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What we say: 4 stars

Big Brother Mouse
Main office beside 3 Nagas Restaurant, T: (071) 254 937
Meet some young Lao writers and illustrators at Big Brother Mouse and help them proofread their next storybook. In a country where books are a luxury, this Lao non-profit publishes children's stories in both Lao and English to encourage reading. Stop by their office to see some of their work, or sponsor a book party. Books cost $1-3 and make great souvenirs or gifts to give children if you're heading into the countryside. Daily English teaching opportunities exist as well. Attend a morning or evening session and you could find yourself helping locals and novice monks with conversation.

My Library
Emphasis at My Library isn't only on books or English studies. My Library provides a unique space that fosters learning. Since 2003 it has been an evolving experiment for local students to study anything, from computers and software to conducting science experiments, learning Japanese and Final Cut Pro. You can't volunteer but if you have a used but working digital camera or laptop you can donate, they would be put to excellent use. Or plan ahead and bring a donation of microscopes, science kits, puzzles and thinking games. See the complete donation wish list or ways you can participate:

Community Learning International at Luang Prabang Library
Not to be confused with My Library or Big Brother Mouse, if you have a few hours you can drop into Luang Prabang Library, centrally located on Sisavangvong Road across from Wat Mai, and teach English, French or another language. You can also purchase books and learning supplies that will be distributed to children. Or with a generous donation, you can take a trip on one of their “book boats” taking Lao books to villages along the river.

Last updated: 11th June, 2014

About the author:
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer & photographer living in Laos since 2011. She's the author of So Many Miles, her blog about diving in, discovering and creating a narrative about the world, one story and adventure at a time.
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