There are many ways to get involved in the Loving Work undertaken by our organization and tour participants. Consider participating in our Loving Work Retreat, or our Joyfully Together, Discovering the Homeland of our Teacher Retreat – you can even join us for both! If a visit to Viet Nam does not fit into your near future plans, you might enjoy providing sponsorship assistance through one of our partner organizations. We also welcome donations to grow our Discretionary Relief Fund or to provide support for our volunteer Practice  Leaders, both of which make this good work possible. 

 

Thank you for your support!

Loving Work Retreats

Participate in community building through service-oriented work projects that support the health and wellbeing of Vietnamese children and families.

Please Note: if you plan to register for both the Loving Work Retreat and the Joyfully Together, Mobile Retreat; we ask that you  complete a separate Reservation Request for each.

* Retreat costs per person varies based on choice of accommodations. Registration fees  cover all accommodations for this retreat, including: all food, all tips (exception: for Coordinator), and all ground transportation and air transportaion within Viet Nam. NOT included are the costs of Transportation to Viet Nam, the required  Project Funding  Contribution, tip for Coorrdinator,and Dana (donation) for the teachers. 

Volunteer with Peace Trees International in Quang Tri Province.

Volunteer in the Prostetic Program organized by Project RENEW in Quang Tri Province

Provide Assistance to Families affected by accidents related to Agent Orange and/or Unexploded Live Ordinance, left over from the Viet Nam/American War.

  • Possible Loving Work Service Projects: 2020

  • Dates:  March 06 – March 20, 2020

  • Cost of Retreat:

Shared Accommodation –  USD 1,520 

Private Accommodation – USD 1,925

How To Register

Our retreats fill quickly. Registration is deliberately limited to 18 participants (plus 2 group leaders and Coordinator) to ensure that the retreat experience in enriching for all involved. If you would like to join us for our next Loving Work Retreat, follow the steps below:

1.

Complete the Reservation Form

The reservation form to the right is the first step in the process. Submit one form for each person you intend to register.

2.

Receive Initial Confirmation

We will review your Reservation Request and contact you to confirm there is space for you in the retreat, providing links for you to make your registation deposit payment and Project Fundraising Contribution.

REGISTRATION DEPOSIT

Please prepare to make your deposit of $350 USD (Shared Room) or $350 USD (Private room) by December 15, 2019. (Please note: the full registration fees will be announced in August.

PROJECT FUNDING CONTRIBUTION 

Participants are asked to raise a minimum of $400 USD from within their family members, friends, local sanghas and communities. See Callista's letter in our 'Shared Experiences' section for ideas and tips on how to easily fulfill our request in  a pain-free way! We call this process "Friend-Raising"!  These funds are used to support our selected service projects and other projects, pagodas  and temples we  visit during the retreat.  All remaining funds  are allocated to a Discretionary Relief Fund used to support ongoing projects in local communities. (Contribution due January 8, 2020)

3.

Receive Final Confirmation

You can expect to receive your Registration packet in October, complete with an outline of our itinerary and howe to plan for your retreat.

4.

Make Final Arrangements

Please be sure your Registration has been confirmed before you secure transportation to and from Viet Nam.

 
 

Joyfully Together, Discovering the Homeland of Our Teacher Retreat

"Go as a River," and travel as a Sangha, exploring the homeland of our teacher, Thay Thich Nhat Hanh. Enjoy the people, the views, and the delicious and wholesome food of Hoi An and Hue in the Central, Hanoi in the North and Ha Long Bay and Yen Tu Mt in the far Northeast. 

 

Practice in active monasteries, including our 'Root Temple', Tu Hieu, visit historic sites and pagodas, tour humanitarian aid projects, and enjoy a variety of cultural events.

  • Dates: March 06 – March 20, 2020

* Retreat costs per person will vary based on choice of accommodations. The Registration Fee covers all accommodations for this retreat, including: all food, all tips (exception: Retreat Coordinator), all ground transportation and air transportaion within Viet Nam. NOT included are the costs of Transportation to Viet Nam, Project Fundraising Contribution, Tip for Coordinator, and Dana (donation) for the two Practice Leaderss are not included. 

Please Note: if you plan to register for both the Loving Work Retreat and the Joyfully Together, Mobile Retreat; you must complete a separate Reservation Request for for each.

How To Register

Our retreats fill quickly. Registration is deliberately limited to 18 participants (plus 2 group leaders) to ensure that the retreat experience is enriching for all involved. If you would like to join us for our 2020 Discovering the Homeland of Our Teacher Retreat, follow the steps below:

1.

Complete the Reservation Form

The reservation form to the right is the first step in the process. Submit one form for each person you intend to register.

2.

Receive Initial Confirmation

We will review your Reservation Request and contact you to confirm there is space for you in the retreat, providing links for you to make your registration deposit payment and Project Fundraising Contrubution.

REGISTRATION DEPOSIT

Please prepare to make your deposit of $350 USD upon initial confirmation of your registration. (Please note: full cost for the basic tour package is to be announced in August.. 

PROJECT FUNDING CONTRIBUTION 

Homeland Retreat participants are asked to raise a minimum of $400 USD from family members, friends, and from within their local sanghas and communities. (See Callista's article in the Shared Experiences section for inspiration and ideas on how to easily fulfill our request.. We call this process "Friend-Raising". This financial support is used to fund the service projects undertaken during the Loving Work Retreat, and as gifts to projects, pagodas, and temples we visit during the retreat. The remainder is allocated to a Discretionary Relief Fund used to support ongoing projects in local communities. 

(Note: Those joining BOTH retreats are NOT required to double their minimum contribution.

3.

Receive Final Confirmation

We will begin sending final confirmation packets, complete with our itineraries and Retreat-planning information in August,, to those from we have received a deposit.  

4.

Make Final Arrangements

After final confirmation you will need to secure transportation to and from Viet Nam. The balance of registration fee is due by January 07, 2020.. Additional irections for making payment will be provided. 

  • Cost of Retreat:

Shared Accommodation –  USD 2,475

Private Accommodation – USD 2,875

Become a Sponsor

 

For The Children Viet Nam

This organization works with public schools to identify children whose family situation prevents them from staying in school. Sponsorships with For The Children are $150 a year. Follow this link to see the file on each student who currently needs a sponsor. Then, email the Loving Work Foundation to let us know which child you wish to help. Your $150 will change your child's life. We will arrange to direct your donation to For The Children and provide confirmation of sponsorship.

Kianh Foundation

This organization offers a day school for special needs children, from toddlers to age 18. They serve children who, until a few years ago, had absolutely no options. Many were left alone at home while parents worked. In some cases, children were tied to their beds to prevent them from wandering away or having an accident. In other cases, parents were giving up their children to the State, because of an inability to provide for them. The Kianh Foundation provides a professional and hopeful alternative to the families they serve. Contributions are welcome and appreciated; the cost of sponsoring one child's education for a year is $720. Please email the Loving Work Foundation for details.

The Loving Work Foundation  is thrilled to offer opportunities for our friends to financially support programs in Viet Nam that make it possible for children to have access to education and other essential resources. 

 

We currently work with two organizations that provide spornsorship opportunities, with commitments ranging from $150 – $720 annually. Your sponsorship gifts go directly to help children in need. Your gift can make all the difference in their lives.

Donate

 

A Culture of Financial Transparency

The Loving Work Foundation is committed to sustainable resource management and community building, working through grass-roots community partnerships to ensure that donations we receive are unitilzed in the most impactful way possible.  

We maintain a culture of financial transparency so that our donors can see how funds are allocated.

Send a check

We are able to utilize 100% of the funds we receive by check. If you wish to make such a gift, please make checks payable to Loving Work Foundation at the following address: 

Loving Work Foundation

1212 Caperton Way

Charleston, SC  29412

Other ways to give

In lieu of sending a check, you can arrange to make a donation via bank transfer or wire transfer.  For information on how to complete these transactions, please email us at lovingworkdonations@gmail.com

The Loving Work Foundation

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, our sole means of financial support comes through donations made by compassionate supporters of our work. The majority of our operating budget is comprized of donations made by each tour participant as part of the registration process. We also gratefully receive support from other friends around the world and welcome checks or online contributions. Most of the funds we receive go directly to cover costs associated with the service projects we participate in on the Loving Work Tours. We endeavor to keep administrative costs as low as possible, on average only 10% - 15% of donations received are used for adminstrative purposes. Only our Retreat Coordinator and Retreat Registrar are paid for their services. Those funds are generated by our Retreat Registration Fees.Practice Leaders do not charge. In the tradition of the Buddha, we believe the Teachings are to always be freely and happily given. Any donations not spent on work projects are allocated to a Discretionary Relief Fund, from which we can offer additional financial assistance in circumstances of need brought to our attention by our partnering community agencies. Our aspiration is to make the greatest possible impact with the generous donations we receive. Thank you for your support.

When making your gift, please be sure to email us and let us know it's on the way. And, if you'd like to designate your gift for a specific purpose, please note it in your email and on the note line of your check (for gifts sent by mail). lovingworkdonations@gmail.com