You’ll arrive in the airport in Hanoi, where you’ll be greeted by a member of the Lift Our Planet staff. On the ride over to the hotel, you can ask any questions you may have and receive a brief introduction to the program. In the evening, join us for a Volunteer Welcome Dinner.
Our morning begins with orientation, a Vietnamese language lesson, and the cultural do’s and don’ts of Vietnam. After lunch, we’ll journey through the exciting city of Hanoi on a walking tour. In a city with so much to do, it’s certainly an adventure!
Today we’ll begin service with the children of the Friendship Village. These children have developed complications and disabilities associated with the use of Agent Orange in the Vietnam war. We’ll help teach, care for, and play with the children. In the afternoon, we’ll create our own ceramics in the famous Pottery Village.
After breakfast, we’ll return to the Friendship Village. We’ll continue to work with the children and learn about the long term impact of Agent Orange. In the afternoon, we’ll take a trip to the famous Thay Pagoda, a historic Buddhist Temple on the outskirts of Hanoi.
We’ll continue our work in the Friendship Village, assisting with whatever the staff may need while we work with the children. After lunch, we’ll tour the Old Quarter of Hanoi, filled with historic landmarks and unique shops that are perfect for souvenirs.
This is a special day in the Friendship Village! Our volunteers are given the unique opportunity to learn directly from Vietnamese veterans of the war. They’ll teach us about the American/Vietnam War and how Agent Orange still has an impact on their culture and their people today.
On our last day in the Friendship Village, volunteers will get to say their goodbyes to the children and veterans we’ve gotten to know over the last few days. The afternoon will be free to explore Hanoi however you’d like, and our staff can point you in the direction of the diamonds of the city.
We’ll pack an overnight bag and travel to the famous Ha Long Bay to board a boathouse for the day. Out in the bay, we’ll visit Cua Van Floating Village and laze about swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and relaxing as we take in the natural beauty. Later in the day, we’ll soak up some sun with a party on the deck!
We’ll enjoy breakfast on the boat and travel to the Sung Sot cave to explore its magic. When we arrive at the pier later in the afternoon, we’ll travel back to Hanoi to relax. We’ll end our evening with a Farewell Dinner to celebrate all of our hard work.
Say goodbyes to your new Lift Our Planet family and pack your bags, because it’s time to go home! Our staff will escort you to the Noi Bai airport and assist you with checking in and boarding your flight. Tạm biệt!