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We are looking for nice, kind and independent people to help us with a few different things in our café for people and cats. Keywords: photography, vegan cooking skills, graphic design, education & outreach.
*Before you continue reading, please note that we are NOT looking for people to look after the cats. We are not an animal shelter and we do not need general help.
Please do NOT message us:
-if you don't have a specific skill listed below in the help section
-if the calendar is marked red, it means no availability
-outside of Workaway
Also please answer the secret question below so we know that you read our listing and that we didn't just get another generic email offering to help in the garden. We don't have a garden.
Sorry for this harsh introduction! We are actually very nice ;-)
Our café opened in February 2022 and we only work with adoptable cats that our customers can cuddle and play with. We also have a very sweet dog.
We are a social enterprise, selling delicious drinks and veggie and vegan food, and eco-friendly souvenirs. At the same time we are working towards our mission to improve animal welfare by advocating for routine spaying, neutering and vaccinations for dogs and cats, to improve their health and welfare.
In Laos most basic animal (health) care is not common. Quality veterinary care is often lacking and in some cases people still eat cats and dogs. We know that working with the younger generations is the key to achieve change and to improve animal welfare in the future. Animal health is interwoven with human- and environmental health and so a healthy population of pets benefits both people and wildlife.
Instead of showcasing 'exotic breed' cats, we have a bunch of rescued ones. We show people that if you take good care of snotty, orphaned kittens, they will thrive and become excellent companions. Our cats are up for adoption, so that we can help the local cat rescue in giving more cats a better life.
We opened during the pandemic when Laos' borders were still closed and have started very small, with just the two of us. We have learned a lot and also know we could still use a lot of help in achieving our mission. Maybe from some of you!
*Please note that we have 1 room with double bed available, so either for 1 person or a couple*
We're located right in the center of beautiful Luangprabang in northern Laos. Luangprabang is a UNESCO world heritage town and so it is a wonderful place if you're looking for a break from travelling, or if you want to use it as a hub for activities. For example, the Kuang Si Waterfalls are about 30km from here. There are ethical elephant tours, pottery classes, hiking opportunities, kayaking, swimming, yoga, etc etc, plenty of choice whether you're looking for active stuff, or want to take it easy.
Projetos de construção/faça você mesmo
Cuidar de animais
Ajuda com computadores/internet
To start, living in a house will give you a different perspective of the town and the country in general than when you stay in tourist accommodation. Wake up early and you can see countless monks from the many temples around here go past quietly to collect alms, just outside our door. You might find your favourite noodle soup place and practise your Lao language with the locals, or visit the temple and have a chat with the monks to learn about their lives whilst they practise their English skills with you. Plenty of opportunities to add a different dimension to your trip. And of course we are always available for advice on where to go and what to do!
- High quality photos/social media: We are looking for someone who could come for a few days with a good camera to take nice pictures of the cats and our food & drinks for our social media channels and education & outreach purposes. Someone who could help us with this would be greatly appreciated. You'll have to have your own camera and some photography experience (4 hours a day)
-Graphic design: we try our best with Canva, but to have someone help us develop education materials, infographics, menus, brochures etc etc would be fantastic. We can discuss what is needed. You'll have to have your own computer. (4 hours a day)
-Education & outreach: we would love to have someone guiding us in the most effective and impactful ways to engage and educate youth and general public about animal welfare. If you are experienced in the field of (environmental) education, communications or similar, please get in touch.
-Menu review: we have a fully vegetarian/vegan menu. We love eating, but we're not trained chefs so we would love for someone to help us go through our menu and see if we can improve it. We are not asking a workawayer to cook for our customers, but instead to help us to finetune what kind of foods we can offer with local and fresh ingredients, to brainstorm with us and to train us and our staff if necessary (Hours to be negotiated).
If you have read our profile this far, thank you so much. We appreciate that you took the time. If you decide to message us, please mention your favourite animal so that we know you read the whole thing. Imagine how many people are reading the first line of our profile and think 'oh cool, free room, free food and all I have to do is cuddle cats'. We are a starting business that opened in the pandemic. The reason we are on Workaway is to hopefully meet serious people who are keen to contribute to our mission, because financially it's very hard to get it going. So please read what we need and specify in your message how you could contribute. Unfortunately just loving cats is not enough.
Please note, we are not asking for help in the café itself. As a workawayer you will stay in the same building as the café and you are welcome to spend as much time as you like, but we will not ask you to cook or serve food and drinks to our customers. We believe in fair pay for our staff and we will not replace paid local jobs with volunteers. However, we do love to meet people, share stories and learn from each other's experiences, so we hope we can offer a fair exchange of accommodation, food and coffee of course!
Este anfitrião oferece intercâmbio de idiomas
Language is not the main purpose of our workaway wishes, but since I'm learning Italian and there's not a lot of opportunity here to practice, I would love to have Italian speakers! In return I can offer English and Lao language.
We offer a bedroom with double bed, en-suite bathroom, a fan (and optional aircon for a small fee). The room looks out over the town and the mountains and faces the back of the house, so it's generally very quiet.
We offer a place to stay and 2 meals a day (a combination of local and Western food).
We prefer to have people help for max. 1 week or less.
We have 1 bicycle you can use for free (we do ask a deposit).
Acesso à internet
Acesso à internet limitado
Pode hospedar famílias
Our wifi is decent, it is ok for streaming, Netflix and youtube etc. Others have lived and worked here before who worked online, such as teacher, coach and software-developer. The bedroom has a desk and is quiet, so it can easily be used as an office space. The cafe itself gets customers who come and work here so that would also be an option. Other than that, we can direct you to other amazing places to work, from cafes with river view, to soft sofas in airconditioned bakeries.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week