You will be caring for our gardens (growing, picking and cleaning) and depending on the season, plant rice, corn, peanuts and many more ..
About the Program
Farming is the main professional activity in Vietnam.
Vietnamese mostly plant rice, corn and peanuts in North of Vietnam.
Planting rice has a very meticulous and time-taking process to ensure the quantity of actual rice produced.
It is also a physically challenging activity that every Vietnamese who owns a rice field has to go through. Almost every family in North Vietnam has its own rice fields and use all man power they can to help go through the long and hard process of planting and harvesting rice since everything is done manually. From 10 years old to when they are still capable of standing on their feet, people here do not have an alternative.
This program is important because it would allow these families to benefit from volunteers' workforce in the planting process. It's an interesting way for local people to share their farming skills and at the same time taking some of the weight off their shoulders.
The planting happens shortly after lunar new year, in February and its harvesting in late September, beginning of October.
These two periods are crucial moments for the local people who hope each season will be more productive than the one before as rice is their first source of income and is also their daily core dish.
In this program the role of the volunteer is to participate in every farming activity. The volunteer will be staying in a traditional mountain stilt house in Ban Dang Village, 30km away from Hà Giang. There are about 30 houses in this village, electricity is running but we don't have internet access for the moment. You will be shown how to make hot water for showers/ baths and we have a proper bathroom. You will be working at the house in the gardens or at the village in the rice fields. Depending on our schedule, Ngu and myself will be working with you or if we are busy you will assist his family in the farming process.
Depending on the season, you will have the opportunity to learn about this process and experience planting, harvesting or caring for the fields (rice, corn, peanuts or tea). We are expecting around 5 hours of work per day but this will be flexible as every day is different in the mountain and activities generally rely on the weather!
You will not need any special equipment a part from appropriate clothing (shorts, sneakers, socks).
If you are mosquitoes favorite meal, I advise you take some lotion on with you!
Volunteers will be caring for our gardens (growing, picking and cleaning) and depending on the season, plant rice, corn, peanuts and many more ..
Some daily farm tasks add up to the volunteer program as your help in the fields will mainly be needed in the afternoon.
In the morning, you can enjoy some free time before feeding the pigs and caring for the garden (from 9am to 11am).
We will have lunch together, take a small nap and head to the fields until the end of the day (from 2pm to 5pm).
Located 320km to the north of Hanoi on the border with China, In many traveler’s eye, Ha Giang is the most attractive destination in the country, with the rocky plateau at Dong Van, the love market at Khau Vai, Heaven's Gate over the Quan Ba Pass and the friendly, colourful ethnic groups. Ha Giang province is the last to open to tourism and offers some of the most striking sceneries in Vietnam. Virgin forests, natural fortress mountains sculpted into terraces, rock formations plateaus split by breathtaking canyons.
These majestic landscapes shelter the largest diversity of ethnic minorities in Vietnam. Pure landscapes and cultures have been implemented a long time ago which eases the discovery of the real life and natural landscapes of Ethnic minorities in Ha Giang like H'mong people or Tay people.The area does not feel at all “touristy”. In that way it is entirely unlike Sapa. There is also virtually nothing to buy and no one is selling anything to tourists (unlike Sapa). We are highly recommended and please visit it before it becomes too popular! Every corner of the province is worth spending time to visit.
It is time to be a real motorbike diver if you want and it is time to get experience on two wheels first hand, get along small, windy and snaking roads in the mountains, where a beautiful region, full of legends awaits you.
The most famous rocky area of Ha Giang is Dong Van Rock Plateau, which is recognized by UNESCO as one of 77 geological parks in the world. Lung Cu hamlet lying inside Dong Van Rock Plateau is another indispensible destination as it marks the very northern tip of Vietnam by Lung Cu Flag Tower on Dragon Mountain.
Not only that, Ha Giang is a venue of fanciful natural caves such as Phuong Thien Cave, Chui Cave, Fairy Cave and Swallow Cave. Although all the caves offer wonderful scenery with fantastic shapes of stalactites, each one has its own story and traits. For example, legend says that fairies used to bathe in Fairy Stream inside Fairy Cave which is the source of its name.
Ha Giang is also well-known for its magnificent forests in which there are more than 1,000 species of different wood, drug trees as well rare animals like tigers, peacock or pangolin.
For this volunteer program, you will be staying in a traditional stilt house in the mountain.