Volunteer at a local NGO in Vietnam tackling issues such as health and human rights utilising your skills within a very stimulating environment. In recent years, there has been a drive to promote grassroots civil development and reform in urban and rural areas across Vietnam. The number of local NGOs has risen significantly as the movement has gained strength. These NGOs address various issues such as supporting underprivileged communities, environmental conservation and children’s rights. However due to a lack of funding and trained staff these NGOs potential for advancement has been limited.
Volunteers are needed to bring a new energy and perspective to help NGOs continue to make a difference to Vietnamese society. Your role will be dependent on the needs of the organisation and your experience. The opportunities are office-based and offer a great opportunity for university students and graduates to develop invaluable work experience. PMGY’s volunteer in Vietnam programme is a great way to gain insight and make an impact on social development on a more strategic level.
PMGY’s Vietnam NGO programme is a fantastic way to get involved in development work within a more holistic environment. University students and graduates will find these placements an exciting way to gain work experience and learn about core economic, educational, environmental and social issues in the developing world. Working alongside professionals within these various fields is an amazing opportunity to develop your skill set, gain experience and learn about the world.
Your role is dependent on you as a person and you experience/skill set. Each volunteer is different and brings a unique set of skills to the placement. Volunteers work closely with the staff to help strengthen the operations of the organisation. You will find the NGOs open to ideas and willing to create a role to suit your interests. Here is an idea of what you could be doing:
Content Writing – Each NGO we support has a website that is displayed in English. Volunteers with strong writing skills can review the current website content – proof reading and developing the content.
Design – Whether its designing websites, leaflets or presentational material, volunteers with graphic design skills can help the NGOs in promotional activities.
English – The local staff really appreciate if volunteers can help improve their level of English.
Finance – Volunteers with accounting and finance backgrounds can assist with bookkeeping and developing cash management systems.
Fundraising – International volunteers have the communication skills to create and edit fundraising proposals and foster national and international alliances. Fundraising is the key to the future of the NGOs. Whether it’s compiling a list of prospective donors and creating concept notes. In the past PMGY volunteers have been involved in creating fundraising proposals that have brought in five figure dollar donations!
Report Editing – The NGOs have to provide regular reports to their sponsors, partner NGOs and various committees, which need to be produced in Vietnamese and English. Volunteers can help editing the reports produced in English.
Research – University students/graduates have the analytical and research skills to design and support research drives and fieldwork.
Social Media – The NGOs we support are becoming increasingly aware of the power social media has in raising awareness and building support. Training the local staff about effectively using social media is a great way volunteers can add value.
Website Support – For those with relevant skills, assistance can be provided through updating and improving the NGOs website. Better still creating or introducing new software/systems that improve the efficiency of the NGO.
Projects that the NGOs are involved in will naturally come and go as time moves forward. The team will try their hardest to match volunteers signed up to the NGO programme to a project that best suits their skill set. It is therefore very important that this is well detailed within your application to the programme. You will be asked to send through a CV to a member of our International Team to ensure that the NGO programme assigned to you is the best fitting.
Volunteers who join us for a shorter time frame or with limited experience on the NGO programme are advised to note that there is naturally not as much opportunity for long term developments and input to be made and instead the main purpose of the programme in these situations is for insights, learnings and sharing of information.
Volunteers are advised to note the minimum age and time frame for most NGOs that we work with is 20 years of age and 4 weeks. Volunteers at these NGOs should have completed a bachelor degree or be working within a relevant profession. Anyone outside this category will usually be assigned to the CSDS placement, but this again is dependent on a variety of factors and ultimately NGO placement is decided by our local team. You will need to bring a laptop for this programme.