5 Reasons you need to Visit Vang Vieng in Laos

5 Reasons you need to Visit Vang Vieng in Laos

It is the scenic mountain ranges and the flowing rivers that has travellers jetting their way to Vang Vieng, in Vientiane Provence of Laos. And with good reason too, because this hip town offers the lot, an adventure, a party and a siesta all to be had as you explore new parts of a fascinating country.

Memories will be created, the camera will be clicking and the adrenalin will be racing, but boredom will not be part of this trip as there is simply too much excitement to be had. For now, why not have a quick read at why you need to visit Vang Vieng and join in on the action.

Blue Lagoon

The blue Lagoon in Vang Vieng, Laos.

 

5 Reasons you need to Visit Vang Vieng.

  1. Be mesmerised by The Great outdoors

    The picturesque outdoors of Vang Vieng is what drives tourist from all around the world to this bubbly little town. No wonder too with a range of things to do and see, whether it is taking a hot-air balloon ride above town, kayaking the Nam Song River, zip-lining at great heights amongst the mountain ranges, going deep into the dark caves or relaxing in style at the Blue Lagoon, the options really begin to stack up.
    If you are an adrenalin junkie or simply seeking a relaxing getaway, Vang Vieng offers it all, just don’t forget your camera, because you will want to show off this town to your friends back home and be at the mercy of their envy.

    Vang Vieng

    Enjoy stunning views in Vang Vieng.

 

  1. Day Tours are at a premium
    With the outdoors being the popular choice for tourist, it will not surprise you to learn that day tours are at a premium in Vang Vieng. You will find no shortage of tour offices in town, whether it is at a hotel or a tour agency on the streets, you will find an appropriate half/full day tours to suit your needs for an adventure.
    At a ridiculous low price, you can stack together a handful of fun activities such as kayaking, zip-lining and the popular Blue lagoon. If you can’t fit in everything on the day, then back it up the next day with another tour, the prices are extremely low for what you get and it is value for the dollar.

 

Nam Song River

Kayaking the Nam Song River, Vang Vieng

 

  1. Dine in style amongst stunning scenic views

    Heading down to the river front to a large range of restaurants is a priority in this town and it won’t disappoint either. Enter through the large entrance where a Friends’ episode (for whatever reason) is constantly playing on the big screens, from there, make your way further into the restaurant and the splendid views of the Nam Song River and the limestone mountain ranges are awaiting and the views are splendid.
    It is dining at its finest and the food does its best match the amazing views from the dining table with a great range of local and international food on offer in most restaurants along the strip. The drinks are cheap too.

 

The Riverhill Vang Vieng

The Riverhill Restaurant in Vang Vieng

 

 

  1. Get ready to party hard

    Not only famous for its stunning scenery, Vang Vieng is also a bustling party town with a large variety of nightclubs and bars that can keep the party going all night. I can understand if this is not your kind of scene, because partying to all hours of the morning is not for everybody, but for those who love a good night out, you are more than covered in Vang Vieng.
    The Sakura nightclub is the most famous in the area, with dancing, beer ping pong and having a good time the priority at this crowded club. The drinks are a little more expensive, but the Sakura offers plenty of complimentary cocktail vouchers to make up for it, so at the end of the day, you are no worse off in the pocket.

    Sakura Bar

    Get the party started at Sakura Bar.

  2. Enjoying great coffee at a café or two

    French holds a strong favour in Laos and it’s no different in Vang Vieng with a large variety of French style bakeries and café’s in town. And let me tell you this straight up, in Vang Vieng, I never tried a cappuccino that I didn’t enjoy, each coffee and its strong rich flavours were sensational. If you are an avid coffee lover then give yourself a cafe tour, you shall not regret it.

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cafe Vang Vieng

Enjoy a fine coffee.

5 Reasons you should Visit Vientiane in Laos

5 Reasons you should Visit Vientiane in Laos

Visit Vientiane, the capital of Laos, before the world catches on, because this cultural city is beginning to capture the traveller’s hearts with it’s bubbly small-town atmosphere, pleasant locals and breathtaking structures that will take a shine to any travel photo book.

Laos is a country full of rich history and proud traditions and Vientiane plays a large part in what the country stands for. But this great city is not a secret to avid travellers any more and below are five reasons why you should Visit Vientiane.

The Golden Palace

This stunning temple can be found at the Pha That Luang in Vientiane.

 

1.    Stunning Traditional Structures

Culture and tradition is a big part of Vientiane and so is their common religion, Buddhism. Saturated through the city are many temples, with a few notables to visit being the Pha That Luang (Golden Palace), Wat Si Saket and the Haw Phra Kaew temples.
Then of course is Vientiane’s memorable grand structure that sits proudly in the heart the city the Patuxai Victory Monument, which celebrates the country’s independence from the French. Naturally, within the vicinity of Vientiane, there are many other wonderful structures that must be seen.

Sisaket Museum

Sisaket Museum

2.      Wander through Lively markets

Markets are common in any part of Asia and Vientiane is no exception. While the markets do have quite a bit of activity about, you can wander the many markets quite smoothly and without any fear of being bullied to purchase products from pesky workers desperate for a buck.

The number one markets in the city are the night markets in the Chao Anouvong Park. Situated near the banks of the Mekong River, the night markets offer a carnival atmosphere with plenty of bargains to be found and great street foods that can be bought on the cheap.

Night Markets

Night Markets from above on a wet Laos Day.


3.    Drink and eat on the cheap

Restaurants and bars are every where in the city, with most restaurants offering various cuisines to suit any traveller. You can eat local food or western food and better yet, you can buy local beer for around a dollar……bargain. By the way, you are out of luck if want those famous western fast food chains such as McDonalds, because at present there are none. Not that it is a bad thing.
One bar that is must to visit is the Bor Peng Yang rooftop bar, close to the Night Markets and with the Mekong River and Thailand in full view, this pleasant roof top bar offers a relaxing atmosphere with good meals and good beer, fresh off the tap.

Bor Pen Yang Bar

At the top is the Bor Pen Yang Bar.

 

4.      Escape the Hustle and Bustle

It is a pleasant relief to visit a major capital city of a Southeast Asian country without traffic and pedestrians coming at you in all directions. The streets in Vientiane are quite tame and roads have some sense of organisation to it, with footpaths, traffic lights and one-way streets to keep everything flowing smoothly.

Unlike some major cities in Southeast Asia, for example, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City, you can cross the road in Vientiane without fear (of course you still need to look both ways) and walk the foot paths without motorcycles brushing past you.

Overview of Vientiane

Pleasant streets of Vientiane.

5.      Visit Vientiane before the rest of the world catches on

Some tourists around the world are beginning to catch on to Laos and its fabulous tourist’s attractions and beautiful nature. While Vientiane itself may not be the prettiest city you’ll ever visit, you must go further in land for that. The city still offers plenty for any traveller that is seeking a relaxing holiday or a culture lesson.
Laos only opened its door to tourist in the mid 1990’s and every year, more and more travellers are making their way to this landlocked country in Asia. So, you better hop to it and visit Vientiane, before it becomes the tourist phenomenon it is bound to be.

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Visit Vientiane

Visit Vientiane.

 

What to expect when Volunteering Abroad

What to expect when Volunteering Abroad

So, you have decided to volunteer abroad? Good on you. From a personal achievement, you will never receive more satisfaction in life than lending a helping hand to those in need. It is an experience in life that is highly challenging but also high rewarding, especially when you return home and recount with pride your volunteering stories to your family and friends.

However, volunteering in an unfamiliar country is not without its challenges. You are out of your comfort zone, away from your favourite gimmicks at home, the comfort of your own bed and your favourite meal at dinner time. All little things at the end of the day, but they all add up. Therefore, let’s run through a list of what to expect when volunteering abroad.

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Teaching the primary kids is a challenging reward.

 

  • You won’t change the world, so don’t expect to.

    Remember these words before any volunteering assignment, you are not a superhero, you are merely a volunteer. Therefore, during your time abroad you will not change the world or the community you are involved in for that matter, so don’t attempt to. Volunteering is meant to be a positive experience, so Relax, go with the flow and give the best effort you possibly can.

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    Meet interesting people volunteering abroad.

  • Volunteering Abroad is not cheap.

    You will need to pay significant fees when volunteering your services abroad. Nothing is free and that is including giving up your time and money to do a good deed. Different organisations offer various fees and from my experiences I can highly rate International Volunteers Headquarters for a worthy experience volunteering abroad.
    With the fees you will have accommodation, food and a few day tours learning about the country’s culture and magnificent attractions. On top of the regular fees, most organisations will require that you purchase your own airfares, visas and travel insurance, so be prepared before for what you need before you sign up.

  • Get ready for a challenge.

    I doubt you would want to experience such a rewarding adventure if it wasn’t a challenge to begin with. Good news, on a daily basis you will face different levels of challenges, whether it is keeping kids motivated while teaching a class, or constructing a wall in humid conditions. Remember to keep calm and think your way through any problems that will arise.

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    The challenge of keeping the kids focused.

  • You can’t choose your room mates.

    When you sign up and choose the dates for your services abroad, the big unknown is who else around the world has volunteered their time during the same dates. Of course, you may choose to volunteer with your spouse, partner, family or friends. But who else is going to be joining you on the adventure will not be known until your arrival at your destination.
    There will different age groups and different nationalities, so be prepared for various personalities. In my volunteering trip to Laos, I was the oldest volunteer by about ten years and I am not that old (at least in my books). It surprised me, I expected various age groups, yet here I was having the time of my life with great young people who were still in university and in Laos for same common cause as myself.

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    Great memories with fellow volunteers.

  • Be prepared to Live in third world conditions.

    Perhaps suggesting third world conditions is a little steep, but it still will be a far cry from the luxuries you are afforded in the modern Western Civilisation. Dorm style sleeping without air-conditioning, basic and repetitive meals and limited gimmicks, such as television, WIFI and other modern-day luxuries we take for granted.
    At times, it may get frustrating to live without those things that come second nature to us, but at the end of the day it will only be for a short time. Just remember when you are experiencing withdrawals from your favourite devices that the locals live this way all the time.

 

The Green Lion

Sleeping arrangements volunteering in Laos.

 

  • Expect the Unexpected.

    Expect the unexpected, a great motto for any aspects of life. The same can be said when volunteering abroad, especially when in unfamiliar environments around the world and cultures can clash. Go with the flow and don’t let those little things disturb your experience. At the end of the day that’s all it will be, little problems, that are easily solved.

  • Cherish those little rewards.

    A kid opens and says that difficult word in English, a class room clicks during the singing of a nursery rhyme or you finish a hard day’s work constructing that building in putrid conditions. It is all little steps in the life of volunteering and those little rewards need to be celebrated.
    Remember you are volunteering abroad for right reason, it is not easy, it is not cheap and at times homesickness will kick in. Embrace the challenges ahead of you and at the end of each day, sit back and relax, full well knowing that today, you did a good thing in life.

    Volunteering abroad

    Cherish the moments of volunteering abroad.

Attractions of the World – The Golden Palace in Laos

Attractions of the World – The Golden Palace in Laos

Spectacular in all its glamour, it stands out bright and golden in the Laos sun. This fabulous temple and surrounds is wanting to be seen in its glamor and colour, welcoming tourist and locals alike to come inside for a peek and marvel at the Golden Temple in Vientiane, Laos.

The Golden Temple is also known as Pha That Luang, a name more known to the locals in Vientiane. The splendid golden structure is surrounded by other pagodas, equally grand in its own architecture design and with the low entrance fee of about a dollar, this popular attraction in Laos is more than worth a visit.

The Buddha

The Buddha

Where is the Golden Temple?

The Golden Temple is smack bang in the heart of Vientiane, the capital city of Laos, it is suggested this grand attraction was built in the 3rd century, although it has been reconstructed several times since. Therefore, when insde you can feel proud to be standing in hundreds of years of tradition and history when in the grounds of the palace.

Getting to this fine attraction is no big deal at all, grab the attention of a tuc tuc driver stationed on just about every corner in the city, mention the name Pha That Luang, or the driver will possibly have a sign with a list of attractions and from there you will get to your destination at a affordable rate.

 

Pha That Luang

Magnificent structures.

Pha That Luang

Temples in Pha That Luang

 

What to do?

The Golden Palace is simply a great place to sight see and to get your camera out for some great culture photography in Laos. While there are many temples in the country, this beauty is up there as the finest and is popular for all Buddhist on their major holidays throughout the year.

The Golden palace

Great artist of the Buddha story within the ceiling.

Pha That Luang

Buddha’s inside the halls of the Pagoda.

 

Inside the Grounds of the Palace

Inside the main pagoda, nearest to the entrance, is a great spot to grab a candle and have prayer, perhaps for good health and good luck. In the ceiling of this fabulous structure is an epic artist work about the story of how the Buddha became.

In fact, the grounds of the Golden Temple are full of great architecture, art design and Lao Culture and if you do visit a temple in Vientiane, be sure it is the Pha That Luang, and be prepared to be mesmerised of its beauty and culture.

The Golden Palace

This stunning temple inside the grounds of the Golden Temple.

Lying Buddha at Golden Palace, Laos

Lying Buddha at the Golden Palace.

Travel Report: Jan to June 2017 – Six Countries in 6 Months

Travel Report: Jan to June 2017 – Six Countries in 6 Months

Six countries in six months won’t break any records but it was good to get out and explore the world and see different cultures at every opportunity. It started with Vietnam and ended with a brief trip to Bangkok. Every country had its own unique difference but each six countries were as unique and special as the next.

Let’s take a peek at the travel report for January to June 2017 –  Six countries in six months.

Patuxai Monument, Laos

The stunning Patuxai War Monument.

Vietnam

The year in 2017 started with little madness in chaotic Ho Chi Minh City. The first visit to the Vietnamese city, it was a real eye opener from the moment we arrived, grabbed our Visas, luggage and made our way on to the streets of the city using Uber. The chaos had well and truly begun.

A family trip and our first visit to Vietnam, we didn’t waste any time checking out the great attractions of Ho Chi Minh City, visiting great locations such as the four islands on the Mekong River, Cu Chi Tunnels, the War Museum, Ben Thanh Markets and stunning French architected buildings like the Cathedral and the Old Post Office. BTW the Vietnamese food is the real winner around these parts, especially the rice noodle soups and so cheap.

Da Lat was the next little city we visited in Vietnam, a short plane ride and we were in greener pastures with divine mountain ranges. The city centre of Da Lat still packed a punch, it’s what’s on the outside that delivers its real beauty with lovely lakes, stunning waterfalls and epic scenic nature.

Bitexco Financial Building

Bitexco Financial Building in Ho Chi Minh City.

Da Lat

Beautiful Da Lat

 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

One night in Kuala Lumpur, certainly not enough time in the Malaysian city, but enough to get a little tease. A modern city that delivers on all fronts, with shopping, food stalls and of course famous high-rise buildings known around the world. This great city left such a positive reflection on me, that I will be back in April 2018 for a longer stay.

K tower

Kuala Lumpur Tower in all its lights

 

Bali, Indonesia

An accidental trip to Bali but I will take it any way I can, especially when I got the opportunity to work with two luxury resorts on the Indonesian Island. It started on the white sands of Tanjung Benoa, a real hit with the water sports. I stayed at the Sakala Resort, a perfect stay for any luxury escape in paradise, with a stunning beach club, swimming pools and restaurants.

Check out the link to Sakala Resort post.

Sakala Resort

The Sakala Resort

 

Next stop in Bali was inland to Ubud, a pretty tourist township known for its rice fields and monkeys. I stayed at the incredible Alaya Resort, beautiful in many ways with its stunning rice fields being the back drop to the Manisan Restaurant. The resort has lovey lovely outdoor setting with large palm trees and boutique swimming pools as well as the decorative Indonesian theme throughout Alaya. It was a pleasure to stay in a fine resort such as the Alaya.

Check out the link to the Alaya Resort post.

Bali

Alaya Resort.

 

Perth, Western Australia

A quick trip to Perth for a camping in a slightly different environment away from the woods and in the vicinity of the CBD. The time in Perth during this Easter break was not wasted at all, exploring the city centre and the beautiful Elizabeth Quay, discovering Whiteman Park and getting up close and personal to a few Australian Native Animals and we even stopped in at NIB stadium to watch Perth Glory play a little soccer.

City of Perth

City of Perth, so close you can touch it.

 

Vientiane, Laos

A journey of a different type, this time volunteering to school kids and Monks in Laos. It was an incredible experience like no other in my life. The proud feeling of giving back to travel and helping a community in need gave a great strength of personal satisfaction. The trip was not cheap but it was fulfilling nonetheless.

Obviously, there was a time to do some sightseeing, checking out Vientiane and the attractions it had on offer such as various temples, markets, shopping malls and the Patuxai War Monument. It is a smaller city but it is steep in culture and tradition.

Vang Vieng was another little city that I visited in Laos. A pretty city with lovely mountain ranges and the Nam Song River giving I is picturesque scenic look. The city itself is full of foreigners looking for a good time, with a range of bars and clubs that keeps the party going all night.

Golden Palace

Golden Palace, Vientiane, Laos

Blue Lagoon

The blue Lagoon in Vang Vieng, Laos.

 

Bangkok, Thailand

Another one night transit stay and another tease. Not too far away from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, I stayed at the Thong Ta Resort, perfect for transit stay. In the brief visit, I explored the streets of Bangkok, wandered through some markets and tasted some delicious food from the streets of Thailand.

artwork of Thong Ta

Great artwork at the Thong Ta resort in Bangkok.

 

What’s next in 2017?

Right now, the second half of 2017 is a little low key, but that’s what I initially thought of the first of 2017 when in planning. As of this stage, travel plans for the rest of the year are planned around the great state of Western Australia and another trip to Thailand where I will visit Phuket and Khao Lak. Stay tuned for some great travel stories to come and who knows where I will land next.

Six countries

Six countries in Six months

An Epic Journey of a Volunteer in Laos

An Epic Journey of a Volunteer in Laos

 The kids look up to you with intrigue in their eye, sitting on the dusty concrete floor, eating their lunches slowly, curiosity floats through their mind as to what these strange foreigners are doing in their school. They have seen foreigners before, it is not new to them, but to wander in the school grounds with fellow volunteers is an experience to always saviour. They stare at you with curious eyes, some smile, some frown and some kids even run up to you as if you are a Rock star here to perform a hit concert, but we are far from Rock stars, not even close. Still you wave and smile and hand out a few high fives, then it hits you instantly at what you are doing here and you have sudden pride in the decision to Volunteer in Laos.

It is an experience like no other, travelling to an unfamiliar country, one that is underdeveloped, with little infrastructure and dodgy roads. Where the smell in the air is different to what you are used to back home and their way of living comes a little different to the standards of western civilisation. Yet, you don’t let it deter you, it is why you choose to volunteer, to help where you can and to support those who need it. Of course, you can’t change the world, but for a fleeting moment you can change the experience of someone’s life, bring joy and even a smile, then by doing so, you create a lasting memory that will last a life time.

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A group shot with monks and volunteers in Laos.

 

What triggered the decision to Volunteer in Laos?

I have travelled to some fabulous destinations throughout Asia, stayed in some luxury resorts, drinking booze by the pool and have been on some incredible adventures through some stunning scenery. I felt the need to do something different this time, to give back to a community abroad that needed a helping hand. Therefore, I made the decision to volunteer, the only decision to make next, was which organisation to volunteer with? And which country to visit?

I searched a few organisations on the internet, studied the countries available, the prices and the programs on offer. Some organisations were quite hefty in price, so I went with the more affordable International Volunteers Headquarters (IVHQ). At the end of the day the IVHQ organisations were professional and thorough, the only thing to do was to pay the fees and choose which country to volunteer in. Amongst a number of destinations, I narrowed it down to Nepal and Laos, and for no particular reason, I chose to volunteer in Laos.

Vientiane, Laos

A view of Vientiane, Laos

 

The Green Lion Volunteer Organisations

Once your dealings with IVHQ are done, you are more or less handed over to the organisation running things in Laos, The Green Lion. Not that contact with IVHQ are ever lost. The Green Lion are run by two great guys in Laos, brothers in fact, Micky and Ticky. They pick you from the airport, help make plans for a weekend away, help with any translations that is required with the locals and of course, provide the schools or monasteries where you will teach English.

The accommodation is a little away from the Laos Capital, Vientiane. There is not a great deal to do at the placement, except to visit a few local markets and play sport with other locals and Volunteers. The rooms are dorm style, with three bunk beds and thankfully it is not fully occupied but you are still not alone in the dorms. In the placement area, there is a kitchen and dining area, a social common area with occasional WIFI and a sports field, which was made entirely of gravel.

The Green Lion

Volunteer in Laos at The Green Lion.

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Playing sport is a popular past time during volunteering.

 

A Splash of Culture

Entering the Green Lion organisation was not just about getting into the nitty and gritty of volunteering, with the program beginning with a step through some Laos Culture. It started with making flowers for the monks and delivering it to their very own temple where they lived at the Vat Pana Khoun Temple, a little away from the Vientiane city. Not only did we offer the volunteers the flowers but we received a spiritual and deep meditation lesson from the mons themselves.

The culture continued through a day trip into the city, where we learnt about the tragic tale of the cluster bombs, that destroyed many innocent lives long after they were ejected from a U.S war plane. We wandered the streets of Vientiane, making our way into markets, shopping malls and the Patuxai War Monument. The best bit, however, was entering the Golden Palace, a stunning Buddhist temple that is decorated with proud symbolic statues found regularly throughout the South East Asian countries.

COPE museum

A display of cluster bombs at COPE museum in Vientiane, Laos.

We ventured deep into a local village, a real highlight as we walked down the dusty gravel road and witnessed how the locals lived during a normal day. Houses were made of wood, no windows, the kids smiled and played down the straight without a care in the world, and the bulls roamed free on the roads in the village.

A hike through some wonderful Laos bushlands in humid conditions capped off culture week, finishing on top of a rock with a great view of the country side in Laos, it was the perfect spot for a picnic lunch with the fellow volunteers, although there was no respite from the heat.

 

Laos Village

Hard work in Laos Village.

Lying Buddha at Golden Palace, Laos

Lying Buddha at the Golden Palace.

 

 

Teaching English to the Monks

From an outside perspective, I have always viewed the monks as very special people and they are exactly that. To approach one, to communicate or to even shake one’s hand from my own perspective always seemed to be a tad on the forbidden side. Not that I had a great deal to with monks beforehand, I had to volunteer in Laos to change that perspective. And how wrong I had been.

It was a privilege to be in the presence of the monks, to talk with them, to teach them and to even laugh with these great men. In life no matter the person or their position in the world, everyone is a human being first. It is no exception with a monk, they have a great sense of humour, they full of wit, character and at times a little cheeky. If that is not enough, the monks in Laos even do Facebook and if you befriend a couple, you will see they are quite active on the social media platform.

Besides their great character, sense of humour and their obsession with Facebook, the monk’s willingness to learn English was astounding and they were a pleasure to teach. Communicating and understanding at times was quite difficult, but they never shied away from the challenge of learning and their development over time gradually improved.

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Teaching Monks, a great way to Volunteer in Laos.

Teaching English to the monks

Teaching English to the monks.

 

The challenge of Teaching English to the kids

I always knew this journey would be a challenge, I mean not one of the volunteers are teachers by profession, we just know how to speak English. So, the challenge of keeping the kids occupied for a couple of hours each day was indeed a mental battle. As I said at the beginning of the piece, the kids idolised the volunteers from the moment we walked into the school grounds, but to maintain the focus of a child as young as seven, who couldn’t speak our language, was another story completely.

They had the basic fundamentals of English, in terms of counting, shapes and the alphabet, but to go further than the basics was when the road blocks began. All over again I had to learn kid songs and basic kid games, any way to the best or ability to entertain the kids when boredom started to sink in. It was these kinds of challenges that made me sign up for the program in the first place. then came the unbridled joy when everything clicked in the classrooms and students would burst out in full voice and laughter, it was indeed hard work but high reward.

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School kids look on in the classroom.

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Teaching the primary kids is a lot of fun.

 

 

Getting along with fellow volunteers

An unknown when volunteering is who will be joining you on this adventure, or who you will be joining up with. Upon entering the program, you anticipate a lot of things, you expect volunteers to be of different nationalities and of different age groups. So, you can imagine my surprise when I rocked up at the Green Lion, and a majority of the volunteers were university students, and at the tender age of 35, I was the oldest at the program by some considerable margin.

During my time at the placement, there were seven French people, two Danish girls, two Malaysian women, a Dutch woman, an Englishmen and a Canadian. I was the lone Aussie. All the volunteers were of a youthful age, at least to me, but they were all great young people, with good intentions and we were all there for a common cause, to volunteer and to lend a helping hand anyway we could. It was a pleasure to meet such fine people and forever there will be great memories of time spent together, especially during those tense volleyball matches against the French.

Settling into Volunteering

Settling into Volunteering/

 

The experience that I will never forget

To volunteer in Laos, an experience that I’ll never forget and a journey I am glad I participated in. Memories were created, friendships were made and I can only hope that I reached out to people who needed a lending hand. It is an incredible adventure and there are challenges when venturing into an underdeveloped country, but if ever given a chance and the finances permit, take the journey into volunteering because it is a rewarding experience that you will never forget.

Mediatation time

Meditation time.

Vang Vieng, Laos

Volunteer in Laos