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Volunteer with Buddhist Novice Monks in Laos

Enhance the education of novice Buddhist monks as well as other members of the local community while learning about the local culture

Program Details

Program Type

Volunteering

Location

Asia - Laos - Luang Prabang

Program Focus

Teaching

2 weeks from

£945.00

Code: LALP0120P
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Discover Laos' ancient city of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and teach English to Buddhist novice monks, improving the quality of their education and enabling them to access more opportunities and bring a higher quality of life for their families. Visit local sites such as the Mekong river, beautiful waterfalls and breath-taking mountains in your spare time.
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Project Life
Project Details
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The Team
Dates & Costs

Overview

The beautiful ancient city of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World heritage site, is situated in northern central Laos. Teach English in this idyllic setting, at the meeting of the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers, famous for its Buddhist temples and monasteries.

Many young men in Laos will choose to become monks so that they can access education and escape poverty. Temples do provide inexpensive education although teachers are often stretched beyond capacity making it hard to provide all students with the attention they deserve.

Highlights include…

Have the rare opportunity to work closely with novice monks in a temple school;  learn about Lao culture, history, food, religion and language; visit local sights; enjoy a weekend break on the banks of the Mekong River.

Volunteering on this project you will teach English to these students, improving the quality of their education. This will enable them to access more opportunities and bring a higher quality of life for their families.

Testimonials

"It was an amazing experience. To be able to interact with young novice Buddhist monks and know that you are actually making a positive impact on them seems almost a little surreal at first but then becomes so common place that it takes a moment when one grasps you on the arm and says “You are a very good teacher” to bring home exactly what you are doing.

But that is only a small part of it. The people that I met are what really made the Laos project something that will have a special place in my heart forever."

- Greg Wright, (Australia)

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Students

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • A guided tour of Luang Prabang to show you the sights and point out the best restaurants, internet cafe’s, banks, etc.
  • Learning about Lao culture, history, food, religion and language
  • A shared room in guesthouse accommodation in the ancient city Luang Prabang
  • Orientation on teaching methods and techniques, language, culture and religion
  • The rare opportunity to work closely with novice monks in a temple school

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Parents

Why Study Abroad

GVI Difference

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • A guided tour of Luang Prabang to show you the sights and point out the best restaurants, internet cafe’s, banks, etc.
  • Learning about Lao culture, history, food, religion and language
  • A shared room in guesthouse accommodation in the ancient city Luang Prabang
  • Orientation on teaching methods and techniques, language, culture and religion
  • The rare opportunity to work closely with novice monks in a temple school

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Course Life

You will work with a wide variety of students teaching both practical and conversational English across different levels. The challenging but rewarding role will provide a unique insight into the Laotian culture.

You will work on the project Monday to Friday, planning and delivering English lessons. Weekends are yours to explore the surrounding area or simply relax at base with your fellow volunteers.

You will live in Luang Prabang where Southeast Asian architecture and French colonial mansions collide to create a beautiful and unique setting. Accommodation is in a centrally located guesthouse with electricity and shared rooms and bathroom. You will have daily communal meals with your fellow volunteers.

 

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • A guided tour of Luang Prabang to show you the sights and point out the best restaurants, internet cafe’s, banks, etc.
  • Learning about Lao culture, history, food, religion and language
  • A shared room in guesthouse accommodation in the ancient city Luang Prabang
  • Orientation on teaching methods and techniques, language, culture and religion
  • The rare opportunity to work closely with novice monks in a temple school

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Course Details

Many students in Laos have a strong desire to learn English which can create more employment opportunities improving their economic situation. This increased demand for English lessons and a severe lack of teachers has made classes extremely overcrowded resulting in a deterioration of quality.

We aim to improve the quality of current English programs by providing more native speaking teachers to the temples, schools and education center in the area will help increase access to learning the English language therefore providing a higher level of education for individual students.

How this project makes a difference:

In the ancient city of Luang Prabang, English is the most popular subject in school and it is not uncommon to see a high student to teacher ratio. You will be able to help these eager students learn English and receive a quality education.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • A guided tour of Luang Prabang to show you the sights and point out the best restaurants, internet cafe’s, banks, etc.
  • Learning about Lao culture, history, food, religion and language
  • A shared room in guesthouse accommodation in the ancient city Luang Prabang
  • Orientation on teaching methods and techniques, language, culture and religion
  • The rare opportunity to work closely with novice monks in a temple school

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Life on the Internship

You will work with a wide variety of students teaching both practical and conversational English across different levels. The challenging but rewarding role will provide a unique insight into the Laotian culture.

You will work on the project Monday to Friday, planning and delivering English lessons. Weekends are yours to explore the surrounding area or simply relax at base with your fellow volunteers.

You will live in Luang Prabang where Southeast Asian architecture and French colonial mansions collide to create a beautiful and unique setting. Accommodation is in a centrally located guesthouse with electricity and shared rooms and bathroom. You will have daily communal meals with your fellow volunteers.

 

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • A guided tour of Luang Prabang to show you the sights and point out the best restaurants, internet cafe’s, banks, etc.
  • Learning about Lao culture, history, food, religion and language
  • A shared room in guesthouse accommodation in the ancient city Luang Prabang
  • Orientation on teaching methods and techniques, language, culture and religion
  • The rare opportunity to work closely with novice monks in a temple school

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Program Details

Many students in Laos have a strong desire to learn English which can create more employment opportunities improving their economic situation. This increased demand for English lessons and a severe lack of teachers has made classes extremely overcrowded resulting in a deterioration of quality.

We aim to improve the quality of current English programs by providing more native speaking teachers to the temples, schools and education center in the area will help increase access to learning the English language therefore providing a higher level of education for individual students.

How this project makes a difference:

In the ancient city of Luang Prabang, English is the most popular subject in school and it is not uncommon to see a high student to teacher ratio. You will be able to help these eager students learn English and receive a quality education.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • A guided tour of Luang Prabang to show you the sights and point out the best restaurants, internet cafe’s, banks, etc.
  • Learning about Lao culture, history, food, religion and language
  • A shared room in guesthouse accommodation in the ancient city Luang Prabang
  • Orientation on teaching methods and techniques, language, culture and religion
  • The rare opportunity to work closely with novice monks in a temple school

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Project Life

You will work with a wide variety of students teaching both practical and conversational English across different levels. The challenging but rewarding role will provide a unique insight into the Laotian culture.

You will work on the project Monday to Friday, planning and delivering English lessons. Weekends are yours to explore the surrounding area or simply relax at base with your fellow volunteers.

You will live in Luang Prabang where Southeast Asian architecture and French colonial mansions collide to create a beautiful and unique setting. Accommodation is in a centrally located guesthouse with electricity and shared rooms and bathroom. You will have daily communal meals with your fellow volunteers.

 

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • A guided tour of Luang Prabang to show you the sights and point out the best restaurants, internet cafe’s, banks, etc.
  • Learning about Lao culture, history, food, religion and language
  • A shared room in guesthouse accommodation in the ancient city Luang Prabang
  • Orientation on teaching methods and techniques, language, culture and religion
  • The rare opportunity to work closely with novice monks in a temple school

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Project Details

Many students in Laos have a strong desire to learn English which can create more employment opportunities improving their economic situation. This increased demand for English lessons and a severe lack of teachers has made classes extremely overcrowded resulting in a deterioration of quality.

We aim to improve the quality of current English programs by providing more native speaking teachers to the temples, schools and education center in the area will help increase access to learning the English language therefore providing a higher level of education for individual students.

How this project makes a difference:

In the ancient city of Luang Prabang, English is the most popular subject in school and it is not uncommon to see a high student to teacher ratio. You will be able to help these eager students learn English and receive a quality education.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • A guided tour of Luang Prabang to show you the sights and point out the best restaurants, internet cafe’s, banks, etc.
  • Learning about Lao culture, history, food, religion and language
  • A shared room in guesthouse accommodation in the ancient city Luang Prabang
  • Orientation on teaching methods and techniques, language, culture and religion
  • The rare opportunity to work closely with novice monks in a temple school

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Free Time

Volunteering with GVI not only allows you to participate on programs assisting disadvantaged communities or endangered ecosystems but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your down time or further afield either before or after your program. Many decide to travel after volunteering, solidifying the lifetime friendships established on program.

Our long term field staff are a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad. Remember to ask about discounts on local activities and side trips through your association with GVI. Our Luang Prabang field teams have helped us put together the following information on trips and travel options in Laos!

Optional Side Trips

On your weekends or while off project, the following short trips are popular with our volunteers and should definitely be checked out! Swim in the crystal clear water of the Kuang Si waterfall, enjoy the cascades and walk to the top of the falls to enjoy the beautiful view of the course of the water below. There is also a protected bear camp at the falls that is well worth a visit; take a ride on the Mekong River to visit the historical Pak Ou Caves that hold thousands of Buddha images. Visit the “Jar Maker” and weaving villages on your way back to watch the weavers at work; a short ride out of town, you can kayak on the Nam Khan River, discovering village life, beautiful countryside and lush green mountains along the way; visiting the Royal Palace Museum and the beautiful temples of Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai; discover the Tad Sae waterfall, a multi-level limestone formation that creates numerous cascading pools; cycle through the Luang Prabang valley and experience the daily life of the local people, passing temple ruins and handicraft villages.

Further Travelling Opportunities

If you have the time and budget, there are a number of opportunities for exploring Laos further. These could include visiting the World Heritage-listed ancient temple of Wat Phu Champasak, the nature reserve of Nam Ha Npa, the dramatic Mekong River, the travellers’ adventure hotspot of Vang Vieng, and many more.

Even further afield, the likes of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand all border Laos and are a travellers dream with an endless list of possibilities and activities. You’ll be left wondering why you didn’t stay for longer!

 

The Team

Lindsey Fulton
Field Staff

Meet Lindsey, our travelling nomad and Field Staff member at our Luang Prabang hub in Laos. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics, Linds decided to spend the next year and a half teaching English in developing countries.

Lindsey has lived in Kosrae, Micronesia, Nosy-be, Madagascar and travelled to Mexico, Canada and England. Her volunteering experience includes working with non-profits such as WorldTeach, Feed My Starving Children and running a community development project for Frontier.

What is Lindsey looking forward to seeing the most in Laos?
“I am extremely excited to see the beautiful mountains, rivers and waterfalls that Luang Prabang has to offer. I love being outdoors, hiking and experiencing new cultures!”

Jill Walker
Assistant Director of Programs

Meet Jill, our Assistant Director of Programs and line manager for Thailand, Laos, India, Nepal, Australia and Kenya programs. ‘Manow’ (lime), as she’s locally known in Thailand where she’s based, taught English, environmental education and art in the USA and Thailand before joining us to set up a TEFL and Community Development Expedition. “I haven’t looked back since!”

When Jill isn’t working, she likes reading or doing just about anything energetic. “I devour books, love cooking and enjoy finding some time to get some exercise – yoga, dancing and aerobics are some of my faves.”

What does Jill like most about her job? “It’s great to see volunteers rising above the cultural and language barriers between themselves and the communities. That, and every day is completely different, which is the way I like it- it keeps me from getting bored.” Being ‘allergic’ to being bored has led to Manow doing some pretty amazing things. “I once ended up spending a week living in a cave with some Buddhist monks while I helped them build a small adobe monk hut.”

Jen Dunlop-Jones
Country Expert

Meet Jen, our Botswanian born Country Expert! Armed with her  honors in Psychology from UCT, a post graduate certification in Education and 120 hour TEFL, Jen is one smart cupcake! So we were super stoked to have her join the team for our Laos and Thailand Paid Teaching Projects.

Growing up between Botswana and South Africa and teaching English in South Korea for a year has left Jen with a pretty ambiguous accent. This leads to lots of laughs in the office when volunteers phone in and ask hilarious questions like: “So you’re from South Africa? You sound British! People there are like Black and White right? What race are you?”

What’s Jen’s number one travel experience that she recommends?
“Travelling to the Okavango Delta for an authentic bush “Safari experience.”

Molly Plexico
Project Manager

Meet Molly, one of our Project Manager in Luang Prabang. A former English teacher, Molly is a great resource to have at base, helping take volunteers through their TEFL courses. Molly has a degree in Family Development and a minor in Psychology. She is also our resident Emergency First Responder and EFR Instructor.

Molly’s favorite aspect of her job? “The bacci ceremony where our novice monks blessed the old Project Manager then blessed me and tied strings around my wrists – wishing me luck in my new role. These novice monks have been our students and involved with GVI for 5 years and it was an honour to have them come to our school and bless both of us.”

When she’s not working, Molly likes to be outdoors, running, cycling or exploring the local area. “I love to go cycling through the traditional villages outside of the city to visit the weaving village, silver village and even a pottery village!”

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What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • A guided tour of Luang Prabang to show you the sights and point out the best restaurants, internet cafe’s, banks, etc.
  • Learning about Lao culture, history, food, religion and language
  • A shared room in guesthouse accommodation in the ancient city Luang Prabang
  • Orientation on teaching methods and techniques, language, culture and religion
  • The rare opportunity to work closely with novice monks in a temple school

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Our Impact

Location

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is the former royal capital of Laos, a relaxing town located on the Mekong River, about 900 km northeast of Bangkok, Thailand. The fusion of French and Asian culture and charm make for a wonderful setting to experience a unique culture. The 200-year old Wat Siphoutthabat stands at the base of Mt. Phousii in the heart of historic Luang Prabang, the largest school for monks in the city. The surrounding hills contain traditional villages, waterfalls and other scenic pleasures.

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