Nestled between Thailand and Vietnam with borders with China, Cambodia and Myanmar, Laos is a little known jewel in the South-East Asian peninsula.
Like its neighbour Vietnam, Laos (pronounced ‘Lau’) was under French rule for an extended period and its language, food and culture still retain traces of this connection. Unfortunately extended periods of unrest and civil war have resulted in widespread poverty and a lack of any real progress in areas such as education, health and infrastructure since independence in 1975.
Our volunteer programs are in the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site of Luang Prabang, lying alongside the mighty Mekong River in the North of the country. As well as extensive natural beauty in the form of mountains, waterfalls and caves this area is famous for its many Buddhist Monasteries and Temples, known locally as ‘Wats’. Buddhist Monks in their distinctive orange robes are a common site as are the breath-taking sunsets over the Mekong.
Described as “languid and lovely” by Lonely Planet this ancient town is the rare combination of stunning natural beauty lying alongside man-made wonders and all contained within a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.