Trip Details

The Laos Culture Week is a fantastic way of introducing yourself to the country and area before embarking on further travel. Based in Vientiane, this week will let you get to know the culture, customs and language of Laos. During their stay, participants will visit all of the highlights that the city, and its surrounding landscape, have to offer.

Vientiane is a small, clean city without much western influence. It is quite unlike most Southeast Asian cities in a number of ways. Culturally, travelers can expect to find a friendly and laid-back atmosphere.

During the Laos Culture Week, travellers will get to know the area’s culture through language and cooking lessons, as well as through the activities you take part in and the landmarks you visit. The National Museum and Buddha Park are just two among a number of landmarks that will impart their own distinct impression on you. Travellers will visit temples, where they can learn about Lao Buddhism. On the first day of the Laos Culture Week participants will be brought to the Cope Centre, which is Vientiane’s number one tourist attraction according to TripAdvisor. This centre’s aim is to teach and create awareness about the devastation caused by cluster bombs. The Cope Centre is located in a medical rehab centre, which has links to many other projects.

Participants are based in the city of Vientiane for the duration of the culture week and will be able to enjoy both its culture and lifestyle. The Mekong River runs through the city, and travellers can relax or walk on its banks, or if they’d prefer, they can walk through Vientiane’s cosy downtown area. Bicycles are also available for travellers to use if they’d like to see the area that way.

The aim of the Laos Culture Week is to offer our participants an introduction to Laotian customs and culture. This introduction will give them a decent understanding of the Laotian culture and will help them to settle into the local lifestyle. This is the best preparation for participants who are joining another more specialised program after.

Trip Itinerary

Monday
Start the week with breakfast followed by a sightseeing trip around Vientiane, including a visit to the morning market, followed by lunch. You will also visit a tourist information centre and the Patuxai Victory Monument. At 15:00 you will have a cultural introduction before dinner in the evening.

Tuesday
On Tuesday, you will visit the Wat Sisaket, Haw Phra Kaew and Wat Si Muang Temples. After lunch you will then make a Mak Beng flower offering at one of the temples before having dinner.

Wednesday
On Wednesday, you will have a language class in the morning before heading off after lunch to visit Buddha Park. You will be free to explore the area and take in the culture before having dinner in the evening.

Thursday
On Thursday, you will visit the Wat That Luang Golden Pagoda. Enjoy the culture of this famous landmark before stopping for lunch. After lunch, you will take part in a cooking class, trying your hand at creating some local dishes. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully, as it will also be your evening meal.

Friday
Start Friday with breakfast followed by a visit to the Lao National Museum. After lunch you will head to a meeting where you will learn about the projects on offer before visiting some of the placements to get a better idea of them. After the visits you will enjoy an authentic dinner at the night market.

(Schedule: during the evenings, volunteers are generally free, no program activities are scheduled unless mentioned otherwise)

**Please note that volunteer activities and schedules can change at any time based on the needs of the project and local conditions **

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