Since a couple of months FruitFriends is in a transition to change into Let Laos Learn. This had led to an increase in the number of volunteers which provided continuity in our English classes. Thanks in part to this continuity and our financial support in school construction, LLL is officially recognized as INGO by the authorities in Laos. This is a big achievement thanks to our strong team in Laos but also in Belgium (where our main office is based). Since this change we also have a LLL volunteer coordinator in field operating next to our local coordinator Sai.
What are the new benefits for our volunteers in Laos:
✔ Lower housing costs which you also pay on site, so you are sure 100% makes it to Laos.
✔ Members and returning volunteers do not pay any reservation or administration fees.
✔ 100% transparency.
✔ Possibility for a long term visa (3; 6; 9 & 12 months) at lower cost than a monthly tourist visa.
✔ Experienced volunteer coordinators speaking Lao and understanding the culture.
We ask all previous volunteers at FruitFriends to contact us, you also can obtain lifelong membership thanks to your support in the past. With LLL we look at you as part of the family and family is very important in Laos. It would be a great help to spread the word in your network to convince them also to become part of our great LLL family. If you want more information about our changes have a look at our website or send us an email.
Thanks to a lot of fundraising we started with the construction of our own training center where new projects will be initiated. For this youth/training center we hired our first intern Tamor to become the center’s director.
Soon we will start with the construction of our own homework and studycenter which we want to open in the middle of this year. We will be able to organize our own activities from English classes to playing activities for children at this center. The fund to build this center is already collected by our great fundraising team. But we are looking for fund to cover the annual operation costs, this cost is around 6,000 USD and will cover the wage of our local director, electricity, maintenance, ....
Besides for fund we also are looking for motivated volunteers to volunteer abroad at this center in Laos.
Design: Our center will contain a small office, 2 classrooms, a bigger multifunctional room and all necessary sanitation