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Lifestart Foundation Workshop

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Address: 14 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An, Vietnam
Phone Number: 8401673559447
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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.

Join us for a special half-day experience to learn more about the Lifestart Foundation and to enjoy our traditional art classes! Your half day includes participation in both classes, a brief video about our workshop and an opportunity for one-on-one dialogue with our members. All proceeds fund Lifestart Foundation philanthropic projects in Vietnam.

Traditional Painting Class - Have lots of fun in our traditional painting classes offered by our Lifestart Foundation recipient and local artist, Sinh Trong.

Lantern Making Class - Learn how to make your own miniature Hoi An lantern taught by our workshop staff. Take your unique lantern home as a memory of your time spent at the Lifestart Foundation.

Free Daily Vietnamese Language Class - Feel less like a tourist, and more like a local! Every Morning & Afternoon FREE & FUN 1/2 Hour Lesson!

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Hoi An Lantern Making Class with Lifestart Foundation
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The Lifestart Foundation Traditional Vietnamese Painting Class in Hoi An

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Lantern making course - brilliant!

I spent a wonderful hour & a half making a lantern at Lifestart in Hoi An. Our teacher was fantastic! She spoke impeccable English having spent a year working in Melbourne. S Her... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
cathy80k
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Angaston, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We paid 15 USD to attend a hour long lantern making workshops. We chose it because apparently 100% of the cost went to sustaining the charity. The lantern it's self turned out nicely. Nice way to spend a hour and give back to local women's community. Keep expectations minimal and be prepared for a guilt trip video and meeting the... More 

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

Thank you for choosing to do our lantern workshop. 100% of the money does support our charity work in the local community. Out of our 250 plus reviews your comments are the first of this kind, so I think that speaks volumes. Our customers have found our 3 minute video about our project work and the disabled makers who make... More 

Angaston, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I spent a wonderful hour & a half making a lantern at Lifestart in Hoi An. Our teacher was fantastic! She spoke impeccable English having spent a year working in Melbourne. S Her instructions were clear and she helped us with any tricky bits so that we came away with a gorgeous lantern. In between our crafting she told us... More 

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Thank cathy80k
KarenHoiAn, General Manager at Lifestart Foundation Workshop, responded to this review

Dear Cathy, Thank you so much for your review. Your positive comments are truly appreciated. I will pass on your compliments to your teacher Dung, we think she is great too! Safe travels, Karen More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

We went for a free language lesson and it was really good and the teacher was lovely , really enthusiastic and encouraging . Great to support such a worth while cause , tempted by the free tea tasting and took home done delicious jasmine tea, Incense and chop sticks

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

Thank you for your great review and feedback. I will be sure to pass this on to your teacher. We really appreciate your support. Enjoy the rest of your holiday. Best Wishes, Karen More 

Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

After reading a few reviews and looking at a number of lantern making options I opted for Lifestart's workshop keen to support the foundation. My husband wasn't interested in the workshop making me a solo participant, however, for a reasonable price I was able to have a private workshop. I was unsure how that would be, perhaps too intense in... More 

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

Thank you so much for your support and taking the time to write this lovely review Deb, we really appreciate your feedback and I will be sure to pass your comments on to Dung your teacher. Sincerely, Karen More 

Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

This is a lovely little gift shop that sells many goods made by the disadvantaged. We purchased quite a few things including Helen, the sock creature made by Nhung, a girl who contracted polio when she was 3. I think we will save this little stuffy for our future daughter/son when we have one 😍. We also purchased a few... More 

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

Thank you so much for your lovely review. Your purchases at our workshop are sincerely appreciated and definitely will have a direct impact on helping the most marginalized in this community. Best Wishes, Karen More 

Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

This was the most fantastic experience that we have ever done! Not only do you make lanterns where your money is 100% donated to the foundation ... You also get to meet the woman making items for the shop that will benefit from your contributions. Best hour and a half spent on our holiday for an amazing opportunity and a... More 

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

Thank you so much for your wonderful review of our workshop and lantern making class. We very much appreciate that you took the time to write this for us. Safe travels Karen More 

Bunbury, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

The Lifestart Foundation is a non-profit making enterprise with the aim of helping disadvantaged Vietnamese people to obtain a better life and become self sufficient. As such, it is a very worthy cause to support. Upon entering the shop, you are greeted by one of the staff, who explains a little of the aim of the Foundation to you. This... More 

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

Dear John, Thank you for your review. We are disappointed to hear that you felt our products were a little expensive. This is the first comment of this nature that we have had in 246 reviews. Our products are hand made by disabled and disadvantaged people. Each product takes an extraordinary amount of time to complete due to the nature... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

Went on a tour and made a lantern and painted a card. Now I'm sure I will never be a Picasso! The lantern making was more successful, all though I think I walked out on a high due to the smell from the glue! The products on sale were well made and it was great to see what a difference... More 

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

Sincere thanks for your positive review of our lantern making class and painting class it is very much appreciated. Also glad to hear that you valued the quality of our products and our project work. Thank you again for taking the time to write a review. Best Wishes, Karen. More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

We took part in a morning's workshop, first learning to paint in local style & then making a mini lantern. Novices at both sessions, but the teachers were very informative & made the classes fun, including giving information about life in Vietnam & the Lifestyle foundation. Definitely worth attending.

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

Thank you for participating in our Traditional Painting and Lantern making classes. I will pass on your comments to our teachers who will be very pleased to hear your positive feedback. We sincerely appreciate your support and the time you have taken to write a review for us. Best Wishes Karen More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016 via mobile

The shop exudes colour, light and a wonderful artistic feel with beautiful goods of bright hand drawn illustrations in quality cloth in the form of purses, children's toys, bags and a tea tasting area. Enthusiastic sales assistants that focus on making you feel comfortable and the background to this operation includes scholarships awarded to students that would normally not be... More 

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

Hi Nanette, WOW thanks so much for such a wonderful review. We really appreciate the support, your feedback and your recommendation to future visitors! Safe travels Karen More 

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