About the local hosting organizationICYE VIETNAM
About the volunteer workThe aim of the program is to jointly bring care, love and happiness to the children through volunteers' activities. Main Activities The Morning Star Center is a non-profit, non- governmental organization founded in December 1995 for the early detection and care of mentally impaired children. Chaired by Professor Nguyen Tai Thu, it is a subsidiary of the Vietnam Relief Association for Children with Disabilities and has nearly 70 staff members caring for approximately 240 children ranging in age from 1 to 16 divided into 19 classes. The number of children changes from time to time. The Center is to be found in Thanh Xuan district in South West Hanoi. Amongst the staff are teachers, psychologists, nurses, doctors and physiotherapists whose mission it is to promote charitable activities that help to provide opportunities for children with mental impairment to receive an education, and to feel included with their local community. In particular, the center strives to provide assistance for those children suffering from developmental disabilities including Down syndrome, Autism and Cerebral Palsy. Furthermore, the center has begun offering some vocational and pre-vocational courses for teenagers, in addition to sending them to outside vocational schools. The courses help increase the children”™s independence and confidence, and their abilities to get enrolled in professional training centers outside. Having recently set up a coffee shop at the entrance of the center, some of the children help out and in the process receive valuable experience in working and interacting with the public. Volunteer tasks In general, the work is quite challenging and requires volunteers to be active and patient. The volunteer can help with the following: Caring for Autistic children. Playing with the children with provided toys. Helping them do some movements (walking, standing up or jumping, etc.). Washing hands and face for the children. Helping the children with drawing and coloring. Cleaning floor or toilet or toys. Guiding & helping the children go to and use toilet. Feeding the children during lunch time. Guiding the children who are not able to feed by themselves. Helping the teacher to make teaching material as drawing, painting, modeling. (depending on volunteer's ability). Sharing with the teacher about teaching methods. Organizing games and other activities for children. Teaching English for the staff/teacher in leisure time. Calling for charity or Subscription, editing document (depends on volunteers). Working hours: Usually from 8.30 am to 4 pm (Mon Fri), but the schedule is quite flexible. Travel to work: about 1 hour by bus.
Local accommodationVolunteers will stay in a dormitory in rooms shared with other volunteers. Living conditions will be Vietnamese standard with separate bathroom, single bed with mattress. Food will be provided at the center or volunteers can eat out. Meals will be mostly local food, which vary from the daily cooking schedule.
About the project locationThe centre is situated in Thanh Xuan District in South West Hanoi, close to Ha Dong district. It is a 30 minute bus ride from the city centre. There is easy access to the internet and other services that the volunteer may need in the area.
Extra info about the projectThe program fee is 300Euro for the first two weeks and 75 Euro for each week after.