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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)

Overall, I think I had a really fun time and enjoyed the many different kind of activities. At first, I was quite nervous about going somewhere overseas alone to do internship but it was definitely worth it. I not only got work experience but learnt about the culture in Vietnam which I would never had a chance to do if I hadn’t come.

Elena Tokukatsu

Marketing Internship ,Keio University, Japan

The experience of doing an internship in Vietnam certainly was not easy for me but I have no doubt that it was tremendouly valuable. At first, I actually had a lot of culture shocks, for example, sometimes it was hard to communicate with Vietnamese people because not a lot of people speak English and some had very strong accent. However, Vietnamese people were very kind to me and took well care of me especially the host family and program coordinator. I realized that it’s difficult to understand another culture but it’s also really necessary to accept other culture, their life and their way of thinking. At the hotel where I did my internship, I could learn a lot of things. For example, I learnt how to communicate politely with customers, how to make them satisfied and how to manage the hotel. Everyone from the supervisor to my co-workers was helpful and accommodating, I was included in all the daily meetings and the supervisor was very open to share her knowledge about hotel management which was really helpful to my future work. I really had a good experience in Vietnam. I appreciate the people I’ve met and the experience I’ve had. This is going to be very useful in the future. Thank you ABROADER Vietnam so much for the valuable opportunity to learn about my field of work in your beautiful country!

Kaoru Mori

Hospitality Internship ,Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Japan

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 program coordinator and local buddies were the best and they contributed greatly to the amazing experience of studying abroad. I loved how caring the program coordinator was, whenever I have slight health problems, she was always available to make everything okay. The local buddies were always readily available and eager to interact with us. The activities within the program were planned and well-coordinated. Activities were fun and informative and they were great opportunities getting to know the city, Vietnamese culture. They all contributed in a positive and supportive fashion to my overall study experience.

Wilson Deng

Vietnam Global Seminar Study Tour ,University of California, San Diego, USA

I had such an incredible experience as a Public Health Remote Intern in Hanoi, Vietnam. From the support I received to the work I did with my team, I could not have asked for a more positive internship experience. Despite the fact that I was not able to travel to Vietnam, I felt so connected to the people and culture. The relationships I have built and the lessons I have learned are so priceless and humbling. I truly commend this program for the wonderful work they do and I am so incredibly grateful What is your advice to future travelers on this program? The advice I would give as a former intern is to always keep an opened mind and be willing to adapt to unfamiliar circumstances. Flexibility is very important and makes the experience considerably more enjoyable.

Sara Boufakhreddine

Public Health Remote Internship ,Central Michigan University

I had a blast with the remote internship with ABROADER. The cultural sessions were exciting and informative of the way of life in Vietnam. What made this unique for me was the staffs engagement with me and the other students. I liked getting to talk about the differences in cultures and similarities. The staff was always excited to see me and liked talking about my interests as well. I really liked the food cultural sessions and the opportunity to make Vietnamese food in my own home. I think any future participant would like this program if they wanted something outside their comfort zone. It was an entirely different world from the US to Vietnam and I enjoyed every second of it. What was your funniest moment? The funniest moment was when I was caught laughing at a video during a cultural meeting. The video was a music video and had hilarious content and I got called out because the host of the meeting saw me laughing. I thought this was not just funny because the video but also because the hosts were glad I was enjoying the cultural session.

Marshall Keller

Business Assistant Remote Internship ,Princeton University

I learn a lot about how to work in a fast pace environment, and how to organize competing priorities, as I am often given multiple tasks to work on. Working in a small office with young, motivated people is a great experience, because they know how to work really hard, while still having fun together. My internship is with an education service provider that connects Vietnamese students with opportunities to study abroad. It is a small office, and I work in both Marketing and Partner Relations. I write a lot of PR articles about studying in North America, school profiles and upcoming events. I am also working to expand their partnerships, particularly in my home country of Canada, and am connecting with universities and colleges there to discuss how we can work together. During education fairs I talk directly with students who are potential clients. I share my experiences and answer their questions about life abroad.

Alanna Mouland

Marketing Internship ,Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

What I love about my host company is the awesome supervisor, Ms. Lieu, that cares about me as a person. She frequently helps and supports me a lot in my work. Besides, the workplace was super close to the studio I stayed and I could walk to the company everyday. Though there weren't any windows in my room, it was totally fine. After the internship here, I think my ability to cope with unexpected situations has been levelled up and my interpersonal skills have been further developed. And most importantly, I could clarify my career and my educational goals in the future. Overall, I am satisfied with this internship as a whole!

Gabrielle Joy Ubaldo

Food & Beverage Intern ,Oakton Community College, USA

I did have a bit of trouble with my original internship, but ABROADER was very supportive and active in ensuring I got the best experience and helped me switch to a different company. My new company became a place where I learned about company life and got to work on independent projects. It was also great to have the local buddies with us, as they went around town and did different activities with us. The local buddies definitely made my experience here more fun and made it easier for me to acclimate to life here. Also, going around Ho Chi Minh City was actually much safer than I had imagined, and people here are usually very friendly to help out foreigners. My time here went by very quickly, and my summer experience of growing, learning, exploring, and lots of eating is definitely one I will remember!

Jamie Kim

Communication Internship ,Princeton University, USA

ABROADER helped me come to Vietnam, they found an internship for me, found work so I can learn about agriculture, organized my arrival, accommodation, first days guidance, sight-seeing, excursions, gave recommendations how to live and react in certain situations, gave me lessons about their language, welcomed me as I never could imagine and more. Simply said, their service was excellent. Like others have said, after coming to Vietnam they were available all the time and offered help with anything. Right now I can’t imagine how I could manage this alone. I was so amazed how fast they did things at ABROADER and how organized they were. I must confess at first I didn’t expect this. I have experience with similar organizations in Europe and I must write how great ABROADER was compared to them. But, this is not everything. After I came to Hanoi I also heard about this organization’s background. For them it is not just about making money. Because many students from Vietnam can’t afford traveling to other countries, ABROADER actually helps them learn about other cultures and languages. They directly cooperate with students. So, with coming here I didn’t just help myself, I also helped others to gain more knowledge. And getting a local buddy is also an excellent idea. You can never learn so much about the foreign country if you travel as a tourist. You have to become part of it, then you can learn about the real culture. Your local buddy helps you do this and in the end you might even find a new friend, like I did. I made many new good friends. In general, you might think that internship with ABROADER will bring you more knowledge and experience in your profession. It will, because they really search for the best possible internship position. But you can’t imagine how much other experience you also gain just by crossing the street or ordering food, being independent here. And be part of them. I won’t be writing how beautiful this country is, how friendly people are and how good the food is, you will just have to come here and find out by yourself. :) Thank you ABROADER!

Gregor Kramberger

Agriculture Internship ,Master's Degree at University of Maribor, Slovenia