Mai Chau Vietnam Volunteer Adventure

Mai Chau Vietnam Volunteer Adventure Trip

Location: Mai Chau, Vietnam

Start Date: Flexible for private group

End Date: Flexible for private group

Topic: Agriculture, Farming, Construction

Type of work: Building toilet, farming, handicraft making

Number of volunteers: 10

Age range: 18 – 60 years old

Participation fee: $525

Single supplement: $95

PROJECT INFORMATION of Mai Chau Vietnam Volunteer Adventure

Where?

Mai Chau town seems to be a pearl of Hoa Binh Province. Situated in a magnificent valley 150 km northwest of Hanoi, Mai Chau is home to the Thai minority people who live in remarkable wooden stilt houses. The rolling hills with their beautiful rice terraces are ideal for walking. The verdant and rugged mountain scenery combined with the colourful local population makes this an unforgettable experience.

What?

We are seeking participating schools, university and community service groups to fund and build specific
community development projects within rural villages. All projects undergo a strict needs analysis process and local staff work closely with community leaders to ensure projects are planned, implemented and evaluated successfully. Potential projects that have been identified through community needs analysis process include:

  1. Resident place construction for underprivileged household
    2. Water-well construction
    3. Village water filter improvement
    4. Toilet sanitary construction for regional high school or extremely poor household
    5. Kindergarten & elementary school construction
    6. Village library & resource centre
    7. Livestock improvement scheme
    8. Give local people knowledge of personal and public hygiene
    9. Help the villager to promote sales for handicraft product

During the community work we encourage taking an active role in village life. You also can help local people with farming work like cutting rice in the harvest, watering. Mai Chau people are warm and welcoming ­ with just a smile and a willingness to help out. You can form true bonds with your new friends in just days. By expressing a genuine interest in their culture you will also be giving the most valuable gift you could give, helping them rebuild cultural pride lost in the face of modernization.

In addition to the volunteer work there are opportunities to visit local schools, a community health clinic and learn about the traditional crafts. Your time participating in this program will provide a clear understanding of social, educational and health related issues facing hill tribes in Mai Chau. In this way you will touch and experience this country in a way very few foreigners are able.

Mai Chau hill tribe experience can be customized for each group’s needs and desires. Please contact us to discuss how you can be involved.

Project name: Building toilets for locals in Chieng Chau

Project venue: Chieng Chau Commune, Mai Chau District, Hoa Binh Province. The commune is 2km from Mai  Chau Town. It takes about 10 minutes biking. Almost people there are Thai ethnic minority.
The village can be accessed by passing a small river with hanging wooden bridge. It takes only 5 minutes walking from the main road to the village.

School information: 

The toilet is in very bad condition: leaky, very small space. Due to a lack of adequate funding, renovations and new toilets are needed.

Project goal: this project will be building a toilet for a local family

Project work:

  • Digging soil foundation and removing the soil
    • Buying new bricks, steel wire, cement,…
    • Mixing sand, rock and cement…
    • Bending the steel wire to foundation
    • Digging holes
    • Watering

Optional project: Assisting the local people in planting vegetables
Project Funding (secured)
1. Building toilet for local family:  US$ 1500
SUGGESTED ITINERARY

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival – Hanoi city tour (Optional)

Taking 4 hours scenic drive from Hanoi to Mai Chau. Upon your arrival, free at leisure or take a half day city exploring tour

Day 2 – 9: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Service learning – Extracurricular activity (B, L, D)

Service learning at project site:

• Construction

• Farming project Extracurricular activities:

• Embroidery class

• Bamboo rafting

• Traditional dancing class

• Cooking class

Day 10: Cycling trip to Lac Village – Mai Chau Gala dinner with bonfire (B, L, D)

You will enjoy cycling trip to Lac village before joining Gala dinner with a bonfire

Day 11: Handover ceremony – Hanoi (B, L, D)

Last day at the project site, handover ceremony before departing to Hanoi

Day 12-13: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L, D) Optional

2-day 1 night cruise to enjoy the World Heritage site – Halong Bay

Day 14: Departure (B)

Airport transfer – End of service

Tour includes:

• Accommodation at local homestay (project sites) & based on twin share room in Hanoi (03 nights)

• Meals as indicated (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)

• English speaking local guide

• Tours and transfers by air-conditioned vehicle

• Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time

• Service charge and current government VAT tax
• Halong bay tour 2 days 1 night
• Gift to local family on the handover day

Tour excludes:

• Vietnam Visa

• VISA stamp fee at the arrival airport (US$45.00 pay at custom check-in)
• Drink and personal expenses

• Flight tickets to Vietnam

• Early/late check in/out service at hotels (surcharge if request)

• Tipping

• Services and Meals and Drinks other not mentioned in itinerary

• Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature

• Travel Insurance (Compulsory)

Thank you for choosing Vina Volunteer Service and have a nice trip!

NOTE:

This is a sample itinerary, Vina Volunteer Service can customize Mai Chau Vietnam volunteer adventure trip to suite your needs. Please contact us for further assistance