Who are we?

Mr. Claus

German born (1965) Mr. "Galau", as the Lao articulate it, is not a certified ESL Teacher. I studied Drama at the University of Frankfurt/Main and I've worked my way through five different German theatres as an actor. Thus was I determined to do with the rest of my life, when I left my distraught parents in "Meschede in Westphalen" - the very backwater settlement in Central Germany where I was born and bred. What I got was a smooth middle class stage career with ups and downs, even highlights - never fruitless and never scratching the edge of fame. Good enough to go on until the end of my days - or to "exit the scene" after 15 years - and never to regret it. "The theatre won't let you go - ever!" head of 'das Theatererlangen' Frau Dhein had solemnly said when I made it for a sabbatical year to Laos: "Not you! You are an actor..." And there's nothing much to be added to this: "I am an actor..."

And then Mr. Khamngeun (another man with an unpronounceable name), head of the Provincial Luang Prabang Traffic Police, had decided it would be rather useful for him to know his share of English - and I had an assignment! He and his staff became my first students - and many others followed. "Mr. Galau" on the backseat of a motorbike with a uniformed driver was a well-established image in those days: "Did they arrest him?"- "No, they didn't arrest him - he teaches them English..." - "He does what???" - "He teaches them English!" - "I can't believe it!"

"Your bribes are education..." my friend and Laos veteran Ruth had laughingly said. "No one's ever done that before..."

"Is this somewhat similar to an English language class?" I asked highly respected librarian Carol Kresge, who I had beseeched to attend the "Claus Haumer-teaches-English"-Show in Mr. Khamngeuns's dining room.
"What else should it be?" she said.
"But is it right that I do it?"
"No one else does it..."
"Well then ...", I came to think, "No one else does it..."

Ajahn (Teacher)

And then UNDP set up an 8 month English Language course for Luang Prabang government officials. Three guys had applied for the job - two of them were qualified ESL teachers! - and UNDP had decided it would be me. Only God knows what drove them... "A natural born teacher!" Ruth said - and: "Why don't you do what you do the best? Why don't you stay in Laos and start your own English school?" Ooops... to have the idea was one thing! But to obtain a licence for a private language school in a country like Laos was another kettle of fish - and in particular for a 'falang', as the Lao call foreigners: The authorities would do their best to quench the idea before the take-off... I couldn't have been more in the wrong: an English Language School run by "Mr. Claus" was the very thing they really wanted: Against all odds I got my licence in the record time of three months! It might have helped that the officials in charge were busily studying English at the building site, which would soon become the MANO ENGLISH LANGUAGE CENTRE...

But why Laos? Why Luang Prabang?

When I went on my first meditation retreat in the "new world", Venerable Pra Ajahn Plien spoke to me the rather mysterious words: "You were born in the wrong place!- You just came home! But there's a reason you were born in the wrong place: you've gained some benefits over there in good old Europe. It's high time someone gave something back to the people here..." Well, I don't know if there's anything about it: The Pra Ajahn is by far more enlightened than others I've met - and so I put up with the task he had charged me with... A couple of years later I couldn't have put it any better!- It feels right in a way:

I just came home...

Mr. Marcel

To me, coming to ENGLISH FOR EVERYONE was a dream come true. Ever since I first visited the region in 2001, I always had the ambition to be an English teacher in South-east Asia. Travelling around in the area, I learned about the great need for teachers, and in particular English language teachers. With this in mind I returned to my native country Holland and enrolled in an English- teaching course in order to obtain a Bachelor's degree.

During my years on the course I kept track of the many opportunities for teachers in South-east Asia. When one day I spotted a vacancy for an English teacher in Laos, and of all places, in Luang Prabang, which I remembered so well for its beauty and friendly people when passing through on my previous travels, I took a second to decide to apply for it.

I was more than surprised to receive a positive reply to my application, and after a few months of contact with Claus via e-mail, I decided on a bit of adventure, packed my bag and took off on a one-way trip to Laos.

Now, at E4E, I can elaborate on my sentiments about my move to Luang Prabang, but as this site is about the school and not me, let me just compile it in a suggestion that works wonders for me:

Follow Your Heart...

Mr. Max

I am Vanhxay but people call me Max. My family live in a small village about 7 kilometres outside Luang Prabang town. I came to town in 2007 and worked to save up some money to study. I graduated from Business Administration College and English College. In addition I took several extra English classes.

I started working at E4E in 2010 as a trainee teacher. After 6 months I completed the teacher training and started running my own classes. In 2011 I started teaching Intermediate level in addition to the Beginner classes. More recently I have helped to train new teachers and continue to support them and assist with the day to day running of E4E. I really enjoy helping people learn and meeting new people. The opportunity allows me to follow my interests and gain more experience.

Ms Neng

My name is Miss Neng THOR. I'm Hmong and I live in Laos. My family lives in a small village in the countryside.

I came to Luang Prabang in 2009 and I have been working at E4E since 2010.

Now I am an English teacher at E4E. I am very happy to teach and help students and it also helps to improve my own English.

Mr Khamxay

My name is Khamxay. I'm from Laos.

I came to Luang Prabang town to further educate myself. With education comes money to support my family and my village community.

I'm a teacher at E4E but, before I became a teacher at E4E, I was one of E4E's students. I was an E4E student for 2 years.

I love my job because it helps out the Lao community and the next Lao generation.

Mr Xay

My name is Xay Lee. I'm Hmong and I live with my parents in Laos.

I'm a student, but I'm also an English teacher at E4E. I teach from Mondays to Fridays. I've been working here since July 2012 and I used to be a student here too.

I really like my job, because I can have a lot of fun and get knowledge while being with students.

Mr Poryea

My name is Poryea THOR. I am Hmong and I live in Luang Prabang.

I am a student at Souphanouvong University. I also work as an English teacher at E4E. Before I became a teacher I studied at E4E for many years.

I love my job very much, because it was my dream to be an English teacher as it was my dream to study at university.

Ms Somphone

Hello, Sabaidee! My name is Somphone Inthadakone.

I'm Lao. I'm from Chomphet district, but my family moved to Luang Prabang in 2013.

I'm a student at Norhtern Finance College, but I'm also a teacher at E4E centre. I have been working here 2 years and I really like my job and I love all the students, all colleagues and this place, this centre. I'm glad to meet everyone here and I teach as best as I can.

Mr Joy

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Mr Somjai

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Mr Somneuk

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Ms Bouanaem

Hello! My name is Bouanaem Sayasan and I live in Luang Prabang.

Now, I'm a student at Manivanh College, but I also work and study at MEC. I am the day-time receptionist. I love my job very much and it is my dream and life to study English!

Ms Phommaly

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Mr Bounkham

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Mr Phid

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Mr Somdy

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