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

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  • Last activity: 31/01/2023



 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 mainly focus on education but also on employment, environment and promoting our traditional lifestyle. 
The project takes place on two different islands: Don Khamao and Don Nangloy. Both of the islands are located in 4000islands region, Champasak, Laos. On Don Khamao there are 150 people living in 70 families, while 350 families live on Don Nangloy (The two islands are close to each other.) . Unfortunately, the project on Don Khamao is currently resting, because the mother of Phonephet is sick and cannot cope with too many children and volunteers around her. The project will continue as soon as she feels better. Until then, we focus on improving the life on Don Nangloy, where we built bungalows for volunteers and guests.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Help around the house
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Life at Don Nangloy gives you an authentic insight into Lao Lifestyle. It will be the opportunity to learn the language and discover how Lao people from the countryside are like. Especially the time you spend with the children helps you to understand how it is like to grow up on this island and shows you the value of the small things in life.
    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 two hours. Around that you will have to prepare for the lessons through communication with the other volunteers. As the project is reasonably new and still in build-up you can help on so many different things. There is still a lot of place for new ideas on how to improve the project.
    Aside from teaching tasks other help like promoting the project and the homestay online, general organisation or help with construction is needed.
    I'm looking for people who can take the initiative, who are self motivated and can carry a task from start to finish.
    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.

  • 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


    The newly handmade built bungalows at Don Nangloy Island are right next to the precious Mekong. You have the opportunity to experience the authentic Lao lifestyle on the island. The lodge before the bungalow allows you to have perfect view at the beautiful sunsets. The rooms consist of a double bed, fan, table and electricity. They are simple but clean. Right next to the bungalow is a small hut with a kitchen. My wife can provide you fresh meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have a small variety of meals you can choose from, vegetarian option included. We have a shared bathroom with a toilet and shower.

    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 1 half hours per day). 
Thus we provide 3 meals a day for $6 per day. This fee enables us to afford meals and extra money for electricity , materials for teaching and support keeping the project go on. (volunteers have freedom to choose whether they want to pay or do their own meals.) You'll have free drinking water, as well as hot water, tea and coffee all day.
Internet connection is working through my hotspot, ask me if you need it. You can also get sim cards for quite cheap.
    There is not ATM on the island.

  • 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 .

    We're trying to introduce the volunteers into the traditional lao lao culture. Some of the group activities are:

    > Lao food cooking class
    > visit the local lao lao factory (local whisky)
    > boat trip to Sunset
    > boat trip to the markets
    > visit local festivals
    > fishing in the the Mekong river
    > learn how to make sticky rice
    > learning about basic Buddhism
    >making baskets out of bamboos
    >build bamboo huts

    Please note that we are asking for a min. stay of 1 week, which is the time needed for kids to know and trust you. Thank you for your understanding.

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

    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

  • 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 hours a day, 5 days a week

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    This host charges a fee

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    $6 per day for food
Host ref number: 965882163868

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