|1 hours 30 mins|
|09:00 AM - 11:00 AM|
|First-time visit Second-time visit|
Big Brother Mouse is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Big Brother Mouse is special ?
Big Brother Mouse publishes books that make literacy fun, for children in Laos. Then, the rural book parties make it even more fun. Big Brother Mouse is based in Luang Prabang, Laos.
This is the first children’s book publishers to make books in Lao with English translations. Not only do they create this rarity found in Lao, but they also have an outreach program that goes to schools in the countryside to give out books and create libraries. Help support their cause and stop in to buy some books to take home. They have many western classics along with traditional Lao tales. A story book in Lao and English would make for a great show and tell.
What to explore at Big Brother Mouse?
If you're traveling in Laos, buy books at one of our shops, and take them when you go to villages. When you buy a set of books, they'll provide advice and suggestions about the most appropriate ways to distribute them. In the towns and cities, give books as tips, to local college students who are working in hotels and restaurants. Take home some bilingual books as attractive and unusual gifts.
Bring an educational toy or game (as explained on the What they Need page), help the staff learn about it, then leave it, so they can help others understand and enjoy it.
If you're in Luang Prabang, you can help young adults with English conversation practice.
How to get to Big Brother Mouse?
It takes 12 mins driving from Luang Prabang International Airport.
- Good way to learn more about Laos people
- Great place for kid's development
- Good chance to communicate with many people
- Good place for people all of ages
- Meaningful activity
Sisavangvong Rd, Luang Prabang, Laos
Tips for you
I thought I would share my experience at Big Brother Mouse volunteering teaching English for a couple of hours. I found out about Big Brother Mouse via another traveller's forum post and my boyfriend and I decided to give it a go. Big Brother Mouse has oppurtunities for foreigners to come to their store between 9am and 11am to 'teach' english to any local laos people wanting to learn. I would say converse rather than teach in my experience. The bst way to describe it is a local 'drop in centre' for those wishing to learn or practice their english - speaking, reading and writing. In my job back home I teach undergraduate studenst so doing this was easy. My boyfriend has no teaching experience whatsoever but he found it very easy to converse with his group. We arrived at the store just after 9am and asked if they needed volunteers - the staff were very happy to have us! We first had a young man who was studying politics at college. He's English was very good and he was reading the newspaper in english to learn the current events of his country. We spoke about the government structure in Australia and Laos and I learnt he was also learning to speak Japanese. By 930am a gtoup of 6 young boys came in and sag with us. We spoke to each oher in English, they asked how to prononuce some words, spelling, grammer and they were very interested in Australian culture. In return they taught me some lao words and discjssed lao culture - from school to how to become a monk! The boys were all very friendly, very keen to learn and were very appreciative in our time with them. I had my camera and phone with me so I was able to ahow them pictures of my family. One young man told me that he had no english skills prior to coming to Big Brother Mouse, but after 3 months he was picking up some words. Now, he is in college , learning to become a teacher so he can teach english to people in his village. He said that he still comes to Big Brother Mouse because it changed his life. I really enjoyed this experience, we spent the full 3 hrs there and it went by fast! It may not be for everyone and may be nerve racking for beginners but after a couple of minutes you find the conversations flow freely and easily. It made me appreciate the English langauge more, how valuable it can be to one person and it also made me think about the use of the english langauge, my spelling and reading skills! If you want to do something a bit diffent in laos then this is an easy programme to get started in. Or if you've always wondered what teaching english may be like this is a good start as it's not formal. This is definatly an experience I wont forget :-) There is a website for big brother mouse and they are located in the main city of luang prabang.
9am - 11am: have a great morning chatting with novice monks.