whY is MY ACCOMODATION only confirmed with advance payment?
We understand that plans might change. But you also need to understand that we put a lot of time in preparing your arrival and we also have daily costs to carry. In the past, we had guests/volunteers not showing. Therefore we decided only to confirm bookings when the housing fee is paid.
how can i directly book with fruitfriends?
We have booking forms for our fairstay and for volunteering. You complete one of our booking forms and we look if we have availability. We will answer you ASAP. If we have availability you will receive an invoice from “Beleef Laos” which is part of our main sponsor “Laat Laos Leren”. As a small Lao organization, we do not have the same easy access to main payment programs, but our sponsor does and is happy to proceed these bookings. Your booking is confirmed once we receive your payment.
Can I volunteer without staying at FruitFriends?
We prefer that you stay at FruitFriends because we want you to be part of our community and join our team for 100%. It is also very hard for us to organize your volunteer work not staying at FruitFriends. Your housing fee is also used for our staff to prepare and follow up our social projects.
How transparent is FruitFriends?
On an annual base we publish our financial statements on our website. Something we are not obliged to, but we want to work transparent. Working transparent gave us the cooperation with “Let Lao Learn”, supporting our education projects for around 20.000 a year. We are the only organization in the area receiving this kind of support, thanks to our transparency.
What is my housing fee used for
Am i required to have my meals at fruitfriends?
You are only obligated to have your meals at FruitFriends when you are volunteering. In the past we had volunteers being late for their duties because they were late with their meals. We also want our volunteers to be part of a team, meaning sharing your experiences together with the other volunteers is part of this.
What's the difference between a volunteer and a fairstay guest
A volunteer gets more benefits than a regular guest. As a volunteer you get your bicycle for free, you have access to the kitchen and can use it, you can use our washing machine and you receive discounts on your meals. Have a look at our volunteering page for more information.