Words on Wheels Project (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Description of Assignment

Words on Wheels (WOW) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is a mobile library project initiated and managed by the Singapore International Foundation. It is implemented in partnership with General Sciences Library (GSL) and supported by Keppel Land Limited. Operating five days a week, WOW will visit 5 schools and 3 cultural centres 4 times a month, providing free usage of library, Internet and multimedia facilities. GSL staff and Singapore International Volunteers (SIV) will travel with the mobile library to conduct educational workshops such as English language and basic IT skills to enhance the WOW experience. The partnership with GSL will enhance its mission to develop a culture of public reading and being a core resource centre for information, culture, recreation and education for Ho Chi Minh residents. WOW Ho Chi Minh City also builds on SIF’s current commitment to improving the capabilities of Ho Chi Minh officials, key government ministries, and local communities to enhance the quality of education.

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All volunteers are required to finance their own volunteer trip, including airfare, accommodation, travel insurance, local transport and meals.
*Each volunteer is expected to pay S$920 for a single room or S$860 for a twin-sharing room. Please refer to project information link above for more details. 
Volunteers must be:
  • Singapore citizens, PR or foreigners holding a work or study visa who are residing in Singapore;
  • At least 18 years of age;
  • Medically fit for overseas travel;
  • Adaptable and willing to serve;
  • Demonstrate cultural sensitivity;
  • Having an open mind and interest in learning about different cultures;
  • Have a sense of humility and friendliness, with the desire to serve the local community;
  • Team work and be able to gain trust and build good rapport with fellow volunteers, local partners and community leaders, in order to work efficiently together to achieve the objectives of the project.
To conduct the lessons effectively, volunteers are asked to meet the following criteria to be eligible for participation:
English Language Workshop:
  • Be able to read, write and speak English language well enough to communicate clearly both orally and in written form.
IT Literacy Workshop:
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite (MS Words, Excel and Powerpoint);
  • Familiar with social media and educational technology tools; and
  • Has basic knowledge of troubleshooting IT equipment

The next upcoming volunteer trips to Ho Chi Minh will be in 2018. 

Support Provided

The SIF will make all the necessary arrangements for you for the trip. We will also conduct a pre-departure briefing and relevant training to equip and better prepare volunteers for the volunteer trip. An SIF staff or a Direct Service Team Leader will also provide on-site assistance during the volunteer trip. An SIF staff will be available throughout for consultation.

For corporate volunteer groups, a team co-ordinator will be appointed to liaise with an SIF staff to coordinate the volunteer trip. The team co-ordinator is responsible for ensuring the required forms and travel documents are duly completed and submitted, as well as coordinating the travel plans and arranging logistics for the group.

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