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Lifestart Foundation Workshop

77 Phan Chu Trinh, Hoi An, Vietnam
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Ranked #15 of 128 Activities in Hoi An
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Classes/Workshops, Tours
Owner description: Lifestart Foundation is a not-for-profit charity that helps disadvantaged Vietnamese people to become self-sufficient.The Workshop is designed to... more » Owner description: Lifestart Foundation is a not-for-profit charity that helps disadvantaged Vietnamese people to become self-sufficient.The Workshop is designed to provide an outlet for the creation of fine arts and crafts and to empower its members to earn a sustainable income and gain a sense of independence.When visiting Hoi An we welcome you to join us for a special half a day experience to learn more about the Lifestart Foundation and to enjoy our traditional Vietnamese painting & lantern making classes. Your half day experience includes participation in both classes, a brief stroll through the town and an opportunity for one-on-one dialogue with Lifestart Foundation Workshop members. Complimentary Vietnamese tea is served hot or cold. Daily morning (9-12) and afternoon (14-17) classes are available with advanced reservations required. All proceeds will help fund Lifestart Foundation philanthropic projects in Vietnam.There are many tours in Hoi An, but what makes us DIFFERENT is that we are a not for profit charity. Our tours give visitors the opportunity to meet local people from disadvantaged situations, many of whom have complex disabilities, and to engage in a respectful and considerate manner. You will receive a unique insight into their needs and learn how you can make a difference.A visit to the Lifestart Foundation guarantees an authentic and memorable cultural exchange as well as an opportunity to learn about the organisation. Meet with its members and see first hand how our products are made. « less
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
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Canberra, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We stumbled upon this shop and ended up buying a lot of beautiful and unique gifts and souvenirs here. The foundation was started by an Australian women. The foundation is doing great work engaging and training disadvantaged and disabled Vietnamese in the production of unique arts and crafts. Unfortunately we did not have a chance to undertake one of their... More

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KarenHoiAn, Manager at Lifestart Foundation Workshop, responded to this review

Dear Jude, So glad you stumbled upon our workshop. Thank you for purchasing some of our makers hand made products, we are very grateful for your support. We hope that you will join our tour on your next visit to Hoi An. Best Wishes, Karen More

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25 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Goods for sale from a workshop that helps and employees disabled Vietnamese. I bought a cute sock puppet here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Learning about lifestart before we arrived in HoiAn we had planned to do the activities. Well worth it, especially on hearing the struggles our instructors had been through. Keep up the great work.

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KarenHoiAn, Manager at Lifestart Foundation Workshop, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your positive response. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your painting and lantern making class with us. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Some exquisite designs - especially with wool! Must visit whilst in Hoi An. Very informative staff and some great souvenirs to bring home :)

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Sydney, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Really enjoyed the painting and lantern making course. The teaches were very professional and organised. Also supports a great cause.

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KarenHoiAn, Manager at Lifestart Foundation Workshop, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed both classes. More

Sunshine Coast, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Fantastic shop/workshop in Hoi An that we came across by accident. Supports disabled people who make the gifts that are sold in the shop. Bought some great presents at a very reasonable price. What a wonderful initiative, highly recommend a visit.

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KarenHoiAn, Manager at Lifestart Foundation Workshop, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review of our Workshop Debra, glad that you found us and that you are happy with your purchases from our makers. We sincerely appreciate the support. Best Wishes Karen More

Adelaide, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The lantern making workshop was definitely worth the $15, it is a bit trickier than they make it look but a really great way to spend an hour or so!

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Preston, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Recently visited the lifestart workshop - the gifts are lovely and for good cause - I enrolled on the painting workshop and it was so well set up - we got a boat over to the island and went into the artists house all locals- everything set up with a welcome drink and view of river we had an hour... More

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KarenHoiAn, Manager at Lifestart Foundation Workshop, responded to this review

Hi 352 May, Thank you for your review. Sinh, your teacher is so happy to hear that you really enjoyed your painting class with him. The makers at the workshop also very much appreciate your positive feedback about their handmade products. More

Da Nang, Vietnam
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Really enjoyed visiting this workshop and learning the story of the people who work here. Reasonably priced gifts to buy.

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Melbourne, Australia
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29 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is an activity well worth your time and it leaves you feeling you have contributed to a wonderful cause. We booked in to the painting and lantern making course the day before. On the day we met at the foundation which is on the outskirts of the old town. We were taken for a short ferry journey to the... More

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KarenHoiAn, Manager at Lifestart Foundation Workshop, responded to this review

Dear JJ380, Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review. We are so happy that you enjoyed participating in our Traditional Painting and Lantern Making class. Thank you for your support of our philanthropic projects in Hoi An. Best Wishes Karen More

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