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.
It is possible that this schedule could be the opposite way around with teaching taking place during the morning and preparation time during the afternoon.
** Please note: This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances. **
Trip Country Info
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
No requirements have been provided.
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance