I sent additional info to Blanche as requested:
– A scanned copy of my passport (for red tape purposes in Vietnam)
– A copy of my resume (for red tape purposes in Vietnam) (required immediately as there is a wee bit of red tape to wade through in Vietnam)
– Flight Details – So that airport pick-up could be arranged.
– Emergency Contact Details – In the event of an emergency it is necessary to have the following details from my Emergency Contact (Name, phone, email and country)
– Relevant medical history (medical conditions i.e. asthma, diabetes etc)
– My insurance provider
– Special Dietary Requirements
“In Vietnam, you will be working with our partner organization Volunteers for Peace Vietnam (VPV). This is an organization based in Hanoi (with offices also in Ho Chi Minh) which assists local Vietnamese communities and institutions to develop through the establishment of programs nationwide that benefit the most number of people.
VPV’s program coordinator is Don Phuong and he will be your supervisor during your placement. You will go through an orientation when you arrive and should talk to Phuong if any matters arise while volunteering. Phuong will be available to you via email before and during your stay. IVHQ is based in New Zealand and we have no offices elsewhere. This follows our philosophy of helping local communities. We provide volunteers for VPV who then arrange placements within their program. Once you get to Vietnam, VPV will be your primary support. I will become second tier at that stage, but remember that I am always here 24/7 if any problems arise. While you are preparing to go, I am your first point of call. I have asked Phuong to email you to introduce himself and his organization.
The team at IVHQ wishes you all the best for your impending volunteer journey, one that promises to be one of the most memorable and rewarding of your life.”