2017 Spring Mission Q&A

Physicians, dentists, optometrists, nurses and other healthcare personnel, medical students, engineers, professors, handymen, and any volunteers with humanitarian passion can volunteer. For medical or surgical specialists, you may be working at a facility in Hanoi or HCM city most appropriate for your skills.

Knowledge of Vietnamese language is not a requisite, and referrals from past participants receive first priority. Early registration is recommended. Participants pay their own travel and land cost, which is tax-deductible.

CLICK HERE to submit an online application, as well as to download the instructions packet. Follow the instructions to return the required documents, and contact the coordinator for an interview.

Non-medical volunteers provide essential support for our medical trips. Because of the diversity of areas of assistance, volunteers are needed to help various teams in management tasks, patient education and relations, assisting physicians and dentists, supplies control and distribution, support work and translation if Vietnamese-speaking.

We always need non-medical resources to provide assistance with patient transport, registration, instructions, and other tasks.

These tasks offers opportunities for wonderful interactions with the needy children and their families.

If you are a new volunteer, please submit an online application and follow the instructions to download all required documents for registration.

If you are a returning volunteer, the administration team offers a quick application process to assist you with the registration. You will be contacted via email in the weeks of November 1– November 11. Please send an email to pvnfmission@gmail.com if you have not heard from us by December 1, 2016.

For CV (resume), Certificate and License, Passport, please scan document and label as follows:

CV.QuynhKieu (CV.FirstLastName) Passport.QuynhKieu

The upload links are as below:
Application | Passport |  CV | Certificate

Since PVNF group is providing free medical care in Vietnam, the licensed health personnel will need a special visa which is equivalent to a temporary license, and the entire group will also need a special authorization for the medical works.

Volunteers must have a working visa and a permit to participate in PVNF Medical mission works.

Visa Validity Working Visa Categories Vietnam Origin Non-Vietnam Working Permit Fee TOTAL COST
1 MONTH Health professional N/A $100 $150 $250
  Other volunteers N/A $100 $50 $150
3 MONTH Health professional $100   $150 $250
  Health professional   $120 $150 $270
  Other volunteers $100   $50 $150
  Other volunteers   $120 $50 $170
1 YEAR Health professional $150 $150 $150 $300
  Other volunteers $150 $150 $50 $200
5 YEARS Health professional $100 N/A $150 $250
  Other volunteers $100 N/A $50 $150
  • For people holding an active visa, a Vietnamese passport or a 5-year visa (US volunteers of Vietnam origin only), you still need a working permit for the medical work. The working permit fees are $50 for volunteer and $150 for health professional.
  • If you decide to travel before or after the trip to visit friends/family and/or sightseeing, you can use the above Visa and will not need to obtain any other visa. Be sure to specify the correct Vietnam entry/arrival date.
  • Filipino citizens can stay in VN for 21 days without a visa. You will need to use your Filipino passport for the entire time of the mission and still need a working permit for the medical work ($50 for volunteer and $150 for health professional).
  • SGN/HCM = Saigon/Ho Chi Minh city
Sub-team Other information Location Dates
Surgical Team #1 Pediatric Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate
(operating 2/27 to 3/3)
 Hospital 175, SGN/HCM Feb 25 – Mar 5
Surgical Team #2 ENT/Head & Neck
(Univ. of Maryland group; operating 3/4 to 3/8)
 Hospital 175, SGN/HCM March 1 – 9
Primary/Dental Teams    Dong Ha, Quang Tri Province (central VN) March 4 – 12
Training, Cardiology   SGN/HCM Feb 26 – March 7
Training, Cardiology    Hanoi March 8 – 12
Training, Pediatrics    SGN/HCM Feb 25 – March 4
Training, Pediatrics    Hanoi March 5 – 12
Training, Neonatal    TBD Feb 25 – March 12

Typical International Carriers are:

  • Cathay Pacific (via Hong Kong)
  • Japan Airlines (via Tokyo)
  • EVA Airway or China Airlines (via Taipei)
  • Asiana Airlines (via Seoul)
  • Delta
  • United Airlines

Saigon/HCM City
Tan Son Nhat International Airport

Saturday, February 25 Surgical team 1 : Cleft lip/cleft palate children
Training, Pediatrics
Training, Neonatal
Sunday, February 26 Training/Cardiology team
Wednesday, March 1 Surgical team 2: Head/Neck surgery
(University of Maryland group)
Saturday, March 4 (before noon) Primary/Dental teams

Noi Bai International Airport

Sunday, March 5 Training/Pediatrics team
Wednesday, March 8 Training/Cardiology team
TBD Training/Neonatal
Click the name of the hotel to visit its website.

TEAM Paragon Saigon Hotel
District 1
Rosaliza Hotel, Hanoi Muong Thanh Grand
Quang Tri Hotel
Cherish Hotel, Hue Le Duy Grand Hotel
Cleft Palate Surgery 02/25-03/04        
ENT Surgery 03/01-03/08        
Primary/Dental Care     03/04-03/09 03/10 3/11
Training/Cardiology 02/26-03/07 03/08-03/11      
Training/Pediatrics 02/25 – 03/05 03/05 – 03/12      
Training � IRT 02/25 � 03/05 ???      

Cost is generally about $2000 for two weeks excluding visa and international flight. PVNF will provide housing (double accommodations unless you pay a single supplement), meals and transportation including pickup at airport if you arrive with the group on Feb 25 or March 4.

­ International Air: US-VN you will need to purchase it on your own.

­ Land Cost: Includes transportation (domestic air and bus), meals, one-day sightseeing for the Primary Care team and a farewell Gala Dinner. This includes also two (2) PVNF shirts that you must wear during the medical clinics.

  • $950/person (double occupancy) one week for the Surgery team;
  • $1000/person (double occupancy) one week for the Primary care team (working in central Vietnam)
  • $1850/person (double occupancy) 2 weeks.

­ Working Visa cost – effective September 2016:  One (1) year validity with multiple entries (See Question #4 for details)

­ Optional costs:

  • Travel insurance
  • Hotel Single occupancy
  • Additional PVNF shirts ($10/shirt)

CLICK the name in the top row to email the appropriate person relative to the topic of your email. 

Subjects Dr. Quynh Kieu Chat Tran Paul Tran Winnie Jiang Kim-Thu Pham Anh Vo/
LanPhuong Le
Medical/Training programs X          
Health Professional assignments X          
Medical-related topics X          
Application process/status   X        
Transportation arrangements   X        
Special requests on hotel reservations, health insurance, other         X  
Invoice and payment, tax receipts         X  
Dental Care Program/activity     X      
Primary Care Program/activity       X    
All questions related to the ENT Surgery Mission           X
Other matters   X     X  

Please read our Volunteer Manual which will help answer many other questions such as what to pack, what immunizations are recommended, etc.

We try to accommodate special requests such as (vegetarian diet, rooming with other volunteer on the trip – spouses are automatically given shared accommodation, etc.) .  Please send your requests ASAP to pvnfmission@gmail.com.

For any other questions, please email pvnfmission@gmail.com.

You will be contacted within 7-10 days after application for interview and will have the opportunity to ask more questions then.

Note: You and your party can extend your trip to explore Vietnam. We can recommend some travel agencies in Vietnam to handle your tour(s).

Saturday, February 25, 2017
  • Arrive Tan Son Nhat International Airport (HCM/SGN) city
  • Check-in to Paragon Saigon Hotel, orientation; inventory-taking and preparation for Sunday pre-op exams.
Sunday, February 26, 2017 Pre-op exams at Hospital 175
Monday, February 27 to
Friday, March 3, 2017
Bus from hotel to hospital; perform surgeries (5 days)
Saturday, March 4, 2017 Free day; attend Gala Dinner, stay overnight
Sunday, March 5, 2017 Morning flight back to U.S.

Note: You and your party can extend your trip to explore Vietnam. We can recommend some travel agencies in Vietnam to handle your tour(s).

The schedule for Surgery Team #2 was revised as of December 10, 2016
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
  • Arrive Tan Son Nhat International Airport (HCM/SGN) city
  • Clear customs, claim baggage, taxi transfer to hotel
  • Check in to hotel 
  • Dinner with Team #1 (7 p.m.)
Thursday, March 2, 2017
  • Arrive Tan Son Nhat International Airport (HCM/SGN) city
  • Clear customs/claim baggage/meet with PVNF & Hospital 175 representatives outside the International Terminal
  • Transportation provided to hotel/check in to hotel (approx.. 11 p.m.)
  • Inventory & medical supplies accountability / collect badge and uniform
Friday, March 3, 2017 Pre-op examination at Hospital 175 at ENT department / OR setup
Saturday, March 4 to Wednesday, March 8 Bus from hotel to hospital; perform surgeries (5 days)
 Saturday, March 4 (evening) Attend Gala Dinner with Team #1
Thursday, March 9 Morning flight back to U.S.  (or extend stay)

Note: You and your party can extend your trip to explore Vietnam. We can recommend some travel agencies in Vietnam to handle your tour(s).

Saturday, March 4, 2017 Arrive Tan Son Nhat International Airport. (HCM /SGN) city

  • All volunteers will have to fly to and arrive in Saigon/HCM City prior to  noon Saturday 03/04/16 to meet up with the Primary Care team at a pre-assigned destination. Depending on your arrival time, we may be able to pick you/your group at the airport and transfer to the Domestic Terminal to take a flight to Hue City.
  • Domestic Flight: Saigon – Hue (central)
  • Transportation by bus from Hue airport to the destination Hotel (Dong Ha City in Quang Tri Province; approximately 1-3/4- hour bus ride)
  • Working Province: Quang Tri (central)
Sunday, March 5, 2017 Half day free; meeting/orientation and prepare materials for the next few working days
Monday, March 6 to
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Bus from Hotel to the working sites (in the rural areas)
Friday, March 10, 2017 Bus back to Hue city in morning; sightseeing; overnight in Hue
Saturday, March 11, 2017 Morning flight back to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City); attend the Farewell Gala Dinner; stay overnight.
Sunday, March 12, 2017 Flight back to U.S. or extend your stay (mission complete)

Note: You and your party can extend your trip to explore Vietnam. We can recommend some travel agencies in Vietnam to handle your tour(s).


  • Working at five (5) hospitals (in Saigon, then Hanoi) with patients suffering from cardiac dysrhythmia.


  • Working with caregivers of children with special needs (in Saigon then Hanoi).


  • Working two weeks at locations TBD