Photo: My Library provides a space to foster learning .

Giving back

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There are several organisations in Luang Prabang quietly doing good work on the ground to help those most in need. Here’s how to give back a little something to the town.

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In a country where books are an absolute luxury, Lao organisation Big Brother Mouse publishes a whole range of children’s stories in the Lao language. Visitors can buy books that will be distributed to villages, or they can sponsor a whole book party for a rural school, an event that gets children excited about reading and learning. The “book store” display is helpful in guiding which are appropriate for who. For example, you can grab a 80,000 kip pack of six books ideal for a rural village, beginner reader or as a tip for a waiter. We’re especially fans of giving out their books on hygiene and nutrition when travelling in rural Laos. Books cost US$1-3 and are wonderful to have if you’re heading into small villages—please, give books instead of lollies.

Eschew plastic and help My Library at the same time. Photo taken in or around Giving back, Luang Prabang, Laos by Cindy Fan.

Eschew plastic and help My Library at the same time. Photo: Cindy Fan

A popular programme is their daily sessions where travellers from all walks of life can drop in (no need to reserve) and converse with locals eager to practise their English and learn about people from around the world. This is a great way for visitors to gain insight about life in Laos. The programme is especially popular with local students and novices and we’ve met several people in the hospitality industry who perfected their spoken English from these Big Brother Mouse sessions. They are held every day (except holidays) from 09:00-11:00 and 17:00-19:00. You don’t have to bring anything, but pictures of your family or country are great conversation starters. Find the office in the peninsula, Ban Vat Nong village beside 3 Nagas Restaurant. On the main street, turn at 3 Nagas towards the Mekong; T: ... Travelfish members only (Around 1,000 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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