Withee Thai family camp
Description: A group of a few families with liberal dreams decided to start alternative education for their children and the interested members of their communities. Since 2016, they welcome middle and long term volunteers to help them to organize education activities and include them as a part of their family and life style toward harmonious relationship between people and their environment. It will be the third time we organize international family workcamp. The main work will be wood construction, to make a small gathering place at the rice field and the future school area. There are many children and young people around. Spontaneous activities together and dealing with daily life will allow us to share our ways of education for the benefits of all.
Type of Work: At Withee Tai, volunteers practice healthy activities for body, mind and soul: morning walk, yoga, discussion-evaluation in evening, prayer before meals, ... Daily routine takes a large part of the time, especially with the children around, it includes agriculture/watering, collecting food, cooking with wood fire and cleaning. We should also organize children activities like games/art, learning sessions… The main work we plan is the construction of a gathering hut at the rice field (2 km from the house over the river). This place will be the school in the future but everything is still needed to build. It will be the very start. We will use cement sticks into the floor then the rest will be made with wood and bamboo. We plan to take a day to visit the area around, fruit garden, water
Study Theme: AIMS of the PROJECT 1- To improve the quality of human way of life (relationships, education, inspiration…) 2- To manage our daily life harmoniously within the community and the environment 3- To support Withee Thai learning center by building the new gathering place and activities together/ideas
Accommodation: We will have one big tent for each family. Small mattresses will be provided. Volunteers should bring a light blanket or sleeping bag. There will have 3 toilets and showers available for the volunteers, simple Asian style. We will cook rice (or noodles) 2 or 3 times a day with side dishes like curries, omelettes, local leaves and vegetables. Volunteers will be welcome to cook their own food using the ingredients available there. (No oven, only a gas and woks or pans). In the main host kitchen, we cook only vegetarian food.
Language: Only few people in the village can speak good English. DaLaa coordinator will join you and help with translation. We advice the volunteers to learn at least basic Thai language before or during the start of your project. Non verbal communication will be as well essential.
Requirements: Volunteers should be able to handle spontaneous working environment. You should also be prepared not to have much privacy. To have responsibility for you, the people around and full involvement in community matters is a must. For the 10 days, a DaLaa staff will help to coordinate the project.
Approximate Location: Cha Uat is a district of Nakorn Sri Tammarat province situated half way between the Bantad mountain range and the South Chinese sea. It has wetland forest, canals, palm and rubber plantations, rice fields and other vegetable garden. Locals make crafts from palm leaves. They have also traditional South Thai dance (Manora) and Shadow puppets theater (Nang Talung). Ban Ta Saton, the village you will stay is few kilometers from Cha Uat small town where you can find hospital, market, shops, banks, internet cafes and the train station (Bangkok- Hatyai line).
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