Anticipated Trip Cost: $3,950
Anticipated Dates: JUNE 1- JUNE 15

Leadership Development

  • 9-month leadership development program with integrated local service component
  • Youthlinc’s mission is to transform volunteers into lifetime humanitarians, which takes time and effort- we are not a “pay-and-go” program
  • Twenty five years of proven curriculum and data show that our program truly changes and improves our volunteers & communities abroad
  • Connect and build friendships with your team for 9 months prior to travel


  • Work with SJ Vietnam to impacts on rural villages in the northern highlands
  •  Projects relate to community health, business & vocational skills, ecological improvements, construction, cultural exchange, and education

What's Included?

  • We are a Utah-based program. Round-trip international airfare is included from Salt Lake City. Minors will never be asked to fly alone to another city to meet their team for the first time.
  • All meals, accommodation, transportation, & clean water
  • Excursions include touring Hanoi’s Old Quarter, staying overnight on a boat at Ha Long Bay, visit to an island where you can hike, kayak around an oyster farm, and explore caves. 
  • Travel insurance, medical professional travels with team, 1:3 ratio of adults:student


Vietnam is more than rice paddies, conical hats, and conflict with America. Vietnam is bursting with energy and forward motion. You’ll feel it in the hum and activity on the streets. You’ll see it in the way Vietnamese welcome you to their homes, invite you to taste their food, and proudly show you their rich culture. You’ll sense it in the options and opportunities all around. Vietnam is home of over 90 million people. Each part of the county has it’s own customs, language dialects, and indigenous people.  

Youthlinc is partnering with SJ Vietnam, who has been working with us since 2012 with the first Service Year teams.  They have introduced us to a village in the northern highlands that is a gem of gems.  The village we will be working in is called Buoc in Mai Chau province.

Buoc is home to 310 people from 77 families.  Most folks in this area are subsistence farmers and raise some livestock.  Most people living in Buoc are ethnic Thai, although none of them have ever lived in Thailand.  Their first language is a variation of Thai, but they say that they only understand 60% of what is said in Thai movies, for example.  They speak Vietnamese as their 2nd language and receive most of their education in Vietnamese.

One of Buoc’s main goals is to become a more desirable destination for travelers.  They would like to work on programs to encourage environmentally sustainable tourism, including becoming a single-use plastic free area, provide locally grown organic food, and encourage visitor’s activities to be healthy and active.  Youthlinc is excited to find team members that can help them achieve their goals, including developing marketing and tourism-related skills. There is a women’s association in Buoc that is eager to work with Youthlinc on developing and improving opportunities for women so they can earn extra income for their families.

Read About Our 2023 Projects

In 2023, the team worked with SJ Vietnam and locals to construct an outdoor community kitchen at the community center. Some may think of the community center as a building for official meetings or recreation, but for the village of Bouc the community center is the heart of the community: it is their safe haven.
The cultural committee oversaw opening and closing ceremonies. They planned a fun fair for the village to celebrate the completion of projects. The cultural committee also planned and carried out a mural at the community center and visited many of the homes in Bouc.
During the summer months the schools in Vietnam are on holiday. Youthlinc participants run and operate an English summer camp for all of the local students. Every participant has the opportunity to teach a lessons to the students ranging from 5-10 years old.
The community health committee hosted a health fair and taught about preventative care for common ailments in the region. This included respiratory health and the risks of smoking, first aid, and water sanitation.
The vocational committee taught a group of mothers how to make soap. The committee collected soap supplies and practiced to find the perfect recipe for Vietnam's climate. They were very excited to dress up and market their soap to the team.
The community mothers were very excited to practice marketing and held a boutique for the team at the end of the trip. These women are able to apply their new skills to their family lives and potential business opportunities.
In partnership with Waves 4 Water our ecological committee focused on access to clean water. They were able to fundraise enough funding to provide 50 in home water filtration systems.
The team took an overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay and explored the Old Quarter of Hanoi. On the cruise, the team went swimming, kayaking, jelly fish fishing, hiked the peak of Tiptop Island, explored Surprise Cave, and took in the breathtaking view of Ha Long Bay.

In-country Coordinator

Nam Cha

SJ Vietnam

Kevin Biddle

I am so thankful for the opportunities that Youthlinc has brought me over the past 4 years. I discovered Youthlinc when my daughter Emma said she wanted to go to Cambodia but only if I went as a mentor with her. The decision to go was one of the best choices in my life. After an eye opening and absolutely life changing trip to Cambodia I was hooked. The next year I was chosen to be a team leader for a trip to Nepal and the following year to Kenya. This year is Vietnam and I am excited to see our team come together and have the same life changing experiences that myself and my daughter have had. My favorite part about the entire year is the students. Seeing where they start at the beginning of the year and watching them grow and become close friends is always special. Seeing all of their hard work pay off with such an amazing trip to cap it off is something that none of them will soon forget. 

Abbey Thomas

Hello, my name is Abbey and I am the ATL for the Vietnam team this year! I am so excited to step into a leadership role this year with my team. I’ve been on two Youthlinc trips – one to Peru in 2021, and the other to Rwanda in 2022. I’m so ready to meet everyone and get y’all as addicted to Youthlinc as I am!

A bit more about me – I am a student at the University of Utah pursuing a degree in Cultural Anthropology! I love to learn about people around the world and everything that makes them who they are, hence my love for these trips. I am also a huge soccer fan, so you can always find me at the next RSL game. I can’t wait to get started with all of you this year!