Teaching in Laos
Help to build a better world: Teach and Learn in Laos!
Discover beautiful Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and volunteer with Lao children with a focus on teaching English, helping to develop their understanding of the language and increasing their chances of a better education and employment opportunities. Explore the local waterfalls, mountains and the historic Mekong river in your free time.
Lao children are particularly keen to improve their English skills and by helping to develop their understanding of the language you will increase their chances of better education and employment opportunities. In addition to English lessons you will act as a role model in the community.
Here are a few of the program highlights:
- Program durations vary from 2 weeks to 24 weeks.
- Many departure date options
- International volunteer experience
- Accommodation and meals included
Laos faces many problems when it comes to education, with little government funding going through the school system. There are often not enough teachers for the number of students, leaving classes overcrowded and preventing students from receiving the assistance and attention they deserve.
The growth of tourism in Laos has created a high demand for English teachers, particularly in after school learning centres and tutoring centres. Children are very enthusiastic to improve their English skills and their eyes will light up when they hear you speak English.
In addition to providing English lessons you will assist with or lead educational activities and outdoor games.
Your typical day
You will work on the project Monday to Friday, planning and delivering English lessons using a variety of techniques, including playing games and singing songs. Experience local culture as you start the day walking past Buddhist shrines and local cafes to the learning center where you will work. Weekends provide free time relax after a hard week of work and explore the local area.
To be eligible for the program:
- You must be 18+ years old
- You must be fluent in English
- You must be a Canadian citizen and resident with a Canadian Passport (valid for at least the entire duration of your stay)
- Must have a clean criminal background history
- A visa is required to enter Laos, which can be obtained upon arrival. Our team will help you to arrange this but you will be responsible for all fees and costs related to your visa’s submission.
- It is recommended that you purchase medical insurance for the entire duration that you are in Laos (if you would like to purchase through us - we offer a great insurance policy at a low premium)
- Must have full time availability throughout the volunteer contract
After you are accepted into the program, we will send you a Welcome Letter which will outline everything you need before you go.
- Pre-departure support and discounted services
- 24-hour emergency phone
- Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
- Long term experienced staff
- Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
- All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
- Welcome meeting
- Location orientation
- All necessary project training by experienced staff
- All necessary project equipment and materials
- 24-hour in-country support
- Food allowance
- Orientation on teaching methods and techniques
- Learn about Lao culture, history, food, religion and language
- Work alongside Lao teachers
- Work with the beautiful children of Laos, providing them with fun educational opportunities
What’s Not Included:
- Medical and travel insurance
- Visa costs
- Personal kit
- Additional drinks and gratuities
- Extra local excursions
- International and domestic airport taxes
Laos has some of the most amazing scenery and lots of history. Here are some
places to consider visiting while you are there.
Luang Prabang is the former royal capital of Laos, a relaxing town located on the Mekong River, about 900 km northeast of Bangkok, Thailand. The fusion of French and Asian culture and charm make for a wonderful setting to experience a unique culture. The 200-year old Wat Siphoutthabat stands at the base of Mt. Phousii in the heart of historic Luang Prabang, the largest school for monks in the city. The surrounding hills contain traditional villages, waterfalls and other scenic pleasures.
Many more opportunities
On your weekends or while off project, the following short trips are popular with our volunteers and should definitely be checked out! Swim in the crystal clear water of the Kuang Si waterfall, enjoy the cascades and walk to the top of the falls to enjoy the beautiful view of the course of the water below. There is also a protected bear camp at the falls that is well worth a visit; take a ride on the Mekong River to visit the historical Pak Ou Caves that hold thousands of Buddha images. Visit the “Jar Maker” and weaving villages on your way back to watch the weavers at work; a short ride out of town, you can kayak on the Nam Khan River, discovering village life, beautiful countryside and lush green mountains along the way.
Teaching in Laos Prices:
Dates available for 2017:
- 07 & 21 January
- 04 & 18 February
- 04 & 18 March
- 01, 15 & 29 April
- 13 & 27 May
- 10 & 24 June
- 08 & 22 July
- 05 & 19 August
- 02, 16 & 30 September
- 14 & 28 October
- 11 November
- 09 & 23 December