Placement overview

Taking part in BUNAC's Volunteer with Novice Buddhist Monks programme will not only see you working with novice monks, you will also be educating the local children and young adults of Luang Prabang. You will create lesson plans to engage and stimulate the young minds that you are helping to shape.

You will work Monday to Friday and have your weekends free to explore and enjoy living in Laos. Make the most out of being in South East Asia by fully immersing your self in your asian adventure. You won't only be teaching students you'll also be learning about a different culture as well as taking away transferable skills which will inhance your skill set.

What's the aim?

Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.

Laos, specifically Luang Prabang, is quickly becoming a popular Southeast Asian destination among international visitors. As a result the tourism industry is a growing rapidly which provides many locals with new career opportunities. However, English language skills are an important requirement for accessing these jobs. Three quarters of the population live in rural areas and economic limitations, limited infrastructure, and deep-rooted cultural values, restrict access to education for many. Boys from rural villages travel to cities such as the capital of Luang Prabang to seek out a good education by joining the temples and becoming novice monks. Temples do not accept girls, so women are further restricted from accessing employment opportunities through entrenched gender roles.