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  • dhessie

    Joined Travelfish
    18th October, 2007
    Posts: 1

    I'm looking at volunteering in an orphanage in either Vietianne or Hanoi for a week. Has anyone ever done this? Is it possible to just show up and ask to volunteer? If so, can you give me the name of the orphanage? What kind of things did you do? Thanks.

    #1 Posted: 28/11/2007 - 15:28

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  • Suturn

    Joined Travelfish
    14th April, 2012
    Location Italy
    Posts: 26
    Total reviews: 8

    Orphanage volunteering (or Orphanage Tourism) is a filthy business. It's just terribly stressing for the children to have new people every week and being forced to show affection to them. Here some other tips:

    http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/peopleandpower/2012/05/201252285116180430.html

    #2 Posted: 22/6/2012 - 08:18

  • MADMAC

    Joined Travelfish
    6th June, 2009
    Posts: 6224
    Total reviews: 10

    Here in Mukdahan we have a school for the deaf. It's a resident school. Most of the kids are not orphans, but they do live in dorms far from home, often from poor families and the school does not have a lot of money for even basics. For my wife's birthday we bought lunch last year for the kids and I must say it was heartbreaking. They all wanted attention (there were hundreds of them), a number of the kids were hugging me and didn't want to let go. I agree having part time visitors, well meaning though they may be, is not necessarily doing the kids a whole lot of good.

    #3 Posted: 22/6/2012 - 08:32

  • neosho

    Joined Travelfish
    13th August, 2008
    Posts: 386

    Are there no orphans in your home country?

    #4 Posted: 23/6/2012 - 06:13

  • enday

    Joined Travelfish
    12th September, 2012
    Posts: 30
    Total reviews: 6

    I'm with the crowd here -- please don't do it. Perhaps look into sponsoring a local employees wages at an orphanage or something if your intention is to genuinely help orphans.

    #5 Posted: 13/9/2012 - 08:44

  • Rufus

    Joined Travelfish
    22nd April, 2007
    Location Laos
    Posts: 950

    This is a very bad idea. Do you realise you need a work permit even to volunteer? Do you also realise that this is a very stressful experience for the kids; they meet someone and then after a week they leave. Please do not do this.

    #6 Posted: 13/9/2012 - 22:28

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