VIA (Volunteers in Asia) is a non-profit non-sectarian organization dedicated to increasing understanding between the United States and Asia through public service and programs promoting cross-cultural education. For 44 years, VIA has been sending US residents to Asia for short- and long-term volunteer programs.

Applications are now available for VIA’s volunteer programs in VIETNAM , including:

  • Year-long Program – Community Fellowships offered!
  • Teach in Hue Summer Program
  • Viet-Am Service Learning Summer Program

Year-long Program in Vietnam :

VIA volunteers work full-time with colleges, universities, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Volunteers either teach English or use their skills as a resource for NGOs, helping them with their English-language capacity through editing, translating, teaching, grant-writing and project design.  VIA volunteers live within the community they are serving in simple accommodations, all while gaining skills teaching or with international development. It is, quite simply, the experience of a lifetime!

New Community Fellowships:

In addition, VIA will offer FOUR fully-funded fellowships for exceptional college graduates who have a demonstrated and ongoing commitment to Vietnam or the Vietnamese-American community.  Fellows will be posted at one of VIA’s 11 posts in Vietnam and receive round-trip airfare, housing and living, relocation allowance, materials allowance, insurance, readjustment allowance, and $1000 for a community service project.

Teach in Hue Summer Program for Undergraduates:

The Teach-in-Hue summer program is one of VIA’s most popular program! Each summer, VIA offers a unique program for American undergraduates and recent graduates interested in learning about Vietnam through service and volunteerism. Eight to 10 volunteers teach a summer course on American Society for students at the University of Hue , in the culturally and historically rich former imperial capital of Hue . In exchange, volunteers learn about Vietnamese culture and student life, and engage in meaningful exchange with their students.

Viet Am Service Learning Summer Program:

In 2007, VIA launched a new summer service-learning program in Vietnam for undergraduates and recent college graduates of Vietnamese heritage.  The goal of this program is to encourage young Vietnamese-American s to explore their heritage, learn about social issues in Vietnam , and give back to their community.  Four to six volunteers will learn about local programs aimed at improving the social and economic conditions in Vietnam , reflect on how to give back as Vietnamese-American s, and make long-lasting friendships with Vietnamese of all ages and backgrounds.

Training, Support and More Information on How to Apply:

VIA is a small organization committed to providing individual and group training and support.   This includes: stateside orientation, cross-cultural training, and in-field staff support.  For 1- and 2-year volunteers only:  VIA provides two weeks of TESOL training (in Thailand), three weeks of language instruction, in-country orientation, staff visits, and an annual conference.  Applications are on our website and due Feb. 21, 2007.  Financial assistance is provided to those with need. Don’t let cost be a determining factor – VIA encourages everyone to apply!

For more information about VIA’s programs, including application materials, program fees, financial assistance information and much more, please visit: www.viaprograms. org.
We strongly encourage interested applicants to contact our office!

For general inquires, contact Diane at info@viaprograms or 415.904.8033 between 9 am – 5 pm PST.
For Vietnam program-specific inquiries, contact Christine at vietnam@viaprograms .org or 415-793-4723 after 6 pm PST, or by scheduling an appointment.

Christine Tran
Program Director , Vietnam and Myanmar
Volunteers in Asia (VIA)

VIA (Volunteers in Asia )
965 Mission Street, Suite 751
San Francisco , CA 94103

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