Volunteer with Novice Buddhist Monks & Local Communities (2013)
Immerse yourself one of Asia’s most incredible cultures with this volunteer project in lovely Laos. Teaching novice monks and children in UNESCO-listed Luang Prabang, you’ll get a rare window into their world of rich traditions, plus the chance to sample a simpler lifestyle yourself. Not that there won’t be plenty of play too – you’ll get heaps of free time to explore this riveting region. Think elephant tours, Mekong cruises to the Pak Ou caves, sunsets from atop Mount Phu Si and swimming in the Kuang Si waterfalls. Simply inspirational.
You’ll stay in your own single room in a centrally located guesthouse close to local restaurants and shops. There will be electricity and your room will be clean and comfortable, but be prepared for facilities that are much more basic than you’re used to (please keep an open mind about this – your living standards will be much higher than those of many locals!). Simple meals - Lao and western – will be served on site. Laundry is available, but you’ll have to pay for this separately.
Luang Prabang Airport (LPQ), Laos
2 weeks – 12 weeks options available
• Orientation (teaching methods and techniques, language, culture, religion, etc) • Basic food and accommodation • Luang Prabang city tour • Airport pick-up and transfer • Donation to an educational fund which is used to purchase resources and provide scholarships for students
• International flights, visa costs and medical and travel insurance, and spending money
Teaching sessions are typically as follows but volunteers will teach an average of about 4.5 hours per day. There may be the option for volunteers to do more hours if they wish. It is also an option for volunteers to work on weekends as many language schools hold weekend classes. Participation in these weekend classes is entirely up to the individual volunteer. • 07:30 – 11:30 Morning teaching sessions • 11:30 – 12:30 Lunch break • 12:30 – 16:40 Afternoon teaching sessions • 16:40 – 20:00 Evening enrichment sessions