Volunteer with Sapa O'Chau in Sa Pa, Northern Vietnam.



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    We are a young, dynamic social enterprise offering education, employment and support to the local ethnic minority communities of Sapa. We are proud to be the first ethnic minority owned and run international tour agency in Vietnam, and to provide free boarding accommodation for disadvantaged ethnic minority highschool students.
    We also have a small cafe which is developing into a vibrant hub for cultural exchange.

    We have several projects currently in operation; after school enrichment lessons, literacy classes for adults, IT classes, as well as conversational English for adults.

    We have several exciting new projects coming up - development of traditional fashion designs, planning a new foundation school, plans to work collaboratively with local businesses, creating new and sustainable employment opportunities as well as cultural preservation projects.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Charity Work
    Language practice
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    We don´t charge for volunteering.
    There are many ways to volunteer with us, we are open to hear from people with skills and interests that fall outside of the categories listed. Here is a list of examples of the kind of opportunities we offer;

    *Teaching English to highschool students.
    *Teaching English to adults and young people.
    *Handicraft development projects
    *Writing work (some creative, some project based).
    *Marketing & PR
    *Web development
    *IT support
    *Business development

    ......to name but a few!

    We only accept long term volunteers (4 weeks and more).

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Vietnamese: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have a large building housing all of our students, some staff members as well as up to 10 volunteers at a time. Two meals a day are provided, price dependent on length of stay.
    Private rooms, with wifi access, and shared bathroom.

    Our hostel is a great part of the volunteering experience; somewhere to meet the youth; experience a different culture and a sure place to meet new friends.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    This host charges a fee

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    $5 a day

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Host ref number: 994667632664