Marking World Habitat Day in October 2016, international volunteers will work together with low-income families in Phu Tho province, Vietnam to improve their lives through the Vietnam Big Build. During the weeklong build from October 3 to 7, Habitat for Humanity aims to build 30 houses and recruit at least 300 international volunteers in Phu Tho. Durable materials such as sun-dried bricks, and concrete and tiles will be used.
Build Date: 1-8 October 2016 (Tentative itinerary)
Build Site: Phu Tho Province, Hanoi, Vietnam
Age Requirement: 18 or above
Registration: Please complete the VBB 2016 Volunteer Application Form – HK and send it to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Deadline: 15 June, 2016
Program fee: USD1,965 / HKD 15,327 (Flight tickets between your home country and Vietnam are not covered)
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Vietnam Visa Process
Visa regulations governing volunteer engagement with NGOs in Vietnam are quite specific and include several different government offices. Therefore, it is important for all visitors and volunteers who would like to take part in HFHV’s programs to follow the below guidelines for obtaining the appropriate visa which must be processed through HFHV and PACCOM (The People’s Aid Coordinating Committee who manages NGOs in Vietnam).
A. General Requirements from Vietnamese Immigration Department
1. Visa Type: NN3 is compulsory (tourist visa – DL is not allowed) NN3 – issued to people who come to work with foreign non-governmental organizations, representative offices, branches of foreign traders, representative offices of other foreign economic, cultural, professional organizations in Vietnam
2. Valid: 1 month
3. Entry: single entry
4. Location: Visa should be obtained prior to departure at the nearest Vietnam Embassy or Consulate.
5. List of visa exemption: http://www.chinhphu.vn/portal/page/portal/English/visa-procedure
B. Overview of HFHV’s process with the Vietnam authorities
1. HFHV must first seek approval from the local authorities in the location of the volunteer build.
2. This approval requires HFHV to submit volunteer details including copies of passports all together. Therefore, if some volunteers are traveling earlier, the visa process must be started earlier in order to be completed for their entry date to Vietnam.
3. The local authorities will provide an approval letter to PACCOM who will then submit to the immigration office.
4. Once processed, the immigration office will provide an official letter to HFHV that will support the NN3 visa request which we will then send to the Sending Coordinator/Team Leader.
5. With this letter, volunteers can submit their visa application to their local Vietnam Embassy.
About Habitat for Humanity China: Founded by Millard Fuller and his wife Linda in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is a non-profit Christian housing organization with a mission to eliminate poverty housing worldwide by building simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner families themselves and volunteers.
Habitat for Humanity builds for people of all backgrounds, races and religions to provide needy families with a simple and decent place to live in.
To date, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 400,000 houses, for more than 2,000,000 people in more than 3,000 communities in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Habitat for Humanity China’s Hong Kong office focuses on fundraising and recruiting volunteers. Donations are allocated to Habitat housing programs in mainland China and disaster response efforts around the world such as the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.