If you’re looking for the chance to make a difference to children in poorer communities by volunteering as an educator, this exciting project could be perfect for you! Aiming to provide children in the poorer communities of Laos with a better education and improve their future prospects, this project will give you a wonderful experience working with children who are eager to learn. Based in Nanyang Village, the local primary schools serve the children and the families of the community. A truly unforgettable experience, you will benefit from learning new teaching skills as you teach English at the local schools, and get to know the Laotian people who are kind, friendly and appreciative.
The project takes place all year around across a variety of schools in the area. However, the main teaching location is the local village primary school where participants will teach children from poorer family backgrounds. The school is attended by approximately 100 children between the ages of 4 and 12.
Work at the project is coordinated by a teacher from the organisation, and supervised by a teacher within the school. You will be expected to plan and deliver English language lessons according to the school’s curriculum. However, for organised and assertive participants, there will be opportunities to deliver extra-curricular English classes which vary contextually and are based on the principles of Project Based Learning. Meant to naturally develop the children’s skill and ambitions in different areas while improving their English language skills, the activities could include playing games, sports, music and crafts.
Monday to Friday
The schedule is adaptable according to the needs of the schools and the children. However, the basic pattern for your day will begin with breakfast before having time for evaluating previous learning activities, and planning and preparing for classes and extra-curricular activities in the afternoon. You will enjoy a lunch before delivering English lessons which will include teaching grammar, vocabulary, conversational practice, games, songs, sports and music. During the lessons, you will be expected to create real life, fun, role play situations for the children to participate in while conversing in English. At the end of each week you will have a meeting with a coordinator to evaluate your learning activities, constructively reflect on your work and plan steps to move you and the children forward.