Sae Lao Project

At SAE LAO people from around the world come together to discover and share experiences and knowledge with the Lao community to make a more sustainable way of life. SAE LAO is a sustainable development project located in Nathong Village, near the city of Vang Vieng. The project consists of a small organic farm, a non-profit farm-to-table restaurant, a community centre that provides daily English classes, and personalized volunteer projects for international visitors.

Our project has been operating since 2008, hosting over 1000 volunteers during that time. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have unfortunately experienced many issues including most of all a decrease in volunteers.

With the amount that our project does, each volunteer has the opportunity to help out in whichever way they want. Although teaching English is the primary role for volunteers, this only takes up a couple of hours each evening. For the rest of the day, there are many opportunities to help out with gardening, animal care, photography, videography, office work, social media and general maintenance. We are super flexible with the program of each volunteer and are always keen to learn and share new skills.

There is also plenty of time for volunteers to enjoy the local environment, with the Blue Lagoon 1 being only a 2 minute walk away as well as having multiple hikes very nearby. As well as this, our village is only a 15-minute drive from the centre of Vang Vieng, making it very accessible.

My name is Mor Lor. I am a past student turned coordinator of the Sae Lao project. I learned English here when I was a kid. Then, due to my academic performance, the project sponsored my university costs by means of a scholarship. After graduating I felt a debt with this project so I came back and started teaching children from all around the region. I want to give everyone the same opportunities that were given to me through the project. One of the aims of Sae Lao is to create high quality employment opportunities, including job training and capacity building. At our height we had 10 full time local staff working alongside volunteers to make the project happen. However, due to lack of support as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this has since been reduced to 3 local full time volunteer workers (myself, Peter and former student Juli). However, with everything reopening and life getting back to normal again, we are excited to welcome back volunteers and begin to rebuild. We have the capacity to host 20 volunteers at any one time. Volunteers are provided with a dorm bed, shower and bathroom facilities, 3 meals prepared in our restaurant each day and free access to drinking water. We have a customizable volunteer schedule for each day. Most days will start with breakfast followed by a bit of grounds work. The days are then free for you to help out as you wish until teaching begins in the early evenings. After around 2 hours of teaching we have dinner together and you are free to do as you wish. We also have one day off per week, perfect for a day trip into Vang Vieng. Feel free to message us if you would like any more information about the project or how you can help :)

Anfitrión Top
Este anfitrión recibe muchos worldpackers y tiene una evaluación media alta.


23 reseñas23

Anfitrión y equipo


Horas y tareas




Aprendizaje y diversión


Nueva Zelandia


Ahhh so so wonderful, challenging at first but gets easier as they days go by - enjoy

hace 15 días

Reino Unido


Sae Lao has been the best experience of my travels. I have met the most amazing people from all over the world and the nicest Lao team ever.

Teaching the kids is so fun and enriching. Morning activities are also fun and rewarding
Great location
Amazing food
Just the perfect environment for someone willing to take a break from their busy backpacking schedule. You feel at home within a day.

A really special place I would recommend to anyone.

Massive thank you to Peter and the team!!!

hace 24 días

Estados Unidos


I cannot say enough good things about this project. The mission is strong, the staff and volunteers are committed, and the place truly feels like a family. There is a plethora of free time to relax in nature and with new friends. Teaching the students has been an absolute highlight. Staff is always supportive and willing to help in any way possible to make a better experience for everyone involved. Volunteers can contribute to the project in a multitude of ways and I really enjoyed this flexibility. If you’re looking for a way to give back and contribute to an awesome project, definitely come!

hace 1 mes



It was a really enriching experience. Sae Lao is an incredible love service project for a better future for children, dedicated volunteers for their teaching and the atmosphere is wonderful, their entire team is very friendly, I felt at home. The sector is very close to lagoons and to do trekking. And if you need something urgent, the team is very attentive. On the other hand, children are wonderful, they will give you triple the love that you will give them, they go to school happy to learn from you, It will be a very nutritious experience for your life, and even more for the children. Thanks

hace 1 mes

Peter respondido

We're so glad you had an enjoyable experience, thank you for all your hard work and for contributing to the project!

Reino Unido


Peter is the sweetest person ever, which does not come as a surprise, because what he does at Sae Lao is genuinely incredible! He really rdoes care about the project and helping the local kids, which makes your work there so much more impactful.

The children you get to work with are the cheekiest, but sweetest kids you’ll ever meet. Teaching them is a privilege because they really want to learn.

You spend so much of your time with the other volunteers, that naturally a family develops! I’ve shared some of my favourite moments of travel with them. Wouldn’t change any of it for the world!!

hace 3 meses

Peter respondido

Thank you for all your help with the project Neusha! We're so glad you had a great experience here :)

Perfecto para ti si estás buscando

Contacto con la naturaleza


Contacto con los animales


Zona salvaje