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.
In addition to spiritual and traditional beliefs, many males from rural villages commonly travel to cities such as Luang Prabang to seek out food, shelter, education and employment
opportunities by joining the temples and becoming Novice Monks. This program seeks to increase students’ access to education which in turn can positively impact their future employment opportunities, socio-economic status and quality of life.
Having the rare opportunity to work closely with Novice Monks and local lay students, both children and young adults, at various educational institutions in Luang Prabang; learning about Lao culture, history, food, religion and language; 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.