Big Brother Mouse is proudly Lao-owned. The group is based in Laos, with a Laos staff whose goal is to bring books to Laotian children. In Laos, access to this type of learning material is very difficult, and the group has seen the need to bring the books to them.
Big Brother Mouse publishes books that encourage literacy and makes learning more fun. Popular books enjoyed by most children all over the world are given a new Laotian flair. Aside from that, Lao children are also taught new skills such as organizing events, using a computer, editing, translating and writing.
Volunteers are sometimes required for special projects – the details of which are posted at Big Brother Mouse’s office in Luang Prabang. Although the group appreciates volunteers’ interest and enthusiasm, the language barrier is a bit of a problem, especially because most children in Laos do not speak English.
Stop in for an afternoon and check out their special projects board if you’re in town for a bit. They also encourage English speakers to come into the shop from 9am-11am every weekday and practice English with locals who show up for practice!
Free to stop in and see if they need help.
Other ways you can help
If you are located outside Laos, book party sponsorships are a great way to give back. They are held in a rural village’s school where more than 100 children have fun with games, art lessons and book discussion. Refreshments are served too! Sponsoring a book party typically costs $250-$400.
Other means to help include: translation work, editing, and proofreading. You may also send in books from abroad!
For more information about volunteering with Big Brother Mouse, visit them online:Support the business associated with this volunteer opportunity.