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27-7-2016 : Volunteer Recruitment Announcement

1, Who are we?

VAF's mission and vision

VAF stands for Vietnam and Friends, an NGO officially established in 2011 by
Mr. Dang The Lam who has had experience in volunteering activities not only in Vietnam
but also in other countries such as France.

VAF is dedicated to support the disabled and the people in need, giving them necessary educational orientation in order to help them overcoming social barriers and have a better life. Additionally, VAF has been playing a role in environmental protection and education by our other project at Xuan Thuy National Park.

Our projects: Open Road, Nguyen Dinh Chieu School

VAF has been working on many projects to give as much support as possible to the

One of such projects is called “Open Road”. To become the "Eyes" of the visually impaired people, VAF has devoted our effort into creating a new road with this project. This project consists of two parts - building a studio at Nguyen Dinh Chieu School and recording to create an online audiobook library using the studio. This library provides the visually impaired with not only general knowledge but also necessary skills for step-by-step integration into the community which they belong to.

2, Positions we offer:

a. Media and Communication (MC):

In this group, you can be able to express your skills on communication fields and creativeness with your designing work. You can also not only have such a really flexible online working environment where you have to create the ideas for the Fanpage, Website, Facebook groups, but also offline working place where you can come up with a lot of ideas for fundraising, holding events…

Some responsibilities of MC team: improving VAF's communication strategies, enhancing social media sites, designing promotional materials (event posters, invitation cards, etc.), photographing, filming, etc.

Working time: Morning (09:00 - 11:00) and/or Afternoon (14:00 - 16:00)
Working place: VAF - 21 Lac Trung

* For M&C Volunteers, working place and time could be more flexible

b. Making Teaching Materials (MTM):

It is a team where you can gather together to prepare Math lessons in Braille, tactile history and
geography maps for the visually impaired students. This job will test your patience,
meticulousness and the skills of making handicrafts.

Responsibilities of MTM team: creating teaching materials which support visually impaired students in their studying, especially English, and their daily life.

Working time: Morning (09:00 - 11:00) and/or Afternoon (14:00 - 16:00)
Working place: VAF - 21 Lac Trung

c. Teaching English (TE):

This is arguably the toughest and most rewarding position out of the three. Volunteers will have a chance working with and teaching English to the visually impaired students at Nguyen Dinh Chieu School. This will not be your average teaching experience as our students are always full of surprise!

Teach English to visually impaired students as a teacher yourself and/or a teaching assistant for International Volunteers, participate in conducting curriculum, support in other activities

Working time: to be confirmed at the end of August
Working place: VAF - 21 Lac Trung

3. What will you gain?

- During your volunteering period, you will be trained…

Being given training on necessary skills for working with visually impaired students, including teaching,

Orientation and Mobility and Braille.

Receiving training on using content management system (CMS)

Having a chance to explore Facebook Marketing, Facebook Content, and making PR plans…

Receiving advice on how to work efficiently online

- Being trained on fundraising and event organization skills

You will be in an ideal environment to practise your existing skills…

Practising your English skills every time you’re in the office as our official working language being English

Learning to be more flexible to deal with situations in the class

Strengthen your skills of working in and opportunities to lead groups

Utilizing your social media skills for a good cause

You will make long-lasting friends…

Making new friends, including international volunteers coming from many other countries such as France,

Germany, Switzerland, etc.

Besides from the unforgettable memories, you will receive certificates to remind of your time here with us! 

4, Application Process:

Now that you know what position(s) you want to be in, your next step is to send in your application. The application process is pretty straight-forward, but it is very important that you follow the instruction carefully and submit all the required documents, or else your application will be invalid.

There are 4 steps in this application process: Application, Documents,  Interview and Decision

Step 1: Application
Your first step is to fill in this application form. It is a very short and straight-forward form. This step should take about 15 minutes.

Step 2: Documents:
Please write and send your CV, Cover Letter and a portrait photo to blindschool@vietnamandfriends.org.
Your CV should outline your academic background, work experience, notable achievements and skills  (not necessarily in that order). Reference is not compulsory; however, it is recommended. While we suggest that your CV should be 1 to 2 A4 pages long, your CV can be as detailed as you want to. Feel free to impress us with your creativity and organizational skills!
Your Cover Letter should add to your application and not be a repetition of what you have discussed in your application and your CV. Your Cover Letter should be 300 to 350-word long, explaining why you want to be a volunteer of VAF and highlight two to three key skills and experience that would make you a suitable candidate for your desired position(s).
Your photo doesn’t have to be taken by a professional but it must not be a selfie. It should clearly show your face against a plain background.
The name of all your documents should be your full name followed by the document name (for example, “Nguyen Van A - CV” or “Le Thi Hoa - Cover Letter”). When sending the documents, the title of the email must be [VAF01][YOUR_FULL_NAME][Local Volunteer Application August 2016].


Step 3: Interview
Once we have read through your application form and supplementary documents, we will call you for  an interview if we feel like you are a good fit for the organization. Attending an interview at 21 Lac Trung Street, Hanoi is required if you want to be a volunteer of VAF.

Step 4: Decision
Give yourself a big round of applause for passing the first 3 steps. The hardest part is now over, and there’s only one thing left for you to do  - to wait. At this stage, it’s important to keep in mind that due to the large pool of applications that we get, we often have to heartbreakingly say farewell to some very competent applicants. If you do get in, however, buckle up and get ready for the ride of your life!

5, Requirements

- General requirements for our volunteers:
Personality: Motivated, enthusiastic, compassionate, empathetic, willing to improve social integration of people in need
Commitment: at least 5 months from September 2016 to January 2017, 2 sessions per week

- Specific requirements for different positions:
For Teaching English: good commands of English, patient, understanding, English teaching experience if preferred but not required
For Making Teaching Materials: creativity, meticulosity, knowledge and experience of materials are preferred but not required
For Media and Communication: familiar with social media, good writing skills, strategic mind, experience in MC is preferred but not required.

6, Inquiries
We hope that this has provided you with all the information you need to know about VAF and our application process. If you still have further questions, you can contact us via one of the following ways:

Email: assistant@vietnamandfriends.org
Ask.fm: https://ask.fm/vietnamandfriends
Facebook fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/vietnamandfriends/