Hello workawayers! We are a Lao-Australian family owning hotels, Villas, Ponies, Cafes & Yoga in Vang Vieng. Located on the Song River by the mountains in the heart of Vang Vieng, Lao PDR!
Volunteer in our ventures and have a great time meeting local people, getting your hands dirty, creating new visions, using your skills to enhance our local team to service the tourists. We practice ethnical tourism initiatives, always with efforts towards caring for the environment and sustainable livelihoods. Currently operating with a team of 60 local staff across all businesses who appreciate interaction to improve their English and technical/servicing practices. We are looking for nature lovers, professional skills, energetic people from all around the world to support our staff with maintenance, gardening, service & social media marketing, pony training and care. We also have several hotel dogs that are kind and need lots of attentionWe look forward to new team members and hope we can do great things together! Before applying please make sure you read the whole profile and that your travel plans and skills meet our volunteer availabilities.
We require a minimum of 3 weeks, so please only write to us if you can commit to this.
Please also understand that we do receive a lot of applications and therefore can only answer to those who match our requirements. Thanks!
We need help in the following areas:
#Pony farm: We need experienced instructors to support our local staff on the pony farm, trekking, carriage rides, giving lessons and pony camps. Our 9 ponies are for Childrens trekking, lessons and camps. .Daily husbandry work and maintenance around the farm is inclusive. Along with maintaining our recycling waste system from our restaurants for composting, assist in raising poultry, and tending to our vegetable gardens. We focus on growing our own vegetables to supplement our restaurants and contribute to a 'garden to plate' concept. Our aim is to reduce our carbon footprint by growing our own food and sourcing our produce locally.
#Maintenance: We are looking for someone to help with maintenance (painting, carpentry, plumbing, repairing things, etc.). Projects for reusing, recycling wood and plastics, etc, would be much appreciated! You must know how to use tools and have some carpentry experience. Please be sure you are able to change pipes, fix toilets, do woodworking, and have some electrical knowledge before applying.
#Social Media/DIGITAL Marketing/PR : We are looking for an outgoing person to help with our PR, social media and marketing position. All social media pages are presently set up and need to be maintained on a daily basis. Keeping track of customer reviews and answering them as they are received is vitally important to maintaining and building our ventures reputation; organizational skills are a must. The individual should possess genuine initiative and foresight, the hotels are currently spearheading new initiatives linking to other potential clients in the region, experience in business development and consultancy would be extremely valuable for this project. Written and spoken English must be to the highest standard. Bring your own laptop. Ability to use photoshop, photography and design is a must for this position.
#Experienced Web Developer / Graphic designer : We are looking for an experienced Wordpress developer to help us update our websites. The sites are Wordpress powered. We have to improve and make some minor changes to our websites. Additionally we have many small design projects including the design of a pocket map, display booklet for tours, Yoga t-shirts, stickers and other merchandise. In order to be considered for this position you must submit your portfolio or some sample work you've done. Must be experienced with: Photoshop, PHP, HTML, CSS, Wordpress. You must have your own computer.
#Video/film producer/editor: We are looking for someone with experience in film/editing to record different activities & events here at our hotels and bar. We want high quality footage of particular local festivals in Vang Vieng, nature, ponies, yoga & tours and multiple tour locations. Volunteers applying for this position must have their own equipment (High quality camera + Laptop) to perform tasks & duties independently to a high standard. Please send us samples of previous works/videos.
PLEASE READ BEFORE APPLYING
*️️️️️️*️️️️️️*️️️️️️This hotels means business for us and we work hard every day to make our guests happy, work towards being environmentally conscious, and work on improving our services and facilities. We count on your commitment to do the same and make an impact!
*️️️️️️*️️️️️️*️️️️️️If you are looking for a place to party, this isn't for you! We want mature people who take their tasks seriously. *️️️️️️*️️️️️️*️️️️️️Please check availability of volunteer positions and only apply if your plans line up with our requirements.
*️️️️️️*️️️️️️*️️️️️️When messaging us, please provide your travel dates. We will need at least your available start date and an estimated length of stay.
*️️️️️️*️️️️️️*️️️️️️We require a 3 week minimum stay. To ensure we are a good fit, volunteers will need to be aware of our requirements and abide by general hotel house rules.
*️️️️️️*️️️️️️*️️️️️️ We take your commitment very seriously. Volunteers that DO NOT SHOW will be given a negative review. So if your plans change and you decided you are not coming please let us know. We are looking forward to receiving your application! Happy traveling!
#Accommodations: Simple bedrooms with bathroom inside, fan. Depending on the number of volunteers during your stay, you will be sharing a room with 1-3 other volunteers. Volunteers will be provided with 2 free meals per day (breakfast and lunch), free wifi. We prefer non-smokers and definitely DO NOT accept party goers or any use of illegal substances.
*️️️️️️*️️️️️️Please note that while Vang Vieng is a popular destination, it is still a developing tourist town so fresh water and electrical conservation are very important for us. Fresh public water system is sourced from mountains and a shortage is evident in the peak season our dry season.
What else ... Vang Vieng is a small town on the main northern highway road 13. For travellers Vang Vieng is a stopover for those traveling to or from Luang Phabang, it is also a weekend getaway just 3.5 hrs drive from Vientiane City capital for locals & flying in mainly Thai, Singaporean, Korean tourists that want to experience some nature. There's lots to do in & around Vang Vieng including Zip Lining, Trekking, Rock Climbing, Tubing, Ballooning and chilling in cave streams, kayaking. There are numerous caves systems only few are open & run by communities newly introduced to tourism. Our volunteers enjoy each others' company. You will make lifelong friends with us!
How to get to Vang Vieng:
*️️️️️️ There are minivans and VIP buses running daily from both Luang Phabang and Vientiane. Buy your ticket in any travel agent or guest house and get picked up from your GH venue.
*️️️️️️ Once you arrive in Vang Vieng from Vientiane you can walk from the bus stop to our hotels; from Luang Phabang you will be dropped at the Northern bus station and can take a shared tuktuk for 10,000kip each.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
Travellers will be working closely with local people in a professional working environment and in a rural lifestyle setting. They have the opportunity to exchange language and learn local traditions. Volunteers together meet amazing people and make new friends!
Volunteers can help in any areas with suit their skills and support Lao staff from working with horses, ponies, gardening, farming, IT, social media, design & marketing, charity activities, painting, maintenance, cleaning, designing, language exchange, quality service delivery.....
A minimum stay of 3 weeks up to 3 months. We prefer volunteers who are committed for longer periods. Travel insurance is required to show on application. We discourage volunteers who enjoy the party scene or use recreational drugs. We prefer non- smokers!
English, Thai, Lao
A shared room for 2-4 persons with AC, fan, inside bathroom. Daily servicing & laundry. Buffet breakfast, lunch and WIFI.
As an eco tourism destination there are many sights to discovery around the area.
Once little more than a bus stop on the long journey between Vientiane at the Thai border and the World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng has managed to become a destination in its own right – and rightfully so. While the town still isn't much more than three streets and a bus station however its density is growing rapidly. The stunning scenery of river and rock formations surrounding this place will keep you dreaming of Laos long after you've settled back into real life. If you aren't into the rowdy party scene that seems to dominate this town's image, try to come in the off-season (Apr–Jun, Sep-Oct) and you'll have this place almost entirely to yourself.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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