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Volunteer and inspire visitors about butterflies at our park near Luang Prabang, Laos

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Availability

  2024 

 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello lovely potential volunteer!
    Thanks for checking out our profile.

    LAST MINUTE AVAILABILITY FROM THE 1ST OF AUGUST!
    Due last minute cancellation from the 1st of August we are looking for 1 more female volunteer! The team of nice volunteers will be a total of three and you will be 1 of them ;-)

    For other short term and long term volunteer availability, kindly check our calendar. Many thanks!

    SPACE AGAIN FROM THE 20TH OF OCTOBER 2024 -> THEN WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO 3 OTHER VOLUNTEERS. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Looking forward to meet and host you!

    B) Long term volunteers (from 1st of February 2025 we are looking for 2 people)

    For the long term position we are looking for TWO ASSISTANT HOSTS who stay a minimum of 3 months (space again February 2025). For the details: see below.

    Our strong preference goes to people who are between 25-35 years old, who love to be totally in nature, can take lead as being humorous and flexible. During your stay there will be 1-2 other great volunteers as well. Please, join us and feel very welcome!
    Together we will create great vibes to welcome lovely visitors from all over the world.

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    A) SHORT-TERM volunteers (minimum stay of 3 weeks)
    -Guiding visitors as a butterfly guide (we will train you happily for this ;-)
    -Welcoming visitors at the reception (we are happy to explain you this and this involves handling cash properly)
    -Handing out leaflet's to let people know the park is open again (max. 1 hour a day)

    If you like to join us, please introduce yourself by writing us (Ineke and Olaf) a short personal, motivational email.
    YOU ARE VERY WELCOME! THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH!

    IN EXCHANGE FOR YOUR HELP:
    We will cover your food costs, for three nice and healthy meals a day: we will give you full western/Asian meals and 2 beverages.

    YOUR FOOD:*
    Breakfast: Baguette with (fried/boiled) eggs or porridge (with coconut milk) with seasonal fruits in or on the side.
    Lunch: Baguette/Sandwich or something nice local, prepared by our lovely local staff
    Dinner: Alternating, the volunteers cook among themselves (all ingredients provided) one day and the other day, food is provided (prepared by our staff or dinner in a nearby local restaurant). This means, depending on the number of volunteers, you will cook for everyone about 2 times a week. (there will be recipes available)

    * In case you have strong other food preferences, for sure we can think together and find solutions!
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    B) LONG-TERM volunteer (individual or 2 people (minimum stay 3 months) (includes accommodation, possibility to (learn to drive and) borrow a scooter to go around, meals, beverages, reimbursement of visa cost & monthly pocket money)

    **Enjoy working @ our place… **

    Imagine waking up every morning straight next to hundreds of Lao butterflies surrounded by the turquoise waters of Kuang Si Falls, Laos. Is this a real job? … It’s our mission to ‘info-tain’ visitors and local students about the importance of nature in our lives. The beauty and the vulnerability and most of all; the magic lives of Butterflies in our landscaped gardens.

    Yes, join us for at least 3 months to help run our place as ‘The Assistant Butterfly Host.’

    Your tasks will be:
    Training, planning, taking care and communicate with our short-term volunteers.
    Welcoming/guiding visitors and organize our reception desk.
    Lend a helping hand with the daily tasks of the founding owners

    Duration between 3-6 months (August-October-May (High season is between November and March)) 6 days a week starting from August 2024 again, because all long term positions are filled in until May 2024. On Thursday’s the park will be closed.

    We like to welcome you when:
    You speak fluently English and other languages are a surplus. Your age is between 25 years and 35 years old. You are flexible team player, emotionally stable and healthy (no drugs). You have an autonomic and reliable personality and love to be in nature all day.

    Your reward for being a part of this great adventure:
    - Free cost of living in a recently renovated private spacious room, with double bed and toilet.
    - Or staying in a private bungalow, with toilet, sink and shower, located 300 meters from the park, owned and hosted by a lovely local Lao family.
    - 3 nice and healthy meals a day and 2 beverages (in addition: free drinking water, coffee and tea).
    - Use of natural swimming pool in the paradise forest next to our property.
    - Use of washing machine and warm shower.
    - Use of scooter when available (which you will share with the other long term volunteer)
    - Visa cost reimbursement

    -> Pocket money: Equivalent to 100 US Dollars a month paid in local currency (LAK).


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    Our place build up from scratch is looking very much forward to your enthusiasm “Hosts / Guiding”… active!
    Outdoor active Persons, very social, between 25 - 35 years, MINIMUM STAY 3 weeks, preferably more, needs to have excellent verbal English communication skills! And is capable to articulate well and handling cash well and trustworthy.

    Located: 27 km. from the city Luang Prabang, 300 meters located from the most famous nature attraction in Laos.

    TRUE NATURE LOVERS:
    Our place can be very suitable for outdoor focused people who are active/initiative taking persons and really, deeply in love with nature. Our park and its surroundings are a true paradise! Uphill, attached to the small Khmu tribe village, beautiful (turquoise) water flowing down next to the premises.

    CHARACTERISTICS:
    We are looking for emotional stable, grounded people, having an open minded personality and are in a very good state of health (mentally & physically). If you are a true nature lover who really wants to be and connect with nature, you are incredibly welcome to help here! Preferably with (loads of) hospitality experience!

    YOU CAN REALLY HELP and what we do OUR CHARITY
    You can really make a difference with your help on the front, and we organize loads on the background!
    Visitors means money to be able to maintain and develop the park and to keep on organizing our charity on the background. Our charity 'provides the possibility to continue education for the children of the poorest families in our village.

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    BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT THE PARK:
    Our project has opened since January 2014 for visitors and has welcomed many international volunteers and we know one thing for sure: It takes special kind of people to gear up with us. So let’s be totally clear with one another! We are kind, loving, people, social, welcoming, playful, clean and direct in communication … and most of all; dedicated to what we do.

    We have a variety of flower gardens, a newly created jungle walk AND a 900m2 netted butterfly garden, lots of surrounding waterfalls and a coffee café where we serve homemade apple pie and chocolate cake. The total premises is about 0,9 hectare.

    We love to explain the magical life of butterflies to visitors and hopefully to numbers of Lao students in all age groups…. We are getting better and more organized… and STEP BY STEP we get more appreciated by people in Luang Prabang, who are/were totally unfamiliar with this concept.

    Foreign biologists, botanist and entomologists are offering help because we are the first place like this in Laos with a clear mission… to share the enthusiasm and necessity of keeping nature and butterflies .

    Our mission is still to create a playful nature study centre about Laos nature with and for LAO children and teachers; to show the relation from insects (butterflies) to plants/trees and food for all kind of creatures on earth.

    GOOGLE REVIEWS
    We have good online reviews, due of the beauty and the energy we daily give to our visitors, our 6 Lao staff members and wonderful volunteers. In this order we operate…… after a few days of training we will love you like our staff, or even as friends ;-)

    In Laos we have only 5 months of high season (November-March) with many visitors visiting the park; then we have to earn it for the whole year; to be able to maintain and develop the park in Juny and July, when it's low season and the park is closed for public. In that period we do a lot of maintenance and possibly development.

    YOUR ACCOMODATION
    Due to legal & financial restraints, you will have to pay for the accommodation (private bungalow, with balcony) in the nearby guesthouse (Lao owned and managed) yourself ($5,5 a day, see details below)*

    REALITY OF THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT:
    The falls area after 5.00 P.M. (when the crowds are gone) is still beautiful, but an average rural Lao village with NOTHING TO DO/HANG OUT. Nothing here for you but the sounds of the falls and jungle. If you like to listen music (from your phone, laptop, etc), read books, write, play guitar, listen to all the sounds of nature, YOU WILL BE COMPLETELY IN YOUR ELEMENT.

    After 8.00 PM you’ll be out there, at your basic bungalow, hopefully having chats with other volunteers…… consider this….

    Are you a strong person who also loves to spend time alone… than you respond… if not, as attractive our story sounds, please respond to someone else who also needs your kindly help.
    And if you LOVE NATURE; loads to see, hear, feel and smell! AND, bring your (e-)book and write about your experiences.

    -> NO ATM - bring enough cash from Luang Prabang!
    -> NO WIFI - you can bring a LAO SIM-Card from Luang Prabang if you want to have mobile internet on your phone.

    YOUR DAYS OFF:
    2 NIGHTS IN LUANG PRABANG (the park is closed on Thurday's)
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ You will be 2 nights off per week. Which practically means: leaving at 16.00 o'clock on Wednesday to Luang Prabang (there is only 'day transportation' since the falls area is a day attraction), stay 2 nights in Luang Prabang and after two nights you will take a shared minivan at 11.30 o'clock (arranged from your guesthouse) and be back at the Park on Friday around 12.30/13.00 o'clock.

    SPENDING YOUR FREE DAY(S) IN THIS BEAUTIFUL AREA
    If you wish to stay on your free day(s) in the environment to hike around.
    NOTE: On your free nights and day, you will arrange your food yourself that day.


    WE ONLY ACCEPT BEAUTIFULLY CLEAN AND WELL TRIMMED BEARDS ;-)! LAO Customs are: Lao people dislike man/guys with a long, untrimmed beard. They think it's unclean! They are very clean on themselves and expect this from another person as well!

    - You will experience a great time if you are honest and really want to connect to this place and are deeply in love with nature. We expect happily you are authentic, active and like taking initiative.
    - If you are afraid of spiders, geckos, or other things which are here in nature, please, apply for another volunteering job. THIS IS NATURE IN ALL IT'S PURITY!
    - We will smile in an understanding way if you complain about a hard mattress, slow internet or the size of your balcony….….. We expect you to understand that you are in LAOS! ;-)

    WHY DO WE WORK WITH VOLUNTEERS:
    It’s not a cheap solution to request for volunteers. Our staff is wonderful and skilled. Since we only prefer local Lao people from this and surrounding villages, most of them don't speak (any) English, but 'only' LAO, KHMU (tribe language) and THAI (which they have learned from Thai broadcasting).

    WHY DO VOLUNTEERS PAY THEIR OWN ACCOMMODATION of $5 (single) or $6 (couple) per night
    Due LAO legislation we are not allowed to have anybody else then ourselves sleeping at the premises.
    Otherwise volunteers could have stayed for free, but that's not reality. Since we don't get any external funding, we are capable to pay your lovely food, see below:

    SUMMARY OF NATURE EXPERT VOLUNTEERING JOBS:

    - (hobby) Entomologists, horticulturists and botanists (stay a minimum of 3-5 months FROM July until November (max).
    We strongly prefer a person who is really 'hands on,' (quite) handy and a combination of these 3 occupations. You will work together with our local gardener(s).

    DAILY ROUTINE EXPLANATION FOR SHORT TERM VOLUNTEERS:
    We will give you an idea of the situation when you come here, the day routine and how free days work a bit for volunteers:

    DAY ROUTINE
    10.00 breakfast (our lovely Lao staff will prepare this for you)

    10.45 reception set up (START)
    11.00 park open
    11.00 (usually) the first visitors will start to come
    16.00 park closes (STOP)

    You will start from 10.45/11.00 until 16.00 o'clock (11 am until 4 pm)

    17.00/18.00 start cooking (we have a tiny, written book with nice and simple recipes for you ;-)
    (We will make a schedule together when you will cook (2-3 times a week) and when somebody else will cook for you ;-)
    18.00/19.00 start dinner

    ROTATION:

    -> You will rotate between reception, guiding visitors and handing out leaflets*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ (*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️1 hour a day MAXIMUM.)

    We simply do love it – “the Lao life”… … we are the butterfly-people, as the Lao people joke, when we visit the city of Luang Prabang… actually we live surrounded by the blue waters of the famous turquiouse waterfalls, 27 km away from town, and we experience the magic and beauty to live in this way.

    Regards and looking forward to meet you! Write to us… your age, your picture, your motivation… your absolute skills…

    THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH lovely you!

    With warm, happy, playful and colourful butterfly greetings,
    Olaf, Ineke and our 5 year old Dion

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    Animal Care
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Hospitality/Tourism
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are an example to show how an Eco tourism oriented company can work in a development country.
    To learn how different cultures see and experience nature and volunteers can learn how to inspire different cultures about nature.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    What is your benefit of coming here:
    Volunteering in a beautiful environment. Learning and taking care of butterflies with and in nature. Staying in Laos and working with local and/or people from other cultures.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Lao: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    German: Intermediate
    Spanish: Beginner
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    This will be in a private bedroom with private bathroom, 300 meters located from the project. This will be a basic wooden bungalow with very basic bathroom, sink, bucket shower and western toilet. BUT you can use our private bathroom at the park, for a warm shower and using our washing machine.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    When you face the post office In Luang Prabang, you can find tuktuks/minivans left from it. The driver will ask FROM 600.000 LAK per tuktuk, depending on the amount of people. Or you can take a shared minivan (leaving at 11.30 o'clock, ticket arranged by your guesthouse or a ticket office) and pay 80.000 LAK for one ride up to our place. (Before the pandemic period) everyday day at 9.30/11.30 AND 13.30 there will be a minivan coming up to the falls. A drive of about 45/60 minutes.

    To see:
    - Kuang Si Falls, swimming,
    - Springs, hiking
    - Cave, hiking
    - 27km up North, the French colonial city Luang Prabang

  • 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

    It would be great if you would like to support us with maintaining/updating Facebook, Instagram and creative/pro-active thinking and being active in ways to generate cash flows.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Workawayers with campervan can park freely at our parking lot and don't have to pay accommodation fee, because they will stay in their own van instead of the local guesthouse 300 meters from the park.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    25 hours max (4-5 hours, 5 days a week)

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    This host charges a fee

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    $7 towards accomodation
Host ref number: 867256346732

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