Laos - Buffalo Tours


In our world of growing inequality, it is becoming even more imperative that students gain global and cultural competencies to impact issues such as access to clean water, sanitation, environmental protection and health promotion. Our Action Research learning journeys take your students into the heart of community development to perform inquiry based learning requiring a high degree of adaptability to different cultural contexts, build confidence, creativity and collaboration while tackling some of our world’s most pressing issues.

Location: Pak Xeng Regional High

Pak Xeng Regional High, 84 km (approx. 3.5 hrs) from Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. Pak Xeng Regional High School serves over 20 outlying villages with many students walking more than 3+ hours to attend classes. The school has 821 students of ethnic minority comprising upland and highland people. Over 300 students live at school in self-made bamboo huts without toilets nor clean water. They do all their own cooking, cleaning and other chores without any supervision. In other words, they have to live independently and survive on their own.

Laos - Buffalo Tours
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  • Conduct action research at Pak Xeng Regional High School in Lao PDR to discover the links between ‘access to water’, sanitation, health and education.
  • Explore and discover your world and yourself, while helping Pak Xeng students gain a better understanding of Global Citizenship, Life Long Learning and ‘how to take advantage of new opportunities’.
  • Live and learn in a rural community setting together with the students of Pak Xeng High School.

Student Outcomes

  • Students are exposed to practical concepts and ethical issues relevant to community development issues
  • Students identify and solve problems through creativity, inquiry, critical and cultural understanding
  • Students build confidence, enthusiasm and a sense of achievement through engagement and experimentation with a range of research methods and techniques in unfamiliar environments and cultures
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