The Vietnam Big Build 2018 will take place from November 3 to 10, 2018, in Cao Lanh District, Dong Thap Province, 160 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City.
Dong Thap Province is considered the “rice bowl” of Vietnam. However, the population of more than 1.6 million is at risk from annual flooding. Such natural disasters make these agriculture-dependent families — who earn less than US$100 a month — vulnerable to falling back into poverty. Habitat for Humanity Vietnam has been helping families in Dong Thap to build a better life for themselves since 2011.
Families in Dong Thap need your support and contribution to combat inadequate housing conditions and lack of access to safe sanitation. Please join us as a volunteer for the Vietnam Big Build 2018. Together, we can work with the families to build strength, stability and self-reliance. An indicative itinerary is as follows:
Nov 3 (Sat) – Arrival in Ho Chi Minh (Tan Son Nhat International)
Nov 4 (Sun) – Travel to Dong Thap by Bus. Welcome dinner.
Nov 5 (Mon) – 1st Day of build
Nov 6 (Tue) – 2nd day of build
Nov 7 (Wed) – 3rd day of build
Nov 8 (Thur) – 4th day of build
Nov 9 (Fri) – Half day build + home dedication + farewell dinner
Nov 10 (Sat) Depart for Ho Chi Minh City
Video: Vietnam Big Build 2016
Application Deadline: 24.8.2018
Program fee: USD $1,950 / HKD $15,210 (Includes in-country accommodation, meals and transportation. Excludes cost of travel to hosting country, visa fees and travel insurance).
Vietnam Visa Process
Visa regulations governing volunteer engagement with NGOs in Vietnam are quite specific and include several different government offices. Therefore, it is important for all visitors and volunteers who would like to take part in HFHV’s programs to follow the below guidelines for obtaining the appropriate visa which must be processed through HFHV and PACCOM (The People’s Aid Coordinating Committee who manages NGOs in Vietnam).
A. General Requirements from Vietnamese Immigration Department
1. Visa Type: NN3 is compulsory (tourist visa – DL is not allowed) NN3 – issued to people who come to work with foreign non-governmental organizations, representative offices, branches of foreign traders, representative offices of other foreign economic, cultural, professional organizations in Vietnam
2. Valid: 1 month
3. Entry: single entry
4. Location: Visa should be obtained prior to departure at the nearest Vietnam Embassy or Consulate.
5. List of visa exemption: http://www.chinhphu.vn/portal/page/portal/English/visa-procedure
B. Overview of HFHV’s process with the Vietnam authorities
1. HFHV must first seek approval from the local authorities in the location of the volunteer build.
2. This approval requires HFHV to submit volunteer details including copies of passports all together. Therefore, if some volunteers are traveling earlier, the visa process must be started earlier in order to be completed for their entry date to Vietnam.
3. The local authorities will provide an approval letter to PACCOM who will then submit to the immigration office.
4. Once processed, the immigration office will provide an official letter to HFHV that will support the NN3 visa request which we will then send to the Sending Coordinator/Team Leader.
5. With this letter, volunteers can submit their visa application to their local Vietnam Embassy.
For further information, please call 2520 4000.