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Become a Volunteer

KOTO could not have reached the size or scope that it has without the support of our volunteers. From English teachers to hospitality trainers and everything in between it’s more than likely we can put your skills to good use. That said, there are a few limitations. Have a read through the information below and when you’re ready to get involved email your CV to


You need to be able to work weekdays. Our key staff are usually only in the office during the week and our trainees need a break sometimes too. Weekdays are best for volunteer support and between the hours of 8am to 6pm.


You’ll need to commit to a minimum of three months. Managing volunteers takes quite a bit of time and effort on behalf of KOTO so we ask that you make a minimum commitment. That said, in return, we commit to supporting you and your goals as well as providing as much flexibility as possible to ensure your contribution is as easy as possible to meet.


You may need to travel outside of the city. Our training centre is located in Long Bien, Hanoi. That said, we run buses twice a day between our training centre and flagship restaurant in Hanoi’s Tay Ho district so it’s super easy to get there and back.


You’ll need skills and experience. We have no problems providing you with support, however, we are unable to provide training. That said, we can take a whole range of volunteers from a whole range of fields so whatever your skill set is very likely we can find a place for you. Our past volunteers have been English teachers, teaching assistants, hospitality and culinary skills trainers, social Workers and adolescent psychologists, marketing and communications professionals, graphic designers, event managers as well as 

management, governance and leadership trainers among so many others.


Police checks are a must. Unfortunately, this is a necessary part of life in the not for profit sector but in most countries they are relatively cheap and easy enough to get. You’ll need to contact the local authorities in your home country for more information.


Are you a part of a group of volunteers? If there are more than two or three of you, or if you’re part of a university class, a school, or a youth group then a study tour might be what you're looking for. We have a tonne of experience taking study tours through the ins and outs of building and running a social enterprise. We have a whole range of higher education institutions that come back every year to do just that! We are, however, always looking for more. Reach out for more information:


Will you be new to Hanoi? If you’re not already living in Hanoi and will be visiting for the sole purpose of completing a volunteer assignment with KOTO, please keep in mind that we are unable to assist with visas, housing, or other logistical requirements. You will need to make these arrangements yourselves.

What can I expect? You can expect to experience working in a fast paced and effective development organisation. You can expect to see the highs and the lows of working in a developing country along with the trials and tribulations that not-for-profit’s face everyday.


Volunteers at KOTO are vital and valuable resources to KOTO operations. Not only do they provide KOTO with skills
of various backgrounds such as culinary, teaching and marketing but they are able to gain a unique experience
working with disadvantaged and at-risk youth who are chasing their dreams.
KOTO wishes to continue providing an opportunity for volunteers to learn and gain valuable skills. The KOTO staff
takes pride in being able to support their volunteers and ensure that their experience is rewarding for them and for
their futures as well as beneficial to the KOTO foundation.


Current volunteer opportunities are available for:

- English teaching assistants ( Detailed Information )

- English teacher ( Detailed Information )
- Hospitality skills trainers
- Culinary skills trainers
- Social Workers / adolescent psychologists
- Marketing and communications professionals
- Graphic designers
- Event managers
- Management, Governance and Leadership trainers

-Social Media Experts



We are always on the lookout for talented and passionate people to join the KOTO volunteer team. If you have skills
and experience that you think fit with the KOTO mission then please download our Volunteer Application Form and
sent it with your current CV to

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