In 1997, to build the capacity of the government of Laos, World Education Laos (then the Consortium) implemented an English Language training program in Xayabouly and Oudomxay Provinces. The Consortium hired two consultants, one for each province, who were based in the provincial government offices and trained government staff in English speaking, reading, and writing skills.
As part of its efforts to strengthen the health sector in Laos, World Education implemented an English Language training program for health professionals in Xieng Khouang Province. Beginning in 1998 with 60 health staff at the Xieng Khouang Provincial Hospital, WEL developed teaching materials and lesson plans with Lao teachers in order to provide health staff with a working knowledge of general and technical English vocabulary. The program eventually expanded to include health professionals in Houaphan Province.