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Old 08-25-2008, 11:05 AM
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I guess by telling people that I've traveled extensively through Laos and also have lived and worked there...most that don't know about me, might think that I am rich or something to be able to frequent the old country so much prior to actually living there.

There are numerous ways to live and work in Laos, providing high salary isn't on your top priority of landing a job. What I meant by high salary is that it's not equal to American standard of salary.

You could go the route that I took, which is join the military, take the language test and become an interpreter/analyst. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity of a lifetime to be the first Lao-American service member to return to Laos to work and live on 'Official Capacity'. After all, there are only a handful of us Lao-American that have the privilege to do what I did. All in all, there were 12 of us including one Lao-American girl that was on our 'Lao Team'.

Beside going the extreme route that I and my colleagues took, there are numerous NGO's (Non-profits/Non-Governmental Organization) and other contracting/volunteered positions in Laos that one can apply for, such as...USAID, peace corps, green peace, various United Nations projects, etc..., however, the pays are adequate but you won't get rich monetary but you will gain valuable experiences.

This thread will FOCUS on job availabilities and opening for Lao-American/Lao diasporas who would consider going back to learn about the old country on the cheap and/or getting pay while doing it.

Here's list of various route one can take to achieve that dream...NOTE: Some of these job opportunity will have opening and closing date for applicants but I just want to show that the jobs are out there, if one know where to look...

US Embassy Vientiane job opportunities... US Embassy Job Opportunites

UN Jobs After clicking this link select desired country or duty station

NGO's in Laos AUSAID and other job listing

I will add more later, but you should have the idea by now...
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Old 08-25-2008, 11:21 AM
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I think I can become an irrigation specialist!!! My work has been featured on high times magazine.
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I think I can become an irrigation specialist!!! My work has been featured on high times magazine.

Can we see it?
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You never know, but the main question is...are you willing to give it a try for a few years?
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LOL That was block but I got the idea lolz
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You know, KZ...in some state that's considered a 'home grown'...watch out when your electricity bill spike and the man come knocking on your door...

I have done irrigational project with the military engineer, we basically install two huge water pumps that pump the river water to irrigate the rice field for the folks. That was one of the most rewarding job because we get to see the results right a way. We lived in tents next to the river for 30+ days and it was great because the villagers would send their daughters to delivered my meal daily...I also get to help the poo-sao ngom hoy...yes, looking for oysters in the river...literally...the other perks...well, you know me...that's for me to know and no one to find out...
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I don't know Joe, beeing poor is not helping people gets job in Laos. Only people with connections get jobs, doesn't matter if the person quailify or not. Most businesses in Laos is family run.
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I don't know Joe, beeing poor is not helping people gets job in Laos. Only people with connections get jobs, doesn't matter if the person quailify or not. Most businesses in Laos is family run.
Oracle, these aren't job listing for lao folks, they're for expats and foreigners that wants to work in Laos. Look at the Embassy listing for example, they're seeking US Citizen with 'resident status' living in Laos.

There are tons of NGO jobs that are available to foreigners (if you don't based your salary to US standard)...Being fluent in both languages (Lao and English) will definitely make an applicant a 'favorable' candidate.
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Oh this reminds me, does anyone knows someone in medical school in Laos?
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