Experiencing Puer Tea Processing in RedDao Region

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founded in 2016
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High­lights

Opportunities to discover lot of fantastic mountain scenery over the whole area, practice indigenous knowledge of hill-tribes.
Experience tea processing in mountainous of Baiyue tribes where tea is grow "wild" and is harvested by the local people, then bring unique tea gifts back your home
Learning about tea sector, it may good for a startup business when back home (why not!)
Help with social impacts of local enterprise and bring back your home with many unique tea gifts for free!
Become member of Baiyue Tea club and seasonal tea receiving when you back home
Experience the mountainous of Baiyue tribes where tea is grown "wild" and is harvested by the local people, explore and contribute to the social impact for hill tribes This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

Our region is considered as homeland of snow shan tea where the tea plant has its origins. In here, there are still many mountains where tea grows "wild" and is harvested and owned by the Red Yao, Tay, H'mong , Clao, La Chi, Nung people, the people is belong to Baiyue tribes. These people live in small and peaceful villages in the upper mountains; harvest and produce their precious tea from generation to generation. 

Tea house of Baiyue tribes is for the collaboration of open-minded individuals, groups in pursuit of the the truth and fascinating facts about the Baiyue tribes who hold numbers of wisdom indigenous knowledge through tea and unique Social customs

Our mission is to inspire tea lovers to become advocates for our planet’s natural resources, cultural treasures, and local communities through wild ancient tea mountain of Baiyue tribes. We tackle the deep-rooted issues and some of the most complex challenges that both our tribes and tea lovers on worldwide are facing through established the partnership between stakeholders.

We partner with ethical, responsible organizations  to protect the ancient shan tea trees of Baiyue tribes that make our world so inspiring  through Bayue Tea Club. 

We design experiencing program that allow you an authentic, meaningful, and inspiring experience. Over the course of your experiencing, you may be asked to take part in a variety of tasks according to the needs of the season.  Generally, you will be expected to be able to work independently on components of tasks below:

  • Improve the capacity for farmers in ancient Snow Shan tea villages by introducing livelihood models base their indigenous knowledge, include tea, develop these diversified livelihoods models
  • Enhance knowledge on the role of ancient Snow Shan tea trees for the income and food security of hill tribes, reduces poverty and increases resilience to the expected impact of climate change.
  • Focus on building entrepreneurial capacities of local youth to exploit business opportunities, empowering them to start up local businesses and work off their own skill sets.

Take part in our program, you will have opportunities to discover lot of fantastic mountain scenery over the whole area, practicing in indigenous knowledge of hill-tribes. Moreover, you have been drawn to this program for more varied reasons: it is not only to learn skills in tea but also they can start a business back home (why not!)

Typical day

Typical day description: Typically, you will work eight hours a day, four days a week.  Work will generally be Monday through Thursday, from 8:00AM until 5:00PM. 
7:00 AM: Breakfast + Morning wakeup tea drinking
8:00 AM - 11.30AM: Group working + Energy tea drinking
11:30 AM-13:00: Lunch time + Fermented tea drinking (for digestive)
13:00 - 17:00 : Group working +  Energy tea drinking

17:00 - 22:00: Dinner and rest time + Tea party (option teas)

Depending on the specialty of your skill set, this will likely involve working in house ( documenting: texts, photos, audio-visual content: tea products of Baiyue tribes in your language, improving/updating our social media page, brochure, etc., blogging about tea and Baiyue culture, Research and contact relevant online media outlets such as blogs, podcasts and magazines ) or at a similar designated space (work with local tea start-up, local tea youtubers ).  At times, you may be asked to help with physical labor, including but not limited to tea picking, make fermented tea products (Bamboo Tube Roasted tea, Puerh Tea Cakes, Peony tea, White tea, Red tea, etc.), make traditional paper from bamboo, straw. cooking, help with events for visitors and field education workshops for local youth, etc.

Please be prepared for the level of fitness this work requires and have appropriate clothing available for such work conditions. Also note that, depending on the season, it can be hot, humid, and buggy.

Note that: WE DON'T WORK OUTSIDE IN RAINY DAY: There is a dizzying mix of weather here, some time it is rain for a halt of month, We are belong to citizen of Yin & Yang philosophical concept, Therefore we believe that working in the rain can cause slippery surfaces and limited visibility, but also affected with rheumatism disease. (there had some participants who complain about this cause, while he took part in our program  just  for a week, but it was rain foe whole that week!!! )



Free-time activities

Hiking to Holly mountain of Red Dao: Located more than two thousands metters above sea level, surrounded by terraced fields, further away were villages of Baiyue tribes.  From the peaks, you will see a sea of cloud around the mountain at sunrise the sky seems to be closer with so many clouds to nurture the imagination. Holly mountain of Red Dao with “the nine steps of cloud”. Here you can find many unique traditional cultural values of the Red Dao , Tay, H'mong, Nung people

Trekking around Hoang Su Phi terraced fields (recognized as national heritage), through the entire area you will pass huge areas of rice terraces, unspoilt nature and ethnic villages.

Dong Van Karst Global Geopark Loop tour, designated by UNESCO as one of 77 sites with the important geological and cultural heritage. This geopark is littered with the ethereal karst formations that are nearly 400 million years old, and has two protected areas.

Researching in Nam Dan Old Stone Filed, This thousand year-old stone field inside the valley of Nam Dan has not been known widely by the visitors, but the beauty of the runic symbols on the rocks is very fascinating, The rocks here are various in types and design. They bear marks of the traditional beauty of the old art, as well as weather-beaten traces after a thousand years. Each stone represents a legend of ethnic groups about religion and beliefs, and their worship to the God and Ancestors.
    Enjoy with Local Weekly Fair
    Rather than a trading place, this is more of cultural and communal activity. The market is held every Sunday. People come here to buy some groceries, but mostly, this is the place for young people to meet up and have fun.
        It looks like a festival more than a market. Therefore, boys and girls prepare to go to the market the night before in order to arrive on time. They try to look their best by putting on their most beautiful clothes. 

          Join to Shamanic, Ritual Events: 

          -The “Nhay lua” (fire jumping) ceremony of the Red Dao ethnic minority people in our region has been listed as a national intangible heritage.

          - Forest worship ceremony - special cultural heritage of Hmong, Nung, La Chi people: Apart from praying for a bumper crop and wealth, the forest worship ceremony of the Hmong, Nung, La Chi people here is also meant to cultivate a love for nature and the awareness of environmental protection in the community. 

          Shennong worship events: The Vietnamese have been living as descendants of the Shennong family since ancient times. In modern times we still drink fresh tea leafs as Shennong did. He also teached us about farming and is the first people who perform the plowing ceremony.  And we, Vietnamese, still perform the plowing ceremony during every lunar new year festival, thank giving for finish a crop with new rice products, both in families and national levels


          Swimming
          Sightseeing
          Shopping/
          Souvenirs
          Climbing
          Hiking
          Sports
          Yoga/
          Meditation

          Require­ments

          In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
          Language Skills
          You need to speak English (fluently)
          Education Requirements
          Any subject at University level
          Nationality Restrictions
          No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
          Other Skills
          -Fluently in English
          -Strong inter-personal skills, and experiences in working with a wide variety of people, cultural sensitivity,
          - Aware that the tolerance has been proposed as a necessary response to the global rise in cultural and religious diversity.
          -To be responsible and be disciplined.
          Time Commitment
          Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 13:30 - 17:30

          What's Included

          Services by Tea House Of Baiyue Tribes
          - Meals: We provide three meals per day (

          Meals for vegetarians vs vegans is available)

          - Drinking: With many different kinds of Tea 

          - Accommodation: We are providing dormitory (with well equipped furniture, strong wifi, clean toilet, hot water by wood fire boiling )

          - Herbal bath: Restoratives are used to recuperate from illness, increase their appetite and build their resistance to disease. Local people are also very famous for their herbal bath. Drinking restoratives and having a herbal bath helps pregnant women recuperate after giving birth. The ingredients for medicines are plentiful within their natural environment and there is a great variety, including herbs in the forest

          Participants are responsible for covering all costs associated with their travel to our place, along with visa, costs.

          Accommodation

          All volunteers will live in dormitory with well equipped furnitures, strong wifi, clean toilet, hot water by wood fire boiling
          Locals and participants will prepare meals daily with meat and vegetarian options. 

          Participants will be housed in a space just close the mountain from our tea house. There are two bedrooms rooms available, as well as a traditional kitchen space, and shared washing and bathing facilities. 

          You should be aware before hand that this is a rather rustic setting (Please refer to these photos to get some idea of the space). During warmer seasons you should be prepared to see bugs around the yard (because they are friends), and other various forms of wildlife have been known to pass through on occasion throughout the year. During the winter it can get quite chilly, though you will be provided with good heating units for your room. We do ask that you help by keeping the space clean during your stay.

          Guesthouse
          Food & Beverages

          Food:

          Local foods in seasonal: Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest cuisines in the world and this is due in part to a balance of nutrients like carbohydrates, fat, protein, minerals, and water., f I were to use one word to describe our traditional food, it would be “balance”. Balance is important in different aspects of its food like taste, nutrients, and presentation, and it does so by paying attention to five elements per aspect.

          You will be noticed this Yin and Yang in Vietnamese food when you here

          Drinks: We drink filter water not very often. We drink tea everyday, any time of the day with green tea, fresh leaves tea and for no specific reason. 

          Drinking tea is a custom in our culture, called "Tea To Talk". 

          The art of tea drinking in Việt Nam is simple but elegant, with features that are hard to find anywhere else in the world.

          Drinking tea is a daily habit of Vietnamese, we must start a new day with some cups of tea in the morning to get more power for the whole day.

          But bottles of filter water will be available if you require!

          Internet Access
          Good access at the project site
          What's NOT included?
          Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
          Flight Tickets
          The nearest airport is Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) in Hanoi. We assist you to find cheap flights to Vietnam.
          Travel Insurance
          Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Vietnam provides security and is a plus to have.
          Vaccines
          If you are intending to volunteer in Vietnam you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Vietnam.

          Dates & Fees

          NO CREDIT CARD FEES

          Details on arrival

          Participants can join our program throughout the year, we always manage to work with four tea seasons per year and sustainable livelihood jobs with smallholder tea farmers.

          All participants must attend 3 orientation days about local culture, human and activities of program, the orientation days will be hold on Monday, Tue, Wed of the first and Third weeks of every months, therefore you need to arrive on these time.

          Here is the bus info from Hanoi to Ha Giang. The busses leave at the following times:

          08h30-10h05-10h15-14h30, 8h20-10h30, 13h00

          From Ha Giang bus station, you need to take 4 hours long local bus to reach the Red Dao "Capital"


          Availability
          Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
          Duration
          1 - 24 weeks

          Program fees

          Costs: Prices in USD
          1 week (min. stay)
          $400
          2 weeks
          $450
          3 weeks
          $500
          4 weeks
          $550
          5 weeks
          $600
          6 weeks
          $650
          7 weeks
          $700
          8 weeks
          $750
          9 weeks
          $800
          17 weeks
          $1,082
          24 weeks (max. stay)
          $1,489
          Average fees
          $231 /week

          Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Tea House Of Baiyue Tribes will let you know about the final price during your application process.
          Deposit (15%)
          The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
          Final Payment (85%)
          Your final payment will be agreed with Tea House Of Baiyue Tribes during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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