Gap Year in Vietnam

Planning for a backpacking trip on a shoestring budget across Southeast Asia for your gap year abroad? Then Vietnam is a must! From the lush green rice fields of Sapa in North Vietnam to the breathtaking Mekong Delta in the South, the country has so much in store to offer its visitors, other than Ha Long Bay of course. If you are all set to go on an adventure trip and explore like a local, then there can be nothing better than volunteering in Vietnam. Choose from adventure travel, volunteering trips, 2-week specials and multi-country trips covering Vietnam offered by Team Go Discovered Abroad.  

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General Questions

Can I know a little more about the VISA requirements?

All travelers and volunteers will need a valid Visa for entering the country. Visit your nearby Vietnam Embassy to know more about the Visa. We shall provide you the necessary documents if required. For further information, you can directly get in touch with your point of contact, who can assist you better.

Can I join the program as a solo traveler or do I have to be in a group?

It's your choice! You can explore the country as a solo traveler or hop around with your favorite people if they are willing to join you as well. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.

Will I get to know others in my group before I go?

You might come here alone, but you'll end up meeting some amazing people. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Vietnam, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!

Can I get some help with buying a Medical and Travel Insurance?

You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.

Do I need to take any vaccinations?

It's good if you can consult your physician and take the vaccinations as instructed. We would suggest you to take the Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Tetanus vaccines. You must also check with your doctor for any other medicines that you might require.

How much extra money will I need during my stay in the country?

You'll need money for your personal expenses, additional tour costs, weekend meals (at times, if you are heading out for lunch or dinner) etc. It'll be sufficient if you keep $40 - $50 for each day.

How safe will it be for a solo traveler in Vietnam?

Vietnam is a relatively safe country for visitors, including solo travelers (both men and women). We believe that your safety depends on you to a large extent, hence you need to be a little cautious. Try to avoid going out at night with strangers. We'll have our coordinators who'll be there at your service, 24/7. So you need not worry about safety.

Will I get to attend any festival during my journey?

People in Vietnam love to celebrate their festivals and you can also be a part of their celebrations. You'll be totally moved by the madness of the people during the festive seasons. The main festivals are Tet Festival (similar to Thanksgiving), Phu Giay Festival, Buon Don Elephant Races, Lord Buddha’s Birthday and much more. Check your dates and our coordinator will guide you about the festivals you can be a part of.

Can I know more about all the things that I need to pack for my Vietnam trip?

Vietnam experiences hot and humid tropical climate throughout the year. You need to carry light and comfortable clothes for your trip. It's wiser to travel light and pack only the essentials. Don't make your luggage too heavy, as you'll get almost everything in Vietnam! 

Will there be any language barrier?

Vietnamese is the official language of the country, however people in the cities mostly speak French or English. In the rural parts of the country, you'll mostly find people speaking in their local dialect. Your coordinator will be well versed in English. Apart from that, you'll be given a basic Vietnamese lesson during your orientation. So you need not worry about language barrier!