A Day Trip to a Local Village
Last weekend some of the volunteers set off on a day trip to a local village. After getting very lost, nine of us squeezed into what felt like a 6 person tuk-tuk. We bumped and bounced along until we reached the path to the farm we had been invited to. We were led along a very muddy path and then traversed across the slippery borders of the rice paddies until we reached the farm.
Chickens and ducks ran around our feet, as we were shown where the mushrooms are grown, and told about the process it takes to sustain this. Then we were shown how to fish with a net. Some of us even gave it a go! After lots of cuddles with the farm’s adorable 2 week old puppies, we began a Laos cooking lesson with the family who owned the farm. We started with an eggplant jao followed by a tomato jao. After we made mushroom soup cooked over the camp fire and were shown how to make fish laab. With all our delicious food spread in front of us, we sat down for a wonderful traditional Laos feast.
We were so full we all felt like we might explode. One of the owners led us on a walk through the bush to the village. She took us through the pottery workshop to her house and told us about her life in the village, her childhood struggles and the hard work it took to learn English and become a teacher so that she could give back to her community. We were all moved by her story. It was wonderful to travel outside of the city and experience village life, traditional cooking and gain insight into life and culture in Laos.
Written by 2 week Teaching Children Volunteer, Ruby, 19 years old, from Australia.
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