My last and final post wrapping up my summer travels is about Luang Prabang, Laos. Immediately upon arrival we noticed how kind and friendly all of the locals were. We quickly fell in love with this sleepy little town..
One afternoon Carrie and I were shopping and met a man named Michael. He was in the shop giving the workers English lessons.
Michael invited us to his house for his advanced English lesson that night. We knew this was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up. We made arrangements and before we knew it we were on the back of two of his students bikes’ headed to his house.
On our way to Michael’s house I chatted with the student driving me, Her. I was immediately impressed with his English. Once I complimented him, he told me that Michael had helped him get a scholarship to a United World College School in the Netherlands. He was just home for the summer and visiting Michael and the rest of his friends.
We arrive at Michael’s house – which turns out also to be where a lot of the students live. Michael not only teaches these kids English, he houses and feeds them.
We sat down at the front of their classroom facing a class full of boys from the ages of 15-25. They had smiles on their faces and were eager to get to know us. We talked to them about where we are from, where we live and what we like about Laos. The boys asked us questions we were happy to answer. We had an opportunity to also ask them questions.
I asked, “Why are you here? Why do you want to learn English?” Michael then called on some boys and we heard about the ways that English is improving their lives. Most of them are working towards becoming fluent English speakers so they can get better jobs to help provide for their families.
These boys are a true inspiration.
They work so hard every day to better the lives of themselves and their families.
Carrie and I left and knew that we had to do something to help.
We have so much in our lives. We have more than we need. We are so fortunate to be able to travel and see the way in which others live.
I’m asking YOU to help. Help Michael, his program and these boys as they work towards bettering their lives. Any amount you can give would be appreciated.