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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: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
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Melbourne, Australia
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70 reviews 70 reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

We came here to learn how to make Vietnamese painting and lantern making class but got so much more. This not for profit really does give back, you are introduced to the ladies working there, they are happy and appreciative despite their disabilities they choose to live life, come to work and be successful. I learnt so much and felt... More

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Canberra, Australia
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21 helpful votes 21 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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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
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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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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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