Ecotourism & Community development internship

Ecotourism & Community development internship

Program Infomation

  • Type of volunteer : Internship
  • Duration : 2 weeks - 3 months
  • Placement fee : 950 USD/ person for 2 first weeks, 315 USD/person for an extra week
  • Location : Mai Chau, Vietnam
  • Type of placement : Ecotourism Intership
  • Arrival airport : Noi Bai Airport
  • Available : During the year
  • Age : 18+
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Ecotourism community development internship offers a great opportunity for those who want to get practical skills & experiences by doing real task

Stay in the local community, assisting local organization and families in doing business in the eco-tourism sector in terms of online marketing and quality & service improvement ; discover diversity in nature and people in the mountainous area; conduct your internship by real tasks and gain real work experiences in an area with pristine beauty and biodiversity. It’s all activities you can join in “Ecotourism community development internship”

Overview of Ecotourism Community Development Internship

Are you wondering where to go for your real experience of your study and your future career? How can you combine both volunteering to help local community and traveling ? “Ecotourism & Community Development internship” is the best choice for you. Via this project, participants will take a research trip in a hill-tribe village and its surroundings in the  Northwest Vietnam which is the most pristine beauty and biodiversity as well. Staying in a homestay with a local host family  working right on site in the tranquil settings, and experiencing all kinds of eco-tours  with local people’s support, you will have a fulfilling experience in your study, and it also give you creative ideas in order to help locals develop their own business.


• Conducting your research smoothly at the workplace

• Carrying out your research and achieving your research goals.

• Improve your writing skills by writing blogs and social media posts

• Have the opportunity to take photographs, produce video footage and may be able to conduct interviews with guests who stay in the homestay

• Travel off the beaten path to remote areas of the fascinating Mai Chau.

• Helping hand for community development

• Online marketing : Social media, SEO, Email marketing, Advertising, Promotion, Sales, PR and copy writing

• In term of personal benefits, you will stay in a new country and experience on new life, meet new friends and gain an in-depth understanding into local culture and traditions. Immerse yourselves in beautiful nature, doing cultural exchange and experience a new lifestyle.


What the project says

• Our mission is to offer a worthwhile internship program for youth all over the world, particularly, giving  opportunities for students to experience with a real woking environment related to their field of study, challenge them with practical tasks and learn from case studies in a new land where they will be working with new people.

• We aim to  offer a good chance for volunteer to gain for personal development, develop their and profession.

• We also carry out the mission of  helping locals by giving volunteer’s initiative ideas from their research to improve eco-tourism and community development to locals


See brief schedule of Ecotourism Community Development Internship

Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi city (Noi Bai airport)
This is the first day you arrive in 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.

Day 2
We will take a local bus to the homestay which it will be your home during your staying in  our project. After that, you can take a rest. If there is still time, we will have a short orientation at the homestay on the procedures needed for your stay and get involved in the project.We will show you how to be safe on the trip. Then, you will have time to visit and say hello to local people, visit the workplace and staffs whom you will be working with. You are at leisure to go for a walk around the village.

From Day 3 to the end of the duration (Working day only)
From Day 3, you will be working with the full-time support of Vietnamese staff members and will be involved in a variety of tasks that will be scheduled for you every day. You will join in researching the condition of eco-tourism system surrounding the village, work with local people and help them promote eco-tourism programs, help the family create full-packed information, improve home stay condition, doing online marketing to promote their accommodation … If you are an active working person, every things will run smoothly and you’re doing some thing that means a lot to the local community . it is very helpful for you to make a friendly way to work with local people, offer them the best you can and you feel happy with locals.

(Saturday and Sunday) During the weekend, you are at your leisure

You can choose to stay in Mai Chau and relax in a homestay, visit Mai Chau or Pa Co market, 1000 steps cave or travel off the beaten path to Pu Luong natural reserve. Depart from Mai Chau, you’ll have a good chance to trek remote and wondrous ethnic villages where you can gain a deeper understanding of local culture and traditions . It’s worthwhile to spend your weekend holiday in such a  fascinating, beautiful place like Mai Chau with so many things to see and do.

Your Final day

You will a small farewell party with all your new friends to say goodbye, taking your final photos and pack your bag with full of souvenirs. You’ll travel back to the airport, or continue to further adventures elsewhere. The return transfer from your accommodation in Hanoi city to Noi Bai airport is not covered within your project fee, VVS is able to make recommendations and help you arrange a transfer if you want to. You should estimate US$12 for this trip.



Volunteer fee : 950USD/per person for 2 weeks and US$315for one extra weeks
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 – Mai Chau – Hanoi
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 project do?

Vina Volunteer Service want to offer great opportunities for students to gain hands-on experiences as well as learn all aspects of Ecotourism business & how to manage it too.

Through this program, it not only helps the students achieve personal goals but also develop their future career. Via the program, student will  do the real task, work directly with  local people and local organization, do the research and see through your own eyes how people live and how the nature is; applying what you’ve learnt from school to gain real working experience. You will help locals promote their accommodation, improve services offered to travelers and set up an itinerary and schedule for travelers, it  gives students practical experience and skills.

What’s the project like?

You will find out how local people are willing to participate in questionnaires and interviews. It is a great opportunity for cultural exchange as well as experiencing a new lifestyle and natural beauty in a nice country like Vietnam.

Activities and schedule

Activities and schedules will be set by VVS, or the inquiries and suggestion from participants. The plan will be finalized  before your departure. All of the activity plans will be sent to let participants know via email.

Project resources and advice

All essential working materials will be provided by VVS and locals. If you have any special requirements for your trip and research, it is better to contact us before your depature so that you are able to manage.


Project resources and advice

All essential working materials will be provided by VVS and locals. If you have any special requirements for your trip and research, it is better to contact us your departure so that you are able to manage.

What type of accommodation will I be in?

Homestay is basic with western style toilet with hot shower. Based on your budget, we will find out which accommodation best suits your budget.


Meals are provided by our host family. You have a good chance to experience local cuisines which you’ve never tasted before.

Things to bring from home

Besides, you should prepare necessary belongings for the trip such as trekking boot, sun block, hat, anti-insect repellent, sunglasses, rain coat, toiletries, original passport

Small note

Contact us and share your preliminary ideas and we will  find a suitable field for your study. You can also combine your internship with various types of  both volunteering and  traveling during your stay with us.


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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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