Organic Farm in Vietnam
Immersing in primitive forest and peaceful countryside. Participants have the opportunity to experience authentic local culture by staying with locals as well as joining in their daily life activities. We also participate in organic farm work such as planting vegetables, cutting grass, fishing on the river, collecting snails on the rice field. Especially, we can enjoy the rustic beauty country side picture by travel activities such as hiking, biking, swimming, culture exchange…
Are you looking for a new travel style? Do you want to be insight into Vietnam? Do you want to experience organic farm work?
We are here to listen to your needs. We also give you a solution. We are operating project call “Organic farm in Vietnam”. The location of the project is in a variety of fields and types of organic farm such as: rice field, corn, mixed farm with many kind of fruits. For each season and each farm, we will run suitable activities for participants . There are so many people living on farms and in the countryside, growing their own food, selling agricultural products, and developing market in the local area. Volunteering and living with a local family is a fascinating way to immerse new culture without being a tourist . You also contribute for local community.
- Staying with an indigenous people as well as experiencing authentic local culture
- Being in homestay and helping local people do some farmworks such as planning & harvesting vegetables, cutting grass, fishing on the river, collecting snails on the rice field and playwing with buffalos.
- Immerse yourself in natural beauty
- Having fun with a variety of culture shows during the years.
- Admiring Vietnam countryside
- Experiencing warm hospitality of a local home stay
- Learning Vietnamese by practising with locals.
- Volunteers will help locals with a variety of farmworks.
- Volunteers will play a main role to make a difference by staying among local people.
- It is a great time for international volunteer to experience with Vietnamese people, learning Vietnamese, doing cultural exchange and taste new things and new life abroad.
Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi city (Noi Bai airport)
It is the first day you come to Vietnam joining in our project. VVS staff will pick you up from Noi Bai airport and take you to your hotel in Hanoi. You are free at leisure.
We will take a local bus to the homestay where it will be your home during your staying in our project. After that, you can take a rest. If this day still remains in working time, we will have a short orientation at the homestay for all needed procedure for your stay and get involved in the project.We will show you how to be safe in the trips. Then, you will have time to visit and say hello to local people, visit the field and staffs whom you will work with. The time for this will complete a day early and then you have time to discover surrounding area.
From Day 3 to the end of the duration (Working day only)
From Day 3, you will be working with full time support of Vietnamese staff members and will be involved in a variety of tasks that will be scheduled for you in every day. You will join in the farm works and help local people plan trees, vegetables, fishing on the river and feed the animals. Everything will be run smoothly if you are active working, it is very helpful for you to make a friendly way to work with local people, give them the best and you will be very happy to work with locals.
(Saturday & Sunday): This is the weekend and you are free at leisure.
It will be a flexible time for you to travel somewhere in Vietnam. It is very interesting for you to take a tour around the village and the forest by trekking or riding a bike. Bike for rent is available, and you can feel very convenient to take a tour.
In addition, if you want to travel other fascinating destination in Vietnam, VVS can also give the best advice where to go, what to do or offer best services for you. We ensure that you will be excited if you travel at the weekend because Vietnam is a fascinating, beautiful country. There are a lot of things to see or to do on your trip.
Your Final day
Have a small farewell party to say goodbye to all your new friends, take your final photos and pack full of souvenirs in your bag. You’ll get back Hanoi. Otherwise, you can stay for a further travel plan. The return transfer from your accommodation to Noi Bai airport is not covered within your project fee, VVS is able to make recommendations and help you arrange a transfer if necessary. You should budget approximately US$25 for this trip.
Placement fee includes:
VVS’s placement fee includes the following:
o Self-catering (budget approximately $60 per week)
o Registration fees
o Written materials abroad
o Written materials pre-departure
o Facilitating a volunteer experience in program site that specifically meets your needs
o Arranging secure, high quality, centrally located accommodation based on your budget.
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 In-country staff support
o 24/7 emergency support and assistance
Flights, Insurance, Visas, Return Airport transfer
Type of volunteer
o Economic Development
o Feasibility Studies
o Organic Farming
o Tree Planting
What does the project do?
This project entails at least 10 days work trip. Individuals, group work in a rural village assist families, local people. The project site will be the fields where the best place for agriculture is. This project brings a great opportunity to volunteer, especially for international volunteers to learn more about Vietnam – homeland of agricultural culture. Moreover, local people can learn from cultural exchange and the way they do the farm work with international volunteers whom they have met in their hometown for the first time. This project is also a good way not only for local people change their life but also for international volunteers change their mind and give a hand of help to support local community.
Role of volunteer
Volunteers play an important role in this project. The project aims to enlarge the organic farm and reduce environmental impact of pesticide. Through volunteer activities, we would like to start a campaign call “fresh safe product for using in organic farm”. If you have some experiences in farm work, it is great for us to share and make the farm product better and better. Through those activities, it not only produces good products, but also brings good environment and good time and skills, experiences for volunteers and local people.
What’s the project like?
This project is in a truly rural area in Vietnam. Spending your free time in a country side, enjoying fresh air every day and participating in wonderful farm work will be a good experience for you on the trip. Furthermore, fresh fruit, vegetable and animals are available for processing foods. Tasting this kind of foods will be unforgettable memories for you.
- No special equipment for this program. You just need a good health, love nature and discovery.
Mai Chau is located in Hoa Binh province, approximately 135 km from Hanoi and 60 km from Hoa Binh. From the top of Cun Mountain, one can admire the superb panorama of Mai Chau surrounded by a green valley and stilt houses. Many minorities, including the Thai ethnic group, live in Mai Chau.
Stilt houses border both sides of the roads. The houses are quite large with palm leaf roofs and polished bamboo-slat floors. The kitchen is located in the center of the house; the cooking as well as the making of the colorful tho cam, the material used by Thai minority to make their clothes, takes place in the kitchen. The windows are large and decorated with patterns. Each house also usually has a pond to breed fish.
The Sunday market brings a lot of people into town. People from different minorities living in the mountains come to Mai Chau market to sell their specific products: honey, bananas, corn, and tho cam made by skilled Thai women. The Sunday market is also an occasion to enjoy traditional Thai dishes and to participate in traditional dances.
Mai Chau can be a base for some trekking tours to the villages around, this is with homestay overnight on the traditional houses of the H’Mong and the Thai. Worth a guided trekking tour there, tourists especially enjoy the minority specialty dishes including rice cooked in bamboo and grilled meat. They also enjoy watching traditional dancing, music performances (bronze, drums, gongs), and Thai minority singing and dancing. The remote minority villages are attractive sites for tourists.
Activities and schedule
Activities and schedule will be set by VVS or the inquiries, suggestion from participants. The plan will be fixed before your departure. All of the activity plans will be sent and let participants know via email.
Project resources, advice and all support for activities on the trip will be provided by VVS and local support. Besides, you should prepare something nessesary for you participating in the trip.
There are four seasons in the North of Vietnam: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. It is really hot in Summer, cool in Autumn and warm in the Spring, and really cold in the winter. When you plan to go to Vietnam taking part in the project, you should check the time and weather.
Cameras, laptop will be very helpful for you to record all interesting things and memorable things. As you have free time, a book also helps you relax.
What type of accommodation will I be in?
You will share with others in a homestay. The accommodations are basic equipped amenities. This will be a good opportunity for you to taste local life style.
You can ask local family to cook for you otherwise you cook yourself. You should budget approximately $91 per week for food and homestay.
Things to bring from home
If you are working in the project between May and September, please ensure that you bring some short and cool clothes, and some warm clothes for some cold nights. Although the day light are usually bright and sunny, nights and early mornings can be cold.You can also bring trekking boot, sun block, hat, anti-insect repellent, sunglasses, rain coat, toiletries, original passport. Finally, don’t forget some books and other entertainment equipment for relaxing in the evenings.
- Petr and Farmers
Petr and Farmers
- Rice Field
- Catching snail
- Petr plays with buffalo
Petr plays with buffalo
- mai chau scenery
mai chau scenery
- Awesome Smile
- Catching sail
- Enjoy life
- Rice Field
- We are happy
We are happy