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Volunteer Abroad in Laos with IVHQ

Volunteer in Laos

Volunteer in Laos with International Volunteer HQ on a wide range of Laos volunteer programs, including Teaching, Childcare and Construction and Renovation. Oue Volunteers in Laos are based in a variety of communities, performing volunteer work in Honkau Village, which is located just outside of the capital city, Vientiane. Wirh our top rated Laos volunteer projects and the lowest fees, IVHQ offers safe, responsible and affordable volunteer opportunities in Laos. We are proud to have hosted over 112,000 people on our volunteer projects. Hear more about our Laos volunteer work in Laos below.
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At a glance…

  • Available year-round
  • 3 meaningful project options
  • Projects based just outside of the capital city, Vientiane
  • Accommodation in a dormitory-style volunteer house
  • Between 5 and 10 volunteers start in Laos each month
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Program fees from US$260 (approximately CA$355) for 1 week
  • Uncover the authentic culture of Laos with an optional Introduction Week add-on
  • Spend your weekends exploring Southeast Asia
The IVHQ volunteer program and Laos itself made the trip so much more than just another trip, to be able to give back to the world with amazing volunteers/friends was just an unforgettable journey and an extraordinary experience.
IVHQ Volunteer - Byrant Cheng
Byrant Cheng
Nationality: American
Age: 25
Destination: Laos

Volunteer opportunities in Laos

Childcare in Honkau
Volunteer on the Childcare project in Laos with IVHQ
Increases access to education
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Awesome variety of volunteer tasks
Assist local staff in childcare centers, providing general support in lessons and free time. Help to arrange games and activities, assist with routine jobs like meals and cleaning, and be an enthusiastic influence for local children.
Suited to:
College students Early childhood teachers Gap year Solo volunteers High School students

Childcare in

Childcare centers are lively, busy places that can operate much more smoothly with more assistance. As a volunteer, you’ll help to provide care and attention to local children, increasing the benefit they receive and helping local staff with daily jobs.

Based in various childcare centers around Honkau village, you’ll help to arrange games and activities, cook, clean, feed and teach the children, as well as provide general attention where it’s needed. You can also help with routine tasks such as administration.

Childcare volunteer in Laos with IVHQ

All placements have fixed weekly activities, focusing mainly on education, such as English language classes. Topics such as morality, hygiene and Laotian traditions are also discussed. While some basic resources are available, you’re encouraged to use your initiative to develop activities and bring resources to assist you.

Many centers also support creative activities like painting, drawing, origami or dancing, and some centers organize visits to the river or local villages.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $260 for 1 week
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  • Help to offer general support and nurturing for local children, and assistance for daycare staff
  • Suited to enthusiastic, lively volunteers who work well with children
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Laos at a glance
  • Based on the outskirts of Laos’ capital city, Vientiane
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a dormitory-style volunteer house
  • Between 5 and 10 volunteers start in Laos each month
Also available in Laos
Our project options
Childcare Volunteer Program in Honkau - Laos Construction and Renovation Volunteer Project in Honkau - Laos Teaching English Volunteer Program in Honkau - Laos
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Construction and Renovation in Honkau
Volunteer on the Construction and Renovation project in Laos with IVHQ
Supports community development
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Hands on volunteer work
Help with construction and renovation tasks for a variety of community services including schools, daycare and medical centers.
Suited to:
Active volunteers Solo travelers Qualified volunteers Spring break College students High school students

Construction and Renovation in

Community services such as schools, medical and childcare centers in Laos are important institutions, but many don’t make enough money to keep up with building maintenance. Volunteers can make a significant difference to make these services attractive and functional for the people who rely on them for some of life’s basics.

You’ll essentially be a volunteer laborer, helping with light construction and renovation tasks to improve buildings and sections. Your exact role will depend on what stage these projects are at while you’re in Laos, but could include building, renovating, painting, restoration, carpentry and landscaping.

Construction and Renovation volunteer in Laos with IVHQ

This project is suitable for anyone who has a good work ethic and likes physical work. You’ll be assisting local staff, so don’t need prior construction or renovation experience, though skilled volunteers are also welcome.

You can expect to work on a variety of projects during your time in Laos, as local priorities can, and do, change often, as projects may need more assistance at different stages. We ask volunteers to be open to complete the range of work that is required at the time of their placement.

The Construction and Renovation project has an extra cost of US$50 (approximately CA$68) per week for additional supervision, materials and logistics required. This amount will be included in the Program Fee quoted to you by IVHQ when you apply.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $260 for 1 week
  • Help with construction and renovation projects in schools and community buildings
  • Assist with building, renovating, painting, restoration, carpentry and landscaping
  • Suited to volunteers who enjoy physical work and using their hands
  • Additional {% usd_approx 50 %} per week surcharge for the extra supervision, materials and logistics
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Laos at a glance
  • Based on the outskirts of Laos’ capital city, Vientiane
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a dormitory-style volunteer house
  • Between 5 and 10 volunteers start in Laos each month
Also available in Laos
Our project options
Childcare Volunteer Program in Honkau - Laos Construction and Renovation Volunteer Project in Honkau - Laos Teaching English Volunteer Program in Honkau - Laos
Other programs you might like
Our programs in Asia
Bali Cambodia China India Laos Nepal Philippines Sri Lanka Thailand Vietnam All Asia
Teaching English in Honkau
Volunteer on the Teaching English project in Laos with IVHQ
Increases access to education
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Supported volunteer experience
Help to teach English in local monasteries or primary schools, often with students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Suited to:
Teachers Solo travelers Qualified volunteers Mature volunteers Gap year High school students

Teaching English in

Monasteries are common places for children in Laos to receive their education, and volunteers are a valuable source of English-speaking expertise in these lessons. The same can be said of local schools, where fluent English speakers are not commonly available to help teach schoolchildren.

Teaching volunteer in Laos with IVHQ

As a volunteer English teacher, you’ll help students, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, in either monasteries or primary schools around Honkau village. Students range in age from 6-12 years old, and your lessons will be guided by the school curriculum, which the local staff can help you with. As well as your time in the classroom, it’s expected you’ll spend time preparing your lessons each day.

The Teaching English project is ideal for volunteers who work well independently, enjoy a challenge and are eager to overcome cross-cultural teaching barriers. To see students learning and enjoying themselves is an incredibly rewarding experience.

As volunteers work with the support of IVHQ’s local team and placement staff, you don’t need to be a qualified teacher. However, we encourage volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training, like a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $260 for 1 week
  • Help to teach English to local students
  • Volunteer in monasteries or local primary schools
  • Assist a local teacher or lead the classroom yourself
  • Suited to volunteers interested in education and teaching English
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Laos at a glance
  • Based on the outskirts of Laos’ capital city, Vientiane
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a dormitory-style volunteer house
  • Between 5 and 10 volunteers start in Laos each month
Also available in Laos
Our project options
Childcare Volunteer Program in Honkau - Laos Construction and Renovation Volunteer Project in Honkau - Laos Teaching English Volunteer Program in Honkau - Laos
Other programs you might like
Our programs in Asia
Bali Cambodia China India Laos Nepal Philippines Sri Lanka Thailand Vietnam All Asia
  • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organization in Laos to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
  • Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in Laos will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
  • Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
  • Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
  • Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organizations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
  • New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travelers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
  • Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore Laos with your new-found friends.

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
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Pay the registration fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
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