Living and working in Laos
We often get inquiries from visitors about living in Laos and working at Big Brother Mouse. Our paid staff is 100% Lao. We're committed to helping build up publishing skills within Laos, particularly among young people who would otherwise never have an opportunity to learn such skills.
However, there are opportunities for motivated, independent, self-starters to help literacy and education in Laos, and to be a part of what we're doing, by setting up a shop or project in provincial capitals, making books available to people in that province or part of the country. This would be independent from Big Brother Mouse, but we would be happy to work with you and to provide books at a discount. The exact form will depend on your skills and interests. You could help shops throughout your province to start selling low-priced books. You could teach English, and sell books as a sideline. You could raise funds to do book parties in rural schools and set up village reading rooms, as we do.
This requires someone with an entrepreneurial mindset -- not in terms of wanting to get rich, because you won't, but in terms of welcoming challenges and having the ability to get past obstacles. You'll need to start slowly, find one or more trusted local partners to work with you, and deal with government licensing, visas, and so on. This will all be different from what you're accustomed to in your country, but Lao laws are changing and it has been easier in the past few years for non-Laos to do work of this sort.
If this possibility appeals to you, your first step should be to spend some time in possible towns where you want to do it, then arrange to talk with us in Luang Prabang.