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 four different locations, starting in the wonderful city of Luang Prabang, where we are based for the first few nights. We depart Luang Prabang and head north for a couple of nights in the much quieter and spectacular setting of Non Kiaw. From here we make our way to Kamu Lodge via the Mekong book boat which you can see in action.
During our time at Kamu Lodge 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 visits to local villages to learn about local life or fishing or perhaps some trekking. We then travel back to Luang Prabang ready to fly to Bangkok, where your trip will be rounded off with an evening to dive into the wonders the bustling city of Bangkok has to offer.
Day 0 (Fri 24 Nov): Depart for Luang Prabang
Depart home for Laos. Flights to be booked yourself.
Day 1 (Sat 25 Nov): Luang Prabang
On arrival you will transfer to the Mekong Sunset View Hotel for your first night in Laos. Meals: none.
Days 2-3 (Sun 26 - Mon 27 Nov): Luang Prabang
The next two days will be spent working at a community project that Baraka supports in Ban Nasavanh in a rural setting north of the city. Last year Baraka built a new school dormitory and this year we hope to provide the village with a new running water system. Meals: breakfast, lunch.
Day 4 (Tue 28 Nov): Luang Prabang - Nong Kiaw
After a morning assisting at a different Baraka project we transfer directly to Nong Kiaw in the afternoon and check into our lodge overlooking the Ou river. Meals: breakfast, lunch.
Day 5 (Wed 29 Nov): Nong Kiaw
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, but you may wish to join Andy and visit a Baraka funded school. In the evening we pay a visit to the Baraka funded Nong Kiaw Children's Learning Centre where we will enjoy a cultural show performed by the kids. Meals: breakfast.
Day 6: (Thu 30 Nov): Nong Kiaw - Kamu Lodge
We have an early transfer this morning to Pak Ou, where we pick up the Baraka Mekong Book Boat to travel to Kamu Lodge for a two-night stay. In the afternoon there will be an opportunity to visit a village school nearby to see the book boat programme in operation during one of their educational sessions. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 7 (Fri 1 Dec): Kamu 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 or a visit to the local villages to learn about local life. You can also just relax in this idyllic environment and make use of the very reasonably priced spa and massage services. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 8 (Sat 2 Dec): Kamu Lodge - Luang Prabang
This morning we return to Luang Prabang for a free afternoon and a final night at the Mekong Sunset View Hotel, before we depart for Thailand tomorrow. Meals: breakfast.
Day 9 (Sun 3 Dec): Luang Prabang - Bangkok
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Bangkok. On arrival transfer to the City Nuovo hotel to check in, before having the evening to explore this exciting and bustling city. Meals: breakfast.
Day 10 (Mon 4 Dec): Bangkok
Transfer back to the airport for your onward travel arrangements. 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 in hotels throughout
- UK tour manager
- Meals as specified
- One-way flight from Luang Prabang to Bangkok
- Local transfers and transport in Laos and Thailand
What is not included
- International flights
- Any necessary vaccinations
- Drinks and some meals and
- Optional excursions and personal expenses
- Tips and gratuities
- Travel insurance
- Carbon emission offsetting
25th November - 4th December 2017
£1535 + £70 project donation
This trip is graded as Project-only challenge