Day 3 – Sunday in Laos
We took off from the smoky bustling city in Luang Prabang and took a 2.5 hour trip to a small village in the Seung Cheung Valley River where we will be staying for 3 nights. The villagers welcomed us with lovely local vibrant flowers after our tiresome ride down twisty roads. In groups of 3, we were assigned to a homestay house and got to settle in before lunch. The first meal was great, it was amazing.
In the hot afternoon, we got straight into the project work. We learned how to mix cement to make a new toilet for the school that was nearby the village. The school housed 800+ students but only had one toilet with two stalls. We gathered cement powder, sand, gravel, and water to make the foundation of the toilet. The day was quite tough because you had to mix cement with gravel, sand, and cement all together with shovels and hoes. It was easier said than done. After the project work, we went straight back to the village to relax, to interact with villagers, and talk with the hosts.
After the tiring day, we ate dinner and prepared for the night event. The primary school children performed a dance for us and we later performed two songs for the village. We later on played some games such as a stick game where you can’t make the stick fall while listening to commands. After some games, we learned a friendship dance with the villagers; a group of people in twos circle and they spin occasionally.
After the night events, we went back to the homestay houses and slept after a long and eventful day.
Authors: Joanne, Gywneth, Tiffany