Help the local community in Sapa by doing volunteer work to learn and truly experience authentic local culture by joining their daily life activities.
Would you like to travel to a different country and experience its cultures and beautiful landscapes more deeply than you are on a normal vacation? This will be the best placement for you. This unique program is designed for volunteers to share experiences with the local community. You can immerse yourself in local lifestyle by staying with local people. Moreover, the program brings participants a meaningful educational program combined with socially and environmentally conscious business, sustainable tourism options which are authentic. You can help to improve the living standard of local ethnic minority groups and developing unique cultural exchange. Finally, you can have a chance to trek around Sapa to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and meet friendly locals.
What does the project do?
The hill-tribe groups of Vietnam are a collection of diverse, exotic communities. Despite the natural beauty of their environment they have some of the lowest standards of living, health and education in the country. Many young people from these communities do not attend school and begin working at a very young age. VVS organizes workcamps with meaningful volunteer program to help local people and bring volunteers unforgettable experience of the real life with totally different cultures and lifestyles of ethnic minorities in the Northern Vietnam by staying and working with local villagers.
The project is meaningful experience for the participants to make a difference to help the local community and protect the environment. The activities in the project are mainly operated by both Vietnamese and International volunteers in Northern Vietnam. Furthermore, there are a number of places which should be covered by trees; Volunteers will help with planting trees. It is a good chance to organize a campaign call “Environmental Conservation”. Cultural exchange by communicating between volunteers and local people will help the minority ethnic people learn more about different cultures all over the world. It makes a great impact for locals to change their life positively.
Day 1: Arrival at Hanoi.
Vietnamese volunteers will pick you up from the airport and take you to the hotel. You are at leisure in a hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. Going for a walk to explore the bustle and hustle of the Old Quarter of Hanoi on your own or watching unique art form in Vietnam dated back 10th century called Water Puppet Show
Day 2: Hanoi/Lao Cai.
In the morning, Vietnamese volunteers will take you to see Vietnam’s capital city with the considerable palaces such as Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum,Temple ofLiterature, and Ethnology Museum for an overview of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups in anticipation of your trip to Sapa. After lunch, you’ll have time to visit the serene Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest in Hanoi, on the banks of Hanoi’s Ho Tay (West)Lake. After that you will have dinner and board an overnight sleeper train at the 8.30 pm to Lao Cai. (Local transportation : Bus)
Day 3: Try the Giay ethnic minority’s lifestyle in Sapa.
Picked up at Lao Cai train station early in the morning by van. Arrive at Sapa round 8:00 AM; Relax and have breakfast at Sapa Town. Start trekking at 10h30am to get to Ta Van village. Enjoy panoramic view of villages among terraces. Visit the H’mong living in wooden and bamboo houses. Stay overnight in Tavan village at a Dzay family.
Day4- 5: Preserve natural resources Sapa.
Every morning, plant tree as a contribution to the re-forestation of Ta van Village. Afternoon, trekking to some places such as waterfall and Cloud Bridge, Lao Chai village to see daily life activities as well as experience local culture and tradition of black H’Mong ethnic group.
Day 6- 7/14: Work with local people
Help local people to harvest and disseminate experience in producing, processing and storing agricultural products. If time permits, you can go fishing and relax at the springs near the village and enjoy beautiful sightseeing of ancient stone age near Ta van village. You can also you trek around the village with natural beauty, meet friendly locals and experience the first-hand in helping homestay owner with preparing dinner, which is really interesting experienced for you to learn more about local cuisines.
Day 8/ 15: Visit the town
Visit Sapa Town go shopping and visit Ham Rong mountain where you have an overview of Sapa town.
17h00: leave Sapa for Lao Cai station, have dinner in the restaurant, and then get on the night train, soft sleeper back to Hanoi.
5h00 a.m: arrive in Hanoi, our guide will pick up and drop you off at your hotel. Workcamp ends.
A variety of activities will be operated by volunteers in flexible working timetables working 4 hours per day. You may like to explore beautiful landscapes as well as experience the local way of life on your own at your leisure. You can also advise them how to improve their life skills, and bring them more opportunities for better lives among the community.
You are free on the weekend.
Trekking to a remote area where the hill tribe village is located is highly a recommended free time activity. You also have a chance to see a day in the life of a local, enjoy beautiful natural landscape and interact with locals to learn more about their culture and tradition.
Recommended places to visit : Ham Rong Mountain, Lao Chai village, Cat Cat village, Sapa Waterfall.
Airport pick up at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi: You will be picked up at the airport by a driver and transferred to your hotel in Hanoi. He will hold up a printed sign with your name on it. Please double check your belongings before getting on and getting off the car to make sure that you don't forget anything.
You will have your own dorm bed in a communal house. You will be living amongst locals in their home to experience the life of a Vietnamese family. You’ll live, eat, work & cook with locals. The accommodation is really comfortable with Wi-Fi, hot showers, western toilets and basic amenities. Don’t expect too much of the homestay.
Vietnam features one of the most diverse and tasty cuisines in the world, and you can expect to eat simply but well during your placement. Every day, you receive breakfast, lunch and dinner cooked by homestay owner who will prepare a wide-range of Vietnamese dishes exclusively for the volunteers.