Call for applications for internship in Laos: 6 volunteer places (Team XII) in Vientiane in the Decoloniality Project “Bi-directional learning and teaching”

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Students, graduates and alumni from all subjects of the University of Education Karlsruhe can now apply for an internship in the Decoloniality Project “Bi-directional tandem-teaching and learning” for autumn/winter 2022/23 (Team XII) by 26 June.

Students from other universities may also apply and will be considered for vacant places.


Interviews will be held live on Friday, 1 July.

Make first contact: If you apply, you are very welcome to join our 7th Lao-German Friendship Feast on 26 June to get to know the project participants and our Lao partners.

Length of internship: The usual length is October to January/Feb/March/April, depending on your wishes or needs (min. 4 months). We mainly tandem-work in the subject of English, but (for two places) also in German. Sometimes you may also be invited to tandem-work in your other subject.

Our current cooperation partners in Vientiane welcome 2 volunteers each: Sunshine School (primary and secondary school), VEDI (Vocational Education Development Institute), and LGTC (Lao-German Technical College). Two former partners are currently discussing whether or how rejoin the programme, so there may be a few more places in Vientiane soon.

Find further information on these institutions and reports by previous volunteers on the project blog or enter the name of the institution in the search window or select the tag from the “Tag list” or use the tab “Partners” or look at these presentations by former volunteers:




Please note: There is no automatic “match” between your study degree and the partner institution. In fact, most of our volunteers so far were primary degree students. Also, should not all places be filled, applications from students from other universities are considered.

Application: Send a letter of motivation and C.V. to and by 26 July and also submit the official application form appended here: 202206_Bewerbungsformular_AAA_Laos

To answer your questions and help you decide on your application or potential partner institution, please feel free to contact the International Office (Julia Friedl) or Prof. Martin or one of these former volunteers by email (as the mail server for student accounts is down after a Cyberattack, please write to them via StudIP):

Financing: In order to cover the cost of the flights, PH Karlsruhe students usually apply for a scholarship (“PROMOS Reisekostenzuschuss” or DAAD “Lehramt.International”), or apply to the AAA (International Office) for a travel grant. For more detailed information please contact the International Office of PHKA.

Also, living costs in Laos are quite low by comparison with other programmes or countries, and our partners offer free accommodation & WIFI, and two of them also offer free lunches and pay for the VISA, and all provide other amenities (e.g. bicycles) plus individual support: everyone there helps with absolutely everything you need.

Students holding a B.A. degree (or finishing it soon) are preferred over students of lower semesters.
ISP experience is an advantage, but not a necessary condition for your application if you have gained teaching expertise in other fields, e.g. as an English tutor for pupils, sports coach for children or teacher of German or another language for refugees.
As secondary students take classes in didactics only in their Master Degree, it would be advisable for you to apply once you have gained more experience in and knowledge about teaching unless you have other teaching experience.

It also helps to have visited Prof. Martin’s seminar “Global English(es), Global TEFL & Global Citizenship Education” for first orientation in teaching internationally and interculturally, and decoloniality, but again, this is not a necessary condition.

Credit: EuLA students can receive credit for their stay at our schools/colleges/partner-universities, e.g. for the BFP (“Berufsfeldbezogenes Praktikum”). Further information on the creditability of this internship for your studies can be found under Internships. For detailed information please visit Dr. Steffen Wagner of the University of Education Karlsruhe in his office hour and submit the necessary forms before departure.

Student research/ Bachelor and Master theses within this project.
Research results are published on the blog in the “Language Education and Global Citizenship” and Decolonise your Mind series and also under “Research” (“Full-texts“).

There is an official immigration protocol, and flights are available. Details are outlined in the interviews. We also have the continued support of both the Lao Embassy in Berlin and the German Embassy in Laos for the immigration procedure.

General information
Visit the websites of the Auswaertiges Amt and the German Embassy in Vientiane or the English newspaper Vientiane Times.

Interns need to register for their stay in Laos within the Elefand System (Elektronische Erfassung von Deutschen im Ausland), as requested by the German Federal Foreign Office.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Prof. Dr. Isabel Martin (English Department) & Julia Friedl (International Office) & Lao partners

Photos & collage by S.M. Bilger (Team X)
Poster by S. Hadatsch & S. Bieger

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