Call for Applications for “Bi-directional learning and teaching” volunteer programme in Laos for October to January 2021 and/or February-March 2022

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“Call for Applications“ for students and graduates of ALL subjects (not only English): Team XII (October – January 2021/22) and Team XIII ( February – March 2022, or longer)

Laos, like many other countries, has learnt to live with Covid-19 by now. There are now a clear set of rules in place controlling infections, local “red zone lockdowns”, the immigration of foreigners, and prolonged quarantines for infected returnee migrant workers.
Students who are interested in applying should now write to and/or as soon as possible to announce their interest in a place, preferrably before the end of August. We will write back to you immediately and then proceed with interviews and the immigration/visa formalities.

Team XII and XIII will do tandem-work in the subject of English with one Lao partner per volunteer, with possible explorations of tandem-work in your second subject if the partner institution offers this. (In the past this has been biology, physics, chemistry, maths, food science and weaving (AuG).)

Students of the University of Karlsruhe are given preference as this is a programme of the PH Karlsruhe. However, students from other universities may also apply and have been given places in past years when we could not fill all places with our own students.

You can read reports by previous volunteers here:

If anybody is interested in applying or has questions, please feel free to contact the project organisers or the former volunteers Ms Chelsea Hog (Team X) at or Ms Celine Victoria Seeger (Team X) at or Ms Leya Hoenicke (Team XI) at or Rebecca Dengler (Team IV, Team V, and Savannakhet volunteer) at

There is an official immigration protocol, and flights are available. Details would be given in the interviews, or in an online consultation once you write us an email.

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

In order to cover the cost of the flights, PH Karlsruhe students can apply for a scholarship (“PROMOS Reisekostenzuschuss” or DAAD “Lehramt.International”), or apply to the AAA (International Office) for a travel grant (there will be one more Call for Applications for this). For more detailed information please contact the International Office of PHKA.
We also have the continued support of both the Lao Embassy in Berlin and the German Embassy in Laos for the immigration procedure.


Our current partners are Sunshine School, the Lao-German Technical College, the Vocational Education Development Institute, and Savannakhet University. You can find reports on previous volunteers’ work at these institutions on this blog. Just enter the name of the institution in the search window or select the tag from the “Tag list” under the tab “Blog”.

There are two places available at our partner institution Savannakhet University – these are preferably for graduates who completed their 2nd state exam, but potentially also eligible for anyone well-experienced in teaching or tutoring with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.
Partners are welcome here and can be found volunteer work, too, if they wish.
The next places are for the academic year 2021/22. (Shorter stays would need to be negotiated – the minimum duration is 1 term.)


PH Karlsruhe students can write Bachelor and Master theses within this project.
Research results are published on the blog in the “Language Education and Global Citizenship” series and also under “Research” (“Full-texts“).
Two new series on “Decolonise your mind, your language, and your teaching” and “Education for Sustainable Education & Global Justice” will follow this autumn and winter.

Note to students who have not yet taken any classes in didactics: Please apply at a later stage in your studies when you have gained more experience in and knowledge about teaching. It is also helpful to have done the ISP (Integrated Semester Practicum), but you are similarly qualified if you gained significant teaching experience in other areas, e.g. as a sports coach for children or teacher of German or another language for refugees.

To answer your questions and help you decide on your application or potential partner institution, please feel free to contact the International Office on StudIP/BBB (Julia Friedl) or Prof. Martin or one of the former volunteers by email.

Within this project, PH Karlsruhe students can also earn credit points in the Bachelor and Master programmes.

If you want internship credit, you need to
a) visit Dr Wagner in his office hour and
b) submit the necessary forms before departure.

EuLA students can also earn credit for their 20 teaching/working weeks abroad (in their 3rd, 4th, or 5th semester).

It helps to have visited Prof. Martin’s seminar “Global English(es), Global TEFL & Global Citizenship Education” for first orientation in teaching internationally and interculturally, decolonisation, and questions of global justice.


Places in Vientiane (October 2021 – January 2022, or February-March 2022):

Places in Savannakhet (October 2021 – June/July 2022 or until January):


Details about our more recent partners:

Sunshine School
Private school (Vientiane) and kindergarten (village in the jungle) with focus on ecology and yoga/meditation

– 1-2 places as from October at the private pre-, primary and secondary Sunshine School, Vientiane, accommodation & vegetarian lunches covered – read the report of our 2 volunteers who taught there in 2016/17 and check out Sunshine school on Facebook

University of Savannakhet
PH cooperation with the SKU
: the “PH KA volunteer programme” is funded by SKU and runs for 5-10 months each year (Sept-Jan, Feb-July).
Requirement for applications: Previous experience as an intern in the “Teaching English in Laos” project or otherwise professional experience, e.g. Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree or 2nd State Exam. SKU are also interested in teachers who teach English AND German, as they are planning to instal a new German Department. Check out previous volunteers’ reports on the blog by David Schrep and/or Rebecca Dengler.


For more general information on Laos visit the websites of the Auswaertiges Amt and the German Embassy in Vientiane or the English newspaper Vientiane Times.

Important note: 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. I. Martin (English Department) & J. Friedl (International Office), University of Education Karlsruhe

9 August 2021

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