VIETNAM Program Overview


  • Project based in rural Ba Vi, 60km out of Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • Work with the youngsters at the Ba Vi Disability Centre (from babies through to early teens). 
  • Workshops on working cross-culturally, dealing with emotions and questions that rise from spending time at a project in a developing country.
  • Opportunities to connect with local center residents.
  • Very personalized small group experience with Ambassadors from around the world
  • 24/7 access to 2 experienced GYAP leaders supported by local guides

Trip Support


  • Personal coaching throughout your fundraising process
  • Full pre-trip coordinator of in-country accommodation and travel
  • Help with flight planning
  • Articles, videos , and pre-trip workshop to get you ready for your experience
  • Skype session with a parent/guardian to meet the leadership team and ask any personalized questions


During Trip:

  • 24-hour staff supervision
  • Nightly debrief
  • 24/7 Emergency Contact Available

Post Trip:

  • 3-month follow up workshop with your group
  • Continued communication and support from GYAP team
  • Direct access to our international partners


Program Tuition for Vietnam is USD $1,995

Group Size: The group size for the Vietnam Program is limited to 16 Ambassadors. You will be accompanied by two GYA staff members and local guides provided by our partner organization.

The balance of your program cost is paid in full 2 months prior to the start date of your trip.

There is a $250 non-refundable deposit when you secure your in-country placement to a specific trip. This is paid directly to our partner. 

Tuition Includes: All in-country transport include private coach transfer, bus transfer to guesthouse and project sites, and train on bus to Hanoi; All in-country activities as outlined in the Program Itinerary; Formal workshops with GYAP staff on Vietnamese culture, working cross-culturally, dealing with emotions and questions that rise from spending time at a project in a developing country, and making your experience matter; 24/7 presence of experienced GYA staff and local guides who will be with you from arrival to departure.

Tuition Does Not Include: Travel (international flights) between your home and Hanoi, Vietnam; any visa required; a current passport (valid through 6-months after the trip); some lunches and dinners, drinks and snacks (allow$75); Travel Insurance (approx. $150); any necessary vaccinations.

Program Tuition for GYAP Vietnam is USD $1,995

2017 Vietnam TRIP DATES


Trip Filled!

April 8-15

8 Spots Remaining

July 8-15

3 Spots Remaining


*All trips are subject to cancellation if the minimum number of participants has not been meet.*



An Australian owned and operated social enterprise founded by Terry Donnelly. 

"We are a family, our volunteers, our kids, our organizations, and if you come to us then you become part of that family and are given the respect accorded to each member. We started our Helping Hands Vietnam program a little over two years ago so that we could give more and provide relief for those in need, we work at the grass roots and are proud of the direction VIVPS and Helping Hands is moving. We operate on 4 guiding principles, love, compassion, understanding, and truth - those principles guide our work and our lives and we hope that we can share our way with you

Our primary focus is now on children with disabilities, specifically our Ba Vi program, the most needy program I have seen in Vietnam in my 7 years here, I hope you can come and join us, you will be welcomed with open arms and we will try our best to ensure you have a joyful and meaningful time here, please come with an open mind and heart and limit your expectations, this is a third world country, not only by name, but also by nature." 


Terry Donnelly

Terry is the founder of VIVPS. Terry first travelled to Vietnam in 2007 visiting an orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City and exploring the country. "I am not sure what happened on that trip, whether it was the plight of the kids at the orphanage, the magnificence of the country side, the warmth and generosity of the Vietnamese people, but that trip changed my life forever". Terry returned twice more before returning in July 2009 with no preconceived notion of where his journey would end. "I found something in Vietnam that I couldn't in my world, a peace of mind and heart, and a love freely given and returned to the people I associate with, to me Vietnam had become an adopted homeland." Terry continues to volunteer throughout Vietnam.

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Thuong is a volunteer coordinator for VIVPS.



Hoai is a volunteer coordinator for VIVPS.