TRADITIONAL NEW YEAR FOR POOR CHILDREN ANDFAMILIES
- SJ Vietnam
- Vietnamese Lunar New Year, more commonly known by its shortened name Tết, is the most important and traditional holiday and festival in Vietnam. It is the Vietnamese New Year derived from the Chinese New Year based on the Lunar calendar, alunisolar calendar. The name Tết Nguyên Đán is Sino-Vietnamese for Feast of the First Morning, derived from the Kanji characters節元旦. Tết takes place from the first day of the first month of the Lunar calendar (around late January or early February) until at least the third day. Many Vietnamese prepare for Tết by cooking special holiday foods and decorating their houses. There are a lot of customs practiced during Tết, like visiting a person’s house on the first day of the new year, ancestral worshipping, wishing New Year’s greetings, giving lucky money to children and elderly people, and opening a shop. Tết is also an occasion for pilgrims and family reunions. During Tết, Vietnamese visit their relatives and temples, forgetting about the troubles of the past year and hoping for a better upcoming year. They consider Tết to be the first day of spring and the festival is often called Hội xuân (spring festival). InVietnam, to celebrate Tết is to “ăn Tết”, literally meaning "Tết eating", showing the importance of food in its celebration. Some of the prepared foods are eaten year-round, while others are unique to the festival a
- Volunteers will stay at the dormitory with basic conditions. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at accommodation, only lunch at local restaurant near project site.
- You can travel to discover further wonders of Vietnam! Located in northern Vietnam, Hanoi is the capital of the country with a population of seven million. The city is a thousand years old and follows the banks of the Red River. Hanoi counts many colorful districts including the French styled Old Quarter near Hoan Kiem lake, the modern New Quarter, and the more touristy TayHo area. Leisure and exchange activities As you know the workcamp isnot only to help the disadvantaged people but is also a chance to meet new friends, learn about local people, and share your experiences with other people. Volunteers have freetime during their lunch break time, and in the evening, as well as on weekends. This is an opportunity to you and other volunteers to arrange different activities to share details about their life, family, country, and experiences. Some planned activities for volunteers include: Welcome party with all local and international volunteers Meeting for a daily evaluation and cultural exchange activities each night: To share ones emotional experiences, to discuss results and find solutions for the project, to hold workshops on hot to pics and to understand more about each other. Vietnamese night: Local volunteers will arrange one night to introduce you to Vietnamese food and music in addition to a Vietnamese lesson. Your cultural day: Each volunteer from the workcamp will prepare something special to share from their country and their culture.
- • Ability to do manual work. • Willing to work and stay in Hanoi • Strong inter-personal skills, and experience in working with a wide variety of people, cultural sensitivity. • Commitment to volunteerism • Highmotivation and come ready to live as the locals do (basic accommodations, transport by bus or bicycle, localfood). Be ready to face many difficulties such as language barriers, culture differences, low budgets, etc. • Be patient and empathetic with the disabled children • Follow the rules of the SJ Vietnam Office
SJ VIETNAM (www.sjvietnam.org): Solidarités Jeunesses Vietnam (SJ Vietnam) is an international youth NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) that promotes values of solidarity, peace, tolerance through young citizenship projects to improve society during and after the voluntarism. It was set up in 2004 by and for national and international young volunteers. SJ Vietnam is an independent Vietnamese branch of SJ France, a full member of CCVIS (UNESCO) and NVDA, a partner of YAP and Alliance. SJ Vietnam is an independent, non-political and non-religious organization open to everybody without any distinction of nationality, race, philosophy, financial resource, education or sex. GOALS By developing International Volunteering, we aim to: 1. Work towards a society of justice, peace and solidarity. 2. Break cultural misunderstanding between people and nations. 3. Improve local and global environment, provide informal education, help to reduce poverty and strengthen human rights 4. Encourage young people to participate actively in the society in which they live. The SJ Vietnam slogan reads: “T́nh nguyện để sẻ chia, học hỏi và trưởng thành”, which can be translated as: “Volunteer for sharing, learning and being responsible”. SJ Vietnam organizes short-and long-term workcamps and projects, actions of social integration, training activities, and international solidarity actions. All volunteers, both Vietnamese and international, are warmly welcomed to join and participate in the projects provided by SJ Vietnam. Furthermore, Vietnamese volunteers are sent abroad to participate in volunteering projects by partner organizations all over the world. HISTORY: At December 24th 2004, with the help of SJ France, NVDA and Un ETAI Pour Le Vietnam, SJ Vietnam was set up. The volunteering organization started as an informal cooperation between Miss. Do Thi Phuc of the Vietnamese Youth Volunteer Club and Mr Pierre De Hanscutter a Belgian UNV working for UNDP Vietnam. In June 2006, Ms Do Thi Phuc became the official director of the organization SJ Vietnam and Mr Pierre De Hanscutter became the President and the official European representative. Since 2006, SJV is an official member of NDVA, and a full and active member of the Coordination Committee for the International Voluntary Service (CCVIS) from the UNESCO. In January 2008, SJ Vietnam hosted the second NVDA meeting in Vietnam gathering all the NVDA leaders in Asia and Europe. In July 2009, SJV was member of the non profit network BITS (international office of social tourism) in Bruxelles. In 2009, 3207 young Vietnamese volunteers were official members of SJ Vietnam. Around 400 international volunteers joined our activities each year. SJ is currently the biggest international workcamp organization in Vietnam. In spring 2010, SJV will open a permanent office in Belgium to promote voluntarism (international workcamps and European Voluntary Service program) and SJ Vietnam projects in Belgium (www.servicevolontaire.org)
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