Scholarships and Support for students in Laos

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Dear Supporter,

Recently, the graduation ceremony for the Year 3, 2012-2013 students was held. This special event held in the Performance Centre of the Luang Prabang Museum is a significant day for the Xayadeth students. After studying for 3 years part-time and upon successful completion of assessments, the graduating students received a Diploma of English.

GVI assisted with the students education at Xayadeth include volunteers ctively observing students’ learning and address gaps in students’ knowledge. GVI volunteers are taught in their training sessions to consider teaching techniques that encourage maximum participation and challenge for all students in all language areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening and through the support of Trust donors, we have an extensive range of resources and text books to support the set curriculum of Xayadeth College.

I hope you will join the GVI Charitable Trust in congratulating the graduating students of 2013. We hope that these students’ lives are enhanced by the teaching and support they received from GVI volunteers and donors.

Thank you for making a difference this year for these students. We hope to continue with your support and see more students graduate next year!

All the best

Sophie Birkett


Dear supporter, 

Fishponds and floorboards were the order of the day for our construction volunteers during July 2013!

The School for the Deaf requested that GVI assist several of its students to build an extra fish pond 5m x 3m. GVI was thrilled to offer this unique experience of working alongside Lao students who have deafness to our 2 British female construction volunteers. 

The School for the Deaf in Luang Prabang teaches its students both the standard Secondary School Curriculum and a life skills program. It aims to ensure that its students are both educated and trained in practical skills before they return to their villages at the end of their period of time with the School. The students raise several species of fish which serve as food for them and they hope to eventually be able to sell mature fish as an income earner for the many expenses the school incurs.The second construction project was less glamorous but necessary and long overdue. A skilled volunteer undertook the challenging job of repairing and replacing broken floor boards in the classrooms and administration room of the Primary School for Novices at Wat Mano.

This completed job now means that the Novices’ or Teachers’ feet aren’t in danger of slipping through the holes! Thank you for supporting this project

Many thanks

Sophie Birkett


The 2012-2013 school year has come to an end at Wat Mano Primary School. Since September we have taught English to 26 young novice monks and 1 lay student “Mr. Johnny”. The students began the year with no prior English language knowledge but have as much eagerness to learn as we see in all of our other temple schools. These students are aged 10 to 14 years old and come from several temples throughout Luang Prabang.

This past year the students were lucky enough to have two renovated classrooms thanks to a former GVI construction volunteer. Shiny new whiteboards, enough textbooks to go around, 8 computers along with educational activities, brand new desks and benches make for happy teaching volunteers and happy students. On Mondays the students work on English based computer activities supervised by our Lao staff Mr. Sipheng. Mondays through Fridays, Mr. Sipheng, Molly, a GVI staff member and 4 volunteers teach English in the new classrooms.

The last day at Wat Mano was activity day so the novices practiced prepositions such as “in, on and under” with a wooden train set donated by a former volunteer. The novices and Lao teacher went wild over their first time playing with a train set. After the activities were finished Molly thanked the students for their hard work while the volunteers handed out soy milks to everyone. Special jelly drinks were given to the students who had completed their homework and attended class every day. We are very proud of our young novices at Wat Mano Primary School and we are already looking forward to returning to teach after the summer holiday.

Thank you again for supporting this project. Did you know about GlobalGiving's Bonus Day? Today, on June 12th 2013 from 9am EST till funds run out, GlobalGiving will be matching all donations to this project at 50%. Please consider sharing our story and helping us to make an additional difference today. 

All the best

Sophie Birkett

GVI Charitable Trust manager


Hello, I am Novice Jailee. I am 17 years old. I am from a very poor farmer’s family. I have been living in the Pasaviet Temple since 2009. WOW! I am going to tell you some people who are special to me. I call them volunteer teachers. They are very talented and kind. Thank you so much for being wonderful teachers. I will remember them all forever. I have really enjoyed studying with you all. They have taught me so much. My English has improved a lot. I would like to say thank you so much for sending your volunteers to teach English in Pasa Viet and for being kind. Thanks a lot for helping us to learn English and being kind all the time. I wish you all the best for the New Year. May all your dreams come true.

Novice Jailee has been one of GVI Laos students for the 3 years that volunteers have been teaching at Wat Pasa Viet


Do you remember when you discovered the joy of reading? The power of a book to open doors to another world?

A proud achievement of GVI Laos for December 2012 was the installation of a small library in one of our classrooms at Wat Pasa Viet. A plan made between Satu Porgi, the late and respected Abbot of Wat Pasa Viet and the Manager of Laos GVI to establish a library at the temple has been fulfilled on a small scale at this stage. Whilst starting off small with one cane bookshelf stocked with reference, non-fiction and fiction books kindly donated by GVI volunteers, this small beginning sets the scene of things to come. Novice Jailee, a conscientious student and Novice holds the position of Head Librarian with Novice Jasmin being the assistant librarian.Most students in Laos learn to read from a teacher with a blackboard. The school may have some shared textbooks, but many children have never seen a book. Certainly they've never owned one, and they've never had a chance to discover the fun and power of reading. Wat Pasa Viet Novices are now the custodians of over 80 books. GVI Laos is proud of this achievement that increases the capacity for success in expanding the future opportunities of our students.



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Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Location: Exeter, Devon - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Kate Robey
St Albans, Herts United Kingdom

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