Be part of our team and join Baraka for this volunteer trip to Laos.
This trip offers a real South East Asian experience; meeting the people, enjoying the cuisine and discovering the culture of Laos all while making a practical difference to the local community.
We will spend time working and engaging with a variety of Baraka projects which include rural communities, schools, a Learning Centre and both Baraka funded book boats. We will get hands-on working on infrastructure at the projects but there will also be time to interact with the kids Baraka is supporting.
The trip takes in three different locations, starting in the wonderful city of Luang Prabang, where we are based for the four nights. We depart Luang Prabang and head north for a few nights in the much quieter and spectacular setting of Nong Kiaw. From here we make our way to Hillside. During our time at Hillside you will have some free time during which you may wish to take part in some of the many activities in the area such as pony trekking and trekking in nearby Nahm Dong Park. We then travel back to Luang Prabang ready to fly home (you may wish to stop off on route in Bangkok or elsewhere in nearby Asia).
Day 0: Depart for Luang Prabang
Depart home for Laos. Flights to be booked yourself.
Day 1: Luang Prabang
On arrival you will transfer to the Mekong Sunset View Hotel for your first four nights in Laos. Meals: none.
Days 2: Luang Prabang
Day trip on the Mekong book boat. The boats serve children in more than 100 riverside villages who otherwise wouldn't have access to books. Meals: breakfast, lunch.
Day 3: Luang Prabang
Today we will visit Nan village to work at the Learning Centre where we work closely with our local partners who help us facilitate these type of projects on the ground. Our projects typically revolve around schools, learning centres and community water installation. Meals: breakfast, lunch.
Day 4: Luang Prabang
Today you will have a free day in Luang Prabang to enjoy at your leisure. Perhaps visit the temples, waterfalls, museums or simply soak up the relaxed atmosphere of this ancient city. Meals: breakfast.
Day 5: Luang Prabang - Tah Po - Nong Kiaw
Today we head north to the beautiful town of Nong Kiaw which is located on the banks of the Ou river. On route we make a diversion to the village of Tah Po where Baraka has recently built a new school dormitory. Arriving at Nong Kiaw we check into the Pha Xang Resort for three nights, with fantastic views over the Ou. Meals: breakfast, lunch
Day 6: Nong Kiaw
We spend today helping with project work at the Baraka funded Nong Kiaw Learning Centre. Meals: breakfast
Day 7: Kamu Lodge
Today we enjoy a morning's outing on the Baraka Ou River book boat. The book boat cruises up and down the river with enthusiastic staff delivering books and educational sessions to remote villages. The afternoon is free for you to use as you wish. You may wish to just relax in this sleepy town or go hiking, kayaking or cycling. Meals: breakfast
Day 8: Nong Kiaw - Luang Prabang - Hillside Lodge
Today we travel back to Luang Prabang and continue on to Hillside Lodge for two nights. This nature retreat is idyllically nestled in the Lao countryside, yet only 12km from Luang Prabang. Meals: breakfast.
Day 9: Hillside Lodge
Today you have a free day where you may wish to take part in some of the optional activities in the area such as a guided walk, pony trekking or yoga. You can also just relax in this idyllic environment. Meals: breakfast
Day 10: Hillside Lodge - Luang Prabang
This morning we return to Luang Prabang where the trip finishes. Meals: breakfast.
N.B. Occasionally it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.In all such circumstances your tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.
What is included
- Accommodation throughout
- Meals as specified
- UK tour manager
- Local transfers and transport in Laos
- Full pre-departure support
What is not included
- International flights
- Any necessary vaccinations
- Anti-malaria medication
- Drinks and some meals
- Optional excursions
- Tips and personal expenses
- Travel insurance
3 - 12 December 2020
The total cost is dependent on the final group size, so why not bring a friend or two!
8-9 people: £1,420pp
10-11 people: £1,280pp
12+ people: £1,140pp
+ £75-100pp project donation
This trip is graded as Project-only challenge