Location
  • Laos
Length
2 to 7 weeks
Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships, Payment plans
Health & Safety

Program Details

Age Min.
18
Timeframe
Short Term Summer Winter
Housing
Guesthouse Hostel
Groups
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30)
Travel Type
Solo Women

Pricing

Starting Price
2595
Price Details
Start in Luang Prabang and end in Nong Khiaw! With GIVE's Laos Volunteer Excursion you have a 14-day tour package taking you through Luang Prabang, Nongkhiaw, and the village of Sop Chem.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Meals Transportation
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
Jan 30, 2024
Jun 28, 2024
32 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Experirence an off-the-beaten-path adventure into the rugged mountainous territory of Laos. Volunteer projects include English education, working on organic farm plot and assisting in wildlife conservation of Asiatic Black Bears. You’ll also have the opportunity to meditate with monks in a monastery, summit craggy limestone peaks, and explore hidden waterfalls and summit limestone peaks. Come see for yourself why Laos is the best-kept secret in Southeast Asia!

If two weeks isn't enough, we offer 4 destinations in Southeast Asia that allow you to mix, match and save for a unique experience from 1-7 weeks. These destinations include Laos, Thailand, Scuba (in Krabi), and Elephant Experience!

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Impact

Sustainability

GIVE's mission is to inspire growth, empower global citizens, and ignite sustainable change worldwide. To truly inspire growth and achieve sustainable travel internationally, GIVE has adopted the Asset-based community development (ABCD) model, a set of proven best practices in sustainable development that mobilizes a community’s assets and resources as the basis for development. Furthermore, through providing hands-on and eye-opening learning experiences that foster authentic connections between participants and host community members, we can empower global citizens who will continue to spread GIVE’s values and ignite sustainable change worldwide.

Ethical Impact

Exploring the world with GIVE is all about responsible travel, but what does that really mean?
Mindful Tourism + Community Partnership = Economic Growth & Community Empowerment.

Part of what makes GIVE trips so special is being fully immersed in the cultures and communities we visit. However, we take extra steps to ensure we minimize our influence and always respect local cultures. We prepare all participants before travel and ensure they understand the culture and how to dress appropriately.

Program Highlights

  • Take part in the Alms Ceremony and experience authentic Lao culture
  • Explore Tat Kuang Sii National Park
  • Rescue wildlife from poaching
  • Hike through dense jungles to a beautiful viewpoint
  • Meditate with monks

Program Reviews

5.00 Rating
based on 45 reviews
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  • Impact 5
  • Support 5
  • Fun 4.95
  • Value 4.9
  • Safety 5
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Olivia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

GIVE Laos

This June I traveled to Laos with GIVE. I was recruited for this program during my time at college. I chose to do this trip and travel across the world by myself. The experiences I gained during this time were invaluable. I had an amazing group of guides who motivated me and taught me things that I will keep with me forever. The itinerary was laid out perfectly with adequate time for adventure, leisure, and volunteering. Working with the children and women of Sop Chem was the most impactful part of this trip. This experience was beyond what I even imagined it could be. If you are reading this, you should definitely consider going to meet the amazing guides and people in Laos!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking moment was when we went zip lining. I have a fear of heights and have never done anything like this before. I overcame it with the help of my guides and the friends I made on this trip. Everyone supported me, motivated me, and cheered me on before, during, and after this experience.
Pros
  • encouragement to push myself out of my comfort zones
  • meeting new people
  • gaining new experiences
Cons
  • no cons at all, this trip was amazing
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Selby
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Loved Laos!!

My trip to Laos with Give was transformative and inspiring. We had the opportunity to go on fun adventures, bond with the local community, work hard for a bigger goal, and become friends with so many new people. I loved zip lining, going to the bear sanctuary, meditating with monks, hiking, swimming in waterfalls; but the best part was the friends, jokes, and amazing people of Sopchem. The people were very welcoming, they taught us to fish, weave, and shared their homes with us. We taught them English and worked on permaculture to give more food to the students.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Participating in the Baci ceremony the last night of being SopChem was surprisingly emotional. The dance party afterwards was an amazing time.
Pros
  • Learning about permaculture, sustainable travel, global citizenship
  • Getting to know more about Laos and its Buddhist culture
  • Having so many adventures and hikes
Cons
  • If you get motion sick the buses might be uncomfortable
  • Big bugs
  • Very hot and humid
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Amy
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Book the trip, make the memories!!

My travel to Laos was unforgettable, all thanks to the amazing international and local GIVE guides. They plan every single detail, big and small to make sure we have the most authentic, fun and rewarding experience. After doing two trips with GIVE, I cannot recommend them enough, for anyone wanting a unique and responsible travel experience. And for dipping your toes into solo travelling, this is a great start because you are still meeting incredible new people, while the stress and intimidation of travelling by yourself is taken away. If you are considering booking a trip, 100% do it, you will not regret it and the memories will last a lifetime!!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travellers, embrace every single moment. Be present in the unfamiliarity, challenge yourself and appreciate what comes out on the other side. Keep your heart and mind open and you are sure to make beautiful connections from all over the world.
Pros
  • Meeting new people
  • Immerse into different culture
  • Learn about yourself
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Kailyn
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Laos

I think when I committed to going on my trip, I thought it would just be a really fun experience mixed with volunteerism. I did not expect the relationships built, the empowerment of locals and ourselves, and being pushed sooo far out of my comfort zone. For these, I am so grateful. I’ve made lifelong friends, I know to push myself 3 steps farther than I used to, and I have plans already to do another Give trip. The memories, adventure, love, and knowledge were worth every penny and I have no regrets.

5 people found this review helpful.
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Grace
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Global Citizenship In A Trip

GIVE's Laos program is an incredible opportunity for true cultural immersion across two weeks of intricately planned days and activities. I signed up for the trip because of the teaching English aspect and it was so much more! The eight days in Sop Chem were my favorite part of the trip because we were able to personally connect with the locals by learning about their daily lives and being taught how to weave, fish, make rice wine and more. The culmination of the trip in the Basi ceremony is an amazing opportunity to reconnect with everyone you've met in the village and recognize what an impact you can make, and others can make on you in such a short period of time. After this trip, I want to do more research on how to be a better global citizen and sign up for as many more GIVE trips as possible! I'm especially grateful for Aiy'Touy, Aiy'Good, Aiy'Dave, Haylie, and Javi for being excellent guides who support and challenge throughout the trip.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travelers is to truly embrace the uncomfortable in terms of language and culture barriers. Learn as much as you can about the culture and people of Sop Chem because they are incredible!
Pros
  • Cultural immersion
  • Embracing differences
  • Connecting beyond words
4 people found this review helpful.
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Jeremy
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Life-Changing Experience in Laos!!!

Volunteering in Laos was absolutely incredible and inspired me to continue being a proactive global citizen. Before getting to Laos, I knew nothing about the country. Throughout this trip, it was amazing to learn about the culture, history, food, and people of Laos. I was also able to gain important insight into the field of permaculture and how important it is to sustainably and ethically care for the lands we live on. I found my purpose in Laos, which is educating children, something that I never would have imagined myself saying three years ago. I am constantly inspired by the local guides who continue to better the lives of the people around them every day and the resilient families who were so welcoming and truly made us feel like family.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The most unfamiliar thing I ate while I was there were ferns that grew right in the village. I didn't think that I would like them, but I actually did!
Pros
  • Amazing growth and leadership potential
  • Incredible people and community
  • Diverse activities
4 people found this review helpful.
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Malia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The most meaningful and life changing trip

I had the most life changing experience. From the guides, to the other volunteers, to the people in the village, I was fortunate enough to make the most meaningful memories to last a lifetime. I was able to not only learn so much about myself, but also about the history of Laos which was reinforced during discussions every few days. These discussions were actual one of my favorite parts of the trip because it really allowed me to put myself in the shoes of the people who lived their and fully immerse myself in their culture in a respectful way. From this trip, I was able to take home lifelong bonds with these amazing people who have inspired me everyday to become a better version of myself and motivated me to inspire others to be global citizens. I have also taken home what I have learned about other cultures to be able to be more well rounded in helping people around the world in my professional career and well as the practices such as meditation, yoga, journaling, and other forms of being in the present to help me stay true to myself and in tune with my body. This trip allowed me to discover confidence in myself to achieve my goals in the future in all aspects of my life to be courageous enough to fight back when society tries to tell me that “this is all for nothing” and to be strong enough to stand up for what I believe to be the truth is to make the world a better place because I know that my voice on my own is enough to spark change in global citizens. I took home newfound knowledge of UXO’s and the bias of the Vietnam war and to keep an open mind when learning to stay away from bias and find the truth in the situation. and lastly, I have taken home what I learned on how to be more self reliant and sustainable and find ways to incorporate it into my everyday life and educate others so they can do the same. I have recommended this trip to everyone who has asked about it and am endlessly grateful to have had the opportunity to visit this beautiful country.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
We had to crawl through a narrow cave which involved army crawling in the single file line. Usually I am claustrophobic, but the group I was with gave me the courage to conquer this fear and to this day I am so glad that I did it. We proceeded to meditate in the darkness and left our fears, regrets and worries in the cave which was very therapeutic. Also, we were told about how narrow the cave was ahead of time so people had the option to not go if they were not comfortable with it and play games with he kids in the village instead!!
5 people found this review helpful.
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Caroline
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience of my life!

Traveling to Laos with GIVE was a very positive and impactful experience! I was blown away by the hospitality and love the people of Sop Chen showed us immediately upon arrival! I’m grateful for the chance to learn from the locals in Sop Chem and support and empower their community. The guides were clearly passionate about this program and very organized. They taught us about global citizenship and sustainable travel, which are things I’ll continue to practice in the future. There was a good balance between volunteering time (English education and permaculture), adventure activities, and free time. This trip was a great way to connect with like-minded people! I can’t possibly sum up the most wonderful 4 weeks of my life into one review, but I strongly encourage anyone who is hesitant about traveling with GIVE to take the leap of faith… you’ll be so glad you did! I just left Southeast Asia, and I already can’t wait to go back!

Pros
  • Supportive and kind staff
  • Meet like-minded people
  • Learn from the locals
Cons
  • Leaving :(
52 people found this review helpful.

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