Short-Term Communications Internship

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High­lights

Assist our local partners with communication tasks and creating media content.
Immerse yourself into the fascinating culture of Laos by attending one of its many vibrant festivals, or sampling the local dishes.
Gain new skills such as leadership, communications, teamwork, teaching, events management, and organisation
Gain an in-depth understanding of how to Teach English as a Foreign Language.
Contribute towards UN SDG #17 - Partnerships for the Goals and Goal #4 - Quality Education.
Learn new skills and gain valuable experience relating to communications development, in Laos. Deliver essential English classes and workshops in Luang Prabang, a picture This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Learn new skills and gain valuable experience relating to communications development, in Laos. Deliver essential English classes and workshops in Luang Prabang, a picturesque riverside town with so much to offer its visitors in terms of cultural differences, history and scenic surrounds. Our base is located at the meeting of the mighty Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, here you will assist us and our local partners with content creation, communications and media related tasks. This will allow you to gather valuable skills in various areas of business. Teaching English classes in the community helps contribute towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with Goal #4 - Quality Education being our main focus.

Increasing Employability: Pre Departure Program Training:

Our programs are not only life-changing experiences but are also designed to help participants increase their employability. We have developed a curriculum to be completed prior to arrival in the country in order to ensure that more time is dedicated to program work once you commence your volunteer program. 

Eight weeks prior to your start date, you will complete the following online courses in preparation for your in-country program:

PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION (1 hour)

PROGRAM SPECIFIC TRAINING (1 - 5 hours)

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COURSE (10 - 15 hours)

LEADERSHIP COURSE (10 - 15 hours)

CAREERS COURSE (10 - 15 hours)

In order to obtain a certificate for the Community Development, Leadership and Careers courses which are endorsed by the University of Richmond and UNC Charlotte, you will need to complete quizzes & assignments and will be given 4 weeks post program to submit your work. 

If you are looking to travel in less than 8 weeks from now, you will still complete the course however this will be done in country and all content will need to be downloaded before arrival. 

Health & Hygiene:

The work we contribute to across the globe remains important and new measures allow our participants to continue to join our programs and continue impacting positively on their world and the communities we work with. Changes to our existing protocols have been made by our health and hygiene team to strengthen our health and hygiene protocols and ensure that international standard safeguards are in place to protect our participants, staff and host communities. Please inquire for more information on the protocols.




Typical day

Your days on the internship will be jam-packed as you can look forward to a full day of teaching, and planning for lessons and workshops. You will also be attending one-on-one training sessions in the first few weeks, as well as spending time working on your internship project and media related tasks.

  • Resource room orientation and Lesson Planning Training Session. 
  • Volunteers generally teach anywhere between 2-4 hours per day in addition to lesson planning time. 
  • Usually there is a morning class from 8am-11am followed by a break and then possibly an afternoon class, and usually evening classes until 8:00 or 8:30pm. In between, you will have time to work on your research project as well as create media content for us and our partners.
  • Interns participate in several hours of lesson planning daily. 
  • Your work week runs from Monday to Friday with weekends free to explore the region or participate in temple tours, Lao language classes, cultural activities, village visits, cooking classes 
  • The work schedule is flexible and can change at short notice. 

Free-time activities

Live with other participants from around the world in the ancient city of Luang Prabang, among Buddhist temples, rolling hills, and the mighty Mekong river. In your free time learn more about the many cultures of Laos, by taking additional language lessons, exploring nearby temples, or visiting a rice farm. Bond with new friends while visiting the beautiful Si Kuang falls or taking a river cruise down to the historic Pak Ou Caves, filled with thousands of images of the Buddha.

You will be based a short walk from the centre of the ancient city of Luang Prabang. Travelling around the local area is easy and is best done by foot or bike. Bicycles are available locally for rent or sale but are up to you to arrange. There is much to see and do in the area, so why not visit the local landmarks during your free time? Nong Khiaw’s dramatic viewpoint, Vang Vien’s limestone caves or the Kuang Si waterfall - the possibilities are endless! 
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports

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)
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 and Friday

What's Included

Services by GVI

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 10 hour TEFL Training
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • ILM leadership course
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Welcome meeting

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Police or background check
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

Airport Pickup at Luang Prabang International Airport
We will ensure, whenever possible, that one of our dedicated staff will be available to meet you at the airport. We will arrange with you prior to your departure that, should you arrive in the agreed upon pick up window, a member of our staff will be there to welcome you, easily identifiable in a GVI t-shirt or holding a GVI sign and wearing a friendly smile. This means there will be someone there to greet you as you land, and from there you will be transported to your GVI base to start your adventure and meet the rest of your team.

Accommodation
Live with other participants from around the world in the ancient city of Luang Prabang, among Buddhist temples, rolling hills, and the mighty Mekong river. The GVI base is situated at a quaint guesthouse, with an outdoor space where participants can relax and take in the tranquil atmosphere of the capital of Laos. There are 2 volunteers per room with attached bathroom. The bathrooms have running hot and cold water available for showering and western style toilets. Rooms get cleaned once per week and there is a laundry service available at an extra cost. Each room has a TV and a Fan with free Wi-Fi. The Room also have air conditioning that can be used at a extra cost of 30,000 Lao Kip per day paid directly to the guesthouse.It is a 5 minute walk to main office/teaching location and a 30 minute walk into town. Upgraded accommodation is available at an additional cost. 
Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at one of two local restaurants on base. Cuisine includes both traditional Laos dishes and Western meals. Eggs, pancakes, toast with butter and jam, and a range of southeast Asian fruits are common for breakfast, and or lunch and dinner, participants can choose from a range of dishes.
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.
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

Due to the current situation you have the flexibility of changing the destination and start dates for this program at no extra cost. 

  • 09 Jan 2021
  • 06 Feb 2021
  • 06 Mar 2021
  • 03 Apr 2021
  • 01 May 2021
  • 29 May 2021
  • 26 Jun 2021
  • 24 Jul 2021
  • 21 Aug 2021
  • 18 Sep 2021
  • 16 Oct 2021
  • 13 Nov 2021
  • 11 Dec 2021

This program is paused due to COVID-19 and reopens July 2021. Apply Now!

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$3,396
6 weeks
$4,089
8 weeks
$4,719
10 weeks
$5,412
12 weeks (max. stay)
$6,105
Average fees
$679 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. GVI 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 GVI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Short-Term Communications Internship

Learn new skills and gain valuable experience relating to communications development, in Laos. Deliver essential English classes and workshops in Luang Prabang, a picture

$539/week

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