I am feeling like I was a part of the Laos community. As I spent 12 weeks with The Green Lion Laos, I was very familiar with the local team, the rotation of participants, and unexpectedly also the people of Luangprabang.
Being greeted with smiles from the school children every day, having bars know my drink order, even the morning market butcher knowing what cut of pork I wanted, often without being able to understand one another.
This familiarity and feeling like I was part of the community was amazing. For first-timers, don’t think too hard about the outcome of your time spent here.
I think we all do something like this for different reasons and there will be many surprises along the way. But the certain outcome is a new perspective, whether of yourself, your home country, or the place you served.
Offering your time and skills without any expectation of anything back is the most selfless thing you can ever do and with this, no matter what, you will grow positively as a person.