Vietnam International Volunteer Placement Service (VIVPS)

It is never easy to choose a volunteer program, so many, so many promises. We don’t boast about stats, don’t claim to be the cheapest, the best, we just do what we do because we love it and because we can give people an opportunity to share. We live here, we volunteer here, and we love the work we do. We charge a fair fee that allows us to live and to provide the service that we do. We work at two of the most needy, yet popular programs in Vietnam, the Ba Vi disability center, our Pagoda/Orphanage program, or may prefer to teach in the local rural village primary school. We started our "Helping Hands Vietnam" program to provide more assistance to our programs and to the disadvantaged peoples of Northern Vietnam. When you come to VIVPS you will become part of an ever growing international and local family, and share in the joy that brings. Take our tour for first time volunteers, experience Northern Vietnam and volunteering in a unique package.


- We are not here to make our fortune, this is a business, but one that will always meet the needs of our programs before personal gain.
- We make a modest living allowance and have administration and operating costs, beyond that we cater to the material needs of our partners when we have the financial resources available to do so.


- At Ba Vi volunteers are accommodated in one of two Guest Houses in Thuy An village, a short walk to the disability center.
- In Ha Nam volunteers stay in a very comfortable hotel.
- Both locations are very clean, have air conditioning and wifi available.


- We are a small family of people who care for each other, our beneficiaries, and our volunteers.
- When you come to VIVPS you become part of this family, and you are accorded the respect and courtesy that each family member deserves.
- We operate our programs with a philosophy that encompasses, compassion, love, understanding and truth.

  alt alt   

Helping Hands Viet Nam Project - VIVPS

We sacrificed a lot in terms of a business to focus completely on two programs that need us, and need you. We have built a family of dedicated workers through our HHV program and have one of the highest volunteer return ratios of any service in the world. Family is our key word and drives our work, we work in an environment that is emotionally difficult but highly rewarding, and we offer that opportunity to you. We make a difference, step by step, day by day, change does not occur overnight, it is a process that needs much understanding. Vietnam has its very own culture and traditions that are required to be embraced, we are guests in this country and act accordingly. We seek people that have a caring and compassionate nature, and are willing to give of their time and are willing to receive life’s lessons.

  •  Orphanage disability program/ Teaching program
  • ​​ Pagoda - Orphanage program 
  • Tours for first time volunteers – See Northern Vietnam and experience life as a volunteer
  •  Language & Cultural immersion days
  • A local community we call our own
  • Helping Hands Vietnam project
  • We are the only organisation with permission to operate at these two programs 



“Connecting Cultures – Changing Lives”

Our motto has real meaning to us and is the foundation by which we work.
Everybody associated with VIVPS is a volunteer, "We just do it"!


Creative Therapy Room

We have also just built and opened our new creative therapy room. Our teacher Muoi is happy to have a private space to work with the kids, and also to have the resources to help them express...

Read more

Soft/Sensory Room

We have just opened our newly built soft/sensory room. Our kids will have some great times in here and it will also aid in their self rehabilitation program.

Read more

Ben (Australia)

Ben wastes little time in making friends with the kids and taking shade under a (non la) traditional Vietnamese conical hat. Its a real pleasure to have another student from the Charles...

Read more

Teaching Program

Our teacher Hien works with children with a wide range of disabilities at the centre. Some children with very minimal disabilities have the potential to be accepted into the local school if...

Read more

Elspeth (Singapore)

My volunteering experience with VIVPS and the center has been an enriching, meaningful and unforgettable one. I have learned so much and so grateful to be part of the children’s lives at the...

Read more

Emily (Canada)

Emily arrives and immediately does some reading with Hoi from room 4 at our Ba Vi disability/orphanage program. Great to have you here friend, welcome to the family <3

Read more

Terry Hoai Thuong Chuyen Tham Hien