Teach Buddhist Novice Monks English

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High­lights

Teach Buddhist novice monks and other students in Luang Prabang.
Learn about Theravada Buddhist practices.
Immerse yourself in the many diverse cultures of Laos.
Visit the Pak Ou caves, a sacred Buddhist site.
Swim in the crystal clear cascading pools of the Kuang Si Waterfalls.
Enhance the education of Buddhist novice monks as well as other members of the local community while immersing yourself in Lao culture. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of Laos. Here you will teach Buddhist novice monks and other Lao students. During your time off explore the lush surroundings of the region by going on a river cruise or trekking through the mountains. 

Many young boys from rural villages in Laos are encouraged to become novice monks at the Buddhist monasteries in Luang Prabang, which gives them access to education as well as room and board. 

Volunteers on this program will contribute to education initiatives from Monday to Friday by teaching English to these Buddhist novice monks, as well as other young students in Laos. Student ages vary as well as their level of comfort expressing themselves in English. Volunteers will also assist with building local capacity for education by supporting local teachers by preparing lessons and resources.

The aim of this project is for volunteers to contribute to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal, UN SDG, #4, Quality Education, which also helps to increase future academic and employment opportunities for students, furthering UN SDG, #8 Decent Work and Economic Growth. 

On the weekend, volunteers can relax with other participants at the GVI base accommodation in Luang Prabang, or head out to explore the local area. Engage in chanting and meditation sessions at local temples, visit sacred caves, book a river cruise, or go hiking in the nearby hills.  


Typical day

First Week:


- Monday - First a Getting Started training followed by a resource room orientation and Lesson Planning Training Session. You’ll spend the afternoon planning for your evening lesson.

- Tuesday-Friday of the first week consist of teaching, lesson planning and additional practical training. The work schedule is slightly flexible and can change at very short notice. Volunteers generally teach anywhere between 2-4 hours per day in addition to lesson planning time. 

- Usually there is a morning class from about 8 am-11 am, a break then possibly an afternoon class, and usually evening classes until 8:00 or 8:30 pm. Volunteers willparticipate in several hours of lesson planning daily. 

- A volunteer’s 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,etc. 

Free-time activities

You will be based a short walk from the centre of Luang Prabang and working at the temple or other learning facilities located in town. 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. 

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. GVI 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. The possibilities are endless!
Sightseeing
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)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School 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 Global Vision International (GVI)

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • A shared room in guesthouse accommodation in the ancient city Luang Prabang
  • 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
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Orientation on teaching methods and techniques, language, culture and religion
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • The rare opportunity to work closely with novice monks in a temple school
  • 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

The accommodation is at a local guesthouse. 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

Set Start Dates with Guaranteed Departures:


  • 2019
  • 20 Apr 2019
    04 May 2019
    18 May 2019
    01 Jun 2019
    15 Jun 2019
    29 Jun 2019
    13 Jul 2019
    27 Jul 2019
    10 Aug 2019
    24 Aug 2019
    07 Sep 2019
    21 Sep 2019
    05 Oct 2019
    19 Oct 2019
    02 Nov 2019
    16 Nov 2019
    30 Nov 2019
    14 Dec 2019
    28 Dec 2019
  • 2020
  • 11 Jan 2020
    25 Jan 2020
    08 Feb 2020
    22 Feb 2020
    07 Mar 2020
    21 Mar 2020
    04 Apr 2020
    18 Apr 2020
    02 May 2020
    16 May 2020
    30 May 2020
    13 Jun 2020
    27 Jun 2020
    11 Jul 2020
    25 Jul 2020
    08 Aug 2020
    22 Aug 2020
    05 Sep 2020
    19 Sep 2020
    03 Oct 2020
    17 Oct 2020
    31 Oct 2020
    14 Nov 2020
    28 Nov 2020
    12 Dec 2020
    26 Dec 2020

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

Program fees

Costs: Prices in EUR (USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
€2,205 ($2,470)
5 weeks
€2,440 ($2,733)
6 weeks
€2,675 ($2,996)
7 weeks
€2,910 ($3,259)
8 weeks
€3,145 ($3,522)
9 weeks
€3,380 ($3,786)
10 weeks
€3,615 ($4,049)
11 weeks
€3,850 ($4,312)
12 weeks (max. stay)
€4,085 ($4,575)
Average fees
€446 ($499) /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Global Vision International (GVI) will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Global Vision International (GVI) during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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  Asia South-Eastern Asia Laos  Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang

Teach Buddhist Novice Monks English

Enhance the education of Buddhist novice monks as well as other members of the local community while immersing yourself in Lao culture.

$446/week

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