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Volunteer Abroad in Laos

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Volunteer Laos Young girls playing outside on in Laos. A teenage girl dressed in traditional clothing in Laos. Volunteer with Projects Abroad in Laos
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  • Location: Vientiane
  • Accommodation: Guest house, shared volunteer apartments
  • Local languages: Lao, French
Country Info

Laos is a beautiful destination for travelers, featuring a peaceful Buddhist culture, historical French colonial architecture, wild silk, and two UNESCO World Heritage sites. However, Laos is also an extremely underprivileged nation, with a third of the population living on less than US$1.25 per day, and volunteer assistance is crucial for uplifting disadvantaged communities. Projects Abroad volunteer placements are available for anyone looking to give back, whether you are on a gap year, career break, or looking to travel with purpose during a vacation.

A Lao fisher-woman casts a fishing net in the water in Southeast Asia.

Situated in Southeast Asia, Laos is a landlocked country, sharing borders with Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, and China. As its official tourism slogan suggests, Laos is ‘Simply Beautiful’, with an abundance of natural beauty and ancient temples. The country is also well-known for its arts and crafts, particularly silk. Tourism is growing rapidly, but local communities remain deeply affected by poverty and inadequate infrastructure. Children are especially vulnerable, and are often malnourished and have little or no access to the education they need.

As a volunteer in Laos with Projects Abroad, you can help make a difference in the lives of those in need by participating on a worthwhile project, such as caring for children and providing vital educational support in care centers and local schools.

Where You Will Live in Laos with Projects Abroad

A Buddhist monk wears traditional attire and walks among temple grounds.

Projects Abroad Laos is based in the capital in city of Vientiane, which is also Laos’ economic center. Located on the bank of the Mekong River (which separates the country from Thailand), Vientiane offers warm weather throughout the year. During your time in Laos, you will live in this small city, which is home to several temples and Buddhist monuments including the well-known Pha That Luang and Wat Si Muang.

You will live in a guest house or shared volunteer apartments in Vientiane. By living in the community, you will become part of it and this is a wonderful opportunity for cross-cultural exchange. You may even pick up some of the local language, Lao!

Travel and Sightseeing Opportunities in Laos

In your free time, you will be able to explore the stunning landscape around you. There is plenty to do in the evenings and over weekends. In addition, you have the option of traveling after completing your volunteer placement, as the cost of living in Laos is also extremely affordable.

Did you know? The “s” at the end of Laos is silent, and it is pronounced “La-o”.

Some of the top places to travel include Luang Prabang and Wat Phu, the ruined Khmer Hindu temple. There is also the Plain of Jars, which is an archaeological landscape that has thousands of stone jars. Laos New Year is celebrated in April and locals and tourists enjoy a water festival, which is popular in many Asian countries. Alternatively, volunteers may enjoy the simplicity of Laos by visiting some of the many fresh produce markets or taking a walk along the Mekong.

Projects for All Ages in Laos

High School Specials for Teens in Laos

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