“ The help we receive from English-speaking volunteers is essential & invaluable. My dream is to keep improving on the quality of the English education we provide at English Club Laos, with the volunteer community, working side by side with our Lao teachers. Together, the impact we make, is life-changing for the Lao people”
Mr.Somsouk founder of English Club Laos
We employ qualified teachers as we believe they are key to making a difference in the life of our students. Their full-time employment allows us to deliver a structured English syllabus and ensures stability & continuity for our students.
All our teachers are locally trained educators, with a degree from either Souphanouvong University or the Teacher Training College of Luang Prabang.
They are, for most, from the remote farming villages in the Northern country side of Laos and they initially came to Luang Prabang to further their education.
As such, they are able to relate well to our students, providing cultural context to the topics being taught and translating from English to Lao and vice-versa to check for understanding.
They are dedicated, enthusiastic and care about making a positive change in the life of our students.
OUR VOLUNTEER COODINATOR
Mike, an American, is now living in Luang Prabang year round. Following retirement from a 40 plus year career with the Department of Defense and as a consultant with IBM, he began volunteering with various organizations both in the U.S. and overseas. He first worked with English Club Laos in January of 2017 and has been volunteering continuously since October, 2017. He now performs various duties including coordination and primary support for our volunteers, assisting with communications and planning, and primarily, classroom teaching for our Lao students. If you volunteer to teach at our school, Mike will help you with orientation, an understanding of our students and Lao teachers, your volunteer schedule, and any other assistance you may need to make your experience at our school and in Luang Prabang meaningful, valuable, memorable, and enjoyable.
If you wish to contact Mike directly, his email is email@example.com
Martin OConnor (Ireland)
On a family holiday to Luang Prabang, Laos in January 2018 with his wife Rosaleen, Martin O’Connor from Ireland fell in love with the people of Laos and their peaceful and relaxed culture. A retired Department of Justice official,, Martin was eager to find a way to offer support to the friendly, generous and warm Lao people that he met on his travels. Passionate about education and conscious of how English language skills can be of benefit in Laos, Martin decided to volunteer at English Club Laos school for three months.in September this year, While teaching English at the school he started teaching students to read for the first time Martin is constantly working on new ways to keep students interested, including working with the local library to start an English language book club for students to further develop their skills and a creative writing programme, encouraging students to write their own stories to share with their classmates. As the famous quote goes “Reading is dreaming with open eyes.” .
Martin plans to return to English Club Laos for another teaching term and is also working on promoting English Club Laos school projects and programmes in Ireland and Europe and helping to secure sponsorship and funding so that English Club Laos school can continue to support disadvantaged children and young people to make dreams and aspirations possible .Martin can be contacted through our office at Info@englishclublaos.org
Our volunteers come from all over the world, the only requirements being the ability to speak English, coupled with a keen interest to help.
Aged anywhere between 18 to 70, they are often college students, professionals on holidays, retired teachers, gap-year or world travelers and anything in between.
All our volunteers work alongside our Lao teachers in the classrooms, assisting them with pronunciation and providing context for foreign/western concepts present in the teaching materials. They also bring invaluable knowledge and exposure, allowing our students to experience and appreciate different cultures.
Our volunteers bring a little bit of fun, adventure and excitement to the classrooms !
Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and circumstances. Many are from very poor families who subsist on rice farming and lead extremely challenging daily lives. Some are monks and novices from the local Buddhist temples, and some, from the local working community. Attendees also include university, college, high school, and primary school students.
Regardless of their age, level or background, our students have one thing in common : a very keen interest to learn English ! Many attend daily classes before or after school/work or during their lunch breaks and holidays !
They are eager, motivated, focused, energetic, enthusiastic, fun, gentle, and a sheer pleasure to work with every day. Our Lao teachers and volunteers invariably fall in love with these bright and inspiring young people.
Classes are organised in 3 different levels : pre-beginner, beginner and pre-intermediate, with a formal curriculum and up-to-date teaching materials.
Our teachers deliver a defined syllabus which includes reading, pronunciation, understanding, writing, grammar, sentence construction and conversation.
Classes typically lasts for 80 mins, the first one starting at 08:30 am and the last one, at 06:30 pm. Each student is provided with a text book as a learning support. The textbook contains multiple exercises that students are required to do, either in class with the teacher and volunteers, or at home, when they are given homework. Tests are also regularly done to assess assimilation of the learning & allows our teachers to adjust their classroom delivery.
Class schedules are also interspersed with conversation sessions, where students engage in informal discussions with our volunteers. Conversations are a vital part of our program as they provide the unique opportunity for our students to practice and improve their English skills, to learn more about our volunteers, their country, their culture, and even become friends !