Volunteering at a Butterfly Park, near Luang Prabang city, Laos




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    WE ARE SEARCHING FOR NICE, happy, self knowledgeable VOLUNTEERS from Oct '22 until March '23:

    A) VOLUNTEER and park operations MANAGERS, PREFERABLY A COUPLE WHO WORKS WELL TOGETHER (3-6 months fixed duration (Oct until March), preferably couples or good friends 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)

    If you like to join us, please introduce yourself by writing us (Ineke and Olaf) a short personal, motivational email.

    Our Butterfly park build up from scratch needs 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.

    Our Butterfly Park 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.
    We need an emotional stable, grounded person, 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 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.

    Visitors means money to be able to keep on organising our charity 'Mama Lun' on the background. Our charity 'Mama Lun' provides basic food aid and education to the poorest families in our village 40 children, 26 elderly and 26 sick people.

    Currently we are looking for two different types of volunteers (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY THE MORE DETAILED DESCRIPTION IN THE 'HELP' SECTION BELOW):

    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 Kuang Si 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 - see detailed description below.

    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 have to pay for the accommodation in the nearby guesthouse (Lao owned and managed) yourself ($6 a day, see details below)*

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

    Breakfast: Baguette with fried 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.

    Our butterfly park is opened since January 2014 for visitors and has welcomed many 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, clean (Dutch style) and very direct in communication (Dutch style)… and most of all; totally dedicated to what we do.

    Our butterfly park has 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 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 unfamiliar with the idea of 'butterfly garden.'

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

    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.

    We do not have any external funding… we have to earn money every day. We believe this is the way to go strong, efficient and focused. We have invested all our money and build a year with local craftsmen to get our butterfly park up and open for visitors.

    Our butterfly park is in a good spot on Tripadvisor, 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 but this is up to you… depending on your attitude and interest for nature.

    In Laos we have 5 months of high season (Nov-March); then we need to earn it for the rest of the year, to be able to keep the park which is high in maintenance and development.

    Kuang Si 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.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ You will be 2 nights/1 full day off per week. Which practically means: leaving at 16.00 o'clock*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ to Luang Prabang (there is only 'day transportation' since Kuang Si 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 at the Butterfly Park.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Make sure have packed your 'stuff to take to Luang Prabang', before arriving at the Butterfly Park.

    If you wish to stay on your free day 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!!

    - We give you a great time if you are honest and really want to connect to this place and are deeply in love with nature.
    (Please, don't be calculative about the hours being on the premises) we expect you are active/ taking initiative and understand why we are enthusiastic about our project
    - 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! ;-)
    - We do love holiday’s as well, but relaxing at our place is mainly for visitors.

    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 or 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).

    Due legislation we are not allowed to have anybody else then ourselves sleeping at the premises of the Butterfly Park.
    Otherwise volunteers could have stayed for free, but that's not reality. Since we don't get any external funding, we are only capable to pay your lovely food, see below:


    - (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).

    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:

    We ask a tiny bit more then 25 hours a week.*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️

    9.00/9.15 breakfast (our lovely Lao staff will prepare this for you)

    9.45 reception set up (START)
    10.00 park open
    11.00 (usually) the first visitors will start to come
    16.30 park closes (STOP)

    Shift A: 9.45-15.00 o'clock with 30 minutes lunch break
    Shift B: 11.00-16.30 o'clock with 30 minutes lunch break

    17.30/18.00 start cooking
    (We will make a schedule together when you will cook (2 times a week) and when somebody else will cook for you ;-)
    18.30/19.00 start dinner


    -> Every other day you can start at 11.00 am OR leave at 15.00 o'clock and enjoy your time in a different way. The environment is very beautiful to explore.

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

    -> You will have half an hour lunch break (or when its quiet (only in low season) with visitors it can be 45 minutes+).

    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, but 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…


    With warm and colourful butterfly greetings,
    Olaf, Ineke and our 3 year old Dion

  • Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Trabajo de caridad
    Proyectos artísticos
    Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
    Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
    Cuidado de animales
    Cuidado de niños y juegos creativos
    Cocinar para toda la familia
    Mantenimiento general
    Ayuda con ordenadores/Internet

  • Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    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.

  • Proyectos con niños

    Proyectos con niños

    En este proyecto podría haber niños. Para obtener más información, consulta nuestras directrices y consejos aquí.

  • Ayuda


    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.

  • Idiomas hablados

    Inglés: Fluido
    Lao: Fluido
    Holandés: Fluido
    Alemán: Intermedio
    Español: Principiante
    Francés: Principiante

  • Alojamiento


    This will be in a private bedroom with private bathroom, 300 meters located from the butterfly park. 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.

  • Algo más...

    Algo más...

    When you face the post office In Luang Prabang, you can find tuktuks/minivans left from it. The driver will ask FROM 150.000 LAK per tuktuk, depending on the amount of people. Or you can jump randomly in one and pay 30.000 LAK for one ride up to the Butterfly Park. OR you can buy a minivanticket in any ticketoffice, for 40.000/50.000 LAK. Everyday at 9.30/11.30 AND 13.30 there will be a minivan coming up to the Kuang Si 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

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    Un poco más de información

    • Acceso a Internet

    • Acceso a Internet limitado

      Acceso a Internet limitado

    • Tenemos animales

    • Somos fumadores

    • Puede alojar familias

  • Puede acoger a nómadas digitales

    Puede acoger a nómadas digitales

    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.

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  • ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    Más de dos

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    Horas esperadas

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

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Número de referencia de anfitrión: 867256346732