2018 Information Volunteers
This year most of us will be arriving in Hanoi, traveling around for about four days and then heading down to Cam Duc, via Vietnam Airlines on July 3. Cam Duc is a small town in the province of Khanh Hoa. A couple of bigger cities nearby are Nha Trang (tourist destination) and Cam Ranh. We also have an art program in the province of Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam, in the city of Hue. In past years we've taken a long weekend and traveled up to Hue, but we don't think that we can fit this in, and it would add costs to the trip for everyone.
Below is some information for you for the trip, such as the packing list and for families and parents, contact info for me while we are in Vietnam, as well as our staff, who you can contact as well if you need to get in touch with us.
Please also complete the forms below and return those to me. We'll have a get together at our house before we leave with everyone so that you all can meet.
Vaccinations and Health Info
For information about vaccinations and medications needed for traveling to Vietnam please visit the CDC travel site here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/vietnam
Below is also some information that I've gathered over the years. The most basic vaccinations that everyone needs can be found here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/routine
Out of the normal vaccines that you must have include:
Hepatitis A (a series of vaccinations)
Typhoid-This comes in two forms, a vaccine which is good for two years is showing to not have as much efficacy as the pill form (Vivotif-info can be found here: https://www.rxlist.com/vivotif-drug.htm). The pill form can be presribed by your regular doctor, don't let them argue with you about this, ask them to call your pharmacy and the pharmacy will order it. It has to be kept refrigerated and is taken over about one week's time. The pill form last for a minimum of five years. Your insurance should cover it.
Other vaccines to read about and consider:
Japananese Encephalitis-a series of two vaccinations that cost approximately $300 each. Please read about it here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/japanese-encephalitis
Malaria-Here is some information on Marlaria in Vietan. Each person/family must decide whether or not you want you or your child to take preventative. We will be in rural areas in the province of Khanh Hoa and a few day trips while we are in the North in the province of Ninh Binh. The closest city to where we are most of the trip is Nha Trang in the province of Khanh Hoa.
Areas with malaria: Rural areas only. Rare cases in the Mekong and Red River Deltas. None in the cities of Da Nang, Haiphong, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Nha Trang, and Qui Nhon.
Estimated relative risk of malaria for US travelers: Low.
Drug resistance4: Chloroquine and mefloquine.
Malaria species: P. falciparum 50%–90%, P. vivax. 10%–50%, P. knowlesi rare.
Recommended chemoprophylaxis: Southern part of the country in the provinces of Dac Lac, Gia Lai, Khanh Hoa, Kon Tum, Lam Dong, Ninh Thuan, Song Be, Tay Ninh: Atovaquone-proguanil or doxycycline. Other areas with malaria except Mekong and Red River Deltas: Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, or mefloquine. Mekong and Red River Deltas: Mosquito avoidance only.
Read more here in malaria: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/vietnam
THE MAIN THING WHILE IN VIETNAM IS TO PREVENT MOSQUITO BITES! Please read this about preventing bites! There are other mosquito-born diseases in Vietnam (Zika, Dengue, etc...) and there are no vaccines, so it's important to come prepared and knowledgeable about preventing bites! All kids should read the information and discuss it with parents. See pdf below.
Forms to Complete
Please download, read, sign and send them or drop them off to me by June 1, 2018.
These forms are for minors traveling without parents:
Because you will be working for our non-profit in Vietnam, you will all need NN3 or work visas. These have to be applied for through the Vietnamese government in Hanoi, by Rock-Paper-Scissors. Essentially I have to provide everyone's passport information, and a timeline for the work we will be doing and where. Once approved, I can then apply for the visas either through the Vietnamese Embassy in Washington DC or we can take the approval letter and receive them at the airport in Hanoi or Saigon if you are flying in there. Below is the visa application form. Please fill this out and paperclip two passport-sized photos to the application. I've filled in an example form so that you know what to fill in where on the form. Please mail the form and attached photos to me.