Cost & Details



Length of Program ELI Youth Initiative All Others
 2 Weeks  US $444  US $816
 3 Weeks  US $541  US $913
 4 Weeks  US $638  US $1010
 5 Weeks  US $735  US $1107
 6 Weeks  US $832  US $1204
 7 Weeks  US $929  US $1301
 8 Weeks  US $1026  US $1398
 9 Weeks  US $1123  US $1495
10 Weeks  US $1220  US $1592
11 Weeks  US $1317  US $1689
12 Weeks  US $1414  US $1786


Application Fee: $200
(Please see our application fee refund policy here)

Programs require at least a two week commitment with a 6 month maximum.


 Program Includes: 

*Airport Pickup
*Orientation Upon Arrival
*In-Country Team Available 24/7

 Program Does Not Include: 

*Round-trip Airfare
*Return Trip to Airport 
*Required Travel and Medical Insurance 
*Visa Fees

In most placements, volunteers stay in a comfortable local guesthouse. Volunteers either have their own bedroom or share a bedroom with another ELI volunteer. Accommodations may require $3 per day payment for food, but participants are free to eat at local restaurants or street vendors if they prefer. There is easy access to internet cafes and tourist areas through convenient local bus lines. 

Visa and Plane Tickets
All travelers headed to Vietnam are required to get a visa in advance.  To get your visa through an embassy, find instructions at Vietnam's Embassy. Or you can apply online and get Pre-Approved, print out your receipt so that you can board your plane, and then pick up your visa when you arrive in Vietnam.  Our staff will meet you upon arrival at the Ho Chi Minh Airport (SGN).  If you are not staying in Ho Chi Minh, we will arrange your transportation to Dalat, Cap St Jacques (Vung Tau), Hoian, or the Mekong Delta.

Arrival Dates
Start dates in Vietnam are flexible until summer.  During the summer, all participants arrive in Saigon/HCMC (SGN Airport) on one of these days and group orientation will start the next morning. 2018 Summer Arrival Dates: May 21, June 4, June 18, July 2.If you need to arrive on a different day, please check with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Volunteers should be aware that participation may be limited during the Vietnamese holiday of Tet (Vietnamese New Year) and around Christmastime.  Be sure to double check the 2018 Holiday Calendar when planning your trip. 

Notes and Helpful Links
Here is a handy tool to see what time it is in Vietnam: Time Conversion Tool.  Be sure to pack for the Weather in Ho Chi Minh, and keep in mind that April tends to be the hottest month of the year.  Participants need to visit a travel nurse before their arrival in Vietnam.  For immunizations, we defer to the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control.  Learn a few Basic Vietnamese Phrases before you arrive, you will frequently encounter language barriers - it's best to be prepared. ELI's Director blogs about the New Vietnam and all things wonderful in Dalat via his blog.  Lastly, pick up a guide book - there is so much to See and Do!

After you fill out the Application Form on our website, our Application Advisor will be in touch to help you with the next steps.  We have set up a Vietnam Checklist for you to see exactly what steps you will need to take to go abroad with ELI.



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