Trip Details

You will be working in a small food shop which opened in the summer of 2017. It is privately owned by a local family who has realised their own dream, of providing affordable and healthy meals to low income citizens in the area. Most often these are the elderly, students, and others with limited means.

With the financial support of a daughter that resides in England, the shop is able to offer a full meal for a reduced price of 5000 Vietnamese Dong (about $0.20) seven days a week. The food served is vegetarian and usually sold as take-away. On an average day, 20 kilos of rice is served to roughly 300 customers. During special Lunar observances, upwards of 60 kilos of rice may be purchased at the food shop, along with other dishes and typical Vietnamese snacks.

The vibe within the food shop is extremely social and welcoming, which means that you will enjoy your time here as you work hard to support this program. Daily tasks for participants include helping to make breakfast and lunch, which includes all of the food preparation (cutting vegetables, frying foods, etc.), food service and kitchen clean up.

Aims & Objectives

  • Assist the local staff by providing an extra hand to support the food shop program
  • Develop your teamwork and skills through hands on activity
  • Broaden your perspective to others that may not be as fortunate
  • Engage with other community members to provide a valuable service

Trip Itinerary

Help cook and serve meals at this vibrant food shop, providing healthy, yet cheap meals to locals in need.

The food shop is run by a local family who has made it their mission to provide affordable and tasty meals to the community. It is open seven days a week and the family works up to fifteen hours a day to prepare breakfast and lunch for the people of this coastal city. The program goal is for participants to assist this food shop in a manner that ensures meals remain low-cost and available.

A typical weekly schedule will look like this:

Monday to Friday
Depart for the food shop around 7AM
Assist in the preparation of food, cooking, cleaning the area and serving food
Lunch at the food shop
Back to the accommodation
Free time during the afternoon

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

Located in the Binh Thuan province along the coast in southeast Vietnam, Phan Thiet is a relatively undisturbed fishing town that is also the capital of the province. Here you will find all sorts of cultural sites, local markets and natural wonders to enjoy!

Accommodation & Food

Located on the campus of Phan Thiet University, our accommodation has a very comfortable setting. Rooms for up to 6 participants, are well equipped with air conditioning, fans, hot water and private bathrooms in each. There are separate rooms for male and female participants.

WiFi is available for use in specified locations throughout the accommodation. Please note that the quality of internet access will depend on local weather conditions. Since we are in Southeast Asia, we might have poor internet accessibility at times due to heavy rain.

Food Arrangements
Three meals a day during the week (breakfast, lunch and dinner), two meals (brunch and dinner) on weekends will be served at the accommodation. The food will be typically Vietnamese cooked by locals and using local ingredients. Occasionally there may be some Western dishes served. When necessary, lunch may be provided near the placement location to long travel back and forth to the accommodation.

The bus stops right in front of the Phan Thiet University. You can use the bus to travel to the beach (about 5 minutes away), the tourist area (about 15 minutes away), where you can find restaurants, bars, banks, supermarkets, shopping centers, pharmacies, and the hospital (also about 15 minutes away).

Sights & Surroundings
In your off time you may want to explore some of the natural and historic sites in the area. These include:

White Sand Dunes
Scenic desert area where ATV and other activities are possible.

Red Sand Dunes
Sand sledding is very popular at this desert location.

Mui Ne Beach
Very close and accessible by public transportation. Many activities including swimming and chilling.

Mui Ne Harbor
Very close and accessible. Activities here include fishing and Kite surfing.

Ta Cu Mountain/Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda
Lush location 28 km from Phan Thiet, where you will enjoy the natural landscape, limestone caves and ornate Buddhist structures.Save yourself some of the hike by using the cable car too!

Fairy Stream – Suoi Tien
Photography hotspot just 18 km from Phan Thiet.

Po Sah Inu Towers
Ancient site with towers from the 18th century. Only 6 km outside of Phan Thiet.

Trip Country Info


Population: Approx.92 million
Capital: Hanoi
Language: Vietnamese
Currency: Vietnamese dong (VND)
Time zone: UTC +7

Vietnam is currently the world’s 13th most populous country and occupies 331,211 square kilometers. Today, although scarred by its past, Vietnam is a fast-growing economy helped by tourism that its interesting history and beautiful sights draw in.

One frequent thing to hear is that it has not yet been subjected to the western influence that Thailand and, to an extent, Cambodia have been. The Vietnamese still tend to prefer their traditional cuisine to the fast food chains that seem to be taking over the world.

Aside from the beautiful countryside of the north, rice fields and beaches, Vietnam is a country that is very much on the move. Roads are being upgraded, new hotels are opening everywhere and its cities are fastly developing.

If you are planning to work & travel in Vietnam there are a number of fulfilling opportunities available from volunteering with children to Hospital Out reach projects. As an experienced gap year travel company we have helped many people enjoy the delights of Vietnam during their gap year so if you are looking for an adventure in South East Asia you should add Vietnam to your shortlist. Few countries in the world can offer such a diverse range of culture, history, natural wonders and excitement.

Vietnam offers ravishing coastlines, emerald-green mountains and dynamic cities. The breathtaking National Parks continue to yield new species and are teaming with exotic wildlife. With outstanding cultural interest and one of the world’s best cuisines, Vietnam has it all. If you are looking for a Volunteer experience in Vietnam have a look at our latest experiences below.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa