This project has been specially designed for those looking to volunteer, but are aged between 15 and 17 years old. Throughout this project, our younger volunteers will have greater supervision, training, and world-class leaders in the field who have been chosen for their mix of relevant experience and ability to mentor and inspire young people.
The beautiful ancient city of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is situated in northern central Laos. Project work is in this idyllic setting, at the meeting of the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers, famous for its Buddhist temples and monasteries. As with many of our education projects, what you will work on is determined by the needs and requirements of our local partner communities, but will involve a combination of the following projects:
- Contributing to the Library Summer Kids Program (may include English classes, dancing, singing, arts and crafts)
- GVI Laos GOALS (Giving Opportunities to All Laos Students) Sports Program
- Language and Culture Exchange Program
Through your contribution and our relationships with local communities, you can be sure that your efforts are being channelled in ethical and sustainable ways to meet overall aims and goals. Please note that this program offers durations of 2 to 4 weeks. Please speak to your Country Expert for further information.
Being immersed in the Lao culture; learning about the fascinating language, history, food, religion and traditions; having the rare opportunity to come in contact with Novice Monks; visiting local sights or being able to enjoy a weekend break on the banks of the Mekong River.
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.