Come teach English to help local children and develop Don Khamao island, Laos



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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    The goal of our project is to develop the island and create new opportunities for the villagers and the children. We focus on education, employment, environment and promoting our traditional lifestyle.
    On the island there are 150 people living in 70 families. Lifestyle is traditional. the community is more or less self-substainable. The island is on the Mekong river, it is surrounded by a green tree belt, in the middle there are many rice fields. The sunset is beautifull, the people are very welcoming. There is a trail that leads around the island for walking. It is located in 4000islands region, Champasak, Laos.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Language practice
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The volunteers stay at the homestay. So you will live with a lao family in the middle of a traditional village and share with them the daily life. It will be the opportunity to learn the language and discover how lao people from the countryside are like.
    You will learn the different traditional techniques, how to cook sticky rice and lao food, make lao lao white whiskey or fish in the Mekong river. Moreover, your host who was a monk before can introduce you to Buddhism teachings and to the practice of meditation.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    October - May:
    As a volunteer you will teach English to the local children in the afternoon for about 2 hours. Around that you will have to prepare for the lessons through communication with the other volunteers. As the project is reasonably new we could do with help all around. I'm looking for people who can take the initiative, who are self motivated and can carry a task from start to finish. Aside from teaching tasks other help like promoting the project and the homestay online, general organisation or help with construction is needed. You are expected to work a minimum of 5 days, Monday to Friday.

    June - September:
    We need volunteers to help my family predominantly with farmwork around the rice paddies as there's no school.

    At the moment we're also looking for a professional photographer or videographer to help improve our social media presence.

    cultural exchange

    Volunteers stay at the homestay along side my family. The place is secluded, so there are no shops or Wifi. We value the simple things in life.
    We're trying to introduce the volunteers into the traditional lao lao culture. Some of the group activities are:
    > visit the local lao lao factory (local whisky)
    > boat trip to the markets
    > Friday night BBQ
    > visit local festivals
    > fishing in the the Mekong river
    > learn how to make sticky rice
    >making baskets out of bamboos
    >build bamboo huts

    * We are also in need of school materials, books and activities in English. Feel free to bring these. *

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Lao: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    You will have a private room with a fan at the homestay. There is a communal bathroom, no shower. You can wash yourselves in the river, like the locals do, or Lao style in the "bathroom". As we don't charge the families for the lessons and as we don't have a regular income, we can't provide you with free meals( as work 2 hours per day). Thus we provide 3 meals a day for 60.000kip per day. This fee enable us to afford meals and extra money for electricity and materials for teaching. You'll have free drinking water, as well as hot water, tea and coffee all day.
    Internet connexion is working through my hotspot, ask me if you need it. You can also get cards for quite cheap.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    During your free time you can do anything you want: play the guitar or the "kene" (bamboo traditional instrument), swim in the river, relax at the beach, go picnic and enjoy the local festivals around. At the homestay we offer a range of activities and tours. We also have motorbikes that you can rent to discover 4000 island area. We have a boat to collect you and bring you to the main road and you can spend 1 night for camping on the beach for BBQ, if you like we can show you how to grow rice and how to cook lao food .

    Please note that we are asking a min. stay of 1 week which is the time needed for kids to know you and trust you. If you come to leave earlier than after 7 days, we would charge you as guests (50,000kip a night) as you are provided with a room of the same standard as guests. Thank you for your understanding.

    You will see, our island is a very warm and friendly place and local villagers will welcome you with their smile!

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 2 and a half ha day, 5 days a week

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