By Michael Smith in HCMC
|Volunteers play one of the many games organized at the event for International Volunteer Day in HCMC – Photo: Annalise Richter|
Over 200 young volunteers from NPOs around HCMC joined a party for International Volunteer Day on Sunday morning at Saigon Pearl International School in Binh Thanh District.
The atmosphere in the packed room in the school basement was ecstatic, as hundreds of youths played games and cheered on their peers, in between presentations and talks on stage.
A DRD volunteer at the event, Nguyen Thi Phuong Nhung is a social work student at HCMC University for Social Sciences and Humanities.
She said she joined DRD as a
volunteer to help with her confidence; improve her social-work skills and help others. DRD works with people with disabilities and is connected with many centers. One of the centers had a stall beside the DRD stall selling paper animal toys made by residents to raise money.
A Volunteers for Peace Vietnam volunteer, who is a visiting university student from Wales, Annalise Richter, said the event was great because young people in Vietnam had fun in such a different way to in the UK.
She said 18 year olds here are so playful, uninhibited, enthusiastic and very much group orientated, but in the U.K. they only get excited about things like drinking.
About 13 NPOs organized on Sunday’s activities. They included Blue Dreams Volunteer Group, DRD Volunteer Club, Habitat for Humanity Vietnam, Health Volunteers Organization, IVC (International Volunteer Club) and LIN Center for Community Development.