This placement is near and dear to our hearts! The Hanoi Pediatric Hospital is home to our “Little Seeds” project, where CSDS organizes events for children at the Hospital in order to raise their spirits around special dates like the Autumn Festival and the Lunar New Year. At the hospital, international volunteers work mainly in the oncology and nephrology departments, looking after and playing with gravely ill children. Volunteers also take part in our “Little Seeds” project by organizing small events and cultural days for the children, to share with the children about different cultures and promote learning. At any time there will be one or two international volunteers working at the Hanoi Pediatric Hospital.

When hospitalized, children face huge changes in their life that can substantially affect their mental well-being. The Little Seeds project at the National Pediatric Hospital of Hanoi (Benh Vien Nhi) brings recreational and educational activities that can make their journey easier.

The team of local and international volunteers work together to organize activities for the hospitalized children and help the patients and their family to overcome the burden of the hospitalization by creating a friendly and positive atmosphere.

Our volunteers organize activities for children such as handicrafts; drawing and colouring; singing and dancing gently; learning English; one-to-one games; group games; telling stories via puppet shows and lessons about hygiene and nutrition.

Volunteers play with children at the Pediatric hospital in January 2017. Photo: CSDS.

Activities are conducted from Monday to Friday (except Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon) in the morning from 9:30-11:30 am and in the afternoon from 2:30-04:30pm

It can be a challenging environment for the volunteers, dealing with negative feelings, working with different children every day and children from different age groups (6+). Children come and leave often.

There is also a language barrier for international volunteers. Even with the help of the local volunteers, communicating with the children and their parents can sometimes be difficult and frustrating.

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