Description: Tamek is a mountainous Buddhist village of about 500 homes in Trang province of South Thailand.Villagers started a preservation forest learning center which has also for aim to gather locals and outsiders interested in their project. To their request, we started to organize few international workcamps there since 2015. Some were more about agriculture, some about water preservation (making small dams for water use) and some more about education for local kids. This workcamp is the logic continuation of those activities.
Type of Work: Volunteers will be joining locals to organize activities for kids(around 20 to 30 kids from 6 to 12 years old)and other activities like gardening and forest preservation. International volunteer can give a big motivation for the locals to continue their aims and for local kids to learn about the outside world. We will need your creativity and ideas of games and activities that will create a multi-cultural atmosphere for them. Aims • To support the community • To be wisely aware of using natural resources • To give ideas or knowledge from home to inspire youths in preserving their nature • To learn to be part of the community • To let children be familiar with volunteers and learn in international/multi-cultural atmosphere • Kids at least can interact with volunteers in English
Study Theme: Tamek is an old village. However, the government declared the land as a national park for about 30 years. Villagers of Tamek have continuously fought to officially acquire a land deed for the right to make a living on their generation-to-generation properties. On a side, they cut forest illegally, to plant rubber plantation for earning money but on the other side and recently, they have been quite active to preserve their forested watershed facing the danger of losing the forest, water and wild animals. More important than a national park: living in harmony with the nature.
Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a wooden hut lifted from ground. It can accommodate 20 people where it is used to be everything from evening meeting to sleeping place. There are 3 bathrooms close by with availability of electricity and water supply (pipe water from the mountain). Volunteers can hang mosquito net up to the ceiling and look for their own cozy corners.
Language: Locals speak Thai language, very few can speak English.
Approximate Location: Tamek village, Nayong district, Trang province
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