Volunteer programs in Laos

About Laos

About Laos

Known officially as the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, this country is located in South East Asia. It is bordered in the north-east by Myanmar, in the north by China, in the east by Vietnam, in the south by Cambodia and in the west by Thailand. Laos’ capital city is Vientiane and its official currency is the Kip (KN). Laos was part of Indochina when it was a French colony, becoming an independent state in 1949. This was followed by a period of communist rule that led to it being one of the countries with the least economic independence. Currently, agriculture is the most important activity for the local economy. The official language is Lao, although French and small amounts of English are also spoken. The country is home to a large number of different ethnic groups, with “Laotians” being the largest group. Throughout history, they have also emigrated to other regions.

Laos’ climate

Laos has a tropical climate, with variable temperatures throughout the year. The monsoon season lasts from May to November. The dry season lasts from November to March. The hottest time of year is between March and the start of the monsoon season. The best time to explore Laos is from November to February, as it stops raining and the temperature is more pleasant.


Time zone

Laos is 6 hours ahead of Spain (peninsula time).


The official currency in Laos is the Laotian Kip (LAK). The exchange rate is 1.00 EUR = 9,108.56 LAK. All main currencies (especially the American dollar) can be exchanged in local banks. There is also a bureau de change in Wattay airport in Vientiane. Please note that Kip cannot be exchanged outside of Laos.


Programs in Vientiane (Naxaythong)


Arrive at Wattay International Airport (airport code VTE). Pickup has an extra cost of 35 euros.


3 meals a day from Monday to Friday and 2 meals a day on Saturday and Sunday

Pick up times

For people due to work on volunteer programs in the city of Vientiane (Naxaythong district), they will need to arrive at Wattay International Airport (airport code VTE). Pickup has an extra cost of 35 euros.

VOLUNTEER programs

Where are the volunteer programs located?

Programs in Vientiane (Naxaythong) are located in the village of Ban Houakhoua, just 25 kilometres outside the city centre.


  • Nursery volunteer program
  • Teaching volunteer program
  • Construction volunteer progra

Requirements and Costs

  • Volunteers must be older than 18 at the start of the volunteer program.
  • Have an intermediate level of English.
  • Volunteers must present a criminal record certificate.
  • They must also have medical and travel insurance.


  • The volunteer program fee in Naxaythong (Vientiane) is €210/week.
  • The program fee for the construction and renovation volunteer program is €245/week.
  • The volunteer can participate in the program for just one week, with an extra cost of 70 euros.

What is included?


For people due to work on volunteer programs in the city of Vientiane (Naxaythong district), they will need to arrive at Wattay International Airport (airport code VTE). Pickup has an extra cost of 35 euros.


The most common ingredients in Laotian cuisine are lemon juice, lemon balm and coriander.
Their cuisine is heavy in vegetables and freshwater fish. Their dishes also feature chicken, pork, duck and beef, traditionally served with rice. In the countryside, people tend to eat in a group, sitting on the floor and sharing the food with each other.

We recommend trying one of the most typical dishes, Laap. Another popular dish is the papaya salad known as Tam Mak Houng.

Roasted Som Moo is also delicious. Som Moo is a fermented pork sausage which is often served in the Vietnamese style.

Transport in Laos

Owing to its limited development, it’s more difficult to get around Laos than in its neighbouring countries.

In Laos, visitors can go boat trips. In fact, there are various designated boat routes from which visitors can enjoy views of the riverbank settlements.

There are also buses, Songthaew (group taxis) and, in some locations, Tuk Tuk rickshaws.

Local people regularly get around by bikes and motorcycles. Tourists are able to rent these for very reasonable prices.

Volunteers will be able to walk or cycle to the site of their volunteer program.


Volunteer programs start every Saturday and Sunday. If the volunteer arrives on a Saturday, it will mean an extra cost of 30 euros for additional night.

Tourist attractions in Laos

The main slogan is “Simply beautiful”, with the most famous tourist destinations being as follows:

Luang Prabang
The city of Luang Prabang is worth visiting for its wealth of Buddhist culture and colonial architecture. It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Vientiane is a small, peaceful and charming city. Its main tourist attractions are Buda Park, lying 25 km south of the city; the Thong Kham Kham market; and the Laos National Museum.

Vang Vieng
Visitors to Vang Vieng can make the most of the opportunity to go kayaking, visit caves and embark on excursions around the surrounding mountain ranges.

Program goals

The objective of the project is to train young people to be social leaders. The volunteers live in a multicultural environment, work as a team to develop tasks or institutional projects, accompany the beneficiaries in their daily lives or through workshops, and collaborate with the needs of the centers and homes.

To achieve this, we work on three approaches

Social inclusion

Social Inclusion of children, young people and grandparents in situations of social risk.

Attention to Centers and Homes

Attention to Centers and Homes for the protection and restitution of rights of socially vulnerable children, adolescents and older adults.

Social action

Social Action The volunteers committed to the project will work alongside the community, involving different actors in society and allowing the full fulfillment of the rights of all people.

Our programs

Nursery volunteer program – Laos

In this program, you’ll have the opportunity to work in two rural nurseries in a small village. The children will be aged between 2 and 4 years old, and will always be keen to spend time with the volunteers and learn things about other cultures. The tasks that you carry out will depend on the nursery that you choose to work in. In general, the volunteer will be tasked with playing with the children, organising activities and helping the other monitors to carry out the pertinent tasks. Another of the main objectives will be to teach the children a basic level of English through the organisation of fun activities conceived for pre-school children. LOCATION: Vientiane (Naxaythong District) MINIMUM STAY (WEEKS): 1

Teaching volunteer program – Laos

The teaching volunteer program is held in a wide range of schools, where you will teach English to children aged between 4 and 12 years old. The program’s objective is to follow a set curriculum; however, we encourage informal teaching methods via games, sports, music and art lessons in English. The volunteer will be able to let their creativity flow, teaching the children in whatever way they deem fit in such a way that improves the English skills of the children. LOCATION: Vientiane (Naxaythong District) MINIMUM STAY (WEEKS): 1


Construction volunteer program – Laos

This volunteer program is tailored for individuals who are not afraid to get their hands dirty while assisting in the construction and renovation of temples, schools, and other essential structures in a rural village in Laos. During your time in the program, you will contribute to building whatever is currently required by the community. You will be situated in an extremely remote village, which consistently requires additional support. Your tasks will involve constructing school classrooms, refurbishing temples, painting walls, assembling work tables, repairing roads, and undertaking various other projects. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from the Laos construction team and forge new friendships with people from around the world. LOCATION: Vientiane (Naxaythong District) MINIMUM STAY (WEEK): 1

accommodation and meals

Accommodation in Gatanga

For the volunteer programs that are held in the city of Vientiane (Naxaythong district), the volunteers will be housed in the Laos countryside, representing a great opportunity to enjoy the country’s finest landscapes. The bedrooms each house six people and are divided according to gender. The accommodation doesn’t currently have hot running water. However, for the purpose of showering, you can ask to fill up your buckets with hot water. The accommodation doesn’t have Wi-Fi internet, either. For internet access, volunteers are recommended to purchase a local SIM card for their mobile phone. Traditional Laotian meals will be served, which differ greatly from western cuisine.

program costs

The total cost of the volunteer program is divided into 2 parts. The registration fee which is paid to book your placement, 210 euros, and the program fee which is paid afterwards. The following list gives a breakdown of the program fee costs for each project.

Nursery volunteer program – Vientiane


Teaching volunteer program – Vientiane


Construction volunteer program – Vientiane


If your currency is not specified in the table, you can convert your costs here.
*** The costs that are given in dollars are estimates, owing to constant fluctuations in conversion rates.

What is included in the fee that I am paying?

What additional costs will be incurred by the volunteers?

Visa, flights, travel insurance (obligatory), vaccines, meals on Saturdays and Sundays, return to the airport, and other expenses.


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Our volunteers will be able to validate university credits with the aim of traveling in a more responsible and economical way.

What does volunteering focused on university practices involve?

At Cooperating Volunteers, we make agreements with different universities to validate university credits with the aim of traveling in a more responsible and economical way.

The specialties we work with are extensive: medical volunteering, nursing, education, social work, psychology, physiotherapy, engineering, architecture…

The practices can be carried out in our designated destinations for this purpose, as well as in Spain.

If you choose an international destination, it’s a unique way to live an unforgettable and enriching experience, as you will have the opportunity to continue your education in another country, with a completely different culture.

Stepping out of our comfort zone and being part of the various projects at the destination will allow us to grow both personally and professionally, creating a more extensive curriculum.

And we are fully convinced that this experience will accompany you throughout your life.

You will be able to visit hospitals, schools, centers, orphanages, and participate directly and actively in the daily lives of all those people at the destination, always accompanied by other professionals willing to collaborate hand in hand with you and guide you in daily tasks.

If your university is not part of the agreement with Cooperating Volunteers, you can contact cristina@cooperatingvolunteers.com so that we can get in touch and make this experience a reality. 


Corporate volunteering consists of tailored programs for your company, designed to develop teamwork skills.

It is proven that teamwork directly impacts productivity. 

Collective effort surpasses individual capabilities, promotes diversity of skills, stimulates creativity, and facilitates problem-solving in the face of various challenges.

Therefore, it not only maximizes efficiency but also enriches the work environment.

We conduct corporate volunteering programs that consist of customized programs for your company, designed to develop teamwork skills, improve performance, and foster unity among employees.

We tailor projects to the corporate identity and size of the company, and we can adjust them to any destination and time of the year.

The advantages of corporate volunteering include:

  • Improving communication.
  • Group unity.
  • Cultural integration in different situations.
  • Employee training.
  • Increased Corporate Social Responsibility.

The future is aligned with a more responsible society, and participating in social projects positions our company among the list of revolutionary businesses that want to be part of the change.

If you resonate with this message, corporate volunteering is a unique experience both individually and collectively, and at Cooperating Volunteers, we accompany you throughout the process to make it a unique journey.


Quality time spent with family strengthens emotional bonds, promotes communication, and contributes to the emotional well-being of its members. 

Spending quality time with family and being able to disconnect from our hectic routines is not only enriching but also necessary.

Sometimes we forget to communicate, connect, and dedicate time to each other. Each one of us lives focused on our jobs, schools… And it’s necessary to find the opportunity to pause and take care of ourselves.

Quality time spent with family strengthens emotional bonds, promotes communication, and contributes to the emotional well-being of its members. And of course, it creates lifelong positive memories.

At Cooperating Volunteers, we suggest moving away from those ‘more superficial’ trips (which can also be fantastic), but we invite you to live this experience to bring out our most empathetic and humanitarian side.

Family volunteering gives us the opportunity to be part of a positive impact, promoting values of solidarity and social responsibility.

There are many families who choose to experience these trips focused on cooperation and direct involvement with different communities around the world, where living conditions are very different and sometimes entirely precarious.

Projects are tailored to different ages, allowing us to work together.

An incredible way to fill our suitcase with memories, learning, and knowledge.

And although stepping out of our comfort zone often feels daunting, we assure you firsthand that it’s worth it.

At Cooperating Volunteers, we accompany you throughout the entire experience, from start to finish, to make it unforgettable.


At Cooperating Volunteers, we believe it’s never too late for anything, especially for volunteering and living a unique and unforgettable experience.

There are many people, increasingly so, who opt for responsible travel that involves social work.

Accustomed to organized and mostly touristic trips, at Cooperating Volunteers, we want to advocate for a more enriching experience, one that transforms us from within and allows us to be part of the change the world needs to see.

We can adapt both the destination and the duration of our projects to fit your needs.

It’s an opportunity full of emotions that allows us to significantly contribute to different communities and their evolution. And you can participate in different areas such as education, social support, or assistance in different centers.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Sense of purpose: Provides a sense of purpose by contributing your skills and experiences to meaningful causes.
  • Emotional well-being: Reduces feelings of isolation and establishes social connections.
  • Personal development: It’s continuous learning, skill development, and discovering new activities while keeping the mind-body active.
  • Physical health: Keeping active.
  • Stress reduction: The act of helping others reduces stress and contributes to mental health.

Living this experience will undoubtedly be a before and after. 


A volunteering initiative with leadership and impact through the educational action program.

When we talk about social volunteering, we refer to all those actions and activities carried out altruistically, selflessly, and with the aim of addressing multiple problems and needs of different communities, always focused on education and self-sufficiency.

Education is essential because it provides the tools and knowledge necessary for personal, social, and economic development.

Our goal is to create self-sufficient communities and provide opportunities for the future personal development of each member. The message is not to ‘give’, but to accompany in the process of training for self-managed provision.

At Cooperating Volunteers, many of our destinations and projects embrace this type of volunteering. Some of our projects include: community programs, education, women’s empowerment…

And although they are completely different from each other, they share a single objective: progress towards a society that can embrace us all in the same way.

If you are someone who is restless, who needs to see a change in the future, volunteering is an experience tailor-made for you.