Buoc-village is a small village of Thai-people (an ethnic group came from southern ofChina) with very pure landscape. But during the rainy season water from the mountain goes down through the streams and washes everything away, making it very dangerous to live close to the stream. So despite the good aspects of new infrastructure, villagers still lack a lot of education and understanding about modern society. Therefore, it would be very helpful to help and stay with BUOC-villagers.
The volunteer’s job is :
Help local people to garden and repair traditional houses (if needed), organize leisure activities for their children and cultural exchange with the villagers.
Volunteers will stay together in the bamboo house; western toilets and bathroom are available.
Meals are normally served by the local people with the help of volunteers.
Three hours out from the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, as you cross into the mountainous Hoa Binh province to the west, the landscape transforms from congested rowhouses to wide-open ricefields, karst mountains and quaint wood-and-bamboo villages.
Mai Chau locals make their silk brocades from scratch: starting with harvesting silkworm cocoons, reeling the silk from the cocoons, dyeing the threads using natural colors, and ending with selling the brightly-colored end product in Mai Chau’s villages and markets.
The shape of Mai Chau’s sinuously curvy mountains comes from karst limestone bedrock. There are 2 caves in Mai Chau, Mo Luong (“Soldier”) Cave and Chieu (“1,000 Steps”) Cave.
SJ Vietnam is an international youth NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) that promotes values of solidarity, peace, and tolerance through youth citizenship projects to improve society during and after the voluntarism. It was set up in 2004 by international and Vietnamese young volunteers. SJ Vietnam is an independent Vietnamese branch of SJ France, a full member of CCVIS (UNESCO) and NVDA, a partner of YAP and Alliance. SJ Vietnam is an independent, non-political and non-religious organization open to everybody without any distinction of nationality, race, education or sex.
Flash light, sleeping bag, prove-water clothes, raincoat, and gifts from your countries for local people, toys and learning materials for the children if you have.