CULTURE WEEK 2017
Open all year, starting on Mondays, participation fee 280€ per week. Program runs Mon-Fri (free weekends). Mandatory to start the programme
- Code : G/LAO/CW2017
- Dispo : 5M / 5F (Total Part 10)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 99
The Culture Week is the perfect way to learn more about Laotian people, culture, customs, language and so much more. During this week, you will visit all the highlights of the amazing city of Vientiane, which is completely different from most of the other capital cities in Southeast Asia. It is small, clean, without much Western influences (except the French colonial heritage) and very laidback. The Culture Week will kick off with an introduction to Laos customs, do’s and dont’s and Laotian language classes. Further in the week you will try your hand on local agriculture practices, meditation classes by a monk, Laos cooking classes and Laos handicraft making. Furthermore, during the week there are also hours reserved for playing sports (soccer and volleyball) with local people/students During the day trip to Vientiane you will visit the beautiful Victory Monument, the Golden Pagoda, the Cope Center and Mekong river/ Night Market. The aim of this program is to offer our participants with an introduction to Laotian customs and culture. This introduction will give them a decent understanding of the Laotian culture and will help them to settle into the local lifestyle.
Our center and sleeping accommodation is located inside an agriculture and development facility where Laotian farmers and Thai/Lao students get their training regarding sustainable agriculture and best practice. The accommodation/guesthouse has rooms which will be shared by 4 till 8 people on a single gender basis. Three meals during the day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are provided and will generally take place at the accommodation and project site, unless stated otherwise. We offer a variety of Western and delicious Laotian dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner accommodated by fruit. Please note that during the weekends only 2 meals per day are provided (brunch and dinner).
Nanyang Village (Ban Na Yang) is located 26 kilometers outside of Vientiane. In Nanyang Village, you will get a taste of ‘real’ rural Laos where you sometimes feel as though me stands still. The warm and welcoming people inside this area will make the stay for everybody a great and unique experience.This beautiful and peaceful location will provide with an authentic taste of Laos. The project locations and sleeping accommodation are located inside a local agriculture &development center in Nayang Village. Inside the village participants can find small groceries and local eateries for their snacks, drinks and other necessities. The closest ATM machine can be found on the main road to Vientiane, approximately 5 kilometers from the accommodation. Therefore we advise all participants to bring some local currency with them for personal expenses, although you don’t need a lot of money when you stay with us. Participants can exchange money or use the ATM at the airport when they arrive. Once a week we will provide a trip to Vientiane for all participants where they can visit the night market, mekong river, restaurants and touristic sites. At the accommodation where we stay you will find great sport facilities (volleyball court and soccer pitch), where the participants can enjoy some exercise. Near our accommodation in Nayang Village you will find a very nice big lake, temples and and authentic rural Laotian scenery. Because Vientiane is not far away, and many participants go there during the weekend, a little bit more about the capital as well. Vientiane is a laid-back, French-influenced city situated on the banks of the Mekong River near to the border of Thailand and may well be the cleanest city in the whole of Southeast Asia.With manicured roadside gardens, you will hardly believe you were in one of the poorest countries in the world. This ancient city, with a population of around 400.000 people, is very different from any other capital city in Southeast Asia. With its authentic Laotian and French colonial style, it truly is ‘a pearl at the Mekong! Although a guidebook will be able to talk you through everything that the city has to offer, here are a couple of ideas: Patuxai – Vientiane’s take on the Arc de Triomphe and their own victory monument. You can climb it to enjoy the panoramic views! Wat Si Muang – A Buddhist temple for those who want to absorb some religious culture. Night Market – Every night at the Mekong river, this is the place to be in the early evening for locals as well as tourists.
Open all year, starting on Mondays, arrival on Saturdays or Sundays and departure on Saturday morning, participation fee 280€. Program runs Mon-Fri, (free weekends). Mandatory to start the programme. Reception at the airport at the arrival. Malaria precautions, mosquito repellent, towel(s) Please provide us with a copy/scan of your passport and CV at least two weeks before your arrival. These documents are required to register you with the Laotian authorities and guarantee the project placement.