Volunteering in Laos

At the heart of mainland Southeast Asia, Laos is a lush land-locked country bordered by Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, and China.

The mighty Mekong River flows along much of Laos' western border, serving as the country’s primary conduit for goods and people for thousands of years.

Living standards in Laos have improved over recent years, but significant development challenges remain. While the benefits of economic growth have aided many, for those isolated by geographical, gender, or ethnic factors, these improvements often remain out of reach.

Australia has a long history of successful development cooperation with Laos. In 2017, the two countries celebrated 65 years of unbroken diplomatic relations.

The Australian Volunteers Program is guided by the Australian Government’s Aid Investment Plan for Laos as well as retaining the flexibility to respond to emerging priorities.

Volunteer assignments focus on a range of development issues, including:

  • education
  • human resource development policy and implementation
  • economic growth and trade
  • natural resources management
  • agriculture
  • health

Volunteer assignments are concentrated in Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Pakse, Savannakhet and Salavan.