Help locals in Sapa to preserve natural environment

Aug 26, 2012 - No Comment - Categories: Projects.

Program Information

  • Duration : 2 week+
  • Placement fee : 590 USD/person
  • Location : Sapa Vietnam
  • Type of placement : Volunteer work for farm
  • Arrival airport : Noi Bai Airport
  • Available : During the year
  • Age : 18+

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Activities : Help locals in Sapa by doing volunteer work to learn and truly experience authentic local culture by joining their daily life activities such as  helping them prepare the meal, planting trees and vegetables and feeding animals. You also can  experience village life, breath fresh air by trekking to see local people from several ethnic groups, local houses, many kinds of flowers, trees, animals and so on. Especially, enjoying the beautiful landscapes in Sapa. That’s ll about the project “Help local community in Sapa to preserve natural environment”


Camp 1:

 October  15 – October  30, 2016

Camp 4:

 June  1 – June  15, 2016

Camp 2:

 December  1 – December  15, 2016

Camp 5:

 July 5 – July 20, 2016

Camp 3:

 April  1 – April 15, 2016

Camp 6:

 October  15 – October 30, 2016

Help locals in Sapa placement overview

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?
“Help locals in Sapa to preserve environmental nature”  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.


  • Joining daily life activities of local people such as  preparing the meal, planting trees and vegetables and feeding animals.
  • Enjoy peaceful life and fresh air
  • Experiencing  warm hospitality of a host family
  • Trekking to remote and wondrous ethnic village
  • Seeing amazing natural landscapes and explore the authentic local culture of ethnic minorities groups
  • What our projects say
  • The volunteers do great jobs on community development and environment conservation.
  • The project  makes a great impression for volunteers especially for  those doing long-term project.
  • We have a main focus on international volunteers
  • It is a great time for international volunteers to experience  Vietnamese minority ethnic group, cultural exchange and explore beautiful scenery in the North of Vietnam.

See suggested itinerary of “help locals in Sapa” placement

Dates, durations of stay, activities are flexible. – You can customize your schedule.

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: 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.
Day 7: Help local people to harvest and disseminate experience in producing, processing and storing agricultural products. If having flexible time, you can 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:  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: arriveHanoi, our guide will pick up and drop you off at your hotel. Workcamp ends.

Price : $590/person for  8 days

$730/ person for 2 weeks and $160 for 1 additional week

Placement fee includes:

VVS’s placement fee includes the following:

  • o Registration fees
    o Written materials pre-departure
    o Facilitating a volunteer experience in program site that specifically meets your needs
    o Accommodation: Dorm bed accommodation in a house with a few others, communal areas,
    o Food: 3 meals per day
    o Transport to and from work where required
    o Round trip transfer Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi by bus (approximately five and a half hours)
    o Assisting with local transport and providing advice on public transport routes
    o Airport meet and greet service
    o Complete English preparation and orientation information pack
    o Advice, assistance, and guidance before, during, and after your stay
    o Support: 24-hour support from on-site coordinator
    o Assistance with planning your weekend excursions from local staff
    o Visa
    o All flights
    o Travel & health insurance
    o Transfer back to airport at conclusion of program
    o First night accommodation in Hanoi
    o Vaccinations,
    o In-country trips and tours
    o Souvenirs
    o Personal expenses
    o Other services not mentioned above


What does the Help locals in Sapa project 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.

Why we need volunteer?
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.

Main activities
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.

Special requirement

It is very important that all volunteers are willing to work with minority ethnic people! Volunteers must be highly motivated which is the first and the most important reason for volunteer.
Volunteers must be over 18 years old. They can be either university studies (a degree is not necessary) or have relevant working experience.
We also advise that you have a reasonable level of fitness in order to take part in all activities.

The school welcomes support and donations from volunteers due to the poor condition. For example, providing study materials such as pens, books, notebooks, toys, and something good for students. You’d better bring a guidebook or something similar  to introduce your country to students so that they will have a better understandings of your country as well as knowledge of the outside world


You will have your own dorm bed in a communal house. You will be living amongst local in the homestay to experience a day in the life of a Vietnamese family. You’ll live, eat, work & cook with locals.  it is really comfortable accommodation with WIFI, hot shower, western toilet and basic amenities. Don’t expect too much on 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.

Sapa View

Sapa View.

Akiko hole up ground

Akiko hole up ground.

Breaking bamboo shoot

Breaking bamboo shoot.

plant vegetable

plant vegetable.

Akiko prepare lunch

Akiko prepare lunch.

break morning glory

break morning glory.

water vegetable

water vegetable.

Akiko in Sapa

Akiko in Sapa.

taking a rest

taking a rest.

Akiko have lunch with local

Akiko have lunch with local.

It is not possible to book directly online and completing this form does not mean your booking has been confirmed. Our volunteer coordinator will contact you with a quotation as soon as possible.

You can also call our expert coordinator on +84 974 313 104 Mr David Nguyen (English and Vienamese) to apply for a volunteer program.
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