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Oodles of Noodles

Hoi An, Vietnam

Critical Need

There are an estimated 20,000 children living on the streets across Vietnam. And unfortunately, the divide between the rich and poor, ethnic minority and majority, and the urban and rural populations of Vietnam appear to be growing. This problem is intensified by the lack of strong and effective child protection systems, professional social workers, and adequate programming and services for vulnerable children.

Our Involvement

STREETS International is an extensive hospitality-training program that works with at-risk youth in Vietnam. Donations to the STREETS program are used for tuition, safe housing, student medical insurance, and learning resources such as books and computers. G Adventures’ worked with STREETS to develop an exclusive Oodles of Noodles Tour. This tour acts as a curriculum module for the youth to practice their English language and presentation skills -- two key qualities that are a necessity for success in the hospitality industry. Students lead a noodle-making class with travellers and teach them about the twenty-six different types of noodles available in Hoi An, Vietnam.


The Oodles of Noodles class and meal has been included into G Adventures’ itineraries, so every participating traveller is helping to provide tuition, safe housing, health care, and social inclusion to current and future students of STREETS. Students enrolled in the STREETS program are taught everything there is to know about working and running a restaurant, and graduate with top International Culinary Arts Certificates. Many have gone on to work at large five star hotels in Da Nang and neighbouring cities. STREETS International is currently hosting their ninth class of approximately 30 students at their training headquarters in Hoi An, Vietnam.

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