Community Construction Volunteer in Laos
Aiming to improve the lives of the local people of Laos through constructing and renovating buildings and community facilities, this project will give you a sense of well-being as you put your skills to good use. Can you imagine living in a community where facilities such as medical centres, temples, and schools are run down and in desperate need of repair? If you like getting stuck in and getting your hands dirty, apply for a place as a volunteer on this project to really make a difference to the lives of others.
Good quality buildings and facilities are the foundation for a good standard of living, something everyone deserves. At present, some of the community buildings at Laos are in a terrible state and through the project, participants are placed where they are most needed, to have the best possible impact on the standard of life for these locals.
Coordinated by staff from the organisation, the project consists of tasks that could include simple painting and decorating jobs, restoring and enhancing existing buildings, renewing walls or creating furniture such as tables and chairs for the schools. In some cases, there will also be a need to construct completely new buildings.
The experience won’t only be beneficial to the locals, you will be immersed in Laotian culture, broadening your own knowledge of this wonderful country and its people. Daily interactions with the locals will result in you forming positive relationships with these friendly and kind people who will not hold back in showing their appreciation for your hard work. Also, as the project attracts participants from all over the world, you will build multi-cultural friendships and learn more about the fascinating lives of people across the world.
Aims & Objectives
- Improve the facilities of a local Laotion community
- Develop your teamwork skills through practical work
Monday to Friday
Although the renovation and construction elements of the project are dependent on the needs of the community at any specific time, the basic structure of each day will be the same. You will begin with a breakfast at the accommodation centre before setting off to the project site. Once at the site you will carry out the necessary tasks which could include painting, gardening, building, renovating or anything else which is required at local temples, hospitals, housing or other facilities. After a busy morning you will enjoy a lunch and some rest before continuing with your tasks in the afternoon. The day ends with dinner and time for you to relax in the evening.
Evenings: Volunteers are free to sightsee around the local area, do some shopping, and/or plan for the next day.
Weekends – Weekends are free. You are welcome to relax and hang out at the volunteer accommodation with other volunteers or you can use this time to travel and explore Laos with your new friends.
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Ban Houakhoua Village is located in the Naxaythong District, located about 25 kilometers from Vientiane, the country’s capital. This location allows for the best of both worlds, its rural nature will give you a taste of Laos while still being close enough to the city!
Accommodation & Food
The accommodation is tucked away in the countryside of Laos, allowing you to get a true taste of Laotian sceneries. It has a sports area where you can play football or volleyball with other volunteers.
It is surrounded by rice fields and lakes, which you can take advantage of through activities such as swimming and boating.
We offer standard rooms which are on a single gender basis 4-6 people per room. You also have an option to request a private room, subject to availability.
We offer a variety of Western and delicious Laotian dishes accompanied with a lot of fruit. Dishes can include, vegetables, rice and noodles.
You can find simple groceries and beverages sold in two local restaurants located next to the accommodation. There are also shops and a local market located 3 minutes and 10 minutes away respectively, by foot. There is also a pharmacy and local clinic located less than 5 kilometres away.
There is a lake-side makeshift restaurant just for us, where you can enjoy the evenings and order Western or Laotian food at reasonable prices.
Vientiane is located about 25 kilometres away and it is very easy to reach via public transport from our centre and back. Anything that you might need can be found there, with its numerous shopping malls, a cinema and local markets to explore! There are also bikes available for you to use to explore the area during the afternoons.
The closest ATM machine can be found on the main road to Vientiane, approximately 5 kilometres from the accommodation. We advise all participants to bring some local currency with them for personal expenses, although you don’t need a lot of money when you stay with us, participants can exchange money or use the ATM at the airport when they arrive.
Activities & Events
These optional activities can be enjoyed by all participants of all programs staying at this location:
There is a BBQ night every Tuesday, which provides a perfect opportunity to relax and spend time with other participants on our lakeside restaurant!
Cozy movie night at the accommodation
We will head to a local restaurant (or if preferred stay in our location) to enjoy one of Southeast Asia’s favourite activities – Karaoke! (or “sing a song”, as the locals like to call it)
Sights & Surroundings
A laid-back, French-influenced city situated on the banks of the Mekong River and is located only 25 minutes away from our center. This ancient city, is different from any other capital city in Southeast Asia. With its authentic Laotian and French colonial style, it truly is ‘a pearl at the Mekong”.
A favorite go-to place for our participants during their weekends! The city is a major backpacker hub, made famous thanks to its nightlife and outdoor activities such as biking, hiking and kayaking.
Although a bit further afield it is still worth the journey for sure. It is one of the most beautiful towns in Southeast Asia thanks to its alluring mountainous landscapes and riverside location!
From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):
Trip Country Info
Currency: Kip (LAK)
Time zone: ICT +7:00
Once known as the ‘land of a million elephants’, Laos is the only landlocked country in Asia, bordered by Burma, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. It became a French protectorate in 1893 and finally became an independent country in 1953 with a constitutional monarchy. This monarchy however was shortly ended by a long civil war. Today Laos is a single-party socialist republic whilst remaining strongly influenced by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Vietnam People’s Army. The Laotian people make up roughly 60% of the population whilst indigenous groups and hill tribes account for 40% of the Laotian population.
It is a country that has a lot to offer whether it’s the underground river caves, the white-water rapids and jungle zip lines for thrill seekers, the beautiful forests for trekkers and nature lovers or the wonderful cuisine for the foodies!
Gap year travel in Laos is enjoyed in a country of stunning natural beauty and strong spiritual traditions which remain relatively unexplored. With a population of over 6 million people, it is one of the least populated countries in the world. Much of the country is dominated by forested mountains, lush green valleys and broad snaking rivers, including the famous Mekong, the 12th longest in the world. This natural beauty is why many people choose volunteer and travel to Laos.
The Lao wilderness is drawing travellers looking for nature, adventure or both. Kayaking, rafting, rock-climbing and biking are all available, but it’s trekking that is most popular because it combines spectacular natural attractions with the chance to experience the ‘real Laos’ with a village homestay. We have a choice of opportunities for your gap year travel in Laos such as medical work, conservation work, voluntary projects and much more. If you are thinking about a volunteer experience in Laos have a look at our latest programs below or contact us for more information about exciting experiences in this fantastic country.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
|Under 18, Parental Consent is Required|
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance