About CSDS

The Center for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS) is a Vietnamese non-profit organization legally registered in 2009. CSDS offer various opportunities for volunteering and charitable action in Vietnam, both for local and international, short-term or long-term individuals or groups. Through this program, we support children through education or social welfare, and support local communities through projects run by the non-profit organizations.

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English Teaching Project

Education is becoming an increasingly important issue in Vietnam. The economic shift from agriculture to international commercial trade has created a demand for a multilingual workforce, and English is of growing importance as it is the main language required. CSDS offers various opportunities for volunteering in local schools as well as community education centres.

In local schools volunteers generally work as assistants to teachers, however in non-formal community classes they lead the lessons themselves. Class sizes and students’ language levels vary. Volunteers also have an opportunity to take part in and/or contribute to various cultural exchange events.

What do our volunteers teach?

Communication Skills – Presentation Skills – Pronunciation – Speaking Skills – Listening Skills – Vocabulary

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Childcare Project

As in most developing countries, disabled people in Vietnam do not receive the level of support they need. Nearly 3.1% of children aged 0-17 (about 1 million children) in Vietnam are disabled. CSDS supports organisations that provide vital assistance to these vulnerable groups as well as children in hospitals. CSDS currently supports several projects that provide care for people with special needs. Volunteers can contribute in a number of different ways. These include cooperating with the teaching staff, coming up with new techniques to help the children, or sharing ideas on how to structure lessons.

What  do our volunteers do?

Help children develop vocational skills – Give individual assistance – Organise structured activities – Undergo personal therapy session (if appropriately qualified) – Help with feeding – Assist in classes

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NGO Project

Volunteers are needed to bring new perspective and energy to help us make a difference to society. NGO placements are office-based and the role of the volunteer is dependent on the needs of the organisation and the individual’s experience, skill set and interests. Through the NGO programme volunteers get an invaluable opportunity to work closely with staff, gain insight and make an impact on social development on a more strategic level. Volunteers should be 20+, creative, flexible, proactive with excellent English skills.

Some areas & examples of NGO work:

Research – English – Fundraising – Website support – Report editing – Developing project proposals/reports

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