Volunteer at our park and help look after our butterflies near Luang Prabang city, Laos

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    WE ARE SEARCHING FOR NICE, happy, self knowledgeable, VOLUNTEERS. You are very welcome at our butterfly park!
    During your volunteering/stay here there will be 1 or 2 other fantastic volunteers as well ;-)

    OPEN SPACES FOR VOLUNTEERS;
    -> More open spaces from January 2023

    After 2,5 years being closed for public, the park has re-opened its doors again from the 1st of November, YEAH!

    Please join us and together we will create great vibes to welcome lovely visitors from all over the world.


    A) VOLUNTEER and park operations MANAGERS, PREFERABLY A COUPLE WHO WORKS WELL TOGETHER
    (3-6 months fixed duration (Oct until March), couples or good friends who are used to work together)*
    * if you are possibly interested we will send you this job description (otherwise the text is getting far to long on this page)
    This job is very interesting for people who have experience in hospitality and/or tourism! If you like the flow of operations and costumer service, super dynamic or quietness in one hand; this is the spot for you, you really want to be!

    B) 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)
    -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 TO JOIN US. THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH!

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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, from 25 years and up, MINIMUM STAY 3 weeks, preferably more, needs to have excellent verbal English communication skills!

    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 persons 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 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:
    You can really make a difference with your help on the front, and we organize loads on the background!
    Help with visitor service, so we - the founders- can do all the necessary background work, to keep us going with our charity.

    OUR CHARITY
    Visitors means money to be able to maintain and develop the place and to keep on organising our charity on the background. Our charity provides basic food aid and education to the poorest families in our village; 40 children, 26 elderly and 26 sick people.

    THE ACTUAL VOLUNTEERING HELP:
    Currently we are looking for two different types of volunteers;

    A) SHORT-TERM VOLUNTEERS (min. 3 weeks, up to 2 months) to help with daily operations:
    - reception (welcoming people!)
    - guiding visitors in the butterfly section
    - handing out flyers (1 hour a day) an the entrance of falls (this is a 7 minute WALK from our park)

    B) VOLUNTEER MANAGERS (3-6 months fixed duration, preferably couples): IN ADDITION to the tasks of the regular short-term volunteers, you will be the in-between-coordinator between the owners and the volunteers - we are happy to give you a detailed description on your request -.

    IN EXCHANGE FOR YOUR HELP/REMUNERATION:
    We will cover your food costs, for three nice meals a day: we will give you full western meals and 2 beverages (because we like nice, good and healthy food). Due to legal & financial restraints, you will have to pay for the accommodation in the nearby guesthouse (Lao owned and managed) yourself ($5 a day, see details below)*

    *When you will become volunteer managers we will cover this all.

    YOUR FOOD:
    Breakfast: Baguette with (fried/boiled) eggs or porridge (with coconut milk) with seasonal fruits on the side
    Lunch: Baguette/Sandwich 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)

    BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT THE PARK:
    Our project is 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.

    EARNING IT AND TRIPADVISOR
    We have good online reviews, because of the beauty and the energy we daily give to our visitors, our 5 Lao staff members and 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 5 months of high season (November-March) with many visitors visiting the park; then we earn it for the whole year, to be able to maintain and develop the park from April until September, when it's low season and the park is closed for public.

    REALITY OF THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT:
    The falls area after 5.00 Pm (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 8.00/8.30 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 DAYS OFF/ 2-3 NIGHTS IN LUANG PRABANG (the park is closed on Thursdays)
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ You will be 2 OR 3 nights/ 2 days off per week. Which practically means: leaving at 16.00 o'clock*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ 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 be back around 10.00/10.30 am here.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Make sure have packed your 'stuff to take to Luang Prabang', before arriving at the here.

    SPENDING YOUR FREE DAY IN THIS BEAUTIFUL AREA
    If you wish to stay on your free day(s) in the environment to hike around, 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 understand 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.)

    -> Depending on the 'busy-ness' you will eat in between or will have half an hour lunch break

    We simply do love it – “the Lao life”… … we are the butterfly-people, as Lao people joke, when we visit the city of Luang Prabang… actually we live surrounded by the blue waters of a famous waterfall, 27 km away from town, and we experience it’s magical and beautiful to life this 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 nearly 4 year old Dion

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Hospitality/Tourism
    General Maintenance
    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 300.000 LAK per tuktuk, depending on the amount of people. Or you can jump randomly in one and pay 60.000 LAK for one ride up to our place. OR you can buy a minivanticket in any ticketoffice, for 70.000 LAK. (before Covid) 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?

    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

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