Programme: Teaching English Luang Prabang In the ancient city of Luang Prabang, English is the most popular subject in school and it is not uncommon to see a high student to teacher ratio. You will be able to help these eager students learn English and receive a quality education.
This programme runs for 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 20 and 24 weeks. Contact us to find out the 2017 dates and start planning your adventure!
Programme: Volunteer with Children Luang Prabang By teaching the skills of English, we are assisting in the long term development of this country. We hope that through our commitment to our work and our respectful attitude to the customs, traditions and practices of Laos, that we also leave behind good impressions of being a falang – a foreign friend.
This programme runs for 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 20 and 24 weeks and begins January 09, January 23, February 06, February 20, March 05, March 19, April 02, April 16, April 30, May 14, May 28 2016.
Room & Board (any housing, food, and transportation included). Facilities may be more basic than you are accustomed to – please travel with an open mind and a willingness to adapt to local conditions. Accommodation is in shared rooms with fan and shared bathrooms at a local guesthouse. There is running hot and cold water available for showering. Western style toilets are in each of the bathrooms.
Does the project require any special preparation? Staff in the field will provide training on the skills required, but you may benefit from learning more about local history, culture and customs before you travel.
Recommended reading includes:
Laos Culture and Society edited by Grant Evans. Published by Silkworm Books, 1999.
Culture Shock – A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquett Laos by Robert Cooper. Published by Marshall Cavendish Corporation, 2008
To get a head start on Teaching English as a foreign language have a look at the following websites. They offer ideas about activities that can be used for teaching a variety of subjects.
Overview of the tasks and time commitment needed from the participant. Our Teaching English programme is a great opportunity to connect with this exciting culture, whilst providing vital life-enhancing English-language instruction to the Monks as well as local community members! You will work alongside the other volunteers or Laotian teachers, teaching for 4 to 5 hours each day, the students may be older children or adults, and are all very eager to meet their volunteers and improve their language skills as much as possible! Teaching takes place in a range of schools and colleges, as well as at some temple schools in Luang Prabang.
For the Volunteer with Children programme, work involves either acting as a teacher's assistant or responsible for teaching a class so you need to be prepared to adapt to different levels of responsibility and teaching methods. Volunteers will be working at schools with varying age groups - from 8-15 years old.
What specific skills, education, or experience must the participant have? What skills, education, or experience are desirable? Volunteers need not have any specific skills just an enthusiasm and passion for contributing to the project and the local partner objectives. Volunteers need to be fluent in written and spoken English.
Health and safety (site specific health and safety information). The nearest emergency medical facilities are located in Luang Prabang, not far from your placement. our staff will be trained in basic first aid. Please note that we cannot provide specific medical advice. Please consult your primary care provider (doctor, GP, etc.) or visit a travel clinic for further information. You should check with your doctor about appropriate vaccinations for coming to Laos.
Inclusions/things to do (trips or extra features). In your down time you will be free to travel in the local area and can expect weekends off. In this time you could visit nearby caves, local handicraft villages, waterfalls, or go for boat rides on the Mekong River. Tour companies are plentiful in Luang Prabang and weekend trips are easy to arrange in country. We staff can point you towards reliable companies. Before and after your program you could explore Laos culture and countryside. Visit the modern day capital of Vientiane, or go tubing and trekking in Vang Vieng.
Orientation and Training (supervision and preparation the participant will receive). Staff in the field will provide training on the skills required, but you may benefit from learning more about local history, culture and customs before you travel.
Costs (detailed list of what’s included/not included and per diem estimate). What's Included
Pre-departure support and discounted services
24-hour emergency phone
Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
Long term experienced staff
Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
All necessary project training by experienced staff
All necessary project equipment and materials
24-hour in-country support
Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
A guided tour of Luang Prabang to show you the sights and point out the best restaurants, internet cafe’s, banks, etc.
Learning about Lao culture, history, food, religion and language
A shared room in guesthouse accommodation in the ancient city Luang Prabang
Orientation on teaching methods and techniques, language, culture and religion
The rare opportunity to work closely with novice monks in a temple school
What's Not Included
Medical and travel insurance
Extra local excursions
International and domestic airport taxes
Additional Information For your program you will need a tourist visa, for most nationalities this does need to be arranged in advance. The duration offered depends upon your nationality so please check to ensure you comply with immigration and airlines requirements regarding visas and entry prerequisites to the country such as proof of a return flight within a maximum number of days.