Orphanage at Bo De Pagoda

Organizing games, leisure activities and taking care of orphans at Bo De pagoda.

Type: SOCI/ KID
Language: English
Age: 18+

Work & activities: Bo De pagoda is a place of Buddhist worship. The female monks who live in the pagoda always aim to help people and act in a peaceful and respectful way toward others. According to Buddhist custom, pagodas welcome all kinds of people in different situations and help them to find solutions to their problems. Bo De Pagoda has approximately 50 children (mostly orphans) living in the pagoda: around 20 infants, 15 high school students, and 15 secondary pupils. There are also some women (called nannies) who also live at the pagoda and take care of the children. The role of the volunteer is to provide education and engage with the children living in the pagoda. In 2009, volunteers' work has has predominantly been in the operation of the "kindergarten". The word "kindergarten" is used very loosely as the children who attend are aged 9 months to 3 years, hence it is more of a child care facility than a kindergarten. The volunteers play with the children, coordinate morning tea, prepare craft and music activities and provide physical care of the children as necessary (changing and washing). This role also involves modeling correct behaviour for the children and nannies regarding non physical discipline, healthy eating, mouth and hand hygiene and fair play. There are children who attend the kindergarten who have disabilities (down syndrome, deaf, mute, limb deformities). These children require particular attention from the volunteers to engage them in activities and provide them with adequate stimulation. Because of the age group of the children at the pagoda currently (in 2009), this role may change over time. For instance, as these children grow older, they will be able to study English in formal lessons. The role of the volunteer is challenging because of the diverse needs of the children depending on age and development.

Objectives: The provision of a structured and creative play environment for the young children, assisting the nannies in caring for them, introduction and repetition of simple and basic English through songs and reading English books, improved mouth hygiene via daily teeth cleaning, improved understanding of the importance of a healthy diet through the practice of Fruit Friday, increased recognition of both the children and nannies of alternatives to physical discipline, the increased recognition of the nannies that children with disabilities require particular attention.

Accommodation & Food: Simple and small accommodation in SJ Vietnam's LTV House. Volunteers will stay in dormitory beds. It is supposed to have from 5 to 6 volunteers sharing a bedroom and up to 18 volunteers sharing 2 bathrooms/showers. Volunteers need to take their sleeping bag, mosquito net, pillow and sheet with them. Volunteers are responsible for their food: they can cook by themselves in the kitchen of the LTV House or go and eat outside. Vegetarian catering is possible.

Leisure activities: Hanoi has many historical and cultural landmarks and is a popular destination for tourists. Visiting the Old Quarter or traditional trade villages are good choices for volunteers at weekends or during free-time. Many cultural festivals are held in Hanoi annually so this is a great chance for volunteers to explore the Capital which is 1000 years old.

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam

Remarks: The volunteers should be enthusiastic, optimistic and patient. Volunteers also require the range of skills necessary for working closely with children.


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