“Accompanying the team to a school for a book festival day is an immense asset. You will probably learn more about the country and its people there than in 2 weeks. In addition, the children are very open and interested, which is an additional pleasure.” Karin, Theater Director from Berlin, Germany (Feb. 2020)
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„It is great at anytime to visit Reading Elephant Laos. We, as RAM travel organization, often come across Houayxay or Laos. It's beautiful to interact with children in the Reading Room, but also, when it is possible, to be part of a village excursion to see what you do around in the villages of the Bokeo province. Reading Elephant Laos is firmly on the map of our tours, that come from Thailand and then proceed down south to Luang Prabang by boat. We consider Reading Elephant Laos as one of our r...
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"Two months experience as a volunteer with a dedicated and motivated team; my tasks varied between presenting the project for passing tourists, chatting and basic English lessons for students, trips to schools in neighboring villages and various other things ... the work is concrete and useful! The welcome from the team, volunteers on site as well as students and teachers in the villages was always excellent! An enriching experience for me! I hope to return there soon to be able to help again."...
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"I have started to become a volunteer of Reading Elephant since January 2019. This was the period when I conducted my intensive fieldwork in Bokeo Province, Northern Laos. Volunteering in this organization was really a wonderful experience. My experiences of teaching English to Buddhist monks and Lao students — both in Houaysai and other remote villages of the province — have enabled me not only to share my knowledge and pieces of my broken heart, but also to learn and reflect on life. Apart fro...
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"We visited Bokeo in February 2019, first in the beautiful shop and then to a book festival in a village school. We helped loading and distributing the books. The many children were very excited and curious and were happy to be able to read a book. The lunch break was unforgettable. The teachers caught fish for us in the nearby stream and grilled them over the fire - a delight with herbs and rice!" Helmut and Carsten from Lychen / Uckermark, Germany (Feb. 2019)
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"After a 40 days of riding on my motorbike around in the beautiful nature of Laos, I reached this northern Thai-Laos border town. At Reading Elephant Laos’ reading room I saw that they were looking for volunteer conversation partners. So, I walked in and sat for a 2 hours with the kids, I told them about my much loved home country, Hungary and showed it to them on the globe, and we exchanged some words in our languages. We laughed and played by using the English exercise books, to practice the l...
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"I had the chance to join the book party activities of Reading Elephant Laos a few times which is usually in remote schools. I always feel happy to see the excited and enthusiastic eyes of these kids for the story books that Reading Elephant team brings for them to read. They search for the books they like and read with attention lay on the mats and tell their friends about the story. They always look happy to read the books and have fun activity with the Reading Elephant team. They look sad whe...
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"Since our first brainstorming in 2016, I have been advising and accompanying Khamkeo and the Reading Elephant Laos team on setting up the children's mobile library in Bokeo as a voluntary advisor and fundraiser for the Books for Laos e. V. association. Together with the great commitment of this highly motivated team, we were able to to create an extra-curricular or school-accompanying educational offer, especially for the reading promotion, which is indispensable in the region and is recognized...
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