Volunteering in Laos
At the heart of mainland Southeast Asia, Laos is a lush land-locked country bordered by Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, and China.
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Bill Gilpin worked at the Victorian Department of Education for more than 35 years before taking the leap to volunteer at a university in Luang Prabang, Laos...
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The mighty Mekong River flows along much of Laos' western border, serving as the country’s primary conduit for goods and people for thousands of years.
Living standards in Laos have improved over recent years, but significant development challenges remain. The benefits of economic growth have aided many. Australian volunteers support partner organisations working to ensure economic growth is distributed equally, regardless of gender, race, or geographic location.
The Australian Volunteers Program is guided by the Australian Government’s Aid Investment Plan for Laos as well as retaining the flexibility to respond to emerging priorities.
Volunteer assignments focus on a range of development issues, including education, human resource development, trade and natural resource management.
Australian volunteers are placed in Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Pakse and Savannakhet.
Wherever you go in Laos you will find people eating Tum Mak Hoong. Program staff in Laos guarantee that every in-country volunteer has shared this dish at least once with colleagues.
Download the recipe for Tum Mak Hoong
Wheelchair user Chris Kerr says volunteering in Laos was life-changing; and she wants more people with disabilities to embark on a volunteer journey.
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