Laos is one of the least developed countries in South East Asian block of countries. There are only a limited number of long term jobs in Laos, which accounts for the small expatriate community living in the country full time. The biggest drawback of living in the country is associated with the lack of modern facilities and infrastructure. But what it lacks in modern facilities, it more than makes up for in terms of natural beauty, very friendly and welcoming population, no pollution, relaxed environment and low cost of living. To stay for a longer duration learning the local language becomes essential.
One of the few job opportunities open to foreigners is that of teaching English in Laos. School are usually desperate for English teachers and at times even hotels employ foreigners to teach the language to their staff. Tutoring English is another possibility, but you will need to knock on some doors for this option to materialize. Laos work permits are difficult to get a hold of, unless you are employed by one of the few NGOs operating in the country.
The abundant jobs in Laos are usually unpaid. However, if you are seeking employment to see a country, experience culture or relax and not to save up, then there are options in Vang Vieng. A backpacker inclined town, featuring inner tubing, kayaking equipped with rope swings, and oversized decks for socializing. Unpaid jobs are available here. In exchange for a few hours of work on the owner’s premises, the employee gets accommodation, food and drinks (namely alcohol), and all the opportunities for tubing in a rubber ring down the Nam Song River you can imagine.