Volunteer with Paddy

Paddy's Jewel

We are a very small, but very effective, center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing children in Việt Nam.

This small center in Hội An provides an education and a support network for young Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. Primarily we teach the children reading, writing, speaking, sign language, arts and crafts. For some of our students we hope to transition them into mainstream schooling. For others, we will assist them in the search for meaningful employment. Some of our students come to us after the family has purchased hearing aids for them - usually taking out a large loan from the bank to purchase the aids. For other families there is no possibility of securing a loan. For these children we purchase the hearing aids ..... if there are sufficient funds in our bank. We are currently in the process of raising funds, through GoFundMe, to purchase much needed equipment to assist the students in their quest to speak more clearly.

Our Activities

What We Need

Primarily we are looking for a volunteer to raise our profile & to assist with fundraising. Ideally that person would also be brilliant at teaching in the all aspects of administration including Excel Spreadsheets! There is a huge need for educating Deaf children in Hội An. Unfortunately, until we can raise funds to employ another teacher, we are unable to accept more children from our waiting list. Paddy's Jewel is the only NGO (Non Government Organisation) in Hội An to offer these children an education. Without an education the cycle of poverty will continue.

This is an ongoing requirement. Ideally we would love for someone to assist us on a 3+ month basis but we realise not everyone is able to make such a commitment. While we would love to have someone come to Hội An to help us it is not absolutely necessary as the marketing side of the work can be done online.
Minimum stay is 1 month

What We Provide

Because we are a small, privately funded, organisation (and also due to Police regulations) we are unable to offer accommodation. We can offer a free, home cooked, lunch Monday to Friday. The hospitality is great & the welcome is very genuine. Free Vietnamese lessons are offered & a chance to see a side of Vietnamese life that tourists are not privy to.

Important Info

Suitable For


Minimum Stay

Any period of time

Staff Size

Up to 5 people


There are no costs involved for Volunteers except for their own living and accommodation costs.

Watch Us


Help out from Home

Create/Update our Website
Social Media Help

As an almost computer illiterate person I desperately need help with managing our Website & Social Media Accounts. If you are visiting Hoi An & can help please do contact me. Alternatively, maybe someone can help from their home? Feel free to email me at mai@hearingandbeyondinvietnam.org (Please note: we have changed our name to "Hearing and Beyond in Vietnam"...... but I have yet to work out how to change it on the GivingWay platform!!!

Your Contact Person

Mái McCann
23 Huỳnh Thúc Kháng -Tân An-TP Hội An. Việt Nam, Hội An, Vietnam.

Our Wish List

Almost everything we need we can buy here in Hội An. What we need is the money to buy with! We are always looking for Sponsorship as many of our families cannot afford school fees. As with any school, we are always in need of school supplies : desks, exercise books, pens, art & craft supplies etc.

What are you waiting for?

We at Paddy's Jewel would love to hear from you!