JOIN THE 2024 AVCF MISSION: MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN VIETNAM!

AusViet Charity Foundation (AVCF) invites passionate and skilled individuals to join our life-changing mission in the Binh Thuan province of Vietnam from 10-18 August 2024.

Your opportunity to serve:

At AVCF, we believe in the power of diversity and expertise. We are seeking volunteers across various disciplines including medical, dental, nursing, pharmacy, optometry, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, translation, administration, hospitality, logistics, and creative professionals. Be part of a compassionate team dedicated to bringing hope and health to the disadvantaged communities in Vietnam.

MISSION OBJECTIVES

  • 1,500 general medical examinations, including providing health education, performing basic investigations such as ECGs, blood tests and ultrasounds, and dispensing free supply of medications for the treatment of acute and chronic conditions
  • 100 cataract operations to restore vision
  • 500 dental treatments (with a focus on paediatric patients) including general dental, extractions, fillings, and root canal treatments
  • 200 eye examinations, including provision of reading and/or UV-protection sunglasses
  • 200 physiotherapy/occupational therapy treatments, including provision of mobility equipment
  • 200 audiology assessments, including provision of hearing aids
  • Food hampers for impoverished local families in need

MISSION DATES

10 – 18 August 2024 (inclusive)

MISSION LOCATION

Binh Thuan Province is located in the south-central Vietnam region. This region consists of very disadvantaged Vietnamese people, in addition to ethnic minority groups such as the Champa people. The majority of the population are Hindus.

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VOLUNTEER POSITIONS AVAILABLE:

For individual job descriptions, including scope of work, essential and desirable criteria, click HERE!

ROLEPOSITIONS AVAILABLE
Audiologist2
Creative professional (photographer, videographer, writer)2
Dentist8
Dental hygienist/assistant8
Dental sterilisation staff4
Medical practitioner10
Nurse6
Ophthalmologist2
Occupational therapist2
Optometrist6
Patient administration/receptionist5
Pharmacist7
Pharmacy technician/assistant10
Physiotherapist4
Support staff (hospitality, patient ushers, logistics)12
Translator10

READY TO ANSWER THE CALL?

Apply now and join us in making a meaningful difference in the lives of others. Together, we can turn compassion into action and bring hope and health to those in need.

FAQ

How do I pay for this mission trip?

All volunteers are responsible for covering their expenses, including airfares, accommodation, transport, and meals during the mission. 
Once you receive the invoice for land costing from AVCF, you can transfer this amount as a donation to the AVCF account. You’ll then receive a tax-deductible receipt for this contribution.

How much does it cost to volunteer on mission trips?

The approximate land cost per person typically ranges between $700 to $1,000. This covers expenses such as twin share accommodation, meals, and transport during the mission.
Airfares are not included (see below).

Who books my return flight?

You are responsible for booking your own return flight. Approximate economy return flights from Australia range between $700 to $1,300 depending on the airline and your departure capital city.

When do I have to depart from and return to Australia?

You must arrive in Ho Chi Minh by the latest Saturday, 10 August 2024.
You may depart Ho Chi Minh from Sunday, 18 August 2024 onwards.

What if I want to stay back and take a holiday in Vietnam after the mission?

Not a problem – that’s a great idea! The mission officially ends on Sunday, 18 August 2024; therefore, you are free to plan your holiday from this date onward.

What are the working conditions like?

The mission’s working conditions can be challenging due to heat and humidity. The worksite will not have air-conditioning, and the typical workday runs from approximately 7am to 5pm, with a 30-minute lunch break. Expect temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C with an average 78.6% humidity.

Will I have any free time during the mission to explore Vietnam?

Volunteers often have free time in the evenings to explore the local area after dinner.

Do I need to speak Vietnamese?

No; while proficiency in Vietnamese is beneficial, it’s not mandatory. AVCF aims to recruit Vietnamese translators to assist volunteers with language barriers – so don’t let this stop you from applying!

What roles could I apply for if I do not have a health professional background AND I do not speak Vietnamese?

  • Support staff at nursing station
  • Support staff at optometry station
  • Pharmacy assistant
  • Dental assistant
  • Dental sterilisation team member
  • Creative professional

What roles could I apply for if I do not have a health professional background, but I do speak proficient Vietnamese?

  • Translator
  • Patient administration/receptionist
  • Support staff at dental station
  • Support staff at nursing station
  • Support staff at optometry station
  • Pharmacy technician/assistant
  • Dental sterilisation team member
  • Support staff (patient ushers, hospitality, logistics)

What health or age restrictions apply?

Volunteers must be at least 13 years old and in reasonable health due to the environmental conditions.

What are the immunisation requirements?

It’s recommended that volunteers organize vaccinations against hepatitis A and B, as well as typhoid, before the mission.

What happens after I submit my volunteer application form?

If your application is successful, you’ll receive an acceptance offer via email within 2 weeks. You’ll then need to submit an Accepted Volunteer Registration form. Additionally, your state may hold fundraising events prior to the mission, and your participation may be requested.

I’m new to volunteering, especially overseas. What have other volunteers thought about it?

Check out our volunteer testimonials

I have more questions that weren’t answered here, who do I contact?

If you have additional questions or need further information about volunteering for our mission, please don’t hesitate to reach out: 

Email: volunteer@avcf.org.au

Alternatively, you can contact your state leader for assistance: