Sapa O’Chau was one of the first organizations in the region to help develop a H’mong owned homestay project. Since then, all programs put the money earned back into the community through projects such as providing winter clothes to children and improvements to the village schools. The organization’s main teaching center encourages minority people to participate more fully and equitably in the tourist economy of Sapa and the surrounding area.
Sapa O’Chau uses volunteer support to sustain its teaching requirements and facilitate administration of programs. Volunteering can range from a day to months and your participation will depend on your time commitment. Families are welcome to participate as long as children under 18 are accompanied by an adult.
Day and weekend volunteering available for certain types—teachers working with children are encouraged to stay a minimum of 30 days, but there are plenty of other opportunities for short-term volunteers with special skills.
No fee to volunteer, and the organization will help volunteers find short and long term accommodation in the region. There are affiliated homestays in nearby villages that can be arranged, and decent on the ground support.
Other ways you can help
There are opportunities for clothing drives, teachers via Skype and fundraising ideas for those interested in working with the organization in creative ways.
For more information about volunteering with Sapa O'Chau, visit them online:Support the business associated with this volunteer opportunity.