Summary

Voluntary teaching programme with monks in Laos

Project location

Luang Prabang, Laos

Length of project

From 2 week – 24 weeks

Group/individual basis

You will travel as an individual, but join a group of other volunteers from around the world.

Support

Help and advice from our UK office throughout. Local support from nominated staff member at the project.

Includes

  • Voluntary teaching programme with monks
  • Pre-departure information covering work issues and advice about life in Laos
  • Airport collection and private transfer from the airport to your accommodation
  • Accommodation and food
  • Donation to the project
  • Full orientation and induction before you begin

Not included

  • Flights
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Any home country transport (eg. taxis and buses)
  • Return transport to the airport

Accommodation

Basic, but comfortable accommodation at a shared guesthouse. Expect to share a room. Laundry service provided at a reasonable cost (free for bedding). Internet is available. Western toilets.

Travel arrangements

Fly to Luang Prabang International Airport. You will be met at the airport on arrival and driven to Luang Prabang Return transfers are also included.

Pre-departure information

You will receive thorough information on your My Oyster account covering project expectations, preparation, health and safety, responsible travel and arrival arrangements at least 4 weeks before departure.

Medical

Vaccinations may be required. We recommend that you visit your doctor or travel Nurse as soon as possible to discuss what you might need to have.
Please be aware that Oyster staff are not able to give advice on your medical background or the type of vaccinations that you might need.
You can get useful medical advice relating to your destination on the ‘Fit For Travel’ website – http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/.

You must inform Oyster of any pre-existing physical or mental health conditions. Oyster staff may ask for you to provide a letter from your doctor before continuing with your booking.

Insurance

You must take out a full travel insurance policy as soon as you can before departure. This must cover you for personal accident, medical, cancellation, emergency evacuation, lost luggage etc. We strongly recommend that you organise your travel insurance upon booking your place. We can introduce a policy with Global Travel Insurance to UK citizens, details of which can be found in your Members Area, once you have completed your booking. If you are not eligible for this insurance, please read through it to have an idea of what you need to be covered for.

Any risk factors

The heat and humidity can be intense.

Road safety standards are not as high in Laos as in the West.

Laos’s tourist resorts do attract pickpockets and other thieves. The risk of crime is low during the project, as volunteers tend to travel together into town. However, participants should take the normal precautions when visiting popular tourist areas.

Oyster monitors Foreign Office advice closely and will inform you straight away of any key developments.

Downtime

Participants will be able to travel independently during their time off, as long as they accept that they will be outside Oyster’s jurisdiction, make appropriate insurance provision and inform others. It is important to let staff know when you are due to return and keep them updated if your plans change.

Accessibility

This project could accommodate those with minor physical disabilities. Please discuss with destination manager before booking.

Financial Security

When you book with Oyster you can rest assured that your money will be protected and you will not be stranded abroad in the very unlikely event that our company becomes insolvent.  If your booking includes a flight arranged by us, your whole trip will be subject to ATOL protection.  If we have not booked your flight then your trip will be just as safe, since it will be insured through International Passenger Protection Ltd.