Permaculture opportunities in Vietnam ?

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  1. brendonc

    brendonc Guest

    Hello all !

    Im planning a trip to SE Asia early next year, and am hoping to spend some time wwoofing/permie-ating in Vietnam and maybe Nepal, although im not sure whats going on there and how to find out. If anyone knows of any permaculture projects or properties there that might be interested in taking someone on for a month, I'd love to know.

    I have recently received my PDC, and have some experience with food production/gardening/ag-forestry but am really after some good hands-on experience with somewhere thats starting out or already using permaculture principles, either small or large scale.

    Thanks for your input
    Brendon.
     
  2. permaculture.biz

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    G'day,

    You could try SPERI (Social Political Ecology Research Institute) which is ostensibly the Permaculture Institute of Viet Nam. Duong Quang Chau is the Director and he can be contacted on the following:

    Duong Quang Chau
    Social Political Ecology Research Institute (SPERI)
    A4, Pham Huy Thong Str. Ngoc Khanh Ward,
    Ba Dinh district, Hanoi - Vietnam
    Tel: +844-7715690
    Fax:+844-7715691
    E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]

    They are working across Viet Nam in mainly rural areas.

    Chau is a Geoff Lawton & Bill Mollison PDC graduate and a lovely fellow who speaks excellent English. They are a truly great organisation that I can't speak highly enough of.

    Good Luck,

    Ciao,

    Darren Doherty
     
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    Douglas J.E. Barnes Junior Member

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    I agree, Chau is a really wonderful guy.
     
  4. brendonc

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    Ahh excellent, thankyou Darren!

    I'd heard that Geoff has been doing quite a bit of work in Viet Nam recently, would that have been with this group?
     
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    G'day,

    Yeah Chau is a yet another activist student of Geoff's. That said the founder of SPERI is Ms Tran Thi Lanh, who I would call the Vandiva Shiva of Viet Nam. A very energetic, erudite and charismatic communicator who really gets things going.

    Let me know how you go with your plans over there.

    Ciao,

    Darren Doherty
     
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    Hi all,

    I too am going over to SE Asia, and was wondering the same thing as Brendon, except for Cambodia.

    I will be in Cambodia for a month from Nov27th and was interested in doing some WWOOFing type work there. I have no permaculture qualifications as yet, only experience with a home garden, but would be very keen to get some experience and lend a hand.

    I know that Rosemary Morrow has worked on permaculture projects in Cambodia, but apparently they are in remote areas and aren't equipped to take visitors.

    Brendon are you going to Laos at all? There is an organic fruit farm at Vang Vieng where travellers can stay and work. It sounds great. Their website is https://www.laofarm.org.

    Thanks for your help,
    Somers
     
  7. brendonc

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    Thanks for that link, somers. Laos was on 'the list' and that would be an excellent place to be for a while.

    My plans have all gone up in the air recently, and all Im sure of is that im going.. somewhere. SE Asia for sure. It mainly revolves around trekking in Nepal for a month or 2 around march-may, but I want to leave late jan/early feb after the Melbourne PDC with Geoff and Bill. Im hoping to get some contacts there, but plans have to made and flights booked soon, so Im extremely eager to know of anything in any of the surrounding countries (Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal, Laos, Cambodia....) that would be able to take someone on for a couple of weeks or a month in a wwoof'ing-style arrangement.
    I have a lot of time available to me to spend over there learning and contributing, and am willing to travel around as much as necessary to different places.

    Any contacts or ideas would be very welcome indeed

    Best of luck to you somers
    Thanks everyone!

    BrendonC
     

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