I have been offered the opportunity to volunteer at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam this upcoming year. My mother is Vietnamese, and it has always been a dream of mine to spend a prolonged period of time in her home country. Learning the language, better understanding the culture, and traveling solo are just a few of the many reasons why I want to go. After searching through SDN, however, I am worried about going, because I don't want the experience to come across as 'voluntourism' in my applications. Volunteering at the hospital is a way for me to keep adding clinical experience to my resume while enabling me to live abroad. Does anyone have recommendations on what I can do to ensure that I can go to Vietnam to develop personally while not sabotaging my app by having the experience come across negatively? There are some other options I can also consider while in Vietnam including obtaining a TEFL and teaching English or volunteering with some local NGOs.