Thursday, August 14, 2008

SAIL: Study Abroad In Laos 2009

Program Dates: June 15 - August 10, 2009

The Center for Lao Studies (CLS) is sponsoring its first ever Summer Study Abroad in Laos (SAIL) program in 2009 at the Lao-American College in Vientiane.

The comprehensive program offers participants a unique opportunity to intensively study the Lao language, Lao history and culture and augment their academics with cultural exposure trips and volunteer experience with an international nongovernmental organization (NGO).

During the eight-week program, SAIL students will spend three hours a day in classroom language training, and pair up with a Lao partner to further improve their speaking skills and listening comprehension.

Students will also participate in an elective course, such as Environmental Studies or ASEAN Economic Development, several times a week. Outside the classroom, the program leader will facilitate cultural activities and discussions with local artisans and teachers on topics such as textile weaving, agriculture and Buddhism, as well as guided trips to many of Laos' most important sites.

The learning experience will be completed through the volunteer program: four to ten hours a week working with a Vientiane-based NGO.

This part of the program allows students to utilize and contribute their own skills and talents to the work of a development organization, as well as learn about efforts and strategies to strengthen economic and social systems in Laos.

Deadline for applications is March 15, 2009. For complete program details, please see the SAIL brochure on the website: or contact Samantha Miller at

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