Trip Details

Are you considering spending time volunteering to help others? Taking part in this childcare project will give the children in 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.

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.

Aims & Objectives

  • Assist this understaffed facility and help reduce the work burden on local staff
  • Give you invaluable experience and skills working with preschool children

 

Trip Itinerary

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.

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.

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

 

Trip Accommodation

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.

Food Arrangements
We offer a variety of Western and delicious Laotian dishes accompanied with a lot of fruit. Dishes can include, vegetables, rice and noodles.

Facilities
Shops
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.

Transportation
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.

Money
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:

Tuesday, Evenings
There is a BBQ night every Tuesday, which provides a perfect opportunity to relax and spend time with other participants on our lakeside restaurant!

Wednesday, Evenings
Cozy movie night at the accommodation

Thursday, Evenings
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
Vientiane City
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”.

Vang Vieng
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.

Luang Prabang
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!

Transportation
From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Sayaboury

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

Criminal Background Check

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