Love Volunteers

Provide English Education

Luang Prabang, Laos show on map

Improve the future prospects of some of Laos most disadvantaged and impoverished people, and help them to break the poverty cycle,

The program

This exciting project was created with the goal of helping to improve the English-speaking abilities of the residents of Luang Prabang. As is common in many of the worlds' poorer communities, an ability to speak English unlocks a new world of possibilities for children and opens up many professional opportunities for the working-age, often within the service and tourism industries which is a growing market in Laos. Teaching volunteers on this program will be given the opportunity to be part of a number of special projects and teach in a range of diverse environments, making their volunteer experience both interesting and dynamic. Volunteers will find themselves working in the Santiphab secondary school library, teaching Buddhist monks, the disabled and those affected by land mines and at an English Learning Centre. This varied project aims to improve the lives of others by imparting the skills of language. 

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide free English language classes to the people of Luang Prabang
  • Improve the future prospects of some of Laos most disadvantaged and impoverished people, and help them to break the poverty cycle,
  • Expose non-English speakers to native English speakers in order to improve pronunciation and conversational skills,
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both residents and international volunteers alike.

How you can help

Volunteers play an integral role in achieving the goals of this project. Having native English speakers impart their own inherent knowledge of a skill greatly improves the ability for non-English speakers to learn this language properly. Volunteers will have the opportunity to assist with conversational English, reading, and playing educational games with the children. Monks learn English to spread the teaching of Buddha and communicate effectively with people outside of the monastery. Teaching English to Buddhist monks is an excellent opportunity for volunteers who are interested in Buddhism, as they will also have a wonderful opportunity to learn and witness colorful rituals and prayers. The Temple Community classroom also welcomes disadvantaged children from surrounding areas so volunteers work with a diverse group of students. Classes are mostly focused on conversation and usually contain around 20 students, ranging in age from 10 - 22 years.  

Volunteers on this project contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Teach English to a range of students in a variety of ways
  • Play games with students and make learning fun
  • Network with local residents and local project staff
  • Work with the local teacher to improve their English skills 

Typical day

Volunteers work Monday to Friday in Laos with weekends free to explore this amazing location. Volunteering generally lasts for around 4 and 6 hours and, while we ask all volunteers to be flexible, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

7:00am Breakfast at the Guesthouse

8:00am Travel to the project site

8:15am Pre-start meeting with the project supervisor

8:30am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

Lunch is taken near to the project site or can be packed and taken with you.

4:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

4:15pm De-brief with the project supervisor

4:30pm Optional volunteering

Evenings classes are run from 4:30pm to 8:00pm and volunteers are welcome to assist if they wish.

Evening Free time

Dinner can be eaten in the Guesthouse or at one of the many eateries in Luang Prabang.

Details on Arrival

This project is available year-round and programs start every SATURDAY. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

Free-time activities

This wonderful program is based in the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site of Luang Prabang, lying alongside the mighty Mekong River in the North of the country. As well as extensive natural beauty in the form of mountains, waterfalls and caves this area is famous for its many Buddhist Monasteries and Temples, known locally as ‘Wats’. Buddhist Monks in their distinctive orange robes are a common site as are the breath-taking sunsets over the Mekong.

Described as “languid and lovely” by Lonely Planet this ancient town is the rare combination of stunning natural beauty lying alongside man-made wonders and all contained within a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. 

Swimming
Sightseeing
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Yoga/Meditation

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) 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/University level
Required Documents
Emergency contact and Resume
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
This project best suits those with experience and/or qualifications in the field of childhood development and education, though volunteers who simply wish to explore an interest in this field are also welcomed as there are many ways you can assist in the classroom. Importantly, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Included Services

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Before your journey

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On-site services

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Dedicated pre-departure support
  • Exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner! 
  • Airport pick-up on arrival 
  • Orientation & full safety briefing on arrival
  • Accommodation
  • Food & Meals
  • 24/7 local support network 
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Lifetime LV Alumni Membership
  • The opportunity to make a REAL difference!
  • Certificate of Completion (on request)
  • LV registration fee
Airport Pickup at Luang Prabang International Airport

Upon arrival into Luang Prabang you will be met by our local team, taken to your guesthouse accommodation and introduced to your hosts. The rest of the day is free to settle in to the new environment.

On Monday an orientation session takes place which covers local and regional customs, transport, rules and recommendations and, of course, what to expect from your volunteering placement. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts and ask any last questions you may have.

  • Arrival Day: SATURDAY
  • Departure Day: SATURDAY 
  • Arrival Airport: Luang Prabang International Airport, Luang Prabang, Laos (Code: LPQ)
Accommodation

Volunteers on this program are accommodated in a wonderful family run Guesthouse in picturesque Luang Prabang. The Guesthouse hosts' pride themselves on offering traditional Laos hospitality that is guaranteed to make you feel welcome.

The Guesthouse is centrally located and within easy reach of shops to purchase daily essentials, restaurants, cafes and bars for eating out, internet cafes for staying in touch with those at home and easy commuting distance to the program locations. Bicycles are the most effective way of getting around town and are provided for volunteer use free of charge.

Rooms are private and comfortable and equipped with en-suite bathrooms, electric hot water showers and western style toilets. Bed linen is provided so volunteers need only bring a towel and personal toiletries. Laundry facilities are available in the Guesthouse.

Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Breakfast is provided daily and water and fruit is freely available. There is a simple but well-equipped kitchen where volunteers can store and prepare food if they wish. Conveniently volunteers can also order food from a menu in the kitchen which is prepared by the hosts and costs approximately US$2-US$4 per dish.

Lao food focuses on fresh vegetables and herbs and dishes are often grilled or steamed so are both healthy and delicious. Sticky rice is a staple and noodle soups (‘pho’) and stews (‘oh lam’) are common and full of flavor. A local saying goes along the lines of “Sweet makes you dizzy, but bitter makes you healthy” indicative of the tendency for dishes to be herbal and astringent rather than sweet and sour.

Internet Access
Limited 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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,171.00
5 weeks
$1,178.00
5 weeks
$1,355.00
6 weeks
$1,288.00
6 weeks
$1,481.00
7 weeks
$1,677.00
7 weeks
$1,677.00
8 weeks
$1,803.00
8 weeks
$1,803.00
9 weeks
$1,838.00
9 weeks
$1,838.00
10 weeks
$1,930.00
10 weeks
$1,930.00
11 weeks
$2,033.00
11 weeks
$2,033.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,102.00
Average fees
$234.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Luang Prabang/Laos between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers 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 {project.name} during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Asia South-Eastern Asia Laos  Luang Prabang, N/A

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