Where we work / Laos

Although Laos has a small population of about 6.8 million people, it has approximately 160 people groups.

Laos

Laos is a tropical country located in Southeast Asia. It borders Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Although Laos has a small population of about 6.8 million people, it has approximately 160 people groups. Our teachers in Laos constantly rave about the warmth and hospitality that the Lao locals are known for.

In 1996, at the invitation of the Ministry of Finance in Vientiane, ELIC sent a pioneering team of three teachers into Laos, officially known as Lao PDR. Our English teaching teams are an integral part of the university campus education programs. We currently have teams at universities in the cities of Vientiane, Pakse, Luang Prabang, Savannakhet, and Phonsavan. As respected faculty members, we have the privilege of teaching English to local residents, government officials, current and future educators, and the top students from virtually every province in the country. Be a part of this exciting opportunity to educate and be an influential part in the lives of the beautiful people of Laos.

frequently asked

questions

How many hours per week will I work?

Teachers work weekday mornings and afternoons, for a variable number of hours daily and weekly. This schedule runs from early September to mid-June with various holidays and breaks throughout the year.

What is the working relationship like with other faculty and teachers?

Our teachers often spend time with other colleagues at school functions, school meetings, and even outside the school setting.

What is the student demographic?

We primarily teach university students and find them to be very welcoming, eager to learn, and engaging.

What will my first week look like? How will you help me get my life overseas started?

Teachers spend much of the first week setting up their apartment. They also learn to use tuk tuks, buses, and taxis while getting to know the city. They will likely explore some markets, hang out with the team, and find places to eat both in their neighborhood and in the downtown areas.

What does ongoing professional/personal development look like?

We focus teachers’ personal and professional development around the accountability that comes through genuine and authentic community with their team. The city team leader serves as a guide in these areas, making sure each team member has what they need through support and guidance to grow in whatever stage of life they are in.

What is it like to raise a family overseas?

Laos highly values families. Families with Team Laos are often quickly welcomed into Lao and expat communities because of this. Students often find comfort in building relationships with families (especially with lots of kids) because they are often far away from their own families and desperately long for that family atmosphere.

What are some things I might do to contribute to my team if my spouse is teaching, but I’m not?

There are many important roles for non-teaching spouses. There is no shortage of opportunities for hospitality, engaging with people who want to practice English, or providing a listening ear. Hospitality is also highly valued with meals, game nights and other outings. Our non-teaching spouses put deep roots down in the local communities around campus as much as their varied responsibilities as a homeschool teacher, parent, spouse, and teammate allow.

We currently have one non-teaching spouse in Laos who serves as the business manager for the country and as a city team leader.

What kind of housing will I have? How far away are housing options from the school and other teammates?

Our team will help find housing for all new teachers. Typically teachers stay in a guesthouse for the first three to six weeks. We know living out of a suitcase is exhausting, so your teammates will work to get you into a home as soon as possible. In some cases, your housing will already be chosen for you and you can move in upon arrival. No matter where you live, you will be immersed in your community and embraced by the people you interact with daily.

What is the team structure like? How often are formal meetings, and what do they entail?

Our teams in Laos meet about once a week to encourage one another, talk about life, and grow together. Informally, teams interact regularly to share life together, share meals, and hang out together with friends.