20+ Social enterprises in vietnam — a responsible easy ways to make money fast travel guide

While nearby thailand gets a ton of buzz internationally because easy ways to make money fast it has a well-developed tourism industry at every end of the spectrum—both high-end and budget, and everything in between—vietnam deserves a closer look for anyone heading to southeast easy ways to make money fast asia. This long and skinny country has thousands of miles of easy ways to make money fast coastline, every type of terrain imaginable, and arguably the best food scene in the region (them be fightin’ words for many, but you’d be hard put not to have vietnam at least easy ways to make money fast in a top three list!). The country is firmly on the “banana pancake trail,” which means a plethora of budget options abound and there easy ways to make money fast are no shortage of backpackers north to south, but there’s a lot more to the country than just that.

Vietnam has truly incredible things happening on in sustainable and easy ways to make money fast responsible tourism. Social enterprise as a concept is firmly established in vietnam, and you can travel the country while regularly spending your easy ways to make money fast money at responsible tourism-facing businesses. Northern vietnam boasts remarkable ethnic diversity, and the hill tribe groups in the north are actively easy ways to make money fast crafting a vibrant and local tourism industry that funnels money easy ways to make money fast into nearly every remote corner that has a trail pointing easy ways to make money fast in that direction. In major cities, an abundance of training restaurants work with underprivileged youth, and elsewhere you’ll find responsible tour companies, cafes, workshops, and more.

Talk to a recent SEA backpacker and there’s a good chance you’ll hear them gush about their time in vietnam. Likely because local food and culture is just so darn easy ways to make money fast accessible. No matter where you travel, there’s bound to be something interesting, beautiful, and yes, responsible. That said, like the rest of southeast asia, there are overarching concerns for responsible travelers. From how to ethically interact with wildlife to avoiding human easy ways to make money fast exploitation and sex trafficking, it’s a complicated topic covered in-depth in the GV responsible travel guide to southeast asia. That said, here’s what each of the key issues looks like when easy ways to make money fast zoomed in on vietnam, specifically.

Human tourism & trafficking: if you’ve read our thailand responsible travel guide, than you’re aware of issues in the region when hill tribe easy ways to make money fast groups become nothing more than human zoos. If the idea of hill tribe cultures excites you, then you can delight in the knowledge that vietnam is easy ways to make money fast among the most fascinating places to take part in hill easy ways to make money fast tribe tourism. Unlike the many sketchy options in thailand, northern vietnam has a well-developed tourism infrastructure built entirely around trekking to visit the easy ways to make money fast region’s various hill tribe and ethnic minority groups. The format is usually a trek plus homestay, and the length of each entire depends on the traveler.

Homestays: speaking of homestays, these are not confined to the northern hill tribes. Across the country, homestays are a common and excellent way to respectfully visit easy ways to make money fast rural communities, support the local economy, and learn about the people and culture of vietnam. If GV doesn’t recommend a homestay for the town you’re visiting, there is still likely ample opportunity to engage in this easy ways to make money fast type of tourism (despite trying, we can’t find everything!). On your own, look out for businesses described as community-based organizations (cbos) and for hyper local businesses run by local families (and not recognizable hotel brands).

Wildlife tourism: we’ve covered riding elephants extensively on both grassroots volunteering and easy ways to make money fast its sister site—the short of it is that you should not. Vietnam has some options for ethical elephant interactions, but generally you’ll find a better selection in thailand (and, to an extent, cambodia). If it’s your dream to interact with these majestic creatures, consider saving that experience until you get to one of easy ways to make money fast these neighboring countries. Besides elephant tourism, generally avoid riding any exotic wild animal. Riding ostriches in dalat is gaining popularity, but most would not consider this a responsible travel decision: an ostrich’s body is not designed to hold an adult’s weight and these animals fully panic when ridden.

Note: in addition to these concerns around types of wildlife tourism, vietnam has a large and growing black market for products easy ways to make money fast produced from illegal animals. Not only are live animals trafficked to nearby china, and further afield, but souvenirs using turtle shells, skins, and ivory are available. Purchasing these products contributes to the trafficking of wild and easy ways to make money fast endangered animals, and should thus be avoided.

Haggling: this is a concern that falls firmly on the shoulders easy ways to make money fast of travelers. Negotiating is a practice new to many international travelers, and some can take the art of the haggle too easy ways to make money fast far. There are some who say “no vendor would sell a product for a loss”—that is not true. When a vendor has a sunk cost (they have already bought the goods), they may actually lose money on a deal if it easy ways to make money fast means cash-in-hand that day, thus being able to buy food, pay school fees, etc. Bargain respectfully. And take heart that your sale directly helps the local easy ways to make money fast economy—spend money and feel good about infusing your cash into easy ways to make money fast the local economy.

Responsible travel dos: there’s another side to responsible travel beyond the don’ts, and we’re about to take a granular look at exactly how easy ways to make money fast and where to spend your money responsibly. If you’re already doing the activity—and it fits within the framework of an ethical and easy ways to make money fast sustainable tourism activity—then use this vetted list of social enterprises to ensure easy ways to make money fast your travel dollars are going as far as possible on easy ways to make money fast the ground.

A social enterprise sells good or services and uses a easy ways to make money fast portion of the profits to reinvest in the local community easy ways to make money fast by addressing social issues, improving locals’ quality of life, conserving natural resources and the environment, preserving the community’s cultural integrity, and more. The social enterprise holds its strong underlying mission above financial easy ways to make money fast gain, investors, or traditional commercial business ideals. Instead, the common good is the primary focus and when a easy ways to make money fast social enterprise succeeds, so too does the local society.

Supporting social enterprises is the core idea behind this site. Responsible travelers often align with the social enterprise business model easy ways to make money fast because it’s not only good for travelers to understand a deeper easy ways to make money fast story of a new place, but by supporting these businesses responsible travelers leave a place easy ways to make money fast better than they found it. Our “ what is a social enterprise” post shares a deeper-dive into the social enterprise business model, how to locate these businesses, and why they are a core tenet of responsible and easy ways to make money fast sustainable travel. Social enterprises in vietnam

• KOTO restaurant ( hanoi, ho chi minh city): in hanoi, dine on delicious international foods or indulge in some cake easy ways to make money fast or pastries. In ho chi minh city dine on delightful southeast asian, belgian or french dishes. KOTO is working to be a self-sustaining social enterprise and trains street and disadvantaged youth in easy ways to make money fast the food and hospitality industries.

• mekong quilts ( hanoi, ho chi minh city, hoi an): purchase beautiful quilts made by women from poor and rural easy ways to make money fast areas across southeast asia, something you’re sure to treasure for many years to come. This social enterprise is led by mekong plus, an NGO which reinvests in local communities provides scholarships for easy ways to make money fast children and micro-financing programs.

The database of social enterprises in vietnam is always expanding easy ways to make money fast as GV ambassadors map the world of projects and businesses easy ways to make money fast that need support from responsible travelers. Wondering how we pick a social enterprise for inclusion? Make your time in vietnam a better force for good easy ways to make money fast by visiting and supporting businesses committed to environment, social, and community welfare.

All volunteers should start their research by seeking to understand easy ways to make money fast the nuanced issues within the global volunteering industry, and the range of potential concerns. Read our piece, “ the psychology & ethics of international volunteering,” for an outline of key issues and mindsets plaguing volunteers. In essence, understand that volunteer programs should not compromise the dignity of easy ways to make money fast local populations, and in many cases projects should work toward an end-goal of independence of the communities from the need for easy ways to make money fast volunteers, even if it’s at a point further in the future.

If you have few concrete skills, consider instead visiting any of the many social enterprises listed easy ways to make money fast above. You can use your trip as a way to learn easy ways to make money fast more about the culture, as well as research specific organizations you might want to easy ways to make money fast support down the line. Avoid volunteering with children unless you have many months to easy ways to make money fast commit to the project—numerous studies have found that short-term stints at schools and orphanages can have harmful longterm easy ways to make money fast effects on the children.

All of that said, there are certainly a number of volunteer opportunities for volunteers easy ways to make money fast of all skill levels and time commitments, so don’t let any aspect prevent you from researching and then easy ways to make money fast assessing if you have the skills suited to a project easy ways to make money fast that needs your help. Research independent volunteer opportunities in vietnam. Additional resources for responsible travelers

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