I volunteered with Buddhist novice monks in Laos this january and february, and it has been the best experience of my life. I have always wanted to do volunteer work and when I found this program with GVI I knew I had found the right one.
Before coming I worried a lot about my capacity to teach english and lead a classroom, those worries however quickly went away because we were all given a mentor with each of our classes and in the first week given classes on how to teach by the staff. My experience with the staff was nothing but positive, they will help you with any problems or questions you may have.
I taught a class of novice monks and a beginner class, and never ever in my life have I met so many smiling and sweet children, so eager to learn. It was amazing.
While you’re in Laos you will be living with all the other volunteers, so making friends is no problem at all. I still talk to the friends I made and we have plans of meeting again sometime in the future.
Your free time after classes and the weekends are great ways to get to know Luang Prabang and the surrounding villages better. Here are just a few of the things I and other volunteers did with our free time: riverboat cruise on the Mekong, visiting Mong and Kamui villages in the mountains, feeding and with elephants, temple-running and experiencing the town of Luang Prabang.
I highly recommend volunteering with GVI and this program.