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 digital videos.

Social Media: Help to build and maintain social media channels engaging online users.

Social Work: Help the local community.

Teaching Languages: Give language lessons to guests or local community.


What you get

2 days off per week

Shared Dorm: Be ready to meet people while staying in a shared dorm.

Breakfast: Get your free breakfast, the most important meal of the day.

Lunch: Free lunch is served y'all, get yours!

Dinner: Have your free dinner before going to bed.

Cook your own meal: Feel free to prepare your own meal here

Discounts on Tours: Don’t miss a thing! Get discounts and enjoy your free time.

Free Laundry: There's a special place where all the clothes get cleaned for free.

Free Tours: Don’t miss a thing! Get free tours and explore.

Free Hiking Tours: Keep your feet moving! Get free hiking tours and exercise yourself.

Bikes at your disposal: Hop on my bike, baby! Free to use bicycles.

Pick Up: No worries! Get a free ride to get to our place.


Requirements

Intermediate English or Fluent English

Between 18 and 65 years old


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.