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Dawn in Vang Vieng


Once little more than a bus stop on the long haul between Vientiane at the Thai border and the World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang, it has managed to become a destination in its own right. Still not much more than three streets and a bus station, the main attractions are the river, laid back countryside and cave-filled rock formations.[1]



VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Mudbrick

Constructing mud brick community centre

SAELAO PROJECT [2]

Focus: SAELAO’s primary purpose is to set an example of sustainable development in Laos, by using environmentally friendly methods (e.g. biogas, permaculture) and minimizing the use of natural resources.

Skills: Generalist and specific (e.g. agricultural, construction,solar energy, English teaching)

Intake status: Open

Costs: Registration - 200,000 Kip/person. Daily - 60,000 Kip (incl. 3 meals + drinking water)

Accommodation: Dorm bungalow: Free (+ 30,000 Kip maintenance fee) Private bungalow: 30,000 Kip (single) 40,000 Kip (double)

Locality: Nathong village, 7km outside of Vang Vieng, near the tourist attractions of Poukham cave and the Blue Lagoon.

Contact: email: saelaoteam@gmail.com tel: 020 2292-8630

English class (22)

Volunteer presenting English class

EQUAL EDUCATION FOR ALL (EEFA)[3]

Focus: Equal Education For All was established by Vang Vieng Organic Farm to help local youth in Vang Vieng with their development through educational programs. They currently provide 30 free English classes per week taught by local and foreign volunteers. In addition to teaching English, they support local schools, build new school buildings, retrofit classrooms, and provide needed teaching materials.

Skills: English teaching and general building construction.

Intake status: Open

Costs: One-off admin/project fee for English teaching positions as a non-refundable deposit to ensure volunteer commitment and guaranteed class placement. Prepaid with volunteer application form: US$60 for up to two weeks placement. US$100 for longer placements.

Accommodation: Not provided; however, EEFA will assist with​​ reservations if required.

Locality: Nathong village (Vang Vieng West). Phoudindaeng, Pakpo and Viengsamai villages (Vang Vieng North)

Contact: email: eefaproject@gmail.com

Laofarm

Crop field at the Organic Farm

VANG VIENG ORGANIC FARM[4]

Focus: Vang Vieng Organic Farm promotes the use of natural materials and traditional methods for growing its crops and raising its animals. They encourage visitors to participate in the operation of the Farm and provide an opportunity for those who wish to learn more about organic farming. Profits are used to provide training and employment, support and education to the local villagers through various projects. Their overall mission is to preserve ecological diversity and provide people with accessible and sustainable technologies by which to earn a living.

Skills: Generalist and specific (e.g. English teaching, gardening, agricultural, building construction)

Intake status: Open

Costs: Nil

Accommodation: Variety of on site accomodation offered: Dormitory (30,000 Kip), Single room/share bath (50,000K), Double/share bath (70,000K), Double/private bath (120,000-150,000K), Mudhouse or Double Bungalow/private bath (250,000K including set breakfast).

Locality: 3 km north of Vang Vieng town.

Contact: email: laofarm@hotmail.com tel: 023 511220 (home) 020 5909132 (mobile)

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