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Village Child Care

Vientiane, Laos show on map

Agency | GoEco

This project is aimed at helping provide care for children from poor families in Laos, whose parents must work during the day in order to make a living.

About the project

This project is aimed at helping provide care for children from poor families, whose parents must work during the day in order to make a living. You will have the option of volunteering at 2 different kindergartens, where the number of children in attendance can range from 25 to 60+, and are typically between the ages of 2 and 4. The children come during the day and are picked up by their parents in the afternoon. While teaching English and interacting with the children at these various centers, volunteers will experience the enlightening kindness of the Laotian people, while improving the lives of disadvantaged families. 

About the location

Ban Houakhoua Village is located in the Naxaythong District, about 25 kilometers from Vientiane, the country’s capital. This location allows for the best of both worlds, as its rural nature will give you a taste of the traditional Laos while still being close to a big city! In Nanyang Village (Ban Na Yang) you will get a taste of ‘real’ rural Laos, where it feels as though time stands still. This beautiful, peaceful location will allow you to meet warm, welcoming locals, giving you a uniquely authentic Laos experience.

Only 25 kilometers away from the village you’ll find the country’s largest city and capital, Vientiane. A laid-back, French-inspired city, Vientiane is located on the banks of the Mekong River near the border of Thailand. With its manicured gardens and French colonial architecture, this city of about 400,000 people, known as the “City of Sandalwood” is also a nice respite from your typical Southeast Asian city.

Volunteer tasks

As a volunteer on this project you will be playing a key role by helping to reduce the heavy work burden of the local staff. You will also be able to develop your own skills working with small children and in so doing  provide them with a safe and nurturing environment. 
During your time at the various kindergartens, you will primarily help teach English, life skills and basic hygiene to the children. You may also be in charge of supervising the children and caring for them through feeding, washing, and dressing them. Additionally, you may also help keep the kindergarten space clean and organized, as well as lead games and activities for the children to make their time at the kindergarten more enjoyable. Should you wish you may also bring additional materials for your classes with you, including magazines, comics, musical instrument etc.

Typical day

You can expect to volunteer five days a week, Monday to Friday. After breakfast in the morning, you will teach English and manage feeding with the kindergarten children. You will break for lunch while the children take naps, and afterwards you will help bathe and feed the children, continue teaching English, and lead games and activities. You will end the volunteer day with dinner back at the guesthouse.

Details on Arrival

Please note that during public holidays the kindergartens are closed. During these dates, you will get time off to join in the local festivities to further immerse yourself in the local Laotian culture. For questions regarding holiday dates, please consult your placement coordinator by clicking the blue "Message us" button.

Free-time activities

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.

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.


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)
Required Documents
Proof of Immunizations (please consult your local travel clinic), Copy of passport to be submitted upon registration and CV/Resume to be submitted upon registration
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Motivation to work with children
Happy to work in hot and humid climate
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for


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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 on arrival


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, numerous cafes in the city provide internet access for a small fee. 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. Most meals will include both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options; however, we ask that you please inform us ahead of time if you have dietary restrictions to ensure that we can plan accordingly. On the weekends, only breakfast and dinner are provided.

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 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.
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)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

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.
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 GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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