KIS JeJu Laos Service Learning Adventure 2019

KIS JeJu Laos Service Learning Adventure 2019

Trip Highlights

  • Working alongside the Ban Houayon 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 Prabang and the Mekong River from Mount Phousi
  • City tour of Vientiane

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 40 minutes by long boat up the Mekong River from Luang Prabang is the village of Ban Houayon. 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

Meals:  Nil

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
  • western English speaking guide and local English speaking guide
  • group medical kit
  • all entrance fees and permits as per the itinerary
  • private boat trip on the Mekong River to and from Ban Pal Lueng
  • domestic flights between Vientiane and Luang Prabang return
  • Baci ceremony and project expenses

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