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Laos - Kindergarten Assistant

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Duration
14 days
Starts in
Vientiane
Ends in
Vientiane
Come and help out at a local kindergarten in Laos. This project takes place at local kindergartens that are heavily understaffed and can use all the help they can get. The kindergarten project is a great place to learn more about local Laos culture and at the same time give something back to the local community.
This project takes place at local kindergartens allocated to the poor. The parents of the children who attend the facility work during the day to make a living and hence, having someone taking care of their kids removes a big stress off their backs. The children that come to these kindergartens are between the ages of two and four. The numbers of children attending the kindergartens can range from around 25 children till 60+ children. The children come during the day, and in the afternoon they will picked up by their parents.

During your time here, you work directly together with the local staff and will primarily teach English, life skills and basic hygiene. Moreover, you might also be in charge of supervising the children and caring for them by feeding, washing, dressing them, etc. You will also assist in keeping the kindergarten clean and organized, and get the chance to organize games and activities to make the children's time at the kindergarten more enjoyable. Through daily interaction with Laotian people and children you will get a unique insight into Laotian culture, which will make this volunteer experience truly unforgettable.
Itinerary

Laos - Kindergarten Assistant

About Your Location

Ban Houakhoua Village is located in the Naxaythong district, about 25 kilometers from Vientiane. This location allows for the best of both worlds - its rural nature will give you an authentic taste of Laos while still being close enough to the city.

Aims & Objectives

The aim of this program is to help improve the children’s education and life prospects, give the children the attention they require and assist this understaffed facility in the poorer communities of Laos. This project gives volunteers an authentic taste of Laotian culture through daily interactions with the local people. You will not only have a great experience with these eager-to-learn and deserving children while working at the kindergarten together with the local staff, but you will also gain valuable experience in teaching and childcare.

Weekly Schedule

Introduction Day
Your project starts with an introduction day on the first Monday including a tour of the area surrounding the accommodation, available facilities, cultural "do's and don'ts", safety concerns as well as some basic local language lessons.

Monday to Friday
Breakfast
Teaching
Feeding
Sleeping time for the children / Lunch time for you (outside the kindergarten)
Bathing and feeding time
Teaching
Activities and playing games
Dinner at the guesthouse

Please note that the volunteer activities and schedule can change at any time based on the needs of the project, local conditions, the weather and unforeseen circumstances.

Evenings & Weekends
During the evenings the volunteers are generally free, and there are no program activities scheduled unless otherwise mentioned. Once a week we provide a trip to Vientiane for all volunteers where they can visit the night market, Mekong river, restaurants and touristic sites. At the volunteer accommodation you will find great sport facilities including a volleyball court and soccer pitch. Weekends are free.

Additional Activities & Events
Tuesday Evening:
Every Tuesday is BBQ night, which provides a perfect opportunity to relax and spend time with other participants on our lakeside restaurant!

Wednesday Evening:
Cozy movie night at the accommodation

Thursday Evening:
We will head to a nearby local restaurant (or if preferred, stay in our location) to enjoy one of Southeast Asia’s favorite activities - Karaoke! (or “sing a song”, as the locals like to call it).

Public Holidays

The kindergarten is closed on public holidays. During these dates, you will get the day off and a chance to join the local festivities to further immerse yourself in the local culture.

2020
13-17 Apr
1 May
1 Jun
6 Jul
1 & 7 Oct
2 Dec

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

Minimum age of 18
Basic level of competency in English
Police Clearance Certificate on sign-up *
Copy of your passport and CV to send to the project *

* Please provide us with the documents at the latest two weeks before your arrival. These documents are required to register you with the Laotian authorities and guarantee the project placement.

Additional Requirements

Closed toed shoes (no flip flops allowed)
Modest clothing (shoulders covered, long pants or skirts over the knees on the school grounds)

What Makes a Good Volunteer?

Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.

Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.

How Long Should I Volunteer?

Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.

You are more than welcome to bring materials such as games, color pencils or anything else that might come to mind for your teaching time as well as other activities.

Optional Culture Week

We recommend starting with the Culture Week as it gives you a chance to learn about Laos culture, customs and language as well as do some sightseeing and getting to know the other volunteers before starting at your project.
Summary

What’s included?

Extra expenses at the destination
None

Accommodation

Your accommodation is tucked away in the countryside of Laos allowing you to get a true taste of Laotian sceneries. It is surrounded by rice fields and lakes and has a modern Lao restaurant at the property entrance. Rooms are single gender with up to 6 participants per room. There are no hot water showers currently, but hot water for a bucket shower is available upon request. There are occasional power outages that can affect the pump which allows the flow of water, so it is important to keep your bucket filled in your bathroom in case this happens. There is no Wifi on the campus and we therefore recommend all participants purchase a local SIM card for internet access. The bathroom facilities are shared with cold water showers and Western-style toilets. Bed linen are provided, but please bring your own towels. The rooms are equipped with fans and mosquito protection.

Local transport

Arrival transfer is included. You will be met at Vientiane International Airport by one of our representatives and taken to the volunteer accommodation. Our staff member will be waiting for you in the arrival hall as you exit the main door of the airport. The airport is very small so it is almost impossible to miss. Please note that you may need to wait for other participants to arrive before the group leaves the airport. The arrival transfer is only available on Sundays and Saturdays. If arriving on a Saturday, you will need to book an extra night of accommodation.

If you are traveling to Vientiane overland from Thailand or elsewhere in Laos, please be sure to meet us at the following meeting point on Sunday at 12:00 (noon): The Amazon Cafe on the corner of Quai Fa Ngum and Chao Anou Road.

Meals

Three meals during the day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are provided and will generally take place at the accommodation and project site, unless stated otherwise. We offer a variety of local Laotian dishes. Participants may find that the cuisine is quite different from what they are used to at home, as there are very few western dishes served. Local dishes can sometimes be adapted to accommodate vegetarians, but can be a bit challenging with other dietary restrictions. Please inform the local team of your specific needs and they will do their best. However, please consider that it may not be possible to meet those personal tastes or guidelines everyday to your satisfaction. In instances like this we do suggest, bringing some of your own items to supplement the food being served. Please note that during the weekends only 2 meals per day are provided (brunch and dinner). Water, coffee and tea are available at your accommodation.

Please inform us of any dietary restrictions or intolerances during your application. However, we need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but also as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible and accommodating to the local food.

Please be aware

Facilities
You can find simple groceries and beverages sold in two local restaurants located next to the accommodation. There are also a few locals shops a three-minute walking distance away. Moreover, there is a local market located a 10 minute walking distance away.

There is also a lake-side makeshift restaurant just for us, where you can enjoy the evenings and order Western or Lao food at reasonable prices.
There is a pool located next to the accommodation, which you are welcome to enjoy for a small fee. Moreover, we have a sports area where you can play football or volleyball with other participants! The house is surrounded by rice fields and lakes, which you can take advantage of through activities such as swimming and boat riding.

There are bikes available for you to use to explore the area during the afternoons. Vientiane is located about 25 kilometers away and it is very easy to reach via public transport from our center and back. Anything that you might need can be found there, with its numerous shopping malls, a cinema and local markets to explore! There are also bikes available for you to use to explore the area during the afternoons.

Money
We advise all participants to bring some local currency with them for personal expenses, or use the ATM at the airport when they arrive. The closest ATM machine can be found on the main road to Vientiane, approximately 5 kilometers from the accommodation. Money can also be exchanged in Vientiane. It is important to note that the local transport stops running early, so you should check with the local team to ensure that you are returning early enough to catch it, as private transport can be quite pricey by local standards.

What to Bring
Malaria precautions, mosquito repellent, towel(s), sturdy shoes, work gloves

Laos - Kindergarten Assistant

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