Trip Details

Are you considering spending time volunteering to help others? Taking part in this childcare project will give the children in Nanyang Village, Laos an insight into your life and culture, a beneficial experience to children who do not experience a lot of culture outside of their own. You will also be a part of a rewarding scheme to improve these children’s futures by helping to provide them with a quality education in this understaffed facility. Together with local staff, your tasks on the project will include teaching English, and organizing interactive games and activities, as well as taking on tasks which meet the needs of the day-to-day running of the centre. You’ll have the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of Laos while giving your skills to the community.

The kindergarten focused on by the project is allocated to the poor sections of the community. Not only providing an education for the children, but also relieving the stress from the parents who have to work, by providing free childcare. As a result, the facility has a positive impact on the community. Providing spaces for children between the ages of 2 and 4, the number of attendees can range from approximately 25 to over 60 children. They can arrive during the day and will be collected at the end of the afternoon by their parents.

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.

Your experiences on the project will be unforgettable for you, and life-changing for the community. You will experience genuine Laotian culture through your interactions with the friendly and kind inhabitants of the village, knowing that your work is valued and worthwhile.

Trip Itinerary

Monday 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.

 

***The kindergarten is closed on public holidays. During these dates, you will get the day off and a chance to join the local festivities to further immerse yourself in the local culture.***

** Please note: This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances. **

 

Trip Accommodation

Trip Country Info

Laos

Capital: Vientiane
Language: Lao
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

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa