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Laos Volunteer Adventure

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Laos Volunteer Adventure

Experience one of Laos' must see destinations whilst putting something back into this incredible community!

Prices from US$1,145

Laos; famed for its flooded rice fields, dense tropical forests, towering limestone karsts, awesome plateaus, rugged mountains and laidback lifestyle. Marvel at rivers flowing far and wide through lush landscapes before breaking into spectacular cascades of light. Discover ancient sun-baked monasteries, monks clothed in traditional ochre robes and street markets imbued with the scents and aromas of exotic spices and rare oils.

Frontier’s sustainable development initiative is set in the quaint town of Vang Vieng, 150km north of the capital city Vientiene. Vang Vieng is nestled in a stunning location, encircled by magnificent lime-stone karst cliffs and lush green fields. At the foot of these cliffs you will find Vang Vieng’s most famous natural resource; the idyllic and graceful Nam Song river. This small town has become a milestone stop along the South East Asia backpacker tour, with a lively nightlife and opportunities to tube down the river!

If you want to experience one of Laos’ must see destinations whilst putting something back into this incredible community then look no further, the Laos Sustainable Development programme is the perfect way to experience this easy going destination!

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Improve your knowledge of sustainable development
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Explore the stunning scenery of laid back Laos
  • Experience the backpacker tubing scene

FAST FACTS

Location Vang Vieng, Laos
Activities Sustainable development placement
Organic farming
Community building projects
Community development
Environmental awareness
Transport Make your own way to the project site
Accommodation Volunteer house

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

Food (3 meals a day)
Accommodation
Full country briefing
Volunteer placement
Local transport during the project
Project orientation and training 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

In recent years, Vang Vieng has seen an increased depletion of its natural resources as a result of spiralling tourism and development. This project aims to lead by example by supporting and implementing sustainable practices within the community. You will be working and learning throughout this programme which pioneers alternative building and farming practices as well as using renewable energy sources and engaging the wider community about key environmental issues.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Throughout your placement you will have the opportunity to get involved in a range of community initiatives making your time on the project incredibly varied and interesting. The project supports a number of permaculture initiatives including organic farming, sustainable building projects, environmental awareness and teaching, establishing a bio-gas technology facility as well as looking at water supply and waste management. You may have the opportunity to participate in the area of your choice depending on availability and can discuss your preferences with your Volunteer Coordinator upon arrival.

This project is incredibly rewarding, enabling you to experience the famous hospitality of the people of Laos whilst living in an idyllic setting, and gaining a unique insight into life behind the tourist trail!

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

The project is located in Vang Vieng in central Laos, 150km north of Vientienne. You will fly into Bangkok or Vientienne airport and then make your own way to the project site via public transport. We will provide you with easy to follow instructions prior to your departure to enable you to plan your journey. Once you have had time to rest the local staff will introduce you to your project and the local area. Your in-country coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise and you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly, vibrant country. Please aim to arrive on the Sunday.

WHERE WIL I BE STAYING?

Throughout your project you will be staying in shared dormitory style accommodation at our volunteer house. You will find the accommodation to be basic, but of course clean and comfortable. The rooms will be single sex and shared, and participants are expected to be environmentally responsible and use resources with restraint, and to help by keeping the living areas clean and tidy.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with three meals per day; breakfast, lunch and dinner. The meals are healthy, sourced using only local ingredients and delicious flavours. Food in Laos is delicious, varied and inexpensive. You can enjoy sampling traditional cuisine; dishes such as delicately spiced curries, fresh local market produce, and delicious meat, fish and vegetables.

There are a number of restaurants offering Western food around town, however please bring additional funds to cover any such excursions.
 

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your free time you will be spoilt for choice with loads of activities and wonderful sights and experiences. Visit the local towns with their complex and multifaceted architecture, and friendly, welcoming locals, or embark on a range of adventure activities on offer locally. If tubing, rock climbing, cycling, or kayaking tickle your fancy then Laos is the ideal location! You should be able to agree reasonable rates with local providers.

Home to mysterious and jaw-dropping caves, Vang Vieng also offers the perfect combination of exhilarating adventure activities. Exploring the caves is a fascinating experience, although climbing is also recommended for the more adventurous adrenaline seekers out there.
 

COSTS

2 weeks US$1,145

Extra week US$545

DEPARTURE DATES

Please arrive on a Sunday.


PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY WHEN APPLYING FOR THIS POPULAR PROJECT!

DURATION

2 weeks minimum

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Project orientation
  • Project equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Vientiane (VTE)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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