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Lifestart Foundation Workshop

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Address: 14 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An, Vietnam
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Description: The non-profit Lifestart Foundation Workshop is a not for profit charity...
The non-profit Lifestart Foundation Workshop is a not for profit charity offering visitors to Hoi An art and craft classes as well as the opportunity to find out more about the charity. The half day tours available include the opportunity to make a Hoi An lantern, one-on-one dialogue with Lifestart Foundation workshop members and a traditional painting class. At the end of your experience you'll have one small Hoi An lantern and your hand painted notecard to take home and share with friends. All of the money raised goes towards helping local people in difficult situations become self-sufficient. The schedule for the half day tour is included below. 9:00 - Meet at the Lifestart Foundation Workshop at 77 Phan Chu Trinh9:15 - Traditional Painting Class10:30 - An opportunity to meet the makers at the Lifestart Foundation Workshop, find out how Lifestart Foundation is helping people from disadvantaged backgrounds and see how some of the other products are made.11:00 - Lantern making class12:00 - End of your tour. We'll be happy to introduce you to a good restaurant where you can taste some local specialties.The half-day can also be run between 14:00 and 17:00 if preferred. Includes free Vietnamese tea served hot or cold.
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Went with a group of friends to take a lantern making class. The staff was so friendly and spoke English very well. Got to make my own personal lantern and bought some great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

Went with a group of friends to take a lantern making class. The staff was so friendly and spoke English very well. Got to make my own personal lantern and bought some great handmade crafts to give as awesome souvenirs. Highly recommend this organization!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We did the lantern making workshop and were really happy with choosing Lifestart Foundation. The instructions were given in perfect English which makes it so much easier when you have no idea what you’re doing. The instructor was very helpful and the organization does great things. If you don’t want to make a lantern, just stop by the shop for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

What a wonderful organization. Not on!y did we learn how to make a lantern, we also got to produce a great card as a reminder of the great work this group does to assist disadvantaged and disabled to earn a living and gain skills so that they too can take their special place in society. What a wonderful and inspiring... More 

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Balgownie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

My husband, two children and I thoroughly enjoyed this experience, and would highly recommend it to anyone travelling to this part of Vietnam.

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

So happy to hear that your family enjoyed your tour with Lifestart Foundation. Thank you for your support. Cheers Karen More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We enjoyed our lantern making class and felt guided and supported throughout. We enjoyed learning about the background of the foundation and the people it is helping. The laidback attitude in the shop is a welcome change to most shops in Hoi An. Thank you for helping us create such a personal souvenir.

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

Thank you so much for your support and review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us and that you also enjoyed the hassle free environment that we try to create. Best Wishes Karen More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The traditional painting and lantern making class are a great, unique experience that will leave you with two new skills and a deeper understanding of life in Vietnam. The teachers for both classes were talented, fun, friendly and informative. They taught us everything step by step and we had a great time creating our 'artworks' and learning about the local... More 

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

Thank you so much for this review. So happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us. I will pass on your comments to our teachers Dung and Sinh, they too will be very happy to get such a positive review. Cheers Karen More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Really enjoyed the traditional painting class and the lantern making. Was really glad we went -- I am not very artistic, but was pleasantly surprised with how proud I was of my hand painted card!

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

Thanks for your positive review and we are so pleased to hear that you had a great time doing the Lifestart Foundation tour. Sinh is a great painting teacher and many people despite not being artistic are very surprised with the results they produce in one lesson. Best Wishes Karen More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I enjoyed visiting the Lifestart gift shop in Hoi An. We would love to attend the workshops next time we visit Vietnam. Browsing the gift shop however gave some insight into the organisation and its aims. The staff were extremely friendly and informative, the items for sale were lovely and beautifully presented. We were "on the road" for Christmas and... More 

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

So glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Please know that your purchases are helping those most in need. We hope that you have time to do our tour next trip! Cheers Karen More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

Our lantern making course was fun, inspirational and informative. To be able to support the work at lifestart through this course is an added bonus. At the end of the session my ten year old daughter said, "I learnt how to make lanterns AND I learnt so much about life in Vietnam.....I learnt more today than in the other three... More 

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

The Lifestart Foundation team is so grateful for this terrific review and acknowledgement of our project work in Hoi An. Thank you so much for your positive words of encouragement! Best Wishes Karen More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

After repeatedly being ripped off by other tour operators in Vietnam. This tour to learn the art of Vietnam painting and lantern making is one of the best and rewarding one I have the pleasure of joining. Well done to sponsors, staff and volunteers. Great to see that the disadvantaged is not taken advantage of to line pockets of businessmen... More 

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

Thank you so much for your support of our makers and for your kind words. We are glad that you found us and that you enjoyed your half day tour with us. We hope that you will stay connected to our project work. Cheers Karen More 

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