“Laos, a world of towering mountain ranges and fertile river beds”. A country that is “the land of a million elephants and a colorful stage on which some of the most charming scenes of Southeast Asia unfold” where you “simply marvel at the untouched beauty of a sunset upon the Mekong”. These statements are taken from various marketing webpages that seek to show off the Laotian beauty for tourism purposes. Although I do love Laos, much for its emerald-green forests and its kin
Aay’s Village is hiring an Accountant & Fundraiser for our international team of volunteers! This is an excellent opportunity for you who want to contribute to our mission in Laos. You can be located anywhere in the world as long as you have a computer. You’ll be working weekly in a team of 6 international team members from all over Europe who volunteer for the local team consisting of 4 paid team members in Laos. We work on a basis of at least 5-10 hours weekly depending on
Our biggest realization so far in 2018 is that when our first graduates leave our program, we want to take a couple of weeks to improve our systems before inviting the next 120 children to our daily classes. Firstly, it has become apparent through valuable volunteer feedback that we should make some adjustments due to our recent growth. Sometimes we have 3-4 volunteer joining us at the same time, and this brings the possibility of splitting up the class into groups with diff
Today we are celebrating 1 year in rural Laos educating children! <3 We received incredible feedback from so many people after our article in Bergens Tidende yesterday. The article was a profile interview with Åshild and she talked about our first year of educating children in Laos! Link to article here: https://www.bt.no/…/i/AeA…/-A-hjelpe-andre_-gir-livet-mening Today Kavlifondet has released an article on our cooperation with them. As you might now, Kavlifondet chose to su
Thank you again, Kavlifondet! 🎉 Kavlifondet, who donated our digital learning system at the very beginning of Aay’s Village in 2016, have again granted our organization a substantial donation! We are so humble and grateful for the support and trust. This donation sends us the message that our organization and our vision for Laos have built up a good reputation through hard and dedicated work. 😃 This donation will give us the possibility to hire one extra local teacher in La
Hi guys, This is Åshild, the manager of Aay’s Village. In the last couple of weeks, I have been feeling an extreme feeling of gratitude in my body. I think it is because it is under a month left until we can celebrate 1 year since the launch of our volunteer organization in Aay’s Village. They say that start-ups almost never make it to one year, and we are almost there. Well, I can say for sure that we will be around for more than a year. How? First of all, we are needed in L
Mari og Mathilde hadde gleden av å gjøre et flott intervju med Tønsberg Blad hvor vi fikk muligheten til å dele litt av bakgrunnen til prosjektet samt foklare litt hvordan vi arbeider.
Bakgrunnen til prosjektet er nok ukjent for mange, men dette er en av hovedgrunnene til at prosjektet trengs i landsbyen da Aay tidligere bodde i et primitivt, - men etablert lokalsamfunn.
"– Landsbyen hans er en samling av stammer som ble tvangsflyttet fra høylandet som er rikt på ressurse
It has been some time since our last post, and we do apologize. As a matter of fact, the organization has been growing rather quickly the last few months and we will have a lot of volunteers during the summer, but we still need more help so do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to know more or apply! :) Some of you might still be wondering what our project is all about and what we are trying to achieve, to summarize, you as a volunteer in Aay's Village you will be m
An incredible weekend in Laos When I think back on the weekend we had here in Laos, I notice that we did something fun every single second of the day. The weekend started with the introduction of our new family member, our dear Bruno! His name was first Nikki, but after a couple of beers and Bruno Mars' songs loud on the speaker on Friday evening, Aay named him Bruno. Both Mari and I highly supported the new name choice. So about Friday; We celebrated a huge thing for us: the
A big helloo from the Lao-jungle! :D To continue our little exciting story telling of our days in Laos winter 2017, here comes part II. Or the second week of our stay. That is up for interpretation.. Åshild has already told about our little weekend excursions, so I’ll get straight back to the reason why we are really here; the learning lab. We had already tried the apps on quite a few students and worked hard with Aay for him to integrate it into new lesson plans the first we