All posts tagged: Development

From Madison to Luang Prabang with Volun-Tour’s Ounprason Inthachith

It’s a dizzying drive up the mountains of northern Laos, but almost eight hours later, I arrive to Laos’ sweetheart town of Luang Prabang to see a familiar face. Sitting on the patio of his family’s Villa Patthana, Ounprason Inthachith was decked out in a Green Bay Packers hat for a warm greeting. We visit one of his project sites, chat about his service-learning tourism organization, Volun-Tour Laos, and how living as a Lao American in Laos has been to his Midwest soul. You were born in Luang Prabang, then went to Madison, and now back to Luang Prabang. How has it been?  I was born in Luang Prabang and went to Madison Wisconsin with my mom, two sisters and brother. Mom wanted the American dream for her family, but at that time, she just wanted safety and security. I lived in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington for a number of years before Madison, Wisconsin. 2006 was a mid-life inquiry about finding myself and where my roots are. Lost and misguided, and uncertain in my path, by my second …

Podcast: Chanida Phaengdara Potter on Laos & UXOs (MPR News)

Listen to yesterday’s podcast interview here as LLOTP’s Chanida Phaengdara Potter, adviser for Legacies of War and Elizabeth Loddy Tolzmann, board member on Mines Advisory Group talks about Laos, identity and UXOs (unexploded ordnance) on MPR News with Tom Weber. “It’s a horrific legacy that the children of Laos has inherited and where over 12,000 survivors still need our help today.” -Chanida Phaengdara Potter -Staff,