Nature of the project: Making Chung cakes and Lunar New Year for disadvantaged people
Starting & Ending Date: 08 Jan – 16 Jan
Skills and Qualification: Not Required
Workcamps Cost: 250$
Total Space Available: 14
Vietnamese Lunar New Year, also referred as T?t in local dialect, is the most important and traditional festival in Vietnam. This serves as national Holiday bringing in cheer and joys to its people. The festival T?t is celebrated with lot of fervor and delicacies of different types are prepared by the local Vietnamese for the occasion. It follows with many local religious rituals and customs wherein celebrating T?t is to “an T?t”, which literally means “T?t eating”, indicating to the importance of food during the celebration. Some of the delicacies are consumed throughout the year, while other dishes are only prepared during T?t. “Bánh Chung” (Chung cake) is symbolically connected with T?t and is essential in any T?t celebration. The cake preparation is time-consuming, and can take days to cook. The story of their origins and their connection with T?t is often recounted to children while cooking them overnight.
There are many poor families and children in Vietnam who cannot afford making Chung cakes because of their financial difficulty. GWC volunteers will help these poor people with making of Chung Cakes by contributing in whatever way possible. This interaction will cheer up the poor people and help them enjoy the celebration to the fullest. The kind hearted volunteers will also visit places like slums, orphanages, Poor Home Center, schools etc., to distribute the cakes and spread happiness among these less privileged people. Working amongst disadvantaged people is a very gratifying experience which the volunteers will cherish for a long time. GWC believes the young has the energy and the right attitude to bring in change smoothly, So please come forward and join hands with GWC for this noble cause
Typically you are expected to work for about 4 to 6 hours a day; however if you wish to put in more working hours in the interest of needy you are welcome. A typical working day begins after breakfast at 8:30 am till 11 am and after lunch at 1:30 pm to 3:30pm. It is highly recommended that you work with other project closely to adjust better and maximize the impact.
Day 1: Arrival at Vietnam International Airport, from where you will be transferred to your respective accommodation. Your 1st day will be a rest day, so that you can easily recover and refresh yourself after a long journey. But at nights, you can stroll around and enjoy the beautiful place by exploring your surroundings.
Day 2: You will be welcomed at GWC Vietnam Office, where you will be given a short introduction of GWC. You will also be introduced about the local people, local conditions, local language & culture, host family, safety & climate and social or political issues.
Day 3: You will leave for the project site where you will meet with the local villagers and will be introduced about the project and environment.
Day 4 – 9: Work in Project (Refer Project Highlights for details)
Day 10: This is the time to relax and refresh by taking a tour to village site, interact with locales, staff and your fellow volunteers. You will visit and explore various sightseeing spots and will get to have lots of fun. After dinner in the evening, you can have more fun when you join cultural program performed by local community people which is always a visual treat.
Day 11-12: Project work (Work with Disadvantaged children) continues.
Day 13: Explore the beautiful places of Vietnam along with fellow participants who all are of almost of your own age. This will enhance the bonding among the participants.
Day 14: Completion of project, final experience synthesis and Farewell program will be conducted at the end. This is a wonderful platform to the participants to recall and share important experiences and lessons learnt. During this, a short program of certificate distribution will also take place. Once the program is over, the group of volunteers (youth participants) will leave for departure for their respective destinations.
GWS partner organizations at Vietnam will arrange and manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work in at the project. You will stay either with a host family, in a project hostel, in a dormitory or in a Home base. You will be served with 3 meals a day which includes noodles, Curry, Bread, and Pickle etc with occasional supplement of sea food, chicken or mutton. The meal might be cooked by a group of volunteers with the support of local staff. Although a beautiful, warm and friendly place, you should not expect luxurious treatment or accommodations because we ideally want you to feel and experience the real local Vietnam culture and lifestyle closely.