EEFA organizes FREE English classes for children, teenagers and adults in the North and West areas of Vang Vieng. Classes are taught by foreign and local volunteers. In addition to teaching, volunteers create lesson plans and themes, and evaluate their students in order to give the students a well-rounded English education and at the same time learn about their environment.
As previously mentioned, English classes are taught in two locations:
Vang Vieng North
Classes in Vang Vieng North primarily consist of students from the villages of Phoudindaeng. The classes are based and taught at the primary school in Phoudindaeng. We offer three class sessions, currently there are more than 200 students registered to Join our afternoon classes:
1. Afternoon classes from Monday thru Friday 17:00 – 19:00
These afternoon classes that are taught by foreign and local volunteers. Students sign up for the English class in addition to their regular formal education. We offer class five levels, Beginner to Level 5.
Vang Vieng WestClasses in Vang Vieng West largely consist of students from Nathong village and the surrounding near by village . EEFA started teaching in this area in February 2009. Students are taught English from 17:00 – 18:00 and 18:00 – 19:00 in the community center at the SAELAO Project in Nathong.
The Vang Vieng West location does not have many classes and we would love to extend the English program for the local children and teenagers in this area but expansion is dependent on the amount of volunteers that we have at the moment.
Community Center in Nathong:
Currently we are trying to complete a community center in Vang Vieng West, Nathong village where we can not only extend our English classes but also give the local villagers a space to organize other activities. This community center will be built using sustainable materials such as mud bricks and used glass bottles. The construction of the community center has already began and is currently being funded by a Lao-French partnership called SAELAO which was started by Sengkeo Frichitthavong and his French investor Anais Maumet. The land was donated by SAELAO.
EEFA provided money for the roof. As soon as the floor is finished we will move the English classes to this building since we no longer have enough space to accommodate our students at the restaurant. Below are a few photos of the construction of the community center.
New School In Phoudindaeng (2010)
Three main ethnic groups live in Phoudindaeng: Lao Loum, Hmong and Khamu. Since Lao Loum is the official language, Hmong and Khamu children begin school at a disadvantage and typically fall behind Lao Loums in school, who already speak the official language. In order to close the learning gap, EEFA built three classrooms in the village of Phoudindaeng where they did not have primary schools. Our goal for building this school was to provide a preparation school where the children can learn the country’s official language: Lao Loum. In this school, the teachers concentrate on the the Lao language to ensure that the Hmong and Khamu children do not fall behind among their Lao Loum friends. Many thanks to Laat Laos Leren (LLL) from Belgium who funded this project. Additional thanks to the Vang Vieng Education Office for donating the land and organizing the educational aspects of the school.
EEFA Office (2008)
Before the EEFA office was built English classes were being planned and organized in the Organic Farm’s office. This office was unable to provide a practical space to extend EEFA’s future projects so Mr. T decided to separate offices and by the end of 2008 we installed an office for EEFA. The office is used only for the Organic Farm’s EEFA projects. We are very grateful to Laat Laos Leren (LLL) from Belgium who funded 3,000 USD for the project. With this fund, we bought two new computers, a printer, a laminator and furniture.
New Classrooms In Phonpeng (2008)
In the beginning of 2008 we built three new classrooms in a school located in Phonpeng village. These new classrooms were built to replace three older classrooms that were in a bad condition. We are once again very grateful to Laat Laos Leren (LLL) from Belgium who completely funded this project.