GroundRocks Vietnam Volunteering Gap Year Travel Programs
Become a Vietnam volunteer and be part of local Vietnamese culture and engage with a rural community on one of our GROUNDRocks Vietnam volunteer programs aimed at students looking for a unique travel experience. Through our Vietnam gap year programs students have the opportunity to travel to far-flung corners of the country where they can take part in one of our ongoing community development projects – learning to solve practical challenges and adapting to different customs and environments through Vietnam volunteering.
Experience Diverse Culture while Developing Strong Leadership Skills Volunteering in Vietnam
Our Gap Year Volunteering Programs are a great way for young people to become empowered, build resilience and strengthen their leadership skills. Each of our Vietnam gap year programs includes key elements where students learn to understand and work with people from different cultures, while at the same time demonstrating through practical implementation the importance of sustainable community-based development through Vietnam volunteer holidays.
Volunteer in Vietnam to Lean about the Strong Traditions & Rich History of this Fascinating Country
Vietnam, known officially as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, shares common borders with China to the north, Laos to the northwest and Cambodia to the southwest. With a population estimated at 94.6 million, it is the most densely populated country of Southeast Asia the size providing plenty of Vietnam volunteer opportunities.
Since the reunification of North and South Vietnam in 1976, following the end of the Vietnam War, the city of Hanoi with a population of 7 million has been its capital; however, Ho Chi Minh City – the former capital – is the larger of the two cities, with a population of 10 million.
Legend has it that the first Vietnamese people were descendants of Lạc Long Quân, the second Hùng king of the Hồng Bàng Dynasty of ancient Vietnam – an important figure in Vietnamese mythology. However, the reality is that the population of Vietnam is a mix of cultures, languages and religions, consisting of more than 50 ethnic groups, including the Chinese, Muong, Thai, Meo, Khmer, Man and Cham. That aside, most of the country is very much dominated by the ethnic Vietnamese – known also as Vet or Kinh. They make up 90 percent of the population linguistically and culturally, and are thought to have originated from across southern China.
For over a millennium from 111 BC to AD 939, northern Vietnam was in fact a territory of Imperial China, before becoming an independent state. The nation flourished under various Vietnamese imperial dynasties, pushing further south into Southeast Asia, until in the mid-19th century the Indochina Peninsula was colonized by the French.
Following Japanese occupation of French Indochina in 1940 and a short military confrontation between Japan and France, the First Indochina War took place, ending with the French being expelled in 1954. This led to the division of North Vietnam (Democratic Republic of Vietnam) and South Vietnam (Republic of Vietnam), with the conflict escalating into what eventually became the Vietnam War, and the intervention of the United States from 1965 to 1973, on the side of the South.
Today, however, Vietnam attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors with numbers increasing every year. It is a country with a rich culture and strong traditions, characterized by a patriotic people still coming to terms with a painful past, but also charged with optimism for the future. It’s also an exotic destination with a broad variety of stunning destinations, including many magical islands, pristine forests, historic cities and amazing sites of cultural interest.
Contact GroudRocks Today for More Information About Our Vietnam Gap Year and Volunteer Programs
So why not join us on a Vietnam gap year for one of our Vietnam volunteer programs – an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime! At GROUNDRocks we understand the value of cross-cultural sharing and providing an environment in which our educational tours and student travel programs can help you grow and mature intellectually – setting you up for life, ready to lead the next generation into a healthier, cleaner and safer place for our children and future generations.