Advice on Visiting Orphanages in Vietnam During Your Homeland Tour

By Joyce Yiu, Lotus Travel

Appropriate etiquette when you visit an orphanage in Vietnam during your homeland tour.

According to clinical child psychologist Dr. Rebecca Nelson, birth country visits are essential as they are considered to be "prime opportunities for adoptees to learn about themselves and further a positive adoptive identity within a guided and emotionally supportive context." Positive cultural heritage reinforcements often contribute to healthy and happy upbringings of adopted children. Learning and exploring their ethnic backgrounds under the guidance and unconditional supports of their families as they mature often enhance self-confidence and positive adoptive identities.

Visitation Approval for Orphanages in Vietnam

The orphanage visitation approval in Vietnam is generally more informal, but it's inappropriate to show up at the orphanage without prior notice. The visitation needs to be set up through a local representative or an agency like Lotus Travel according to reliable source. Visitation applications can be filed through your local Vietnamese representative a few months prior to your planned visit date.

Appropriate Gifts for Orphanages in Vietnam

Orphanages often lacks children clothing, toys, crayons, basic stationeries and story books; these are usually nice gifts for the youngsters and Lotus Travel suggests families to check with the designated orphanage regarding its lacking of scarce necessities before deciding what to donate.

Perfume and cosmetics are good selections for female orphanage directors and caregivers. If you are uncertain about the gender of the directors, Lotus Travel highly recommends purchasing chocolate sets as gifts.

Observing Vietnamese Customs When You Travel to Orphanages in Vietnam

Adoptive parents are suggested to explain the cultural differences between America and Vietnam to their children prior to their trips.

Dinning with orphanage directors and staff

Joyce Yiu is the Sales and Marketing Assistant for Lotus Travel, Inc. a premier tour operator and ticket consolidator specialized in adoption travel and birth country visits to Vietnam, China and Southeast Asia.