Vietnam program director at Volunteers in Asia (VIA)

October 17, 2006

Hi everybody,

My name is Christine Tran, a UC Berkeley alumni and current Vietnam program director at Volunteers in Asia (VIA).  I’m writing to let you know about volunteer opportunities in Vietnam through VIA.

If you’ve ever thought about spending an extended amount of time in Vietnam, contributing something meaningful while exploring your Vietnamese roots, a great way to do it would be through an organization like VIA.

VIA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting understanding between the U.S and Asia.  Our Vietnam program was established in 1990, making us one of the first American organizations to return to Vietnam after the war.  We have sent over 200 volunteers to Vietnam on summer and long-term (1-2 year) volunteer opportunities.

We currently work with mostly Vietnamese public universities and a handful of nonprofits and research institutions.

These are THREE types of volunteer opportunities we offer:

For those with a college degree and demonstrated interest in Vietnam or the Vietnamese-American community:
VIA offers two brand new fully-funded fellowships for exceptional college graduates who have a demonstrated and ongoing commitment to Vietnam or the Vietnamese-American community.  Fellows serve at one of our 11 long-term posts and design and implement a community service project over one year.  This fellowship is funded by the Ford Foundation.

For those with a college degree:  VIA has one- and two-year long volunteer opportunities teaching English in Vietnam.  You may teach at institutions like the University of Hue, University of Dalat, University of Danang, University of An Giang, University of Fisheries, Nha Trang, or Hanoi University of Foreign Studies.

For continuing undergraduates or recent graduates: VIA has a 7-week long summer program called Teach-in-Hue.  This program is wildly popular among US participants and Vietnamese university students in Hue.  Volunteers teach American Culture at the University of Hue to first- and second-year English majors and gifted high school students.

If you’re interested, please take a look at our website first and then feel free to give me a call or send an email.  Our application deadline is Feb. 22, 2007 and volunteers leave between mid-June and mid-July each year.

There is a participation fee (except for fellowships) which only covers a fraction of what it costs VIA to send volunteers to Vietnam.  The fee covers all or partial airfare, housing, stipend, training, visa, insurance, orientation, etc.  We’re supported generously by former volunteers and foundations.  Financial assistance is also provided and funded by former volunteers.

If you’ve ever thought about living and volunteering in Vietnam, take a look at our website to learn more about our program and what the benefits are of going with an organization.

Check it out: www.viaprograms. org

Thanks for reading!
Christine Tran
Vietnam Program Director

We’ve moved!  Our new contact information is:

965 Mission Street, Suite 751
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415.904.8033
www.viaprograms. org

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