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Testimonial from Laura Jane Paz Barrick

Having never participated in a volunteer project like this before, I wasn't sure what to expect - was the money I was spending worth it for 2 weeks? Was I really going to 'have an impact' in such a short period of time? The project exceeded expectations in every way.

I have recently returned from two fantastic weeks volunteering in Luang Prabang, Laos. My motivation for embarking on the project initially was to do something 'worthwhile' during a 3-month sabbatical I was taking from my job. Having never participated in a volunteer project like this before, I wasn't sure what to expect - was the money I was spending worth it for 2 weeks? Was I really going to 'have an impact' in such a short period of time? The project exceeded expectations in every way. I was teaching at 3 schools - two private English schools and a temple just outside Luang Prabang. The opportunity to teach a classroom of novice monks was an incredible experience. My students were fantastic, keen to learn and good fun. On my last day I was presented with handmade presents and since returning I have had a number of e-mails from my students asking to keep in touch and thanking me for 'being their teacher'. Whilst on the project I also had the opportunity to participate in the 'GVI Charitable Trust Challenge' which involved getting up every morning at 5am to give alms to monks in order to raise money for underprivileged children in Laos.  A fantastic experience! Luang Prabang itself was a stunning place to spend 2 weeks. A very relaxed atmosphere, a wonderful night market and very good massage parlours everywhere to indulge in a full body/foot massage after a day's teaching! I would thoroughly recommend this project to anyone. My only complaint was that I had to return to the UK so soon!

- Laura Jane Paz Barrick