Laos Volunteer Experiences
Volunteer in Laos, the smallest, most beautiful but also one of the poorest countries in Asia
Volunteer with Openmind Projects, an NGO and foundation, that supports Laos communities!
Tourism in Laos is booming and a major source of national income and so are the exports of natural resources. Laos visitors are stunned by its nature; awesome limestone cliffs for climbers, waterfalls for rafters, caves for explorers, jungles for trekkers and they warm to the friendly and diverse Laos peoples!
But Laos rice farmer villagers remain poor! They do not benefit much from tourism and other exports! They are displaced to allow for hydroelectric dams. Wildlife is threatened. Human trafficking is common.
As a volunteer you can help!
The lack of good education prevents rice farmers and their children from leaving poverty. Help us help them! Help children to learn English and using IT/internet for a better future. Help villagers to learn English to host eco tourists for an extra income. Sponsor a young Laos trainee to study and stay at Openmind Projects Training Center in Nongkhai on the Thai/Laos border!
When you volunteer with us you are welcome to a Free Training Week at our Training Center before you start!
You will have time to visit the many famous places of Laos, like Luang Prabang the old capital in the North and the 1000 Islands in the South.
These villages welcome families as well as couples and single volunteers!
All this and affordable volunteering in Laos, at 14 USD a day!
Tell us about yourself, what you are looking for and we will tell you how you can help and where! Email us or apply to volunteer in Laos.
Watch Volunteers Visit A Laos Village
Affordable and Rewarding Volunteering in Amazing Laos with Openmind Projects
Volunteer Work in Laos
Welcome tom the Phou Khao Khouai Mountain villages east of Vientiane , the capital of Laos. Read more!
Most volunteers in Laos spend their time teaching, practising English with children and adults. IT and Internet learning can be combined with English training. Neither English nor IT training requires a teaching background! We practice Learning by Doing activities and playing games, sports with the village children!
We are always open to discuss how volunteers can help depending on your background, interests, experiences and skills. Tell us, apply online!
Life in Laos as a Volunteer
Stay with a host family or a village guest house. Prepare and eat local food with local friends! Share the daily chores, of the villagers. Learn about their life, culture and dreams. Volunteer 5 days, explore Laos in your free time!
Many Laos, Thai and Burmese girls and boys have improved their skills at Openmind Projects Training Center!
Over the years many poor, young Laos have come as trainees, some to our Learning Camps, to stay and study at our Training Center in Thailand. They improve their English, IT but also other life skills. They prepare for a better life together with us, our staff, their trainee friends and overseas volunteers. They go on to further studies, a better job, some return to help their villages!
Read about rice farmer son, Joiy, who did not speak any English, had never seen a computer when he came to us from a low paid factory job in Laos. He came as a trainee, went on to become our Laos coordinator and volunteer trainer and landed a great job in Laos. Read about Moe, our Burmese refugee girl, who did not speak Thai or English when she came to us and is now our refugee and migrants coordinator and volunteer trainer! Or about Khem from Laos who came as a 15 year old camper, to stay on as a trainee, became our video man and is now a successful, professional videographer in Vientiane, the capital of Laos. His brother Phong is now our trainee!
We are small but global and act local. We work with local projects and people and we welcome international volunteers to support our work. Tell us what you are looking for and we will tell you what you can do to help the people of Laos!