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Construction & Renovation of Community Facilities

Nanyang Village, Laos show on map

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Come to Laos and help to build or renovate community facilities such as schools, medical centres and temples that positively affect the lives of poor people.

The Program

This program is designed to support the Laotian people by helping in local community construction and renovation projects. These projects take place at facilities such as local medical centres, temples, schools and other community facilities that are allocated to the poor and require construction assistance. The work assignments within this program could range from painting walls/buildings, restoration/upgrading of existing facilities, building walls, upgrading and restoring sanitation facilities, chairs and tables used in the schools/temples or the construction of new facilities/small buildings.

You will get the chance to interact with the friendly and kind Laotian people who appreciate your help, which positively impacts the lives of the members of the whole community. You will gain a truly unforgettable and life-changing experience!

The Location

Laos, the country once known as the 'land of a million elephants', can offer a lot - from underground river caves, white-water rapids and jungle zip lines for the thrill seekers, to beautiful forests for the trekkers and nature lovers and wonderful cuisine for the foodies.  It is a country, which has retained its authenticity and traditions and where Buddhism plays a significant role in the language, art, literature and performing arts. Nanyang Village (Ban Na Yang), where the program takes place, is located 26 kilometres outside of Vientiane and will give you a taste of the authentic rural Laos.

Typical day

From Monday to Friday you will be working in the placements focusing on renovation and light construction work such as painting, gardening, building walls, repairing chairs and tables, building sinks, garbage tanks and others depending on what is needed at that time. Lunch is at noon and you will continue the work until 5:00 p.m. Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. Before dinner on Friday there will be an evaluation meeting about the program.

Once a week there will be a trip to Vientiane so you can visit the night market, the river, any restaurants and tourist sites.

Weekends will be free to explore on your own or with friends.

Please note that activities and schedules can change at any time based on the needs of the program, local conditions and weather conditions.

Details on Arrival

Start Dates: Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Placements start each Monday.

Free-time activities

There are a volleyball court and a football pitch at the accommodation so you can enjoy some sport as well.

The closest ATM machine can be found on the main road to Vientiane, approximately 5 kilometres from the accommodation. Participants can exchange money or use the ATM at the airport when they arrive.

Concert/Music
Hiking
Sports

Program 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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Passion and enthusiasm to get to know Laos, lots of energy and creativity, and not scared to get your hands dirty!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
50+

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  • accommodation
  • airport pickup
  • orientation
  • in-country support
  • program activities
Airport Pickup at Wattay International Airport
Accommodation

You will be staying at a guesthouse located inside an agriculture and development facility where Laotian farmers and Thai/Lao students get their training regarding sustainable agriculture and best practice.  The rooms are shared by 4 to 8 people on a single gender basis. There are no laundry facilities, so you should expect to wash your clothes by hand.

Private rooms are available for an additional US$130 per week.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

There are three meals during the day comprising of a variety of Western and delicious Laotian dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner accommodated by fruit. Please note that during the weekends only 2 meals per day are provided (brunch and dinner). You can get groceries and snacks in the village.

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 Wattay International Airport (VTE) in Vientiane. 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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$800.00
3 weeks
$1,200.00
4 weeks
$1,600.00
8 weeks
$3,200.00
16 weeks
$6,400.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$9,600.00
Average fees
$400.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Nanyang Village/Laos between 2 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Global Nomadic will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Laos.
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 Global Nomadic during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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