KIS JeJu Laos Service Adventure 2018

KIS JeJu Laos Service Adventure 2018

Trip Highlights

  • Working alongside the Ban Nong Jong community to construct dormitory residences for High School students
  • Marval at the stupas, pagodas and golden temples in the World Heritage town of Luang Prabang
  • Picnic and swim at Kuang Sii waterfalls
  • Visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center
  • The beautiful sunset views of Luang Praband and the Mekong River from Mount Phousi

Trip Summary

Laos is known for its fascinating ancient history and thriving Buddhist culture, and is one of the least developed nations in the world. We arrive in the capital of Vientiane, and continue our journey to the World Heritage listed Luang Prabang. Here we learn about the rich Buddhist culture, visit both natural and historical sites and enjoy the laid back atmosphere as the Mekong River drifts by. Just 30 minutes by long boat up the Mekong River from Luang Prabang is the village of Ban Nong Jong. This farming subsistence community is made up of a mixture of Lao Loum and Hmong minorities - all of whom live in poor conditions. We will help the local High School community to build a dormitory residence that will enable 40 students from surrounding villages to stay in the village during the school week and avoid the long walks to and from school each day. The current dormitory residences are very basic and uncomfortable. We guarantee that your contribution will create a lasting change for the students of this Laotian school.

Suitability

Our service learning adventures can be undertaken by anyone with a reasonable level of health and fitness. For the community project part of your trip you will not require a certain level of strength or physical ability, just an enthusiastic and positive attitude. A project manager will direct and distribute the workloads among participants on a daily basis. There is no pressure to exert yourself physically beyond your limits during the project but you should be prepared to give 6-8 hours of physical labour each day.

Sample Itinerary

Sabaidee! Welcome to Vientiane, Laos. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your World Youth Adventures representative in the arrivals hall who will take you to the hotel. After check-in we will meet for a tour briefing in the lobby of the hotel. Dinner will be taken at the hotel. Overnight: Vientiane Golden Sun Hotel, Vientiane

Meals:  D

After breakfast, we will take a private transfer to the airport for the short flight to Luang Prabang. On arrival, you will be welcomed by your World Youth Adventures guide and driver and transferred by private vehicle to check in at the hotel. After a short rest we visit the National Museum at the former Royal Palace which displays a lovely collection of the artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign; the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We enjoy lunch at local restaurant on the banks of the Mekong River. In the afternoon, we visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center where we learn more about local hill tribes in Laos before climbing up 328 steps of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. After dinner we explore the Night Markets, to find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by the hill tribe and local people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight: Sala Prabang, Luang Prabang

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, we transfer to the pier to access the Mekong River, we board a traditional Laotian long boat and cruise upstream for approximately 30 minutes to reach Ban Nong Jong village. It is here where we we’ll spend the next three days assisting in the build of an adobe based construction that will be the dormitory for forty students from surrounding villages. Currently the students stay in very basic bamboo huts with no electricity or running water. The new dormitories will have a significant impact on the living standards of these students, making their home environment during the week much more conducive and complimentary to study and learning. When we arrive in the village on the first day we will take a tour of the village and the project site where we will get an introduction to the building process and our work objectives. We’ll be divided into working groups that rotate at the various working stations as the day progresses. We have a fruit break around 10am and have a two hour lunch break at 12pm. We get back to the site again around 2pm and work through until 5pm. Early evening activities include discussing the day around a bonfire and interacting with the villagers. Following the evening meal, we transfer by boat on the Mekong River back to our hotel in Luang Prabang. Overnight: Sala Prabang, Luang Prabang

Meals:  B,L,D

Following breakfast we travel south of town to the famous of Kuang Si waterfall. Once we arrive, we enjoy a short walk through the beautiful forest to Kuang Si Waterfall. The turquoise colour of the water with a backdrop of white limestone cliffs gives the waterfall a magical appearance. Depending on the season the water level varies and swimming may not always be possible. While there, you also have chance to see the Sun Bear Reserve, a conservation centre that rescues animals from the wildlife trade. We hope to enjoy a swim in the beautiful natural pools, walk around the falls, climb up to the top of the falls and take a picnic lunch in front of the falls. On return, you stop to visit local villages of Lao ethnic groups. Visit Ban Thapane (Kamu), Ban Ou (Lao loum) and Ban Na Ouane (Hmong) villages. You will learn more about the lifestyle of these people. En route to Luang Prabang we stop to visit the Living Crafts Centre “Ock Pop Tok” a place where you can meet weavers and learn about textiles, while helping keep these local traditions alive. Overnight: Sala Prabang, Luang Prabang

Meals:  B,L,D

We wake early to participate in the Alms Giving Ceremony on the streets of Luang Prabang – an awe-inspiring sight. Hundreds of monks from the 35 temples of Luang Prabang walk in silence, meditating as they collect their daily alms from devotees. This is the Buddhist practice of making merit, a symbiotic relationship between the monks and alms givers. Tell your guide a day in advance if you wish to make an offering so that they can prepare some food for you to hand over to the monks. Here are a few things to keep in mind to respect the ritual - > If you do not wish to make an offering, please keep an appropriate distance to observe the ritual in silence. > Remove your shoes during the ceremony. Dress conservatively. Cover your shoulders, chest, and legs. > Do not make eye contact with the monks or touch them. Bow your head to show respect to the monks. > Be silent and keep your phone on silent. We return to the hotel for breakfast, or the group may decide to join the locals for a bowl of delicious noodle soup after the alms giving ritual. After breakfast we head to the morning markets, to see the local people showcase their products such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea, vegetables and hill tribe weavings. After lunch we take a private group transfer to the airport to take the flight to Vientiane and connect with the flight to South Korea at 9:55pm

Meals:  B,L

What's Included

  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
  • 6 nights in twin share hotel room
  • internal transportation in air-conditioned private vehicles
  • arrival & departure airport transfers
  • local English speaking guides in Vientiane and in Luang Prabang. From 15-34 traveller there will be 1 guide and from 35-45 travellers there will be 2 guides
  • group medical kit
  • all entrance fees and permits as per the itinerary
  • private boat trip on the Mekong River to Service Learning Village
  • domestic flights between Vientiane and Luang Prabang return
  • US$2000 group payment to cover the costs associated with the service work, to purchase the materials and cover the costs associated with the transport of materials to the work site, as well as the wages of the local foreman

What's Not Included

  • international air tickets from South Korea to Laos and airport departure taxes and fees
  • Visa
  • items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls etc
  • tips and gratuities for guides, drivers, etc
  • travel insurance (compulsory)

Upcoming Travel Dates

 

AT A GLANCE

Duration:7 Days
Countries:Laos
Starting Point:Vientiane International Airport. From 15 Students
Activities:Service Learning
Adventure Touring
Grade:Adventure Touring  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG4889