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Program Intern at NGO Working on Community Development

NGO

Want to see what it’s like working in community development? This is your chance to participate in various community projects to support local social organizations and learn about development works from grassroots level. 

About the Host

Founded in 2009, this is a not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization that helps local people meet local needs. The NGO provides an array of support services to local nonprofit organizations, skilled volunteers, and donors who are committed to building strong sustainable communities. For over 190 nonprofit partners addressing access and quality of life issues, the NGO also offers small grants, training, skilled volunteers, facilitates, networking, information and resources. Its core supports include:

  • Access to Volunteer and Mentor Networks, Coaching and Mentoring of Management
  • Financial Management, Fundraising, Marketing and Communication, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal Support
  • Operational Management, Strategy Consulting
  • Small grants

In Vietnam, this NGO has been a trusted partner of various international organizations, including CARE, Global Living

Internship Highlights

  • Enhance skills in a variety of areas, including Communications/ Website development/ Project Management/ Data Management
  • Create positive changes through your work
  • A variety of tasks and responsibilities
  • Exposure to nonprofit works from grassroots level
  • Networking opportunities with other nonprofit organizations and donors

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 an intern, your responsibilities include:

    • Assist with on-going projects. Tasks will vary depending on your abilities, including: Website development, Data management system researching and managing, donor outreach
    • Write reports of annual surveys and community programs 
    • Assist with meetings with potential donors and community stakeholders
    • Other tasks upon request


    Requirements:

    • Background in IT or Social Work & Community Development 
    • Be flexible and responsible at work
    • Be physically fit, able to work outside
    • Be compassionate, willing to learn



    *Job Description is for reference only. Your actual responsibilities are subject to change based on your capacities, 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 NOT 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 included

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

    Dates

    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)

    I was satisfied with the Internship Service provided by ABROADER Vietnam. The Program Coordinator always listened to my worries, and they tried to keep my safety and that really relieves my anxiety being in a foreign country. The organization where I did the Early Childhood Education Internship was with Fuji kindergarten, I got to work in different campuses with different teachers who were also my supervisors. All of them were very kind and supportive towards me. However, some of them cannot speak English so sometimes it is hard to communicate with them but eventually it was fine. At one campus, there is a translator that helps me communicate with the teachers so it wasn’t a big problem. In some classes, I ran my class arrangements well (such as art and drawing activities), but in young children’s classes, it was very challenging to do it, so I improvised by singing songs and dancing to the music, which makes them very happy. In come campuses, they awake children’s imagination through art with foods, clay, and nature and so on. It was very interesting. Through my internship in Vietnam, I learned that, in order to communicate with children, it is important that you communicate smoothly with teachers first. The challenging part was that not everyone at my workplace speaks English and we had to learn to communicate effectively with each other. All in all, I would recommend ABROADER Vietnam service to anyone who in interested in doing an Internship in Vietnam.

    Maiko Otsubo

    Early Childhood Education Internship ,Osaka Jogakuin College, Japan

    I had an amazing experience with ABROADER Vietnam. They organized me a great internship placement and took very well care of me. I am so happy I chose this organization for my internship abroad. I loved the feeling of having people around that support me and that they were checking in regularly on me, organizing events, etc. It felt a little like family with which you can share every little problem, your experiences, etc. and I think that is the strongest and best part about ABROADER. Overall, I had a great experience with ABROADER Vietnam and I can only recommend it to others!

    Selda Nur

    Water Pollution Internship ,University of Zurich, Switzerland

    I enjoyed the time in Ho Chi Minh city. The experience was much better than I expected. I came with an open mind to face anything, but everything was smooth and easy. The host organisation is satisfying. They tried their best to help me learn. It was satisfying. I would do this again if I get the chance. The abroader staff was really friendly and they prepared everything for me before I landed in Vietnam. So I did not have to worry about anything. I am satisfied with the program and I would recommend this program 100%.

    Dan Fernando

    Trainer & Communication Internship ,Deakin University, Australia

    An Internship that Brought a lot of Happiness During a Tough Time My internship through ABROADER was truly a worthwhile experience. Not only did I genuinely enjoy the work I did for my host organization, but having ABROADER's support and community really enhanced my remote internship. Having weekly culture sessions and buddy chats, and getting to talk regularly to the ABROADER staff and local buddies, made me feel like I was actually in Vietnam. I think this aspect of their program is really unique, because it makes doing an internship in a brand new place much less intimidating; everyone is so friendly and welcoming, I never felt alone when navigating this new adventure. I genuinely feel that I was able to connect with people and make new friends despite being thousands of miles away. What was your funniest moment? With the culture sessions and buddy chats, there were a lot of fun, happy moments. I think I laughed the hardest when making a video with a fellow intern and two local buddies for ABROADER's farewell group session. We tried creating a parody to Grease's Summer Nights, but being that none of us are musically talented, and we had to deal with the lag from Zoom when singing all together, our finished product was quite chaotic. Regardless, it was a lot of fun to work on all together, and seeing our video at the session gave me a really great laugh.

    Joanna Georgiou

    Program Assistant Remote Internship ,Princeton University

    The study tour was a fantastic program full of cultural and fun experiences in both Vietnam and Singapore. Before the trip both of these places had been on my travel list, so when the opportunity for this trip came up I couldn't say no and I'm so glad that I did it. The buddies, the people I travelled with and the organisers made the trip even better. Industries in both countries were super helpful and our visits to these factories was one of the highlights. Networking with these companies, the food, cultural exposure, the people and the organisers made it a beautiful way to study our university course!! The most unfamiliar food that I tried was definitely chicken feet! Sugar cane drinks were also unusual but they tasted awesome! Thank you!!!!

    Jared Haysman

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

    Incredible experience! Would recommend It was an incredible experience and made something valuable out of the difficult situation of Covid-19. I learned so much about Vietnam and was able to connect with a bunch of peers in Vietnam. It was also a great social outlet during a remote internship which can feel isolating sometimes. I am so thankful for all the support Abroader provided and all the work they put into making a really great program. If you are doing a remote internship or looking to learn more about vietnam, this program is perfect for you. What is your advice to future travelers on this program? Be engaged and talk during the zoom meetings! You'll only get out of it what you are willing to put into it!

    Katryna Niva

    Program Assistant Remote Internship ,Princeton University

    This internship in Vietnam with SEND offers me just that and I am grateful for the experience to teach, make friends and be in Vietnam. I’ve always wanted to become an educator but I often feel like the teachers in Japan lack the international and cultural experience to make lessons more interactive. I try to allow myself the chance of going to another country, experience another culture and become a better-equipped teacher.

    So Sadamoto

    Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

    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

    The ABROADER team is such an engaging and helpful organization to work with! I had an amazing virtual internship experience, as I was paired and worked with Vun Art- a social enterprise in Hanoi, Vietnam that employs individuals with disabilities to create art from recycled silk scraps. ABROADER helped me get everything ready for my internship and everyone was so responsive to my emails and messages. They served as mentors throughout my internship and organized incredible cultural exchange sessions with local students that allowed me to learn all about Vietnamese business culture, music, student life, food, family values, and so much more! Between my Vun Art host organization and my role on the project through my university, ABROADER helped me smoothly transition to my virtual internship and I couldn't have done it without their support. This is an experience I recommend to anyone seeking global development and cultural exchange experiences. Be sure to have ABROADER organize it for you, as their team is dedicated to your learning and they are one of the best organization's I have ever worked with!

    What was your funniest moment?

    I enjoyed a semester-long virtual ABROADER experience. Their team was terrific and some of my funniest and most memorable experiences came from a live virtual dance party and a traditional Vietnamese cooking demonstration!


    Alec Abramson

    Marketing and Business Remote Service Learning ,Northwestern University

    I feel satisfied about the services provided by ABROADER Vietnam while I was here; almost everything was sorted out before arrival so there was definitely no messing around with organizing things. The accommodation they provided me was good but I personally prefer one that is closer to my place of work. Before starting my internship in Vietnam, I was informed of the work that I will be doing and the skills involved, therefore there was time allowed for me to learn certain CAD programs to help my work. As for the workplace environment, the company where I got an engineering internship in Vietnam was a company that is in the Aerospace Engineering field, all the employees here helped me settle in by talking to me at work and sitting with me at lunch times. I got on well with my co-workers and my supervisor and they were there to help during my internship. Regarding my responsibilities in the company, I felt like even though it was not the most critical work, it sure was of great use to the company. If there is one thing I would recommend them do for the new interns the next time was to have them go on a welcoming tour to show off the office facilities e.g toilet, kitchen appliances available etc which makes it easier for them to navigate around the office. Beside this, I think I am overall very satisfied with my internship placement and the services provided by ABROADER Vietnam and I would highly recommend it.

    Jake Thompson

    Electrical Engineering Internship ,University of Exeter, England