Description: Kok Payom is a strong Muslim fishermen community from Satun province, Southern Thailand. Over 30 families of the village gathered to protect the bio diversity of their mangrove forest for over 15 years and to be responsible for the social life of the village. They created an alternative school named KlongTohLem and now registered as a foundation. With DaLaa, we support them since 2009 by sending short and long term volunteers. This yearly workcamp during school holidays will be focus on mangrove forest management but you will be also joining renovation work, activities with kids and will be able to share the energy of the community.
Type of Work: 1. Revitalizing some area of the mangrove forest by pruning the small trees branches and allowing them enough place to grow. 2. Renovating/adjusting surrounding at KlongTohLem Academy and the Islamic Education Center of the village 3. Organizing activities with kids especially on Sundays at KlongTohLem Academy 4. Learning the local life of this fisherman’s village, Kok Payom
Study Theme: 1- To preserve the mangrove forest and the environment 2- To support and be part of Kok Payom learning community (to preserve their community values and life style) 3- To build a good relationship between volunteers and local people 4- To learn about local cultures and wisdom
Accommodation: Volunteers will sleepat the village meeting place (also the pier) on the river side. There is a hut with 3 rooms and a big meeting area with a roof where we can put more tents. There will be simple mats, pillow and mosquito net. You will need to bring your sleeping bag and a small mattress if you want to be more comfortable. There are basic toilets, showers and a kitchen. The villagers will help t
Language: only very few people in the village can speak good English. We will teach you some basic Thai language during the start of your project. Non verbal communication will be as well essential.
Requirements: The volunteers should be ready to stay in a remote area, to adapt to the local conditions with only basic facilities.Very few local people are able to speak in English. Volunteers should be able to handle spontaneous working environment and constant changes in the plans. The mentality and way of thinking is very different from the western world.There will have often activities with the children.
Approximate Location: Satun province on the South west coast of Thailand.
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