English Teaching in a Local School

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founded in 2018
NK SEEDS Laos
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Coordinator | Melissa
Coordinator | Melissa
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High­lights

Help a small community by teaching them English
Immerse yourself into an extraordinary human experience
Experience the lao culture
Impact the next generations by sharing your skills and values
Meet new friends for life from around the world
Volunteer in a local English teaching project in a northern village in Laos. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

NK English School offers free English classes to the children and young adults of Nong Khiaw and the surroundings areas.

Our main goal is to give the local community the opportunity to learn English for free. We currently hold English classes five afternoons per week with over 150 students registered

The English courses take place from Monday to Friday and are divided into 6 groups. Our students are aged from 9 to 26 years old.

Daily English lessons 

Come aboard for an extraordinary human experience. Volunteering positions are great for people of all ages, from recent college graduates to retirees seeking meaningful opportunities to share their knowledge and experience. 

Volunteers don't necessarily need experience in working with children and English teaching. We are looking for open-minded volunteers with a responsible attitude and a willingness to help, who are interested in sharing knowledge and stories. We would love to learn about your culture and teach you about the Lao culture as well.

Our purpose is to give them the opportunity to access additional English education in a friendly environment, where traditional learning is coupled with a set of activities that allow them to put their lessons into practice in a dynamic and fun way. 

Our English programs have been validated by the village's Ministry of Education. We have 4 local teachers who ensure Lao/English translation and vice versa, which ensures a better understanding for the students.

As our students are divided into 6 classes. Each volunteer is assigned 3 classes that they will remain in for the entire stay in our school.

Volunteers are divided into two teams and teach only 3 hours per day (from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM) with support from our local teachers.

Their main role is to assist the teachers during the classes. For the students, it’s a plus. They are very excited to meet and learn with foreigners from all over the world.

We also need help with :

Environmental project

- Creation of ecological awareness courses

- Land development

- Organization of waste collection 

- Paper and plastic recycling 

Other 

- Designing and building furniture for the school

- Painting

- Bamboo straws packaging 

- Communication and searching of funds

 

Typical day

Every morning the volunteers and teachers meet at 9 am in the office. For a good hour and a half, the volunteers prepare the afternoon's lessons and activities, according to the weekly topics. We have a wide range of manuals, books, games and online courses that the volunteers can use for the preparation.

Then at 10.30 am, it's time for manual work. Depending on the skills of each volunteer, everyone will be assigned  a mission each week. For example, making new furniture for the site, renovating the bungalows, taking care of the garden, recycling paper and plastic with our recycling machines, managing the social networks, preparing the Saturday night charity event, etc.

12.30 pm is break time. Volunteers have lunch and free time to rest, visit the surroundings and enjoy the water activities on the river until 4pm.

At 4 pm, it is time for classes. Volunteers and teachers head to the school for lessons until 7.30 pm.

Helping Monday to Friday with the children is very fulfilling but also challenging. On Saturday afternoon, we offer different types of activities for children and teenagers to balance learning the English language and having fun (painting, photography, dance, music, treks, theater, conversation classes...). Activities are chosen and organized by volunteers and teachers during the week.

Free-time activities

Volunteers have Sunday off to relax or visit the surrounding area. For those willing to get out and explore, there are nearby caves, waterfalls viewpoints, treks, swimming-pool, boat trips, kayak, meditation etc...

Climbing
Concert/
Music
Hiking
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Sightseeing
Sports
Swimming
Water Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
Travel insurance
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

What's Included

Services by NK SEEDS Laos

The price includes :

bed in a shared bungalow (2 persons)

- breakfast and lunch during teaching days (5 days per week)

-  Wi-Fi

-  unlimited free drinking water, coffee and tea

housekeeping every saturday

- NK SEEDS tee-shirt

Accommodation
Volunteers sleep in provided bungalows.
Every bungalow is equipped with a fan, bedding and private bathroom. 

We have a common kitchen with cooking facilities. 

Please note that Nong Khiaw is located in the middle of the Jungle. That means, you might found some insects in your bungalow and in the common spaces.
Food & Beverages

We provide volunteers breakfast and lunch on teaching days.

We have a restaurant on site with occidental and lao food (vegetarian meals available). We have unlimited free drinking water (hot and cold).

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ) in Luang Prabang. We assist you to find cheap flights to Laos.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Laos provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Laos you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Laos.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Arrivals and departures are on SATURDAY.

The closest airport is the one in Luang Prabang.

What we would recommend is to stay overnight in Luang Prabang and take a bus the next day. You can even stay for a few days, it's a beautiful town, lots of things to do.

If you land in Vientiane, take the train to Luang Prabang. The departure time are 7:30.am, 9am and 4:30pm. It takes about 2 hours to Luang Prabang.

The bus departure time from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw is at 9.00.am. We would recommend you to be there at 8:00. am. Then, it takes about 3 hours to reach Nong Khiaw.

You can easily book your bus ticket from guesthouses. It costs about 90,000 KIP ($6).

When you get to NK, ask the tuk tuk driver to drop you at "NK SEEDS" on google map. Our site is located right next to the bank. 

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 13 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$273
5 weeks
$340
7 weeks
$476
13 weeks (max. stay)
$884
Average fees
$68 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. NK SEEDS Laos will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with NK SEEDS Laos during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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