Volunteer Teaching in Laos

Global Travel to Southeast Asia

While Laos is known for its unique scenery and culture, over 1.4 million of its citizens are living under the poverty line. Add an impact to your trip by starting a fundraiser to combat poverty or handing out bagged lunches to the homeless.

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Sojourn – Gain a better understanding of the community you’re visiting. Learn about different religions or spiritual practices. How do these impact the communities? How does religion or spirituality influence local traditions?

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Savor – Will you choose sweet or savory? Take the time to visit local markets and discover unique local ingredients. Learn how to prepare traditional meals & local favorites.

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Tip of the Tongue – Each morning, take the time to learn a few basic greetings and phrases in the local language. Learn how to write greetings & your name in the local script.

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A Wrinkle in Time – History influences our present. Discover the history of the country you visit. Hear the stories of your guides & their family history. Where do they come from?

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Journal Journeys – Take some time to reflect on the day’s events and document your journey. Spend a moment journaling about the day had & day ahead. These are memories for a lifetime!

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Culture – From local dances, festivals, or simple gestures to communicate – all of these make up a country’s culture. Learn and practice cultural norms & how to show respect in the culture you visit.

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Your adventure has begun on your global travel to Vientiane. As you descend, take a look out of your window to see Laos’s lush forests, flowing waterfalls, and towering mountains. A local guide will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. 

The afternoon is yours to explore your environment. Explore the nearby markets, take a dip in the infinity pool, or go for a nature walk on a nearby path. In the evening, you’ll meet with your group and guide for authentic Laotian cuisine, providing a great opportunity to get to know your guides and ask questions about your upcoming adventures.

Your day begins with a short drive to the Phou Khao Mountain villages where you will be teaching your classes. This morning, you will have a couple of hours of orientation and training, as well as meet the students you will be teaching. You will give lessons every morning and explore the country of Laos in the afternoon. Today you are off to the renowned Kuang Si Waterfall. Absorb its breathtaking beauty, and swim in its warm, turquoise lower pools. Take some free time to explore nature trails, suntan, or cliff jump. 

Today is your first day of classes. How exciting! Be sure to review your syllabus on your ride to the school. Based on your preferences, you’ll be allocated to teach a specific age group and subject. Professional teachers will work alongside you if you ever need any assistance. Following this, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting Buddha Park. Here you will walk among thousands of Buddha statues. See if you can spot other whimsical sculptures in this green abyss, such as the three-headed elephant or the beast pumpkin with three stories. Each story is thought to variously represent heaven, earth, and hell.

Another day of teaching! We bet you’re getting the hang of this. The children of Laos will be extremely grateful for your help in learning academically. Enjoy a traditional Laotian lunch before engaging in an enriching cultural tour. A guide will lead you to the monks of Wat Sok Pa Luang for a chat. Learn about their philosophy on life and what wisdom they have to bestow onto you. Finally, they will guide you through their daily practices before you head back to your hotel. 

Today is an extraordinary day of teaching as you will no longer focus on academic material, but rather real-life skills. This information you provide will be precious for your students in their coming years. In the afternoon you’ll head out to the renowned Pak Ou Caves. Board a small boat to make your way across the Mekong River to arrive at the site of the caves. Take time to explore this magical landscape. You’ll be sure to find winding stairs, burning incense, and Buddhist statues within the cave depths. Make sure to grab a flashlight on your way in!

It’s your final day of teaching! Take pride in the fact that you have significantly increased your students’ likelihood of educational and career success. That is an enormous accomplishment. Enjoy lunch with your students before jumping on an ATV. Get ready to get dirty as you ride through mud, rivers, and sand. Finally, you’ll arrive at Tad Moon waterfall, which is a popular spot for locals. Take a shower under the falls along with a cold drink. Next, kayak down the Mekong river until you arrive at Vientiane’s riverside bar. What a perfect way to end your last night in Laos. 

It has been both an adventurous and educational week. We hope you had lots of fun, but it’s now time to leave. Enjoy a final breakfast with your group and guides. Talk about your favorite memories and what you have learned. Next, head to the airport for your departure flight home. 

Laos is known for its history and cuisine, cascading waterfalls, and sunset treks. While the country may be tiny, its lively people and endless adventures will leave a life-long impression.

On this trip to Laos, you will volunteer to teach the children of Laos while also visiting the country’s top attractions. The trip’s highlights include kayaking down the Mekong river, exploring the Pak Ou caves, and meeting with and learning from Monks. Global travel to Laos today!


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