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Educational Outreach

Vientiane, Laos

Agency | GoEco

This educational initiative serves the less privileged with the aim of improving the students’ English language skills and developing their interests and ambitions.

About the location

You will be staying in the village of Ban Houakhoua just out side Vientiane, the capital and largest city of Laos. Known as the “City of Sandalwood,” Vientiane is located on the banks of the Mekong River and is one of the quainter cities of Southeast Asia. The city is knowf for its immaculate roadside gardens, spotless streets, and symmetrical architecture. This French-inspired city is slow-paced, laid-back, and a nice respite from the typical Southeast Asian city.

Volunteer tasks

The school has about 60 students between the ages of 4 and 12, all who are in need of additional educational assistance. As a volunteer, you will be primarily responsible for teaching English language classes at the local primary school in accordance with the school’s curriculum. This involves teaching basic English grammar, vocabulary, and conversational phrases, as well as creating practical, real-life situations that are fun for the children to role-play while utilizing their English. You will also organize and lead extra-curricular classes in English that vary in content, but typically include playing games and sports, singing songs, and arts-and-crafts projects.

Volunteers will have the day off on most public holidays, with the opportunity to join in the local festivities. The education program is also affected by school holidays, and those who are enrolled in the project during these times have the opportunity to join in English teaching camps organized with the local Buddhist monks at a nearby temple. Although the exact dates are subject to change depending on the local schools' plans, the tentative dates of these holidays are:

Mid January - Early February
May 25 - June 1

Typical day

From 9:00 am to 11:00 am will be time for you to prepare lessons and activities for your upcoming classes in the afternoon. At 12:00 pm you’ll have lunch, followed by teaching English from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm. You’ll have time to meet with fellow volunteers and staff to evaluate the day and plan for the next day at 5:30 pm, and then dinner is served at 6:00 pm. Your evenings will be free to either explore the local sights or participate in the site's weekly events such as movie nights, karaoke and barbecues. You have Saturday and Sunday off to relax after a week of teaching or to explore the area.

Free-time activities

Near the accommodation you will find temples and authentic rural Laotian scenery. Many volunteers head to the country’s largest city and capital, Vientiane, in the afternoons. Some sights you will find there include:

  • Patuxai - Vientiane’s take on the Arc de Triomphe and their own victory monument. You can climb it to enjoy the panoramic views!
  • Wat Si Muang - A Buddhist temple for those who want to absorb some religious culture.
  • Night Market - Every evening at the Mekong river, this is the place to be for locals as well as tourists.
Orientation Culture Week (Highly Recommended, Not Included): 
For an additional fee you can begin or extend your stay for a week, with a program  that includes Laotian cooking lessons, language classes, and tours to learn more about the Laotian people, culture, and customs. Visit some of Laos' highlights, such as the Golden Pagoda, Victory Monument, and lush hiking trails through caves and mountains. This is an opportunity to immerse yourself in this truly remarkable country while also getting to know the other volunteers on your project.

Concert/Music
Museum/Opera

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)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High school, Graduate or university level
Required Documents
Copy of passport to be submitted upon registration, CV/Resume to be submitted upon registration and Police clearance form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Motivation to work with children
Able to work in hot and humid climate
Immunizations (please consult your local travel clinic)
Teaching experience preferred, but not necessary
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:30

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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Included in the fees are:
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Airport Pickup on arrival
  • Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
  • Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support

Airport Pickup at Wattay International Airport

Airport Pickup upon arrival

Accommodation

Volunteers will stay at a guesthouse in single-gender double or quad rooms. All rooms have a Western style toilet and shower. The volunteer guesthouse is not equipped with WiFi. However, participants can access the internet at any number of cafes inside the city. Laundry services are not provided.

Dorm Room Guesthouse Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

From Monday-Friday, three meals a day are provided and served at the guesthouse. Breakfast will be American-style and typical Laotian dishes, consisting of rice, noodles, meat, and/or fish, will be served for lunch and dinner (there will be both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options). On the weekends, only breakfast and dinner are provided.

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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)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,180.00
5 weeks
$1,400.00
6 weeks
$1,620.00
7 weeks
$1,840.00
8 weeks (max. stay)
$2,060.00
Average fees
$276.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Vientiane/Laos between 4 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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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%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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