Found Sengkon on Counchsurfing and read his profile on the project they run in Vang Vieng. On the spot I new that I must change some of my travel plans and stay a week at SAELAO to help the locals and experience a bit more than just the normal tourist stuff.
A bit on SAELAO:
SAELAO’s primary purpose is to set an example of sustainable development in Laos. By implementing environmentally friendly building methods, management systems and farming practices (e.g. biogas, permaculture, mud brick) the SAELAO Project will minimize the use of natural resources preserving the local environment for future generations
Currently we help out with the following:
1. Teaching English
At 6pm the local children are welcome to come and join in on English lessons. I was so surprised at how eager these children was to learn. They just keep asking questions and kept the conversation going!
Its really nice to see and experience these children as they come to these classes (after hours) on their own by walking or if they are lucky by bicycle.
We only give a hour English class, but after that the children don’t want to leave, keep asking question to the volunteers…. Questions like : where are we from, how many brother and sisters we have, what animals do we have in my country (on this one they loved me as being a South African), what sport do we like… More and more and more!!)
I really wish that SAELAO can get someone that will be able to volunteer for 6 month and teach these great children. Its not good for them to have new teachers every one or two weeks.
During the day we are helping out to upgrade the Community Centre. Building another level for dorms for volunteers.. After that they will make:
– a room where the English classes will be held
– a library
– Computer Room
– play room (some foosball and pool table)
– room where the volunteers can chill
Really made good progress during the week! Think the guys will finish the deck in the next two days.
This is the tools we are using to build the deck!!! 🙂
They have an organic garden where they grow some fruit and vegetables. The plan is that in a few years the can produce all their fruit and Veg themselves and will save money by not having to buy food from local markets.
Here again I think they need someone with some agriculture background that can give them some guidance in going forward and achieving their goal.
They also have some pigs and chickens.
A few more photos during my one week Voluntering at SAOLAO:
Snake they caught during a fishing expedition at night
Played voleyball with these awesome kids!!
My accomodation for the week…. And my washing….
Had a great time helping out and once again met awesome and interesting people!
For more information about SAELAO, visit their website on: