Clare was a PiA fellow in Laos where she taught English at Vientiane College from July of 2012 – October of 2013.
During her time in Vientiane, Clare became eager to experience rural life in Laos and decided to take a job with the Sai Nyai Eco-School after finishing her PiA year. Since October, Clare and her colleagues have worked to implement educational projects that focus on helping economically disadvantaged rural communities meet their vital needs in ecologically and socially sustainable ways.
As the recipient of the 2014-2015 Carriebright, Clare will partner with the Sai Nyai Eco-School and the Lao Rugby Federation to start the Leadership and Empowerment Through Sport (LETS) project in the nine villages surrounding Sai Nyai. LETS will attempt to vitalize disempowered youth by providing opportunities to participate in recreational activities while promoting healthy lifestyle choices and personal development. The project’s key participants will be 25 youth leaders who will attend educational trainings at Sai Nyai and lead sport and leisure activities in their villages.