Social Work And Light Construction
Description: Thuy An Rehabilitation Centre for people with disabilities finds itself 13kms away from small town of Son Tay and 70kms from down town of Hanoi. Founded in 1976, the centre was originally opened for disabled children whose parents are the veterans infected with the Agent Orange, the toxic chemical used in American war. Over time, however, the centre has started to render its services to all disabled children. Thuy An Centre is a ‘campus’ housing up to 150 children and 50 staff. The children aged 0 to 18 suffering from mental or physical disabilities are helped in any of three ways, depending on their disability.
Type of Work: There are two types of work that volunteers are expected to support the center: manual outdoor work with construction and social indoor work with children. Physical work varies from time to time but the need for renovation and construction is constant because the center was built more than 30 years ago. For this camp, the expected work is to help to finish building the playground : cleaning the area, even out the ground (with sand), putting bricks and creating small fences around the trees. The volunteers might need to help with the construction of the sewerage as well. At the same time, volunteers can work in the classrooms for special education such as retardation class, basic education for deaf and mute children or the vocational classes.
Accommodation: • Volunteers will stay in the guestrooms of the center, which are close to each other. • The center will provide mattresses, pillows and blankets. Volunteers should bring their own mosquito nets. • Bathrooms and toilets are available close to the rooms. There’s no hot water. • Volunteers will have lunch and dinner in the center. VPV will prepare breakfasts for the group which include a few options such as breads, sticky rice or dumplings. If you are a vegetarian, or have special diets, please let us know in advance. • No washing machine and no wifi.
Requirements: Volunteers should be motivated, responsible, open-minded and flexible. Volunteers should also be in good health conditions.