Trip Details

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 possibleimpact on the standard of life for these locals.

Coordinated by staff from the organisation, the project consists of tasks which 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.

Trip Itinerary

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 a dinner and time for you to relax in the evening.

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