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Help out at our initiative for women entrepreneurs in Vientiane, Laos

  • Laos
  • Favourited 150 times
  • Last activity: 28/01/2023

Availability

  2023 

 Min stay requested: 1 month or more

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a self sustained microfinance organization providing financial education and services to rural women entrepreneurs. Our head office is based in Vientiane and the current 16 service units spread across 5 provinces and serve more than 350 villages mostly in rural districts.

    We want to support our key staff in the head office by offering English courses to them during working hours to make the organization ready to profit from knowledge exchange in the region.

    Over the past 20 months we had two teachers continuously who build on the initial experiences with teaching English to the staff. Until May 2022, we succeeded to get more employees engaged in studying in-house on top of remote English lessons and hope to continue the offer again in 2023.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Teaching
  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Lao people are very welcoming and this assignment would leave plenty of time to join the staff in visiting the rural areas, interact with the local people while on work related travel.

  • Help

    Help

    We look for candidates with mother tongue English and experience in teaching ESL. We tried with short term volunteers but it did not work for many reasons primarily due to the lack of education/teaching experience and English skills level. The minimum is 8 weeks and longer stays are desirable to achieve that the students adjust to accents and different teaching methods.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The organization will be able to provide an apartment close to the office where training will be conducted. The organization will cover the rent for the volunteer. Our staff is usually cooking for lunch and putting some money together to buy for common lunch. The volunteer is welcome to join. We also offer a small daily allowance to cover for daily expenses and an electric motorbike (if you are comfortable with it) or a bicycle.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The organization is supported by a long term expert who helps in the organizational development, technical training and strategy development. We also hosted two Swedish MBA students who did research on our organization and the impact we have on the customers and their economic situation. Since September 2019 our language training program was supported by 4 teachers already. The most recent teachers being Rebecca and Stephen who stayed with us from January 2020 and throughout the COVID-19 lock down until August 2021. After their departure they continued distance learning until May 2022.
    There is plenty of nature to see in Lao and all visitors so far have enjoyed the country and its people.

    As Laos opened the borders again in 2022 we are looking into offering English courses again in 2023.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Average 5 hours a day, 4 days a week (max 25 hours)

Host ref number: 229462252425

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