As is common in many of the worlds' communities, being able to speak English is very important. It opens up a whole new range of opportunity for locals to get good, paid work. This is especially true in the service/tourism industries. The service/tourism industries are a growing market in Laos, especially in Luang Prabang, which is a town dependent on tourism.
We help the people of Luang Prabang learn English by pairing you, our Volunteer, with local Laos teachers in schools, language centres, monasteries and local villages. Volunteers on this program will teach in a range of different environments. Those different environments should make your volunteering experience a very interesting one.
BASICALLY YOU HELP THE LOCAL LAOS TEACHER, TEACH HIS/HER CLASS, ENGLISH
How We Teach
Wherever we teach, we follow the way students are normally taught there, and you will help teach alongside their usual teachers. Being relaxed in their normal surroundings, helps the the students learn, especially the younger ones.
You will often take on the lead role, and the local teacher will may rely heavily on you for the proper pronunciation of English words. They will also rely on you for the meaning of English words, sometimes simple ones yet outside their vocabulary, which are naturally used in your daily speech.
Improve Job Prospects
Volunteers will use conversational English with students in their daily classes, which includes reading and speaking the language. This allows those students to interact with YOU, a good and confident English speaker. That is a first-hand, ideal and essential way of learning and practising the spoken form of the language.
That learning from your teaching will help them to speak the language properly. They will then be able to get work in the tourism industry, which is an ambition of many local Laos people. Volunteers will use conversational English with students in their daily classes, which includes reading and speaking the language. This allows those students to interact with YOU, a good and confident English speaker. That is a first-hand, ideal and essential way of learning and practising the spoken form of the language.
To repeat, the spoken form of the English language is an absolutely essential requirement where English is a necessity within a job.
Many Buddhist Novices/Monks also want to learn English. Those Novices/Monks may well be part of the classes you teach.
Boys leave home, very often at an early age. That could be when they are seven or eight years old, and stay in Monasteries and Temples (known as ‘Wats’) for many years. Throughout that time they are Novices, with a few becoming Monks.
By the end of their stay, they look to speak and understand English. So one of their very important needs is to attend English classes, either in their Monastery or a local school.
By virtue of HELP being in the Monastery and school, you will help teach that very important part of Laos society, a language they are very eager to learn.