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 with the social enterprise. 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. More here.
- Designer: Fashion and accessories infused with traditional patterns. E.g. clothes, bags, house decor, jewellery, etc.
- Photography, Videography and Social Media. Product photography.
- DIY: Small do-it-yourself projects around the office, the café or the centre.
- Administrative tasks.
- Fundraising, Marketing and Social Media Influencer.
- Project development work: Past projects have included environmental conservation projects, community development projects and arts projects.
- Tour Operator: Work with us in our tour department along-side the SOC staff team. For this position we ask for a minimum commitment of 3 months, and we offer full training, support and free room and board.
As well as:
- English Tutors – Volunteers with teaching experience. Native English is not required, but fluency is essential. Minimum time commitment: 1 month.
- IT and Maths Tutors: No formal qualifications required, but an interest and capacity to teach basic maths and/or computer skills are vital.
- English Speakers: For one-on-one conversational English classes with the staff.
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.
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