Volunteer with V4D
Our business focuses on education, responsible tourism and local indigenous knowledge conversation.
What We Need
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.
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.
We are happy to welcome volunteers who are willing to bring extensive experience to our program with an independent and altruistic approach that guarantees effective and authentic skills transfer and mentoring. Please consider yourself as responsible travelers to worthwhile causes and with our social impact.
Volunteers can help us with:
- Supporting vocational training program for youth, help develop local business, equipping youth with the skills and knowledge.
- Promoting tea products & responsible tourism services for local.
- Help with conversation program for local indigenous knowledge.
When & Who
What we Provide
A long-term volunteer (three month+) doesn't have to pay any fee. Meals & accommodation are covered by our organisation.
We offer accommodation in traditional Vietnamese houses built with wood and bamboo, topped with palm-thatched roofs. Far from loud music and noisy horns, come here to relax and enjoy the beautiful rural scenery! Learn how to cook and share a meal with your new family. You could go trekking to other hill tribe villages or through spectacular roads.
Guests can access the whole house, especially the beautiful garden. Access to the ancestors altar is however restricted.
We can help you arrange other activities in the village, like a traditional herbal bath, weaving teaching, a day in the farmer's shoes, guided trekking and motorbike trips with local guides. Also, since there is an ongoing teaching program for underprivileged people, you could help volunteers during your free time.
Guests are welcomed to help prepare the meals and learn about Tay cuisine, eat their meals with the family, interact with other villagers.
Meals: We provide for all volunteer with three vegetarian meals per day for free (We are vegetarian organization with common foods: rice, corn, tofu, beans, seasonal vegetables, condiment and some time we cook fright egg. All kinds of green tea are available for free too.
- Accommodation: We are providing dormitory (with well equipped furnitures, strong wifi, clean toilet, hot water) for volunteers who can commit stay to help us more than one month
Therefore short-term volunteers (less than one month), we charge a very reasonable fee of $9 per day per person for this program. (These limited time not allow your good intentions that you miss the bigger picture of us. Please consider yourself as RESPONSIBLE TRAVELLERS to worthwhile causes and with our social impact, your time will allow you to have a more meaningful and immersive Tea sector & cultural experience than you would on a normal vacation)
More Services we Offer
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.
Take part in our program, volunteers will have opportunities to discover lot of fantastic mountain scenery over the whole area, learn about local indigenous knowledge of hill-tribes. Moever, volunteers 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!)
Other destinations you could visit from here:
- Quan Ba heaven gate in Ha Giang (50 km north of Ha Giang town).
- H'Mong King palace in Ha Giang (about 125 km from Ha Giang town).
- Ma Pi Leng pass (about 165 km from Ha Giang town).
-Hoang Su Phi terrace rice field
-Dong Van global geopark
Other Ways to Help
Books, pens, any monetary donations are always welcomed. Possibly before you leave your country you might like to conduct a small fundraiser to help these teenagers.
Additional Info about Us
Volunteers can 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
-Implementing marketing strategies for fair trade products (for long term volunteers)
-Making documentary film about natural organic tea mountain of local tribes to promote tea products & responsible tourism services for local;
We are an official social enterprise located in the north of Vietnam which is established under Vietnam Enterprise Law and operate as a commercial organization but must commit to investing at least 51% of annual profit in registered social or environmental goals. Our enterprise commits to reinvest the entire profit generated to improve sustainable livelihood for local ethnic minority youth and local indigenous knowledge conservation.
Our business focus on education, responsible tourism and local indigenous knowledge conversation.
A long-term volunteers is considered as an expertise, advisor. Therefore candidates must have the following qualifications, essential skills, and experience:
- Business and management.
- Fluency in English.
- Experience in communications, marketing and media.
- Community and social development.
- Education and training.
- Information technology.
- Trade skills.
- An ability to inspire and motivate others.
Tea picking, tea processing, teaching, garden work, feeding animals
We are an official social enterprise, located in the north of Vietnam. We were established under Vietnam Enterprise Law and thus operate as a commercial organisation, but must also commit to investing at least 51% of annual profit in registered social or environmental goals. Highland CDS social enterprise commits to reinvest the entire profit generated to improve sustainable livelihood for local ethnic minority youth and local indigenous knowledge conservation.