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 :)


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The SAE Lao Project is such an amazing Project were you really inmerse yourself in the culture and with the Lao people. The “ Lao guys” are such nice people and also all of the volunteers let you feel like you are in a big family❤️ not forgetting about the amazing kids in class, there are the cutest thing ever! Even the teenagers are such cool people and you can have so much fun with them while you learn them some English! It was my first volunteership and im glad it was this one!

15 days ago



This volunteering was my best in South-East-Asia. I stayed 1 month and I feel very usefull teaching english to childrens and helping the team to improve the community life.

All the team is very open to new ideas to improve the restaurant and the place where we live o you can really have an impact even if you stay only 2 weeks.

The childrens in the school were so nice and cute that you don’t want to leave when you start to work with them.

So thanks a lot to all the lao guy and the volunteers to make me feel like at home ! 🙏

16 days ago

El Salvador


100% recommend coming here. I really loved it and had the best time. The community life is great, you get in touch with the local community as well. Helping kids to learn English is very enriching and they are very lovely. The coordinators are very nice and helpful. I stayed 3 weeks but I wished I stayed more. You can choose the morning task such as painting, cutting bamboo, gardening, etc.

22 days ago



Kids and staff are amazing and very welcoming. You do have to divide up the cooking/cleaning chores weekly, so the more volunteers the better! We did a sunrise hike, campfire, lagoon days and even a football match with the local village - as long as you are willing to get stuck in, it is a great experience! I found classes tough at first, but talk to everyone to help share ideas.

2 months ago



I stayed 2 weeks at Sae Lao, and I would have loved to stay longer if I have had more time. I loved teaching to the kids, they are so cute !
We have a lot of free time and the host is really Nice.

3 months ago

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