A DREAM... IN PROGRESS
from 20 students in a team room
to a school with 500 students
“ I strongly believe that the most sustainable way of developing the young people of Laos and helping them break out of the poverty cycle, is by improving their English. In today’s world, English is essential. It opens doors to new opportunities for the Laos people . ”
Mr. Soumsouk CHITTAKEO , founder of English Club Laos
2013 : English Club Laos was created by Mr. SOMSOUK
“After spending 9 years working in the tourism industry and earning for my family, I wanted to do something to help the young people around me … help them to get a better life and do the same for their family.”
Mr. Somsouk began with a small operation, teaching English, with the help of English-speaking volunteers. Classes were held in the evenings , in the local Buddhist temples, schools and libraries. The program was so successful among the young Laotians that Mr. Somsouk had to run classes full-time. I
2015: Creation of the English Club Laos Website
In July 2015, Mr. Somsouk launched a website for English Club Laos to encourage volunteers to join and contribute to the English teaching program.
2017 : Renting classrooms from the Buddhist school building at Wat Siphoutthabhat temple.
In June 2017, the school counted approximately 100 students coming regularly for learning English. Mr. Somsouk rented classrooms from the Wat Siphoutthabhat, a Buddhist temple in the centre of Luang Prabang and recruited 2 full-time Lao teachers to assist him.
TODAY : English Club Laos runs English classes full-time from 08:30 to 19:30 at Wat Siphoutthabhat.
English Club Laos runs English classes full-time from 08:30 to 19:30 at Wat Siphoutthabhat.
The quality and popularity of the English classes generated word-of-mouth, and in summer over 500 students enroll for classes, most of them coming from the poor villages of the surrounding provinces, to learn English during the school holidays.
The school currently runs full-time with 6 Lao teachers. The teachers are assisted by English-speaking volunteers and at times, walk-in tourists, who are happy to help and contribute for a short while to improving the life of the young Laotians by teaching English.
About the founder
Mr. Somsouk CHITTAKEO is a native of Luang Prabang. He graduated from the Luang Prabang Teacher Training College in 2005. After 9 years as a teacher, he joined the local tourism industry, working as an operator.
He is married, and has two children.
Since 2013, he has dedicated his professional life and energy to teaching English to the poor young people, novices and monks of Luang Prabang