Volunteers are crucial to helping TFA achieve our mission and goals. Our volunteers come from all over Australia and the globe. Their passion, enthusiasm and commitment to improving the quality of life of people with communication and swallowing disorders in Vietnam is truly inspiring.
Previous speech pathologists who have visited Vietnam to support TFA’s work there have assisted with teaching students, mentoring speech therapy graduates, coordinating projects and courses, and liaising with our Vietnamese partner organisations.
Some volunteers have travelled to Vietnam for just a short stint, while others have committed two or more years and coordinated courses. Our long-term volunteers have been supported by Australian Volunteers International .
Our volunteers are also active here in Australia working to raise awareness and funding about our work. All TFA directors are also volunteers.
Find out more about volunteering and getting involved .
“I cannot speak more highly of Trinh Foundation Australia and their work in Vietnam. The five weeks I spent in Vietnam, working in Ho Chi Minh, Hue and Hanoi was the most rewarding experience of my life. I was supported by the Foundation throughout my travels, and was constantly in contact with a supervisor who did everything in her power to make my trip go smoothly.
I felt so privileged to be able to pass on my clinical skills to the graduates. They were all so grateful and hospitable, and I was treated with a kindness that I will always remember and value. My trip was full of adventure, taking motorbikes to and from work and having time to explore all the cultural delights the cities had to offer in my spare time. I was able to learn some of the language and taste authentic foods from local restaurants. These experiences were completely unique, and by being immersed in the people and the culture I believe I was able to discover the real Vietnam. I felt like I had so much to offer, and I left each city feeling like my time had made a difference to the lives of the therapists, the teachers and the families of the clients.
I would strongly encourage every therapist to consider this opportunity. Your knowledge and skills are invaluable and will be essential to build the profession of Speech Pathology in Vietnam.”