteers over the age of 21 and able to stay for three months are accepted.

Where: Ho Chi Minh City.
Costs: There is no fee but volunteers must be entirely self funded.


Help Exchange Networks in Vietnam


Workaway -
Hovos -


Other Ways to Travel or Stay for Free in Vietnam

Stay for free in return for caring for local residents' homes or pets. Join Trusted Housesitters to live rent free as a house sitter (Americans may prefer this link). You can also get a free $25 Airbnb credit from us here.


Volunteer Experiences*

Peter Gilbert: Why I Live in… Sapa - Initially volunteering for three months as an English teacher with Sapa O’Chau, Peter Gilbert returned to Vietnam to continue helping with the project.
Volunteering in Vietnam: Teaching with Sapa O’Chau - Natasha teaches a basic financial literacy course to young girls from Sapa's Black Hmong community.


* not all these volunteer experiences are with grassroots NGOs or low cost organisations

Image courtesy glenn forbes