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English Language & Teacher Trainer

Vientiane Laos

10 Months | Start Date between Feb - Apr 2019

Location Chanthabouly, Laos

Start Date  Feb - Apr 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 10 Months

Language Requirements English

English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5

Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role


Cuso International is seeking a dynamic and experienced English as a Second Language (ESL) Trainer to help strengthen the language skills of government officials working in key ministries and agencies in Lao PDR. Through this placement with the Institute of Foreign Affairs, you will play a leadership role in developing and updating the training materials and curriculum for various courses, including English language. You will also have the opportunity to support Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) training initiatives for local staff, helping to ensure the sustainability of your contributions in the long-term while increasing the capacity of key staff and the organization as a whole.

To achieve these objectives, the volunteer will provide instruction to English as a second Language student with the objective of improving student competencies in spoken English, listening comprehension, reading proficiency and writing abilities, as well as cross-cultural awareness and understanding.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Design lesson plans, developing appropriate in-class activities to address students’ needs and abilities;

- Encourage student participation and supporting individual efforts, monitoring and evaluating student progress and producing related reports;

- Work collaboratively with teaching team to improve the training program suitable to second language instruction with diverse leaners;

- Conduct skills assessments; design lesson plans for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels; monitor and evaluate student capabilities and progress; mentor Lao teacher and create a student-centered learning environment;

- Facilitate learning opportunities for Lao teacher to improve their teaching skills and English language proficiency, such as providing feedback and assistance in lesson planning, document preparation and communication skills;

- Contribute and participate in curriculum development, designing new class activities and demonstrate lesson planning and delivery, including adapting existing materials to meets the needs of students with limited English proficiency;

- Incorporate Cuso and IFA learning goals and objectives into lesson plans and daily interactions with students and colleagues;

- Contribute and participate in Cuso Program Office meetings and workshops;

- Undertake special projects as required. e.g. Assess and evaluate candidates for IFA’s Diplomat Interns program e.g. Interpreting skills workshop, etc.

- Identify gender mainstreaming activities and initiatives that directly tackle issues relating to inclusion (people with disabilities, indigenous minority groups, and people living with HIV/AIDS).

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- Post-secondary training in education or English language teaching or related field.

Essential Professional Background:

- Experience in teaching English as a second language

- Experience in developing lesson plans.

- Experience with mentoring, tutoring and supporting skills acquisition

About Our Partner


Institute of Foreign Affairs

Established in 1993, the Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) is an academic research institution under the supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Institute has two main tasks:

  • To conduct strategic studies and research on foreign policies and international relations with a view to contributing to the provision of recommendations and alternatives for the formulation and implementation of Lao foreign policy aimed at promoting peace, independence, friendship and cooperation amongst the countries of the region and the world; and
  • Planning and training diplomats, government officials and individuals from the private sectors at both central and provincial levels in international relations, diplomatic skills and foreign languages.

The Institute is also tasked with expanding cooperative relations with research and academic institutions of foreign countries with a view to developing technical and educational cooperation, exchanging information, knowledge and research findings and engaging in the Track II process.

The Institute is a member of the ASEAN Institute for Strategic and International Studies (ASEAN-ISIS) and is the national coordinator for the Network of East Asian Think Tanks (NEAT) and approaches Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) projects.


Terms and Conditions


Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.


Support Package

- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)

- Accommodation while in placement

- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs

- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance

- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation

- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend

- Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)

- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return

- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).

- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation

- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months



We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.



Depending on the nature of the placement, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work while they are in placement.


Residency and Citizenship  



The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.

We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for assessment and training, as applicable.



Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.

By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to an assessment day, training course, international placement or other Cuso International related travel.

You  must  check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:

  • Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
  • Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.