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Ho Chi Minh - Food Shop

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14 dage
Ho Chi Minh City
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Ho Chi Minh City
Assist with food preparation, serving and clean-up at this amazingly dedicated food shop, providing low cost, healthy meals to vulnerable locals in need.

The Food Shop program is NGO run, partnering with local people to provide heavily subsidized, low-cost meals. It's success relies on donations, local assistance and our participants, whose efforts prepare and serve on a daily basis. Anyone and everyone who is in need of support is more than welcome to come in and enjoy these nutritious meals.
"Fill your heart……and their plate!"

You will be contributing your efforts at The Smile Food Shop, where your task may include food preparation, serving and clean-up, as you bring smiles and affordable hot meals for all who need it.

Established in 2012, The Smile Food shop was opened to help people by providing low cost lunches for only 2000 VND per meal (about 10 cents). The shop is run by a NGO together with passionate locals and your efforts will be greatly appreciated as well.

In this program, you will help to prepare lunches and serve these meals to a group of around 500 people (elderly, local workers, person with disabilities, students and children) who come for low cost, good quality and well prepared meals each day!

This program is likely to be one of the most challenging, engaging and, at times, one of the most exhausting things you have ever done, where you loved every minute of it!

Please be advised that the Food Shop program continues to function even when the NGO run facility is closed (including a month long closure around the Tet Holiday). During those periods, Food Shop participants will prepare food on-site at our accommodation kitchen and those free meals will be distributed at a local hospital to patients and local workers.

Ho Chi Minh - Food Shop

Aims & Objectives

Generate income so that the people of Ho Chi Minh can continue to be provided with hygienic, healthy food at a low cost
Give you practical experience in the kitchen and an insight into food preparation
Assist the local staff with extra hands at the food shop

Since the Food Shop is self-funded, the aim is to generate income so that the poor people of Ho Chi Minh can continue to be provided with more hygienic, healthier food for a very low cost.

Weekly Schedule & Activities

Introduction Day
Your project starts with an introduction day on the first Monday including a tour of the area surrounding the accommodation, available facilities, cultural "do's and don'ts", safety concerns as well as some basic local language lessons.

Monday to Friday
Depart for the Food Shop *
Assisting in the preparation of food, cooking, working in the kitchen, cleaning the area and serving food, etc.
Lunch at the Food Shop
Head back to the accommodation
Free time during the afternoon

* It takes between 35-45 minutes to travel to the Food Shop each way and the bus ticket costs around 1 EUR/day.

Please note that the volunteer activities and schedule can change at any time based on the needs of the project, local conditions, the weather and unforeseen circumstances.

Evenings & Weekends
During the evenings the volunteers are generally free, but on Wednesday afternoons you can join the other volunteers and local coordinators for a game of football. Weekends are free.

Public Holidays

The project is either closed or has alternative activities on public holidays.

01 January
29 January - 23 February *
18 & 29-30 April
01 May
02 September *

* Lunar New Year
During this time, participants will now prepare food for the at-risk community. We also arrange some activities with the children (singing, dancing, playing, etc…) and teach them English. The local team will buy all the food, ingredients and materials for participants to help with food preparation, cook the food and serve for children at that centre. The center is about a 45 minutes by bus from the accommodation and you can expect to work from 08:00 to 13:00. Alternatively, participants can use the time to travel and join in on the local festivities.

The week of 29th Jan 24: working from MON-FRI.

The week of 5th Feb 24: working from MON-WED (no program on THUR and FRI)

The week of 12th Feb 24: working from TUE- FRI (no program on MON)

The week of 19th Feb 24: working from MON-FRI.

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

Minimum age of 18
Basic level of competency in English
Police Clearance Certificate on sign-up
Passport copy required on arrival

PCR/COVID-19 Test Reports and COVID Vaccination

Participants are no longer required to bring a negative Covid test with them when they arrive. Instead, participants are expected to bring a self-test kit and do a rapid test upon arriving at the accommodation.
The Green Lion do not require the participants to be vaccinated. We can accept unvaccinated participants along with a PCR test negative report that is done within 72 hrs of arrival.
However, please still check please with your airlines and the country's health guidelines on this matter.

What Makes a Good Volunteer?

Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.

Volunteering work and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. At times, alterations in activities are due to changes in local conditions. This can be part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that it is.

How Long Should I Volunteer?

Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.

What’s included?

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Your accommodation is on a campus in a college dorm where we have our own rooms reserved for volunteers only. The dorm is on the 4th floor, but there is a lift. The rooms are shared between 4-6 participants with private hot water shower and air-conditioning. WiFi is available, but please note that the quality of the Internet access depends on weather conditions. In Southeast Asia internet accessibility is often rather unstable due to heavy rain.

There is also a room reserved as an office, where you can go to if you want some peace and quiet. We have books and magazines available for you to borrow. There is a nice local cafe next to our dorm.

All volunteers are expected to be environmentally conscious and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to participate in keeping the accommodation neat and organized. In an effort to go green, we have installed a hot water solar system, as such, there may be a shortage of hot water during cloudy days or at night time.

Please note:
This accommodation has a 24:00 curfew.

There is a pool available for volunteers to use free of charge at the 4-star hotel next to the accommodation.

Local transport

You will be met upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh City International Airport (SGN) by our team between 06:00 and 22:00. They will be waiting outside the airport’s main arrival hall and holding a sign with either your name or "The Green Lion". If you don’t see him/her, please do not leave the airport, but wait at pole number 5 (after picking up your luggage and coming through customs). Please note that in some cases you may need to wait for several participants to arrive before the group leaves the airport.

If you are arriving outside of the timeframe of 06:00-22:00, there is an extra charge for the airport pick-up.

Alternatively you can make your own way to the accommodation at your own cost (with at least a 24-hour notice of your arrival plan) so that arrangements can be made to have the gate opened by the security team for your arrival.

Late Arrivals
We discourage late arrivals as it may take longer for you to settle into your program. Any emergency or early/late arrivals need to be communicated to us via email [email protected].

Transfer Coordinator: +84 (0) 77 8310 910 (Ms. Nhi)
If you are lost or have any major concerns regarding transfer, please contact the coordinator who speaks English.

Tourist Police: Dial 113. The Touristic Police of Vietnam are trained to assist you in English. Direct any safety concerns to them.

Getting to the Project
There are no transportation costs between the accommodation and the project.

Getting Around in Ho Chi Minh
There are many taxis around the campus. You can easily catch a taxi from the main road to get to any destination in Ho Chi Minh.

Departure Information
Check-out is on the Saturday before 12:00 in the last week of your program. We can assist you in arranging a local bus or taxi back to the airport. A bus will cost around USD $1 and a taxi USD $5-7.


Three meals a day are served during the week. On weekends there are two meals a day (brunch and dinner). Meals are typically Vietnamese but also include some Western dishes such as sandwiches, spaghetti and bread. We do, however, recommend you try Vietnamese food in all its variety including vegetables, egg, tofu, seafood and meat dishes with rice and/or noodles.

Mere information

Local SIM Card
We highly recommend buying a cheap local SIM card for your whole time in Vietnam for your own personal safety and for easier/cheaper communication with other participants, staff and family back home, and especially if travelling to us by yourself, this becomes especially useful. These are extremely cheap in Vietnam, costing around USD $3-5.

Ho Chi Minh - Food Shop

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