Lang Ai Mee
Description: Lang Ai Mee community, from the remote and mountainous area of South Thailand, is seeking for volunteers to support their action of preserving harmonious relationships within the community, with the environment and the world. Their position in the watershed of Cha Uat river gives them the responsibility to preserve the forest so clean water can flow continuously through the valley. Their fights against the government who declared the place as a national park and tried to evacuate them in the past make their group strong and determined. Nowadays, they show actively that they are able to take care of their environment. The new learning center started by the police border patrol and the sister of the new king is now taking care of the education of the local children and welcome volunteers.
Type of Work: 1- Learning center (=school): exchange language, activities with kids. The school will adapt to each volunteers skills. 2- Take care of the forest and watershed: build a small dam to keep humidity for the trees around during the dry season (March and April) 3- Help the villagers to build a new classroom for the school (if volunteers wish to join) 4- Join and exchange activities about the local culture, occupation (fruit and rubber farming, using local material to make crafts like brooms…)
Study Theme: Aims 1- Exchange and learn language and culture with the local community. 2- Support the local group: Love forest and watershed. 3- Support the learning center on the foreign language aspect. 4- Help to give responsibility and harmony to local people in preserving their culture and way of life.
Accommodation: Volunteers will sleep in the former school building which is now the gathering meeting place for villagers, few hundred meters from the new school. There will be simple mats, pillow and mosquito net. You will need to bring your sleeping baganda small mattress. There are basic toilets and showers and a small kitchen where villagers will help the volunteers to cook.
Language: only very few people in the village can speak good English (CruePrakan, the teacher is one of them). 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 (in the middle of the forest), 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.
Approximate Location: In the middle of the forest, mountainous village of Lang Ai Mee, Nakorn Sri Tammarat province, South of Thailand.
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