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Volunteer with Children in Laos

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Volunteer with Children in Laos

Learn about Laotian culture and way of life, as you live, volunteer and explore this mysterious and surreal land.

Prices from US$1,645

The beautiful landlocked country of Laos, home to the mysterious Plain of Jars and Four Thousand Islands, is the one of the hidden gems in Asia. Nestled between Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, little is known about this mysterious land with its complex culture consisting of 49 official ethnic groups and its stunning mountainous terrain. Laos is relatively untouched by tourism and offers pristine, unharmed environments and quite possibly some of the most chilled-out communities in the world. Traditions remain largely unchanged from centuries ago and even in the capital Vientiane where a relaxed and calm atmosphere prevails.

After school centres and language holiday schools are rising in popularity among children and young adults in Laos as globalisation means English skills are becoming a more and more important tool to progress and stay connected with the rest of the world. The Frontier-Laos project allows you to volunteer your skills and expertise to teaching group of children as well as get stuck in with organising and taking part in after lessons activities and fun outdoor games.

Not only will you spend time teaching, you will also have the opportunity to learn about Laotian culture and way of life, as you will live, volunteer and explore this mysterious and surreal land, make new friends and have a once in a lifetime experience you certainly will remember forever!

 

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  •  Immerse yourself in Laotian culture and cuisine
  •  Explore and experience new opportunities
  •  Make lifelong friends
  • Unleash your creativity as you teach and prepare activities

 

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • CRB check
  • Minimum age - 18 years old

FAST FACTS

Location Luang Prabang, Laos
Activities Teaching English
Marking Work
Setting Homework
Swim and snorkel out to observe the various coral reef communities
Planning Lessons
Organising Activities and Games
Transport Airport pickup
Accommodation Centrally Situated Guesthouse

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support and documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment and visa advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Airport pickup and drop-off
Accommodation
Food allowance
Local orientation
24-hour international HQ back-up
In-country emergency support

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?

This project aims to improve the education of many children in the Luang Prabang community so they have the opportunity for a brighter future benefitting not only themselves but also their whole family. English speaking teachers are few and far between, so your time and dedication to this project will help lower the teacher to student ratio allowing the children more opportunity to get the attention they need to flourish with their studies. Well prepared volunteers will make a huge difference and are truly appreciated by the children as well as your fellow teachers in Laos.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

You will be placed with a group of children, practicing conversational English and teaching practical skills across different knowledge levels. You will teach vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing as well as speaking through a range of different teaching techniques. Here is your opportunity to be creative and prepare lots of fun games and activities to engage and inspire the children, helping them understand key terms and concepts in English. Working in a class by yourself or with a local teacher you will gain excellent teaching skills by getting involved in all aspects of daily classroom life such as planning, marking, or assisting with a lesson. Either way your time and commitment will give the children the attention they need to fully develop their English skills.

Your teaching week will be Monday to Friday giving you the weekend free to explore Asia’s hidden gem further. Check out the extras page for ideas about what you could get up to in your free time!

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

If you arrive on the Friday before your project starts you will be met upon arrival at Luang Prabang International Airport by a friendly staff member who will then escort you to the pre-accommodation guesthouse where you will stay the night before you move to the project accommodation.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be staying at a comfortable guesthouse in the centre of the ancient city of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO world heritage site. This is a beautiful and unique setting where South East Asian and French Colonial Architecture collide making a magnificent and enchanting location to call home for the duration of your stay. You will be placed in basic shared dorms with a fan, running hot and cold water and western style bathrooms.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will receive a weekly food allowance for basic meals. The guesthouse provides a simpler menu and the local markets and street vendors provide a wide variety of local delicacies to try out. A simple, traditional Loatian meal may cost as little as US$2 and a western style upmarket dinner might cost more like US$10. Laotian dishes consist mainly of rice, noodles and vegetables and are highly influenced by Thai and Vietnamese dishes. You should take the opportunity to sample Khao Piak Sen (beef or chicken in a broth with fresh herbs and rice noodles), Khao Jee (baguette filled with either pork liver, Vietnamese pork sausage or shredded carrot and radish) and Tam Mak Hoong (spicy green papaya salad).

Ten Most Recent Reviews for This Project

Laos is a relatively undiscovered part of the world with hidden wonders that you should take the opportunity to get involved in. Why not take a trip to the East of Luang Prabang to Phonsavan and explore the mysterious Plain of Jars. Giant stone jars are scattered over the area surrounded by speculation and myths as to how they appeared - why not visit the ancient site yourself to see if you can come up with a possible explanation!

You could also explore the archipelago of Si Phan Don, meaning four thousand islands. Here many travellers have been captivated by its beauty and stayed longer than planned, once you experience its laid-back atmosphere (even by Laos standards) it’s easy to understand why. As time swings by ever so slowly on these tiny islands why not cycle, swim or kayak through its peaceful communities and enchanting nature.

You could also get your hiking boots on and explore the lush forested mountains in the north of the country, check out the gothic limestone karsts of Vang Vieng, or venture further sound and experience the chilled lifestyle in the capital city of Vientiane. As little is known about this intriguing country you could even explore the undiscovered and venture into the unknown.

Many volunteers take the opportunity to explore Asia further after the project with the new friends they made whilst in Laos. Experienced field staff will be available and happy to provide help with post-project planning.

COSTS

2 weeks US$1,645

4 weeks US$2,045

6 weeks US$2,495

8 weeks US$2,895

10 weeks US$3,345

12 weeks US$3,745

16 weeks US$4,595

20 weeks US$5,445

24 weeks US$6,295

DEPARTURE DATES

Biweekly, please arrive on the Friday before your project begins on the Saturday in order to be picked up from the airport.

 

DURATION 

Duration 2 – 24 weeks

START DATES

2018:

 17 Feb 2018

 03 Mar 2018

 17 Mar 2018

 31 Mar 2018

 14 Apr 2018

 28 Apr 2018

 12 May 2018

 26 May 2018

 09 Jun 2018

 23 Jun 2018

 07 Jul 2018

 21 Jul 2018

 04 Aug 2018

 18 Aug 2018

 01 Sep 2018

 15 Sep 2018

 29 Sep 2018

 13 Oct 2018

 27 Oct 2018

 10 Nov 2018

 24 Nov 2018

 08 Dec 2018

 22 Dec 2018

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Luang Prabang (LPQ)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

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


LEGAL STATEMENT

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