The LEOT School is set in Panluang Village at the edge of the World Heritage Centre of Luang Prabang. We are a FREE School with 220 students from disadvantaged families. Our students’ ages range from 16 to 22.
Students attend a daily 1.5 hour English lesson and a weekly computer studies lesson. We hold lessons throughout the day starting at 9 am and finishing at 8 pm. The school is busiest from 4:45 pm. We encourage students to join in our daily conversation groups that are held mid morning and mid afternoon. Students review their lessons using our programmes on our library computers.
As a grass roots charity LEOT does not use volunteering agencies. Our volunteers are independent travellers that work at LEOT as part of a holiday. Others make volunteering the main purpose of coming to Laos. Travelling to Laos is relatively easy to organise and air tickets are easy to book via a hub airport such as Bangkok. A few take the two day slow boat from the Golden Triangle. It is possible to come by bus from the boarders and is usually quite an adventure. Laos has no trains.
As a holiday destination Luang Prabang has many hotels and guest houses. Prices range from economical to very expensive. Browse TripAdvisor and you will soon get an idea of price. Most people book a guest house for two or three days before arrival and then look around the town to check out locations. The town has a wide range of different restaurants with choices being Lao or Western. The town has no fast food chains although you can try the street food near the night market.
It is possible to come to LEOT and volunteer for a day. Most come for much longer usually between two weeks and three months. You can give your time on a part time or full time basis. We ask that you email us and complete all our paper work (forms below) before you visit. As a formal charity we have strict child protection policies. At the peak of the holiday season from October until the end of February we sometimes have to limit the number of volunteers.
Many of our volunteers are qualified teachers. We do not offer the opportunity to teach classes. We use our teachers’ skills as teacher trainers and mentors. They also take part in our daily structured conversation classes, working on curriculum development or holding student or teacher workshops. We are open for suggestions on how you can help.
We completed our teaching network of twenty computers in September 2015 and have developed our first computer studies course. We are looking for volunteers with IT skills to help us develop our course for next year. Our teachers’ skills are still basic and we welcome volunteers to mentor them and act as teaching assistants during lessons.
Have you artistic, musical, web, marketing, fund raising, photographic, carpentry, mechanical or vocational skills? We would like to hear from you all. Our young Lao students are hungry for knowledge and welcome the opportunity of meeting and speaking in English and learning from our volunteers.
For information please contact us.