Aays Village - a non-profit in the jungle of Laos

Aay's Village

About

Join us in the jungle of Laos for a unique volunteer experience!

Aay's Village is a non-profit project which mission is to give a small village in Laos a possibility to create better opportunities for its children with the most powerful tool: education. We welcome volunteers from all walks of life to join us on our mission and experience the deep jungles, perky rivers and majestic mountains of Laos. This is a volunteer experience for the traveler that wants to use personal skills to help children to a better future, and crave to get off the beaten track and experience a laid-back and hidden paradise in the jungle.

Founded
2016
Headquarters

United States

Reviews

Maria
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I volunteered at Aay's Village in July 2018, and I loved it! You get in close contact with the beautiful environment in the village, which is something quite different than the big cities in the area. When you enter the project house, you see tall mountains and rice fields and green forests. Moreover, you get to taste local Lao food and befriend the very welcoming people in the Village. It is simple living spaces, so you should definitely read the volunteer handbook before arriving at the village! The most beautiful experience I had, personally, was teaching the many children working this the local team in the village. The children are so eager to learn and I really believe that Aay's Village contribute to sustainable development in the area, through education. On my last day, I have never felt such appreciation from the children and the local people as the children almost hugged me the way out of the village and the locals had a ceremony wishing me (and my boyfriend) a safe journey home. There is so much to say about my journey volunteering at Aay's Village, but overall it's a lovely experience. I believe if I was to give any tips to any future volunteers out there is that if you are going to stay longer than 15 days, you need to withdraw $ dollars before you arrive at the airport in Vientiane. Bring crackers or other dry food from your home country so that you may eat in between the meals if you get hungry, or just embrace the local food market! Moreover, just make the best out of he trip by working with the local team, if you have an idea to create something while you are there the local team will do what they can to help you. For example: some Spanish volunteers wanted to build more tables to the classroom which the local team helped out with brining wood to the project house.

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Amanda
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I loved staying at Aay's village. The staff were very kind and accomodation was great! Lots of fun. Teaching english with Aay's village was great and I felt that I helped in improving the english skills of students. I would have loved to have the chance to get more involved in the environmental education - maybe next time! Overall I would definitely reccomend volunteering at Aay's village for anyone interested in teaching or environmental work!

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Aina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was lucky to be able to work in Aay's Village for 2 and a half months, from January to March. It has been an experience that has marked my personal and professional career.
I went to Laos to carry out the project development program but in the end I also became a teacher, and it is the best choice I could make. The children of the school are special people, they give you the energy you need and they help you to know what is the culture in Laos and the main values ​​they have and that every child should have.
Life in Aay's Village is simple and relaxed, life that defines the Lao culture.
I recommend this experience to people who need to reconnect with basic values ​​and who want to leave their comfort zone. Adapting to a new culture is always a challenge, but with the company of other volunteers and the entire Aay's Village team, it becomes very fun!
Add that you live a 360º experience, since you live in a typical lao house, eat food made by a local girl (it's delicious!) and share your day to day with people from the town and school.

Aina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was lucky to be able to work in Aay's Village for 2 and a half months, from January to March. It has been an experience that has marked my personal and professional career.
I went to Laos to carry out the project development program but in the end I also became a teacher, and it is the best choice I could make. The children of the school are special people, they give you the energy you need and they help you to know what is the culture in Laos and the main values ​​they have and that every child should have.
Life in Aay's Village is simple and relaxed, life that defines the Lao culture.
I recommend this experience to people who need to reconnect with basic values ​​and who want to leave their comfort zone. Adapting to a new culture is always a challenge, but with the company of other volunteers and the entire Aay's Village team, it becomes very fun!
Add that you live a 360º experience, since you live in a typical lao house, eat food made by a local girl (it's delicious!) and share your day to day with people from the town and school.

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Siri Garli
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

At our short, but good stay at Aay's Village, we got to do so many different things: Laotian wedding, climbing a mountain, lunch (literally!) in the river, graduation for the kids, decorating the new project house, starting the work with EcoBricks, working with the LearningLab, visiting the public school and so much more. And all this in 6 days!

A truly amazing, authentic experience.

Programs

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Volunteer as a teacher at Aay's Village from $139
Laos
9.83 •6 reviews

There are a lot of movements to improve education quality in SE Asia...

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Volunteer as an environmentalist at Aay's Village from $139
Laos
9 •1 review

80 % of all working Lao people work in and around agriculture. Hence...

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Volunteer as an administrator at Aay's Village from 139 $
Laos

Our mission is to educate the community of the village so that they...