Meet the students

Mr. Noy

 Mr. Noy was a subsistence farmer in a rural village and had no basic education when he decided to  study English at the MANO ENGLISH LANGUAGE CENTRE. After half a year he applied for a job as a  receptionist at the Sayo Guesthouse in Luang Prabang. He now runs the reception area on his own.  Without English he would have had to continue his life with his family, grinding out a bare  existence in his village. He now has a good future that will enable him to raise his children with  an education.

Mr. Neng Lee

He came to us without any money and without even basic knowledge of the English language, but desperate to learn it. We allowed him to attend classes with the understanding that he would pay for them once he was able to obtain a job. He showed his appreciation by bringing bananas or oranges. One day, he appeared with a live chicken that we called "Matilda". We could not bring ourselves to put her into the cooking pot...
After 1 1/2 years we recommended him to an expat living in Luang Prabang who was looking for an English speaking Lao as a teacher for her cooking school. He trained at the restaurant and now runs the teaching with his friend. He is highly thought of by the tourists he has to interact with in English every day - and the expat pays him 70 US Dollars a month - "and he's worth every cent!" she proudly tells everybody. (Keep in mind that Lao doctors earn 40.)

Miss Lae

 Miss Lae had studied English at the teacher training college in Luang Prabang for three years and  she was not able to sustain a basic conversation in English. The majority of English teachers in Laos  try very hard but are handicapped by their understanding of the English language, poor textbooks  and teaching skills. Students that have no access to fluent English speakers often find it difficult to  apply the English they learn. After studying for nine months at the MANO ENGLISH LANGUAGE CENTRE  Miss Lae became a freelance English speaking tour guide, who is constantly in demand.

Mr. Bounlieng

Mr. Bounlieng is a Hmong in his early 30s which is considered very young to be the head of his department. But he's the only one who can speak good English and therefore can communicate with foreign advisors and the only one who can use the computer and receive and send the necessary emails to foreign NGOs. When the department increased his salary, the family moved from a bamboo hut to a modern house with running water and electricity. We're very proud of him - and the work we did together.

Mr. Lolaeng

 When students reach a higher level of English we often include methods of creative writing and  thinking into our teachings. All the students have responded well to this method - but one in  particular, Mr. Lolaeng, once given the opportunity always brought the most fantastic stories into  the classroom - full of irony and full of wit. We have laughed so much about his crazy imaginative  stories. He soon discovered he wanted to be an author of short stories and fairy tales - and he writes them in English! "Well done, Lolaeng."

Mr. Sivanh

 Mr. Sivanh did a full program: He studied English and Computer and German language (the latter  two are no longer taught at the centre). He was at the school all the time - and if you had a little  free time he most certainly would ask you his never ending questions.
 This was possible because Mr. Peter, the owner of the "Blue Lagoon" cafe in Luang Prabang,  sponsored by paying US$ 30 which was the monthly fee for three courses. Mr. Sivanh wanted to be a  tour guide, for "a German speaking tour guide can make 40 bucks a day!" That's a fortune in Luang Prabang - and Mr. Sivanh was heading for it.

Students at MEC.