Friday, July 13, 2012

Mid Year Update - a BIG 2012

Can’t believe it’s July already – well, except that it’s really hot, humid and the river levels are creeping higher up the banks daily!

We’ve had a big, dynamic first half of 2012 with continued growt
h, success and always new changes on the Laos programs. The rest of the year looks set to have loads of exciting new things to:

Field Staff departing after approximately 15 months in-country and new staff coming onboard with their ideas
• A Construction Project to commence mid-August
• Our Charitable Trust alms-giving Challenge will run from 20th – 24th August to raise much needed funds for the newly expanded aims of the Charitable Trust in Laos
• An expanding range of temple schools – we’re continuing on at Wat Pasaviet (a staple fave of past volunteers!), the novice primary school Wat Mano, our village temple Wat Na Xang, along with an exciting new partnership with a brand new novice school at Wat Pak Ou. Keep an eye on the blog for updates as we kick off the next academic year there in July.
• New partnerships with Lao teachers, along with extra training and professional development opportunities
• The new 6 month Internship on the Teaching Children program will kick off in the third quarter!
• A new combination volunteering option, partnering projects in Thailand and Laos along with some awesome side trips....Laos is looking at a cooking course and an off-the-beaten path waterfalls and villages trip. Keep an eye out for the start of that one late in 2012.

A BIG 6 months indeed! GVI Laos continues to be a success with volunteers, students and our Lao community partners, and we’re proud to say our achievements and developments keep mounting.

Watch the blog for exciting updates over the coming months to learn all about GVI Laos in 2012.