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Become A Conversation Partner in Vietnam

Posted by Randy LeGrant | Jul 11, 2009 6:03:00 AM

VietnamVolunteer 15 hours each week in Vietnam in exchange for free room and board.

Conversation Partners are placed in either Ho Chi Min City or Hanoi.  Weekends are usually free for Conversation Partners to explore local sites.  You can even choose to spend one month in Ho Chi Minh City and one month in Hanoi.

What is a Conversation Partner?

Volunteer to be a Conversation Partner and you will be speaking conversational English to the local police department, hotel staff, local business professionals, teachers, business importers and exporters, travel guides, students.  You do not need to be a teacher or to have teaching experience to be a Conversation Partner.  You just need to meet with the group each day (up to 15 hours each week) and converse in English with them.  It's fun and rewarding.

You may live with a host family (free private room and 3 healthy home-cooked meals each day) or you may live in a dorm in a private room or even a hotel (free private room and free meals each day).

Conversation Partner LogoPut in a couple of hours each day literally talking.  The rest of your time is spent traveling and experiencing the culture of your host country in depth. "Meet" the group you will tutor in advance through email and phone calls.  Each business or organization is interviewed and carefully screened by in-country staff.

Do you want to learn a new language or brush up on your current language skills?  We can easily arrange optional language classes for you.  It's up to you.

Placements in Vietnam as a Conversation Partner:
English class in VietnamYou can choose to be placed in Ho Chi Minh City.  Work with college-age students at the Saigon Tourist Hospitality College.  Live at the school or in a nearby apartment and have meals with the students and teachers at the school.  This is a one-month placement.


Choose Hanoi for placement at a school that prepares students for overseas work in English-speaking countries.  The school is operated by the Labour Overseas Deployment Corporation.  You will work closely with English teachers.  Students will be studying English, but need lots of help with conversation skills.  In Hanoi, you will live in housing right at the school, as there are overseas teaching staff that live on site.  This is a one-month placement.


Choose both placements for a 2-month stay.

Apply now for the opportunity of a lifetime and a very unique way to see Vietnam.

Written by Randy LeGrant

Randy is the Executive Director of the GeoVisions Foundation. He has spent the last 44 years managing organizations that send people abroad on cultural and educational exchanges.

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