Volunteer at Vang Vieng Organic Farm in Laos
For those who like to give back a little on their travels, volunteering is an excellent opportunity. There are numerous opportunities is each country that you visit, ranging from working with animals, children, farming, building, etc. If you are passing through Vang Vieng in Laos, which you most likely will if you are on your way to Luang Prabang, then then the organic farm is the perfect chance for you to get some experience under your belt and give back to the community at the same time.
The Vang Vieng Organic Farm is located just outside of Vang Vieng town. Most people pass right by here actually, because it just so happens to be the starting point for the famous tubing ride along the Vang Vieng river that most backpackers take part in. Here you can be far enough away from the action packed, bar scene in the town, but close enough if you need some basic necessities or want to take a break and join and tourists in some beer pong.
Volunteering at Vang Vieng Organic Farm means a number of different things. There are tasks to be done around the farm, such as clearing the land, milking the goats, making goat cheese, cutting down mulberry leaves, composting, feeding the animals, or any other task that is asked of you. You can however venture off the farm and assist with the community such as teaching English to the local students and children. You won’t get free accommodation when you volunteer here, but they will offer you a 25% discount on your accommodation for 5 days. For additional fees you can have your meals included, or if you wish, purchase each meal separately on its own.
There are a variety of different accommodations to choose from such as dormitories, riverside huts, mud houses, and private rooms. The restaurant on site utilizes the products made on the farm, and they are quite famous in the area for everything and anything made with mulberry. On the menu you will find mulberry shakes, mulberry pancakes, and mulberry tea just to name a few.
You don’t have to work 24/7, from my experience here it was more that we put in a few hours each morning and the rest of the day was our own, leaving plenty of time to explore the beautiful scenery of Vang Vieng or participate in the major attractions such as tubing, cave exploring, motorbiking the back roads, or rock climbing. For more information about Vang Vieng, including a travel itinerary for the country of Laos, click here.
Please feel free to contact me for more information regarding volunteering at Vang Vieng Organic Farm in Laos.