Coins for Change Vietnam
Coins For Change is an organization that aids marginalized women and children throughout Vietnam by providing business and educational support through two projects, The Empowerment Plan and Teach for Change..
What We Need
Volunteering Work Needed:
1. Teach English at our partner schools and provide fun clubs or group tutoring for our students. Since we are a social enterprise, not an NGO, we do not receive outside funding. We make all of the money for our social support programs through the Teach For Change program. The money that is created from the Teach for Change program is used to fund The Empowerment Plan projects, which include Her Craft and Her Academy, where we provide FREE mental health services, parenting classes, English classes, access to social workers, job placement support, business education, and tourism education. Because of the services from our Teach for Change English teaching volunteers, we are able to provide The Empowerment Plan services for FREE to our women beneficiaries!
2. Marketing and communication for all the organization and its brand products. This one required volunteers to stay in Hanoi, our headquarter. This position includes social media marketing, creating videos, planning photography sessions, writing advertisements, meeting with potential partners, attending events for organizations similar to ours, and maybe traveling to partner locations.
Coins for Change's main office is in Hanoi, but Teach for Change English teaching volunteers work with our partners in Tuyen Quang, Thai Binh, Nam Dinh, Cau Giat, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Vinh, Quang Nam, Hanoi, and Binh Duong. We are also expanding our partner network, thanks to the dedicated support of volunteers just like you, who continue to give services in order to support women and children in Vietnam!
When & Who
What we Provide
At C4C, our volunteers have the choice of living in either a homestay or a shared volunteer house, depending on the project location. At our homestays, the volunteer will live with our local coordinator's families or with our beneficiary families themselves! Volunteers are fully supported with basic accommodations that will fit your needs. We offer a variety of both shared and private rooms depending on the location. In these homestays, you will have a chance to learn to cook traditional Vietnamese meals, experience Vietnamese home life, learn the language and explore the local areas.
Volunteers who prefer a more private experience can request to live in a Volunteer House, where they will share a fully equipped house with other volunteers. Here, volunteers share rooms or have their own private rooms, in addition to sharing bathrooms, a kitchen, a laundry room, and living rooms. These are only available at specific locations.
These accommodations are given in exchange for your commitment to facilitating English classes for a maximum of 20 hours per week, in addition to other activities that you have promised.
We require that our volunteers treat these accommodations with care. Please clean up after yourselves, work together to keep the house neat, and respect your host's space. Your host is not your servant, they are your family!
Volunteers are provided with at least 2 meals per day, usually including snacks throughout the day as well, at both the homestays and volunteer houses. The meals are cooked by someone in the family and we invite you to help with the preparation so that you may learn new recipes! For volunteers who have dietary restrictions, please inform your host or the person who buys the ingredients.
In addition, we require that our volunteers help with washing the dishes after each meal. Our homestays and volunteer houses are big families, not hotels! Please clean up after yourself.
50 USD stipend per month.
No fee, although we suggest that you bring at around 200 USD per month for fun activities, travel expenses, and emergencies. We require that you bring enough for a flight home in case of emergencies.
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More Services we Offer
Please note that we required volunteers to stay for at least 3 months. As we work with children, we believe that a minimum of 3 months will reduce the stress that our children experience when each volunteer leaves. Our volunteers often get very close to the children and it isn't good for them to constantly experience their loved ones leaving. Thank you for understanding.
After you finish your commitment with us and if you wish to work professionally as an English teacher in Vietnam, we will support you in finding a new position. A legal work permit in Vietnam for English teachers requires at least a Bachelor's Degree, TEFL or equivalent, and a non-criminal record. Although we cannot guarantee you a job, we will do our best to help you find a position and may even be able to have one of our partner schools take you on as a full-time teacher.
Other Ways to Help
We are looking for children's, teen, young adult, and English language books for our community libraries in our remote project locations. Unfortunately, in Vietnam, there are very strict limits on what kinds of books we can get in the country. We also welcome art supplies and other educational supplies. We welcome donations of all kinds and want to extend a sincere thank you for your support! We promise that your donations will be put to good use.
Additional Info about Us
Our partners will provide you with a schedule of teaching hours per week. You will in charge of the lesson plan, in the classroom, with cultural exchange activities, teaching and so on. Though we have a teaching assistant (Vietnamese English teachers) to help you with every step.
Our teaching positions give you plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture. The food, the culture, the language – You can enjoy everything that Vietnam has to offer while experiencing a rewarding career as an English teacher.
Please let our manager know if you want to stay and work as a full-time, professional English teacher after you finish your volunteering commitment, at your interview.
Coins For Change is a social enterprise that aids disenfranchised women and children throughout Vietnam. Our goal is to support and empower women & children who still face the difficulties and disadvantages of a traditional society that continues to build barriers that limit the freedoms and opportunities of women.
Our programs serve low-income, urban and rural families through educational and business support. With a focus on serving low-income women, such as ethnic minorities in rural areas, domestic violence victims, single mothers, and disabled women, we help remove the obstacles that prevent these disadvantaged groups from achieving success and gender equality within their communities, and therefore within Vietnam.
Through our educational and business campaigns, we offer free vocational training, job placement, free and low-cost English classes for women and children, online and offline support groups, mental health awareness, business support, and online lessons. Our campaigns focus on building life skills and providing training that increases independence and equal opportunities.
Officially established in December 2015, C4C now offers a wide range of services related to education and business within Vietnam through two programs; Teach for Change and The Empowerment Plan.
Teach for Change offers English support to low-income children in rural and urban areas within Vietnam. With the help of our passionate international volunteers and teachers, we are able to provide fluent English language services to those who otherwise would not have access. In a country where English fluency is rapidly becoming a necessary skill to compete in the national and global job market, providing these classes has become a vital part of increasing gender, ethnic, and general social equality within disadvantaged regions of Vietnam.
The Empowerment Plan aims to support disadvantaged women from multiple demographics in Vietnam, including single mothers, disabled women, ethnic minority women, domestic violence victims, and more. Coins For Change aids these marginalized groups through a holistic approach that includes support from an expansive online network, free vocational training, job placement, online & offline support groups, business opportunities and free or low-cost English classes for children.