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Social Smile restaurant for low income people-Ho Chi Minh

778/3 Nguyen Kiem Street, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Social Smile restaurant for low income people-Ho Chi Minh

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Social welfare Restaurant was inaugurated in Oct 2012 by HCMC Charity Foundation in order to offer a special meal with privileged price for poor students, immigrant & local workers in the area of HCMC. The foundation does fundraising to have enough budget, in order to be able to sell a quality meal with the cost of 2000 VND (about less than 10 USD cent).

The restaurant located in the center of HCMC. The project also has some new project locations in the nearby area in the central part of HCM. The volunteers will involve on a charity project and it helps them to understand a part of the life in HCMC where the life is changing very fast and there is a big gap between people in the same city.
To get a ​project, it takes about 30 minutes by bus from home.


Volunteers will involve in project activities in order to make a good meal for poor people. If volunteer has experience in cooking, they can join for the cooking job. In most cases, volunteers will help for preparing food, washing vegetables, set up the table and other works.
-Volunteers’ tasks are mainly helping the project by preparing food, washing vegetables or set up the table.
-When begin opening for buyers, volunteers’ tasks will be likely to bring dishes to the eating table and serve.
-After finishing, volunteers would be cleaning the tables, washing dishes…
Working time: 7:30-13:30, from Monday to Friday

Hébergement et nourriture: 

Volunteers will stay in a dormitory, sharing rooms with volunteers of other nationalities joining the volunteering work. Normally, rooms are arranged with about 2-5 volunteers per room. In the busy time, the number can be maximum 7 or 9 volunteers per room in five bunk beds. Western toilets and hot showers are available.
Breakfast, lunch & dinner are either self-cooked or provided. Food is local style. The main types of food will be rice, meat, fish and vegetables. For vegetarians,​ the choice is usually limited to rice, bread, vegetables, egg & tofu. Volunteers are free to use the kitchen for self-cooking.

Situation et loisirs: 

City central, Ho Chi Minh city (or Sai Gon- Southern part of Vietnam).

One culture exchange day, self-organized city tour or excursions, etc.

Tan Son Nhat airport (SGN), 20 minutes by taxi/bus to volunteer house

Conditions préalables: 

- Volunteers should have motivation to work on this project: Hard working, enthusiasm or pay attention.
- If volunteers has experience on cooking or was chef, they are very welcomed
- interest and motivation working so support people in difficult situation

Before applying, make sure you read the page "Projets en pays du Sud" :


Participation fee:
250 USD or 230 EUR for 2 weeks/ 180 USD or 160 EUR for 1 week

Personal transportation/Excursion : Each volunteer is responsible for arranging their transportation to/from the meeting point of the camp at their expenses. VPV does not cover transport, leisure activities or food outside of the project.

Insurance: VPV does not provide any kind of insurance. It is volunteers’ responsibility to buy insurance that covers the whole period of his/her stay in Vietnam.

24/02/2020 - 02/03/2020

Adhésion et Frais d’inscription à régler à Concordia : cliquez ici

Frais de participation à régler auprès du partenaire: 
160 EUR
Age minimum: 
20 ans
Age maximum: 
70 ans
Nombre de participants: 
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