Volunteering abroad is a life-changing, highly personal experience. You will be exposed to different perspectives and worldviews during your stay. You will learn from the communities where you work, the experience of traveling in the country, and the interaction with new people.
Making a difference can also mean sharing your enthusiasm, specific knowledge, skills, and experience you may have. But the experience extends far beyond hands-on service with many opportunities for cultural exchange and personal transformation and making new friends it will give you the opportunity for self-reflection and learning. The impact of your service can last a lifetime, for you and the community you served.
If you have an interest in volunteering and learning about another culture, you can be of service. Making a difference can be as simple as sharing love and affection with orphans through a hug, playing team-building sports with at-risk youth, sharing stories and photos with the elderly in a community, practicing conversational English with children and adults seeking new career opportunities or just taking a group of orphanas to the local swimming pool where they can cool of and have some fun.
A volunteer holiday with Allambie offers a great opportunity for individuals, families and groups who want to experience a new destination and/or activity whilst doing something worthwhile. We offer a variety of short-term volunteering holidays that combine adventure travel, cultural excursions and much more.
From one week and upwards, you can choose from our variety of responsible holidays that enable you to have as adventurous, cultural or educational a holiday as you like, knowing that you are doing something to benefit the country and communities you are travelling within.
Contact us with your requirements and your budget for a tailor-made experience. Typically, a private room with private bath in a modern hotel will cost US$35 to US$60 per night.
We also ensure that we only use local operators / guides and try to source all our provisions via locally owned business.
What Allambie can offer
We have links with other orphanages such as Phu My Orphanage in Binh Thanh District that I had a personal experience working in during 2007.
Phu My is an orphanage that cares for abandoned children with mental and physical handicaps, there are over 400 abandoned children at this orphanage, many of them are bed ridden and a high number with hydrocephalus.
These children do not have much hope of a future, some of these children’s physical and mental handicaps can be put down to post warfare namely Agent Orange that was used during the Vietnam war.
Most of them cannot speak for themselves, but what they need is be stimulated, picked up and loved.
Ms Cucs English school which as 30 street children that attend this school for free. Ms Dons orphanage that has 70 children ranging from new born to teenagers that have been abandoned for many different reasons these a just to few out of many orphanages that Allambie has links with.
Vietnamese Cookery Lessons
Vietnamese cuisine is one of the world healthiest cuisines in the world. With rice, herbs and fresh ingredients and imaginative flavours, and one of the highlights of any trip to Vietnam is the food. Even if you do not expect to do much Vietnamese cooking, a cooking class is a fun and interesting way to learn about the local ingredients and how to make some of the popular dishes.
The cooking classes will take place at Allambie Orphanage and are half-day classes starting in the morning with a trip to Ben Thanh Market where the Chef assists and advises participants how to hand-pick the freshest ingredients. You will learn to cook with the Allambie’s own in-house Vietnamese cook and owner Suzanne Thi Hien, who is a qualified chef.
The market is then followed by a cooking demonstration and you will then cook some of the dishes yourself and learn presentation skills such as making roses out tomatoes or swan out of lemon etc. You will then have lunch with the children where you can eat the dishes that you have prepared.
Some of the dishes you will make will be fresh shrimp spring rolls with hoisin peanut sauce, BBQ eggplant, braised river prawn with Vietnamese curry, fried spring roll with a sweet chilli sauce, beef luc lac, chicken salad with Vietnamese herbs, spicy and sour fish soup, and banana sweet and many more.
You will also learn how, master chopsticks, eat in a Vietnamese way and how to savour what you have cooked.
Lessons start from $50 and upwards depending on your requirements and how many hours you wish to cook.
The criteria for volunteering
Allambie Orphanage requires an up-to-date resume/CV with personal background information about the applicant, two references and employment history. Also please attach a recent photo of yourself taken with the last 6 months.
Once we have received your information, we may require some additional information such as CRB check (Criminal Records Bureau). Allambie is a registered charity (1137521) and as a charity, we have obligations to put the children’s safety first above anything else.
There many things that the above orphanages always need, so if you would like to donate any gifts please read the list below. These are a few things that would be of most help.
Allambie would like to say thank you for taking the time to read this and look forward to hearing from you.
Basic first aid kits
Children’s medicine and vitamins
Equipment to check blood pressure, temperature, thermometers etc
Toothpaste & toothbrushes, flannels
Anti Dandruff Shampoo
Education and schooling need:
Basic learning how to read English and Basic maths books for children
Colouring books and colouring pens
Bubbles (these are the ones that are liquid form that the children can blow and make bubbles with)
Soft Toys, board games, balls etc
Music CD’s and children’s cartoon films on DVD