Educational tours involving students from different cultural backgrounds and all ages are opting to visit Laos in increasing numbers. Those participating are educated about diverse, often fading cultures, also history and traditional methods of production that have been handed down from generation to generation. They build relationships with people who themselves rarely had the chance to experience life outside the confines of their own community.
Our aim is to put together a number of programs and services that address the requirements of young people and communities which we interact with, to urge and assist the young people developing their talents, intellectual interests, and creative abilities, therefore nurturing a passion for lifelong learning, critical evaluation and wise decision making.
With minimum input from you with regards to your goals and intentions we undertake all of the organizing of the itinerary and all the logistics required, such as, transportation, accommodation, paperwork, liaising with villagers and pertinent local people, team building activities, trekking etc. Our experienced guides have the capacity to go even further when situations arise that would be beneficial for the participants or needed to perfect the tour.
All educational tours can be adapted to full-fledged adventure tours if desired, using either the wide range of packages in the Laos Outdoor program or tailor them century will not be those who cannot read and specifically. Although the number of participants may be “unlimited”, the “carrying capacity” of some destinations surely needs to be considered during the planning stage to ensure the tour is successful and rewarding (e.g. with village immersion and interaction).
Some tried and tested activities and their benefits:
The students themselves are helping villagers with small village projects like school or temple improvements and small building projects, experiencing traditional life while staying with a local family. Many of the hosts are still living the traditional way of life and have extensive knowledge about forest medicines and natural food supplies, and preserved technical skills that have been handed down from generation to generation. Local students are always excited to challenge their visitors in sporting activities, exchanging stories, singing together or brushing up on their English – however elementary it may be – and gaining insights into the lives of their visitors. These are tested methods to reinforce the relationships between locals and visitors – providing an important part of youth development: motivation, necessity of learning and sharing, self-respect and respecting others, to appreciate the achievements of others and so on.