TRADITIONAL NEW YEAR FOR POOR CHILDREN ANDFAMILIES
- chantiers 1-3 semaines
- Code : SJV1711
- Dispo : 6M / 6F (Total Part 12)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 99
Vietnamese Lunar New Year, more commonly known by its shortened name T?t, 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 T?t Nguyên ?án is Sino-Vietnamese for Feast of the First Morning, derived from the Kanji characters???. T?t 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 T?t by cooking special holiday foods and decorating their houses. There are a lot of customs practiced during T?t, 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. T?t is also an occasion for pilgrims and family reunions. During T?t, Vietnamese visit their relatives and temples, forgetting about the troubles of the past year and hoping for a better upcoming year. They consider T?t to be the first day of spring and the festival is often called H?i xuân (spring festival). InVietnam, to celebrate T?t is to “?n T?t”, literally meaning "T?t 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 and only eaten during T?t. Also, some of the food is prepared vegetarian as it is believed to be good luck to eat vegetarian on T?t. Some traditional food on T?t are: “Bánh ch?ng” (Chungcake) and “bánh d?y”: essentially tightly packed sticky rice with meat or bean filling swrapped in banana leaves. Bánh ch?ng (rectangular) and bánh gi?y (circular) are symbolically connected with T?t and are essential in any T?t celebration. Preparation is time-consuming, and can take days to cook. The story of their origins and their connection with T?t is often recounted to children while cooking them overnight. Spring festival Chung cakes ROLES AND TASKS Making Chung cake and give it to poor children/families. Organizing event (music, games) for children. Aims for this project are: • To create a chance for disadvantaged children to participate in the Tet holiday festival by making Chung cakes. • To provide an opportunity for international volunteers to experience Vietnamese culture. • To expose the children to different cultures and people from around the world by working within ternational volunteers • To promote friendship between local people and international volunteers during workcamp (share experiences, skills, things in life etc). Work description Local and international volunteers will work together every day during the week in SJ Vietnam’s Volunteer centre to make Chungcakes and prepare a special performance for the children at the Center. Tentative schedule Working time start at 8:30 am Lunch time from 11:30 am to 13:30 pm. Working time in the afternoon from 13:30 pm to 17:00 pm Usually you have to get up before 8:00 am. Please ensure you are up and ready to get to work on time!
Volunteers will stay at the volunteer house. Food will cook by the volunteers themselves or they will have meals in nearby local restaurant. Vietnamese food is considered as easy to eat but if you have any special dietary needs please inform us in advance.
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