Volunteer Teaching in Laos
If you’re looking for the chance to make a difference to children in poorer communities by volunteering as an educator, this exciting project could be perfect for you! Aiming to provide children in the poorer communities of Laos with a better education and improve their future prospects, this project will give you a wonderful experience working with children who are eager to learn. Based in Nanyang Village, the local primary schools serve the children and the families of the community. A truly unforgettable experience, you will benefit from learning new teaching skills as you teach English at the local schools, and get to know the Laotian people who are kind, friendly and appreciative.
The project takes place all year around across a variety of schools in the area. However, the main teaching location is the local village primary school where participants will teach children from poorer family backgrounds. The school is attended by approximately 100 children between the ages of 4 and 12.
Work at the project is coordinated by a teacher from the organisation, and supervised by a teacher within the school. You will be expected to plan and deliver English language lessons according to the school’s curriculum. However, for organised and assertive participants, there will be opportunities to deliver extra-curricular English classes which vary contextually and are based on the principles of Project Based Learning. Meant to naturally develop the children’s skill and ambitions in different areas while improving their English language skills, the activities could include playing games, sports, music and crafts.
Aims & Objectives
- Improve the children’s education through the learning of English
- Gain teaching experience, an invaluable life skill
- Assist the local school staff with extra hands
Monday to Friday
The schedule is adaptable according to the needs of the schools and the children. However, the basic pattern for your day will begin with breakfast before having time for evaluating previous learning activities, and planning and preparing for classes and extra-curricular activities in the afternoon. You will enjoy a lunch before delivering English lessons which will include teaching grammar, vocabulary, conversational practice, games, songs, sports and music. During the lessons, you will be expected to create real life, fun, role play situations for the children to participate in while conversing in English. At the end of each week you will have a meeting with a coordinator to evaluate your learning activities, constructively reflect on your work and plan steps to move you and the children forward.
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 centre. 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 favourite 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.