Organic Garden and Farming. The organic garden is a central aspect of the SAE LAO Project and is vital to it’s long-term sustainability. In the long term we aim to make our restaurant and the projects entire food consumption 100% sustainable by growing all the rice (on our...Read More
One of the main goals of SAELAO is to develop the English skills of children in the local community, completely free of charge and run by the volunteers. There are many bright, eager students, who often travel far after school to attend the classes. Rain or shine, we always have...Read More
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Sae Lao is a sustainable development project located in Nathong Village, near the city of Vang Vieng, Laos. The project consists of a small organic farm, a farm-to-table restaurant, a community center that provides daily English classes, and a volunteer project for international visitors. Sengkeo Frichitthavong, a native of Vang Vieng, founded the project in 2008 and still oversees its operation.
The mission of the Sae Lao project is to provide a holistic model for sustainable development in order to manage natural resources in an efficient, effective, and equitable manner. The program is based on two key ideas:
One of the main goals of SAELAO is to develop the English skills of children in the local community, completely free of charge and run by the volunteers. There are many bright, eager students, who often travel far after school to attend the classes. Rain or shine, we always have some enthusiastic and committed students. Some of these young adults would love to continue studying after high school, but many cannot afford the University fees, cost of living or the cost of applying for University.
SAELAO is trying to assist these children by setting up a scholarship programme, helping students with the application process and providing any additional support that we can.
However, your help is needed. If you would like to assist in sponsoring these talented, dedicated children please donate to the SAE LAO project with the reference sponsorship.
There are profiles of each young adult who is hoping to go to University on this page. These are the people that your money will assist, giving them the chance at an education that may otherwise be out of their reach. A year at university varies between 1.5 and 5 million kip (about $200 to $650).
The project is located in pristine, green surrounds consisting of about 3 hectares, including a pond, forest and fields.
If you are planning to volunteer with us, once you arrive in Vang Vieng town make your way to the SAE LAO founder’s guesthouse where we will arrange transportation to the SAELAO Project. The guesthouse is called Sengkeo Guesthouse, located on the main road of Vang Vieng next to Sisoumang temple (located on 193-HJ onthe Vang Vieng map).
Alternatively, you can catch a tuk-tuk from Vang Vieng to the Blue Lagoon, which is located next to Sae Lao. Tuk-tuks are quite expensive and cost about 150,000 kip for a whole group (approximately US$20).