Kindergarten Childcare Volunteer in Laos
Kindergarten Childcare Volunteer in Laos
Want to help a community’s children get a great start in life? Our Kindergarten Childcare Volunteer programme in Laos provides the perfect opportunity to teach these little ones all about other cultures whilst they learn a little English too! Together with local staff, you will teach language through fun games and activities, as well as taking on tasks that meet the needs of the day-to-day running of the centre. If you are looking for a fascinating country to explore as you volunteer, our Laos programme offers the chance to experience Laotian life whilst giving your skills to the community!
Teach Laotian Children about the World outside of Laos!
Our Kindergarten project focuses on communities experiencing poverty, and this is why your input is so valuable! Not only will you be providing an education for the children, but also relieving the stress from the parents who have to work, by providing free childcare. You will work with between 25 and 60 children, aged between 2 and 4 who often have little access to anyone but parents and grandparents. Consequently, you can really open their world with stories of your culture, songs and rhymes that are completely new to them! Further, you will be able to choose what and how you teach, using resources you may bring with you, or simply making them as part of an activity. Lastly, experience is not necessary, and staff will support you on your Kindergarten Childcare Volunteer project, here in Laos.
Take Time Out to Discover the authentic Beauty of Laos!
The Laotian people are incredibly friendly and genuine, and many of our volunteers say that this is, in itself, a wonderful part of their stay in Laos! However, there is much to see here and you will want to go off exploring with your new-found friends during your spare time. In fact, our accommodation is the perfect base for planning excursions further afield, to Vientiane City and beyond. However, surrounded by rice fields and lakes, you also have the perfect location to reflect and enjoy your immediate surroundings, too! In addition, we put on activities through the week, like Karaoke and film nights, so you can really get to know your fellow travellers and enjoy your time in Laos as you volunteer.
Why be a Kindergarten Childcare Volunteer in Laos?
- Be a valuable asset in an understaffed facility for poorer communities
- Gain valuable experience working with preschool children
- Stay in beautiful scenic surroundings with fun evening activities
- Make new friends and get to know locals as you work with other teachers
- Enjoy authentic Laotian cuisine with meals and beverages* included
*water, tea and coffee
While at the project, your interactions with the children will primarily involve teaching them English, life skills and basic hygiene. However, you will also be required to take part in other tasks which could include taking charge of the supervision of the children, assisting with their feeding and any other necessary care, as well as organising interactive games and activities to enhance their experiences. In addition, you will also be expected to help keep the kindergarten clean and tidy.
Mandatory Orientation Day
On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day, to familiarise yourself with the surroundings as well as local culture. Your programme will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.
- Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.
- Lao Do’s and Don’ts, Lao Culture Lessons and Lao Language Lessons.
- Tour around the compound and local area; where to find local shops, and arrange a sim-card if necessary.
- Vegetable planting.
Tuesday to Friday
Each day begins with a hearty breakfast to set you up for your busy day. After breakfast you will spend time in the morning teaching at the project site. This will be followed by assisting with feeding the children, preparing them for their sleep and then a time for you to have lunch and a rest. In the afternoon, you will take part in bathing the children and assisting again with their feeding. There will be time for more teaching, interactive activities and facilitating games after the children are fed. At the end of each day, you will enjoy a meal at the guesthouse before resting during the evening.
Evenings and Weekends
At the end of your day as a childcare volunteer in Laos, you can choose to explore the area or simply relax with new friends back at your accommodation. Many of our volunteers enjoy mixing with their new volunteer friends during the week and plan their weekend adventures together!
Please note: This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Places to Visit
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!
You will stay at Ban Houakhoua Village, located in the Naxaythong District, about 25km 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!
About the Accommodation
The accommodation is tucked away in the countryside of Laos, allowing you to get a true taste of Laotian scenery. It has a sports area where you can play football or volleyball with other volunteers. Further, it is surrounded by rice fields and lakes, which you can take advantage of through activities such as swimming and boating. In addition, we offer standard rooms which are on a single-gender basis 4-6 people per room. However, you also have an option to request a private room, subject to availability.
Enjoy a variety of Western and delicious Laotian dishes accompanied with a lot of fruit – all included in our programme! Dishes can include, vegetables, rice and noodles and are generally healthy and nutritious. However, you can also buy snacks from markets, nearby, if you need a little sweet treat now and again!
You can find simple groceries and beverages sold in two local restaurants located next to the accommodation. In addition, you’ll find shops and a local market located 3 minutes and 10 minutes away respectively, on foot. There is also a lake-side makeshift restaurant just for us, where you can enjoy the evenings and order Western or Laotian food at reasonable prices. Importantly, there is also a pharmacy and local clinic located less than 5 kilometres away, and our coordinator is also on hand should you need any assistance with your health.
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 is 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!
Activities & Events
Enjoy these regular activities provided for volunteers at our centre:
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
Enjoy one of Southeast Asia’s favourite activities – Karaoke! (or “sing a song”, as the locals like to call it)
From this location we provide free transport to your next programme at the following location:
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
|DBS, Police Background Check
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance