Volunteer in Laos

4 volunteering programs in Laos

Volunteer Program in Laos with GapXperience! We have 4 volunteer programs available including kindergarten, teaching English at a school, elephant conservation or work in a construction projects. We also have the culture week which is a great option to start your program in Laos. You can join from a short term 1 week program up to 8 weeks.

Join this program from only £355, US$450 or €375 with discounts available of £35/US$45/€40 per person for when you book with someone else or you are one of our many returning customers!

Fast Facts

Location: Vientiane, Laos
Start Dates: Every Monday all year-round
Arrival: Wattay International Airport on Sunday
Duration: 1-8 weeks
Age: Join from 18 years old
Prices: From only £355, US$450 or €375

about the program in laos

Doing a volunteer program in Laos provides a unique & worthwhile experience and is a great way to gain new experiences and skill sets while learning about the local culture and people.

The program is based in Vientiane, Laos, in Ban Houakhoua Village. The program starts every Monday. You arrive on Saturday or Sunday and on Monday start the program. You will arrive at Vientiane Airport (Wattay International Airport) where you will be picked up on Sunday and transferred to your accommodation. Arrivals on Saturday need to book an extra night accommodation.

We have several projects available and you can build your own program from the different projects that are available in Laos from a short term 1 week to 2 weeks program up to 12 weeks. You can start your program with the Culture Week but this is not compulsory. You can build your own program on the application form where you can choose which project you want to join and you can also combine different projects and create your own volunteer program in Laos!

Support

Throughout your stay, you will have the support and guidance of our the team of local coordinators of our partner who will provide you with assistance and help you with any thing that you may need. The coordinators will provide support in all aspects of your projects starting from arrival to departure.

Location

Vientiane, the capital of Laos, is situated at the Mekong river, with a population of around 400.000. Ban Houakhoua Village, where you will be staying,  is located in the Naxaythong District about 25 kilometers from Vientiane. This location has the best of both worlds, located in a rural area giving you a taste of the real Laos whilst still being close enough to the big city.

Program Requirements

  • Participants need to be 18 years or over to join
  • Participants need to be in good physical and mental health
  • You need to have your own travel insurance
  • Participants must have a clean criminal background check, click here for details
  • You need to bring a hard copy of your CV/Resume

Accommodation & Meals

You will stay in a volunteer accommodation where you will stay in a single gender shared room together with other participants. There are 3 meals included from Monday to Friday and 2 meals per day on weekends.

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projects in laos

You can start your program with the Culture Week but this is not compulsory. You can build your own program on the application form where you can choose which project you want to join and you can also combine different projects and create your own volunteer program in Laos!
Culture Week

This week is the perfect time to get to know the other participants from all over the world and immerse yourself in the culture of Laos including its food, customs and the people.

For full details click here

Kindergarten

Volunteer in a kindergartens in Laos and teach English and organize fun activities for the children. Help the children by teaching basic English, organizing activities and assisting the local staff.

For full details click here

Teaching

Go and teach as a volunteer in wonderful Laos! Teach English to children in Laos in an informal way, organize activities and games at a variety of schools.

For full details click here

Construction & Renovation

Join the construction and renovation project in Laos in schools, temples, roads, medical centers and houses with activities such as constructing classrooms, renovating Buddhist temples, painting walls, building desks, landscaping,

For full details click here

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find an overview of the frequently asked questions about our programs. If you have a question please feel free to contact us.

Are the program fees subject to change?

When you apply, we will email you your acceptance to the program together with a price quotation. When you confirm your booking paying your deposit within one month from the date you applied then your program fee will remain unchanged, even if the fees might change on the website during this time.

What is the average age of participants?

We have participants of different ages. Most are between 18 and 35 years. But we also have participants who are older (up to 55 years). The programs are suitable for both younger volunteers and older volunteers.

What is the support like overseas?

We believe our support at our destinations is excellent, just check our testimonials and reviews to see what our customers said. We have full-time staff in each destination. It is their job to set up and coordinate your placement, check out your accommodation, meet you at the airport and provide you with any support you need.

Can I also join my friend or family member?

Yes, you can book any of our programs together with one or more people. We will then organize your program together. Just let us know when you sign up and you will each receive a discount of £35/US$45/AU$60/€40.

Can I participate for a short period?

Yes you can participate from one week (from 2 weeks for some programs). You have a choice of different projects where you can gain a fantastic experience.

How well should my English be?

Anyone who can understand and speak reasonable English and express themselves in English can participate in the program. The level of English of the children you will teach is usually low.

Is travel insurance mandatory?

Yes this is mandatory. You are responsible for yourself if something happens to you abroad. That is why you have to take out travel insurance yourself before you leave.

Will I be picked up from the airport?

Yes, you will be picked up from the airport by the local coordinator. Let us know your flight details and we will arrange this for you.

Can I choose what type of project I want to work at?

Yes you can certainly do that. During your registration you can let us know which project (s) you want to join. You work about 4-5 hours a day, from Monday to Friday. At the weekend you are free to travel or to discover the surroundings.

Are your programs suitable for an internship?

yes that is possible for some projects. In the past we have had several participants who have done our program as an internship. Contact us if you have specific requirements for your internship.

Can I combine different countries?

Yes you can combine different countries. That is a great way for a unique experience of different cultures in one journey.

Can I still travel around after the program?

Yes, you can do this, we have several volunteers who travel around after their program has been done or before their program starts.

Will other volunteers be present on the project?

The number of volunteers can vary depending on the period, the country and the project. We can not guarantee the presence of other volunteers on the project.

Do I have to reserve my flight myself?

Yes you book yourself for your flight. Once you book we will let you know the details of your arrival and then you can book your flight. Let us know your flight details and we will arrange your pickup on arrival.

What to do in case of difficulties on the spot?

In the event of difficulties on the spot, you should first contact the person in charge of the project on site to inform that person about your situation. If the problems persist, contact us so that we can help if needed.

When can I register?

The earlier, the better it is to be certain of your place on a project on the dates of your choice. You can still register up to 4 weeks before departure, we will let you know within 24 hours if the program is still available.

prices of the program in laos

Prices in Pounds
1 week :  355 Pounds
2 weeks : 495 Pounds
3 weeks : 635 Pounds
4 weeks : 785 Pounds
+1 week : 165 Pounds

Prices in US$
1 week :  450 US$
2 weeks : 625 US$
3 weeks : 810 US$
4 weeks : 985 US$
+1 week : 215 US$

Prices in Euro
1 week :  375 Euro
2 weeks : 525 Euro
3 weeks : 675 Euro
4 weeks : 825 Euro
+1 week : 175 Euro

* If joining the Culture Week there is an extra charge of £80/US$115/€90
** There is an extra charge of £25/US$40/€30 per week for the construction project

What’s included : Volunteer Program • Airport pickup • Accommodation • Meals • Support • Pre-departure information

Not included : flight, insurance, visa, criminal background check, vaccinations, transport back to the airport at end of the program, personal expenses, a 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment.

* The project & accommodation details are subject to change according to local circumstances, also the projects are not available on local holidays

Why book with GapXperience

Lowest and Affordable Prices

Our prices are some of the lowest of similar programs without reducing the quality, support and services.

Book Together with Friend

Book together with one or more persons and you all get a discount of £35/US$45/AU$60/€40.

Combine Different Countries

Combine programs in different locations/countries and get 5% discount from the second location/country.

Returning Customers

Many of our customers join us again and they get a discount on their program of £35/US$45/AU$60/€40.

How to Book your Program

Participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible as places on the program are limited. You can apply up to 1 month before your start date. Apply today and get ready for one of the most amazing experiences of your life!

Application Form
Fill out the Application Form. We will process your application and let you know if your application was successful within 24 hours.

Deposit
Pay your deposit to reserve you place in the program. You can pay the deposit in these currencies: £95, US$135, AU$185 or €125.

Remaining Fees
Pay the remaining fees, minus the deposit which you already paid, six weeks before your start date of your program.