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Communications Intern at NGO Supporting Street Children

NGO

Vietnam’s homeless children frequently live in large, bustling cities, like Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, and are coined “children of the dust” or “street children”. These boys and girls living and/or working on streets are constantly at risk of being exploited for labour, criminal activity or sexually abused. Saddened by this reality, this NGO is tackling this issue head on, and they are looking for a communications issue to spread their message!

About the Host

With nearly 30 years working with street children in Ho Chi Minh city, this NGO has grown from one shelter to the current seven development centers and one social enterprise. The NGO has been supporting more than 1,300 street children and their families in different neighborhoods throughout Ho Chi Minh City. 

Along with love and care, the team considers education and training the key to breaking the poverty cycle. By providing shelters, training programs and work opportunities for street children, they help nurture disadvantaged kids and give them prospects for a better future. Their goal is for the kids to become confident adults who are capable of leading a fulfilling life for themselves and for their families.

Internship Highlights

  • Work as part of a dynamic international team (members from USA, UK, and Vietnam)
  • Meet dedicated individuals who share common interests in social development
  • Develop your team-work, management, problem-solving and communication skills
  • Gain valuable NGO/NPO career experience
  • Reference upon successful completion

Program Highlights - All in one!

  • Immerse in local culture through Vietnamese lessons, cooking class, city tour and trip to World's top destination (Halong Bay/ Mekong Delta) – All included in the program
  • Ample supports from our onsite team and lovely “Local Buddies” – Vietnamese university students who can show you around their city and its hidden gems
  • Experience life abroad authentically - More than travelling, get to know the city with the locals!
  • Travel Vietnam or hop around Southeast Asia on the weekend (Bangkok or Bali is just 2 hours flight away)
  • Join our networks of international students to discover Vietnam together 

As a communication intern, your responsibilities include:

  • Connect with the local community and craft inspiring materials to promote our programs
  • Coordinate with other teams to complete documents that need for contacting donors
  • Develop good working relationships with potential donors, press & media, social media influencers
  • Work with relevant partners, service providers for online and offline events (handle external communication)
  • Develop procedures to follow up with donors and partners
  • Assist in training programs with disadvantaged kids and other stakeholders

Requirements:

  • Be dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged children
  • Show a positive attitude towards voluntary work and especially towards children
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills
  • Be friendly, open-minded, and patient

*Job Description is for reference only. Your actual responsibilities may change based on your skills, interests and the host's requirements at a certain time.

Tip: Check with our Advisor for more specific details and before you make any travel arrangements.

Program Fee

Duration (weeks)04*06*081012162024
Full Service $2,695 $3,052 $3,410 $3,767 $4,125 $4,840 $5,555 $6,270
No Housing $2,195 $2,302 $2,410 $2,517 $2,625 $2,840 $3,055 $3,270

Note:

  • Placement-only option: If you only need program placement, program fee is set at $700 USD/ placement for all durations.
  • 4-6 weeks option are only open for medical and education internships. For other majors, most host organizations prefer minimum 8 weeks and availability of 4-6 week options are not guaranteed.
  • Medical internship entails an extra fee of $100 – 300 USD per month depending on host hospitals. This will be sent directly to the hosts to cover training fee, administration and training tools.


What is included

Our full-package program guarantees fully-supported, locally-immersive experiences and includes:

  • Internship placement
  • Visa application
  • Accommodation (homestay/ studio/ shared apartment)
  • Pre-departure guide
  • Airport transfer (pick-up & see-off at designated time)
  • On-site orientations
  • Local SIM card
  • City tour & Social and cultural activities with onsite staff
  • Excursion to top destinations in Vietnam (Ha Long Bay or Mekong Delta)
  • Local volunteer support
  • Onsite supports from ABROADER staff with 24/7 hotline
  • On-going & Final program evaluation
  • Welcome & Farewell dinners
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Certification upon completion of the program

*Accommodation

Standard option is studio room. Basic facilities will be provided, including air-conditioner, bathroom with water heater, Wi-Fi, bedding, mini fridge, kitchen. Electricity is not included. Electricity bill is typically $100 – 150 USD per month depending on your usage. Electricity bill will be charged directly to students at the end of month and when check out.

*Visa

Visa application fee is included in our program fee. The quoted fee is for standard passport holders, including those from the US, Canada, the EU, Australia, Singapore. For other citizenships, visa fee may change depending on home country and duration. 

What is NOT included

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Visa stamping fee (to be paid to the custom upon arrival)
  • Meals and other personal expenses

Dates and Fee

Our programs are all year round. Application deadline is minimum 2 months prior to intended start date.

For smooth preparations, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, preferable 3 – 4 months in advance.

Late application is subject to late submission fee of $200.

Procedure

Our entire process is an easy 5-step journey – from application to after you return home.

how it works 5 steps

  • Application

Browse and choose! Check out the wide range of programs we offer by major, industry or location. Select the program you want (you can choose up to 5) and click Apply! For this step, you will need to fill in personal information and upload a resume.

Can’t decide? Contact us for individualized recommendations. No fee is required at this stage and you can still change your selection later after an interview with our Placement Advisors.

  • Online Interview

After your application is submitted, our Placement Advisor team will review your application and get in touch for a FREE online consultation on available opportunities. We will also answer all your questions about the location and guide you through the next steps.

No rush to commitment! After the interview, you’ll receive a Conditional Offer with details of your chosen program. You’ll have time to review the offer and when ready, submit a deposit to secure your place. This deposit is fully refundable if you are not placed in a program.

  • Enrollment

Welcome onboard! Our onsite team will work with you to ensure we secure a suitable placement. You will get to learn more about the role/ program you’re applying for through detailed description or interview with potential host companies/ universities so that both sides know whether it’s a good fit.  

If all goes well, congratulations! You'll receive a placement offer. Time to prepare for your departure!

  • Onsite Experience

It’s getting real! Once you’ve landed, our staff will be ready to welcome and pick you up to your accommodation.  You’ll get oriented with the city before starting work/ study next Monday.

  • Departure

You did it! In one way or another, you’ve broadened your horizons! Time for final evaluation and reflection. Our onsite team will arrange for your departure and welcome you to our alumni network.

For more details, visit our How it works. If you have any questions, contact us. Our staff will guide you through the entire process.

Tentative Schedule

Date Activity
Thursday Arrival & Airport Pick-up
Friday Orientation & Welcome Meal
Saturday City tour
Monday Company Induction & First working day
Last working week Evaluation & Farewell
Saturday Airport see-off

Your selected programs

(Select up to 5 opportunities. No fee is required)

My internship has been a very fruitful journey, and I have learnt many things from my colleagues at NashTech Hanoi. Many of my skills have improved considerably, especially my communication skills. The working environment in Hanoi is very different from my experience in Singapore, and it has been a breath of fresh air for me. The staff and local buddies at ABROADER have also been immensely helpful! They always go the extra mile for us, and my time in Hanoi would have been very different if not for them, thank you very much!

Ho Hao Keet (Max)

IT Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

For the past 5 months, ABROADER has helped ensure that everything is smooth-sailing for the duration of my internship. From landing in Vietnam till my return trip to Singapore. My transport pick-up from the airport and accommodation were already well-planned and I settled down comfortably. However, a problem I encountered was language barrier. Only a small portion of Vietnamese is able to converse in English or Chinese. Fortunately, basic Vietnamese lessons were provided to us by ABROADERs before we ventured alone. Beside the above mentioned, a booklet filled with contacts, places to go and common Viet phrases were also provided. The agents were really passionate and tried their best to meet my needs and hear my concerns. I would like to specially mention Mia and Kasia for going the extra miles.

Eurry Ning

Scrum Master Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

Pursuing overseas intern in the healthcare industry is learning the difference between the healthcare system of your country and theirs. In the hospital I worked in, I was given the chance to hop between different sub departments in the Pharmacy department to learn and complete the usual work routine. Although this was a wholesome experience it would have been better if I could speak Vietnamese, their local language, as this would enable me to perform more tasks such as administrative work or communicating with patients. If you would like to experience overseas internship, know that you will have addition tasks to do. In addition, be prepared to learn the local language.

Shiraishi Kei

Healthcare & Pharmacy Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

Everyone from the program coordinator to my local buddy was extremely supportive! The experience would not have been as great as it has been if I was by myself. I felt very satisfied with the service ABROADER Vietnam provided for my Nursing Internship in Vietnam at Ho Chi Minh Hopspital of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. I was clear about the rules and expectations required of me during my placement. My supervisors instructed me and helped me with language translation and clarifications of responsibilities. With their help, I felt I was well equipped for the job I was assigned. I brought my equipment from home to the workplace and it provided great assistance for my work. During the internship in Vietnam, I was glad I was able to learn technical skills from the nurses from the hospital. They have all been very supportive, friendly, patient and open to my help. They trained me with techniques quite different from how it is occasionally done back home. I will definitely recommend this program to my colleagues!

Sandra Gomez Vega

Nursing Internship ,University of Texas Austin, USA

The industry visits provided real-world experience and foresight into our future careers. The field trips gave us a new insight into a rich, deep culture, and ABROADER organised parties were heaps of fun... They usually ended up turning into a very late night as well. During the trip I always felt safe thanks to the local buddies and our program coordinator. Before I left for this trip, I could not help but feel nervous. It was my first time travelling overseas and I was about to leave my home country for ~one month. I did not know what to expect from Vietnam/Singapore, the people I was travelling with, or the countless people I would meet overseas. Since the very first moment that I arrived the local buddies welcomed me with open arms. The entirety of the group that I came over with also bonded so much quicker than I thought possible. From the start we were exploring Ho Chi Minh City, while introducing ourselves to the locals and the nightlife. All the activities on the trip were great and we were all kept busy. This was a really big positive in my opinion as, had a tentative schedule have not been organised, it may have become easy to 'waste' a day or more relaxing. That being said, there were some free days designated throughout the trip should you wish to catch up on some sleep ;). Provided you use a little bit of travelling smarts I cannot see any problems that should arise on your trip. Each and every one of the local buddies, (our coordinator included), were so kind and caring. You should really give it your best effort to open up and engage with each of them. They are all such great and unique people and provide the best way to truly immerse yourself in the adventure. Furthermore, they are so selfless and are always able to provide advice or help you out with literally anything. You have a golden opportunity to make some truly long-lasting friendships. Both Vietnam and Singapore themselves were amazing countries to visit. There is an aura about both that gives you the feeling that something is always happening. Particularly in Vietnam, most local places are open at almost all hours of the day and deep into the night. However, this never left me feeling as though the cities we visited were too busy. Being in a largish group of good friends and exploring was completely fun and relaxing too. The visits to more discrete locations were also beautiful and completely peaceful. Finally, the local civilians were so kind, welcoming and genuinely happy that we were experiencing their culture and lifestyle. Now that the trip is over all I can think about is how I wish it had gone for longer. How I wish I had extended my trip even further, and how I am already planning to meet with the friends I have made on this journey for further travel. So, if you are worried or nervous about any parts of this trip, all I can say is that it truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity. There are so many friends and stories to be made. Get out there, take every opportunity you can, don't overthink it and just do it!

Calen Blake

Electrical Engineering and Computing Study Tour ,University of Newcastle, Australia

I feel pretty satisfied with my internship journey as it increased my self confidence and my ability to cope with unfamiliar situations. It also further developed my interpersonal communication skills when working with co-colleagues. I did my internship in Chemizol/Culligan Water Vietnam under the supervision and guidance of Chris, who is a very nice person and always cares about me. Besides that, my internship in Vietnam has expanded my curiosity of the world and at the same time gained a greater understanding of my home cultural identity. I wish I could have more time to go to different factories so that I could contact customers and analyze samples. Overall, my 6-week internship is so great!

Bin Zhou (Ryan)

International Technical Business Development Internship ,University of Queensland, Australia

There are few words that could describe my time here this summer. The time I have spent here has been priceless and life changing, even more than I thought it could be. I learned so much from my nursing internship in Vietnam that will help me very much in my future. However, the life experience I’ve learned, through adapting to another culture, traveling alone to beautiful places and having a sense of home here is something I’ll never forget. The people here have touched my heart, and I’ll have these memories forever. This country, these places and people are beautiful, and I am so happy I came here. It’s inspired me to always follow my dreams, no matter how big they are, and that I can do anything.

Elisa Wynne Durkin

Nursing Internship ,Colorado State University, USA

The people at ABROADER helped me transition into moving to Hanoi and beginning my internship. They helped me find a homestay at this place called Bui Xuyen Viet Travel Coffee, which is a small coffee shop that is all about travel. I really love my home stay. The people are some of the kindest I have met in Vietnam and extremely helpful in helping me navigate through the city and experience a local perspective of life in Hanoi. As for my internship, the staff has been very supportive and encouraging. They have helped challenge me and encourage me at the same time to contribute in any way I can to the company. After only a few days there, I could tell that I would really like my co-workers. They are a young, energetic, and sarcastic bunch who truly care about the company. It definitely feels like a team at the office. I know that I can talk to them about any questions I may have, and they are patient in letting me learn along the way. The experience that I have so far at ABROADER has been helpful in get a better idea of what I want to pursue after I go back home to the U.S., and my experiences overall in Vietnam that were very much made possible by ABROADER are experiences that are invaluable and that I will cherish for a lifetime. Vietnam is a beautiful country, with its breathtaking nature and tropical beaches, there is no doubt about it. But what really makes Vietnam feel like home and a place that I have become fond of is the people, the friends that I have made along the journey.

Nancy Vazquez

Marketing Internship ,University of California, San Diego, USA

The most satisfying aspect about my internship in Vietnam was my local buddy and my host family. They have always been very nice and inviting during my stay there. My host organization in Vietnam was a local school that provides courses and after-school activities to children with special needs. My co-workers were very generous with inviting me to after work activities or even a couple of days in Sa Pa. My supervisor cared about me both professionally and as a person. I hope that my work at the host organization helped the teachers with my insights working with children with special needs. I also hope to have opened the eyes of the students I worked with that there are people out there who understand their needs and can help them overcome their difficulties in their lives.

Sabrina Zottoli

Social Work and Community Development Internship ,Molloy College, USA

I realize that the key to develop yourself is to improve your competence in a whole new environment, and coming to Vietnam for an internship accomplished what I came for. I came here because I wanted to have more confidence to speak up my mind in front of other people and it is hard to accomplish these when you are still in your comfort zone.

Takahisa Morino

Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan