Experience in the mountains where tea grows wild!

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The Exchange

Ha Giang 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 by the local people. Ancient organic Shan tea mountains in Ha Giang are owned by the Red Yao, Tay, H'mong tribes. These tribes live in small and peaceful villages in the upper mountains; harvest and produce their precious tea from generation to generation.


What you offer

16 hours of help per week

Video Making: Create, edit and publish digital videos.

Social Media: Maintain and update social media channels.

Social Work: Help with volunteer work in local projects and communities.

Teaching Languages: Teach a language to guests or local communities.


What you get

2 days off per week

Shared Dorm: You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.

Breakfast: You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.

Lunch: You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.

Dinner: You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.

Discounts on Tours: Get discounts for tours and excursions around town.

Free Laundry: You can use our laundry room freely.

Free Tours: We’ll take you on tours and rides around town. For free!

Free Hiking Tours: We’ll take you on excursions and hikes around town. For free!

Bikes at your disposal: You can use our bikes any time you want.

Pick Up: We will pick you up when you arrive, and take you to our property.

Use our equipped kitchen: Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.


Requirements

Intermediate English or Fluent English

Over 18 years old

Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs


What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa


Program Details

The ancient Shan tea trees in Ha Giang have been recognized as national heritage trees, we focus on education, responsible tourism and local indigenous knowledge conversation. Aim to:
-Improving 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.
-Focusing on building entrepreneurial capacities of local youth to exploit business opportunities in relationship between tea and tourism, empowering them to start up local businesses and work off their own skill sets.


Activities & Shift

Please consider yourself as responsible travelers to worthwhile causes and with our social impact. Help us with:
-IT skills, developing technical skills and community project
-Supporting vocational training program, equipping youth with the skills and knowledge;
-Help with social media for Tea House
-Making documentary film about natural organic tea mountain of local tribes to promote tea products & responsible tourism services for local;
- Help with conservation program for local indigenous knowledge with every component of program.

All volunteers will live in dormitory with well equipped furnitures, strong wifi, clean toilet, hot water.
Locals and volunteers will prepare lunch and dinner daily with meat and vegetarian options.


Rules

Our tea house located at the gate of ancient Shan tea village, it is a colorful village with beautiful natural scenery at the foot of Tay Con Linh mountain (known as the roof of Northeast Vietnam). Here you can find many unique traditional cultural values of the Red Yao people. The ancestral tea trees have been recognised as heritage trees of Vietnam, their past woven into the tribe’s equally rich history of customs and traditions for thousands of years.