Community Construction

Vientiane (Naxaythong District) - Laos

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Get your hands dirty by constructing and renovating temples, schools, and more at a rural Laotian village!

A program designed for those who don’t mind getting a bit sweaty and their hands dirty! You’ll spend your time working in construction and renovation wherever it’s needed at the time. The village we work in remains extremely rural, so there is always a lot of work to be done!

Culture
Learning
Leisure
Community Engagement
Physical Demand

Program Description

Schools, temples, roads, medical centers and houses are just a few of the places we have worked on in the tiny rural village we are set in. Work remains to be done and it’s the perfect chance to get yourself busy while giving something back to the Laotian people!

You might end up constructing classrooms, renovating Buddhist temples, painting walls, building desks, landscaping, paving dirt roads and more! Work varies and we focus on working on what is needed most at the time.

It’s not just all work! You’ll bond with as a hard working team, making new friends from Laos and all over the world!

Aims & Objectives

  • Improve the facilities of a local Laotion community
  • Develop your teamwork skills through practical work

Schedule

Monday to Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Working in the placements
  • Lunch
  • Working in the placements
  • Dinner

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:

Maximum age:

Minimum English level: Basic

CRB required: No

Passport copy required: On Signup

Resume copy required: On Signup

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

  • Document(s) must be submitted 2 weeks prior to arrival date

Additional Equipment

  • Sturdy shoes

Location

Ban Houakhoua Village is located in the Naxaythong District, located about 25 kilometers from Vientiane, the country’s capital. This location allows for the best of both worlds, its rural nature will give you a taste of Laos while still being close enough to the city!

About the Accommodation

The accommodation is tucked away in the countryside of Laos, allowing you to get a true taste of Laotian sceneries. It has a sports area where you can play football or volleyball with other participants!

It is surrounded by rice fields and lakes, which you can take advantage of through activities such as swimming and boating.

Food Arrangements

We offer a variety of Western and delicious Laotian dishes accompanied with a lot of fruit.

Facilities

Shops

You can find simple groceries and beverages sold in two local restaurants located next to the accommodation. There are also shops and a local market located 3 minutes and 10 minutes away respectively, by foot. There is also a pharmacy and local clinic located less than 5 kilometers away.

There is a lake-side makeshift restaurant just for us, where you can enjoy the evenings and order Western or Laotian food at reasonable prices.

Transportation

Vientiane is located about 25 kilometers away and it is very easy to reach via public transport from our center and back. Anything that you might need can be found there, with its numerous shopping malls, a cinema and local markets to explore! There are also bikes available for you to use to explore the area during the afternoons.

Money

The closest ATM machine can be found on the main road to Vientiane, approximately 5 kilometers from the accommodation. We advise all participants to bring some local currency with them for personal expenses, although you don’t need a lot of money when you stay with us, participants can exchange money or use the ATM at the airport when they arrive.

Activities & Events

These optional activities can be enjoyed by all participants of all programs staying at this location:

Tuesday, Evenings

There is a BBQ night every Tuesday, which provides a perfect opportunity to relax and spend time with other participants on our lakeside restaurant!

Wednesday, Evenings

Cozy movie night at the accommodation

Thursday, Evenings

We will head to a local restaurant (or if preferred stay in our location) to enjoy one of Southeast Asia’s favorite activities – Karaoke! (or “sing a song”, as the locals like to call it)

Sights & Surroundings

Vientiane City

A laid-back, French-influenced city situated on the banks of the Mekong River and is located only 25 minutes away from our center. This ancient city, is different from any other capital city in Southeast Asia. With its authentic Laotian and French colonial style, it truly is ‘a pearl at the Mekong”.

Vang Vieng

A favorite go-to place for our participants during their weekends! The city is a major backpacker hub, made famous thanks to its nightlife and outdoor activities such as biking, hiking and kayaking.

Luang Prabang

Although a bit further afield it is still worth the journey for sure. It is one of the most beautiful towns in Southeast Asia thanks to its alluring mountainous landscapes and riverside location!

Transportation

From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Sayaboury

Quick Facts

Name: Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Population: 7 million

Capital: Vientiane

Language: Lao

Currency: Kip (LAK)

Time zone: ICT +7:00

Country Information

Once known as the ‘land of a million elephants’, Laos is the only landlocked country in Asia, bordered by Burma, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. It became a French protectorate in 1893 and finally became an independent country in 1953 with a constitutional monarchy. This monarchy however was shortly ended by a long civil war. Today Laos is a single-party socialist republic whilst remaining strongly influenced by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Vietnam People’s Army. The Laotian people make up roughly 60% of the population whilst indigenous groups and hill tribes account for 40% of the Laotian population.

It is a country that has a lot to offer whether it’s the underground river caves, the white-water rapids and jungle zip lines for thrill seekers, the beautiful forests for trekkers and nature lovers or the wonderful cuisine for the foodies!

Climate

The average temperature in Laos is around 29°C although in the cooler months, temperatures can drop to around 15-20°C. It has a tropical monsoon climate with its rainy season spanning from May to October. The dry season can be subdivided into two categories: the cool, dry season spanning from November to February and then the hot, dry season which lasts from March up to April.

High season in Laos tends to be from November to March when the temperatures are more agreeable, note that prices rise accordingly during this period too! July and August can be quite wet with high humidity but the landscape becomes especially greener during this time. The low season months can be found from April to June and September to October. April and May are especially hot, this is when temperatures are most likely to reach 40°C, the months of September and October can be incredibly wet as well.

Culture

Like its neighbours Cambodia and Thailand, Theravada Buddhism is the dominant form of religion in Laos and has a significant influence in Laotian culture, playing a role in its language, art, literature and performing arts.

It is a country that has managed to retain its authenticity and traditions, more so than some of its neighbours which are becoming increasingly modernised and succumbing to western influences in many ways.

Gastronomy

The staple food in Laos is steamed sticky rice, which is thought to have originated in Laos. The Laotian people are thought of as the largest consumers of sticky rice in the world. Galangal (comparable to ginger), lemongrass, and padaek (fermented fish sauce) are all important ingredients in Lao cuisine.

Transportation

Most of the towns and cities in Laos are easy to discover by foot but taxis and tuk-tuks are available for those who prefer not to walk.

Songthaew

Often called “minivans”, songthaew means “two rows” in Thai. They are a kind of pickup truck with a roof with benches in the back. This is a very local and authentic way to travel short distances in Laos and the most economic way as well.

Plane

Lao Airlines offers domestic flights and will get you anywhere within 40 minutes including destinations that would take a 12 hour bus ride to reach. Downside? It is costly as the airline’s routes are near-monopolized. The popular Vientiane-Luan Prabange flight costs around 200 USD one-way.

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