learning the tools of the trade in laos
A challenge for vulnerable youth in many communities is finding the opportunity to forge their future. If you have been raised in poverty, homelessness or suffering other disadvantages, finding a right fit might simply be having your eyes opened to possibility. Such possibilities were recently presented to a group of young Laotian men, who are training in mechanics with Peuan Mit, a project supported by The Intrepid Foundation and based in Vientiane.
The 14 young men went on a study trip to a large Kolao workshop accompanied by their teachers. At Kolao, they met the head of the mechanics garage and the manager. Kolao is a Korean brand of motorcycle that is extremely popular in Laos, so the mechanics students learn every possible way to repair and service them because in their future job, they are most likely to see these models.
The purpose of the study tour was for the students to understand how a very large garage works. The Peuan Mit mechanics workshop is a small structure that is mainly orientated towards training the young students. Such visits are therefore very useful, because it is a change for the young people to understand how a company that’s not a social business, with many employees and customers, can function every day.
After they graduate from the Peuan Mit garage, the students can move on to a small mechanics workshop, or to larger companies such as Kolao. Many of them also choose to open their own small garage, which is more risky but also allows them more flexibility. The manager of the Kolao workshop explained about his garage to the very serious and attentive students, and then two regular workers made a demonstration of their usual activities on a motorbike.
Thanks to Intrepid travellers and Intrepid Travel, our recent donations have helped to fund Peuan Mit’s mechanics vocational training workshops. After the Kolao field trip where the young men gained a realistic impression of what it would be like to work in such an environment, many later declared they hoped to get such a job after they graduate.
The Intrepid Foundation – travellers making a difference
You can help Peaun Mit and support vocational training opportunities for Laotian youth via the Intrepid Foundation. Plus find out how your donation can be matched* by Intrepid Travel!
* Donations will be matched by Intrepid Travel up to AU$5000 (or equivalent) per donor and a total of AU$400,000 each financial year.