Big Brother Mouse

Big Brother Mouse, Luang Prabang: Hours, Address, Big Brother Mouse Reviews: 5/5

Big Brother Mouse
5
Lessons & Workshops • Educational sites
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
About
Help eager young Lao students practice their English through informal conversation. Learn more about their lives and culture, and tell about yours. (Free 2-hour drop-in practice, 9:00-11:00 am and 5:00-7:00 pm.)
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Rouen, France2 contributions
Mar. 2020
I've fallen in love with Big Brother Mouse association, with its curious and adorable students, its kind staff, and the special and great atmosphere of the place. You can go there to talk with students who want to improve their english level, and get to know them and their culture at the same time. It's the perfect way to give some of your time during your trip, to thank the Laotian community back for their kindness ! You can go there everyday on the morning (from 9 to 11am) and the evening (from 5 to 7pm).
Written 19 April 2020
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milliesmum2016
Christchurch, New Zealand1,809 contributions
Jan. 2020
Spending time at Big Brother Mouse is such a cool thing to do because it's so helpful and a truly reciprocal experience for all parties. Essentially, Big Brother Mouse which is right in town in LP, provides a meeting point fpr students and travellers so that the students can practice their English and travellers can learn a bit about local life. I spent a couple of hours here and learned such a lot from from the students and kids I got talking to. It was really fun and very congenial. You don't book, just arrive and you'll be matched up with someone to talk to. Stay as long as you like. Happens every evening between 5pm and 7pm. NIce work!
Written 26 February 2020
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Rick B
British Columbia, Canada126 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Couples
I was approached by 3 young men while cooling my heels at the night market. They explained they were students at Big Brother Mouse and asked if I would talk to them for awhile. We had a good chat for half an hour. I learned so much about them and their dreams of a better life. My wife joined us after her shopping.

All 3 were in high school and their English was pretty darn good already. In the course of conversation I was able to show them some new things. They were very polite and so eager to learn. What a great experience! I came away feeling good about helping in a small way and energized for the future of those young men.

Our itinerary won't work to go to the school but if I had longer in Luang Prabang I would love to visit and spend more time with such a worthwhile project.
Written 26 February 2020
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NswAustraliaDidi
NSW AUSTRALIA1,196 contributions
Feb. 2020
Such a wonderful program, stop and have a chat, it is so worthwhile. I can assure you that you will gain/learn much more than you give/teach. Time passes quickly and you
leave feeling “warm and fuzzy” pleased that you stopped, shared and conversed with a young Laotian.
Written 24 February 2020
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Boomeranger
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK509 contributions
Jan. 2020
We were walking along the road and we were approached by a French man and he asked if we would give up 1/2 hour to help Laos locals in conversation English. We duly did . It was a lovely experience talking to these students of all ages and Buddhist monks and helping them in their conversation English ( which was very good). 1 hour later we left . They were very grateful and we enjoyed helping them
Written 23 February 2020
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R_TheReader
Rio de Janeiro, RJ487 contributions
Jan. 2020
Big Brother Mouse started as an effort to print books in Laos (there were none before) but evolved into different activities. I spent some time browsing the books - there is one describing the wall decorations at Wat Xiengthong that if a beauty - but I will focus my review on the most inspiring of these activities.

If you speak English (even with an accent) you can volunteer two hours of your time to help local young people just by talking to them.

I did this, and I was profoundly impacted by it. I learned more about Laos in those two hours than in the rest of the four days I spent in the town. I talked to eight young men with very different levels of understanding. The orientations I received were simple and sufficient - no need to teach, just talk to the people.

So for each conversation there was a different rhythm - slow, with gestures, with some to make sure they understood, or at normal speed or even faster with the ones who were fluent. Each conversation took a different path. They usually started with the expected where are you from, how long I was in Laos, where do you study, how large was my family - then I tried to figure out if there was some specific subject to engage. So I ended talking about sports, showing pictures on my phone to discuss them, asking about what college would follow high school. One of the guys has a job interview scheduled in a couple of days, so I gave him some tips and even made a mock interview - to the delight of the guys who were waiting for their time.

It is amazing how those brief encounters (15 min average) provided an excellent opportunity to exchange. I left the place in a state of elation, and I sincerely hope that my drop in that ocean was worth it for the guys - all of them quite poor, with no resources to pay for an English course, some of them coming from distant villages to study.

I strongly recommend a visit to Big Brother Mouse, and be sure that spending two hours with local kids can be an impacting experience.
Written 4 February 2020
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noakey52
Perth, Australia56 contributions
Dec. 2019
We visited here as part of our trip in preparation for coming back with a group in Sept/Oct 2020. I was very impressed with the work that has been done and that the staff and volunteers are doing every day and evening. We worked for a day at the school and even though we are teachers the day was "full on," challenged us and encouraged us to want to go back. The staff are welcoming and well organised and this organisation is producing some great learning materials. Worth a volunteer for an evening or a day. there are now two schools
Written 3 February 2020
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Jenpenten
Adelaide17 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Friends
Highlight of our trip to Luang Prubang. What a treat to be able to spend time chatting to local Laotians - lots of laughs and goodwill. A truly wonderful concept and service.
Written 31 January 2020
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amandadudman
Luang Prabang, Laos21 contributions
Jan. 2020
If you speak English and can spare an hour or two just roll up at 5pm and you will be paired with a parent/school child/monk who wants to practise their english. You just have a conversation and share your self and help them with their pronunciation, language skills and so on. It is fantastic fun and really worthwhile and this is a great and important community organisation dedicated to expanding reading skills in the country
Written 31 January 2020
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Tsteiner85
Bend, OR39 contributions
Jan. 2020
I cannot say enough good things about this organization. My god, it changed me, it made me feel connected again as a citizen of the world. These kids are all SO smart, so motivated and so deserving of bettering their situations and lives. Which is why learning english is so important for them. It allows them to get jobs in the tourism/hospitality industry which often pay more than those jobs on farms, night markets, etc. We participated in conversation at least 5 times and wish we could have done more. The volunteer coordinator Colin is a dream of a human and a real hero in helping these young adults learn to read, speak english and feel supported in other aspects of life. He even takes students that need a little more financial support to lunch after the morning session to get them a balanced lunch with protein, as most of them subsist on rice throughout their days. We joined them for lunch on one afternoon and it was SO much fun, it filled and overflowed our cups.
Here are the things you need to know. You can show up anytime between the two time slots available, 9-11 OR 5-7 . Show up at 10:30 and talk for 30 minutes OR participate for the full 2 hours. It doesn't matter how long, it's how you show up. REMEMBER that these kids are humans and not robots and with that said, they get bored repeating themselves OVER AND OVER again with the same information. Talk to them about things that make them light up. A lot of them like talking about travel, music, their religion or dream jobs. Even novice monks like hip hop :) BRING english BOOKS to donate and if you can, donate money, any amount so that the coordinator can purchase more books for the students. This is SUPER important! This is what it's all about.. giving back. If you do nothing else in Luang Prabang, DO THIS. It's a game changer. It will leave you dreaming for these kids, for a life full of wonder, financial stability and love. I'm forever changed and I thank BBM, Colin and all of these young adults. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being here.
Written 30 January 2020
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