(Kids holiday camps)
Work Camp – code: DaLaa6304
Dates: 20 March- 2 April 2020 (Max. number of volunteers: 10)
During those 2 weeks, we want to organize 3 children camps at DaLaa Voluntary Service Community in Kok Riang village. Each camp would take 3 days and involved different Thai children from 7 to 13 years old. We will keep 1 or 2 days in between to relax, evaluate and prepare the next one. The activities and camp daily life organized by volunteers should be strongly linked with our community values, authenticity, responsibility and inclusion, and allow children to be in a harmonious and safe environment. English language is poorly understood by the children so we’ll have to find possibilities to go over this challenge with the help of our coordinator and Thai volunteers.
HISTORY and REASONS OF THE PROJECT
DaLaa Voluntary Service Community (VSC) is the first door for outsiders to get to know DaLaa organization. The main mission of DaLaa is to coordinate the hosting of volunteers in active communities working for social growth and environmental preservation, mainly in South Thailand, but our drive is also in the action. Through VSC, we involved local volunteers and children in activities that can bring them to our vision: “thrive through authenticity, responsibility and inclusion”.
This new workcamp idea is born from a few reasons:
1-Every year, in VSC, we organize a kids camp during summer holidays (March and April), welcoming a few kids from each of the long-term volunteer placements we have.
2- Regularly, in VSC, we organized kids camp with children from SOS Children’s Village. It is an international independent non-governmental social organization that helps children without parental care and families living in difficult conditions.
3- We used to organize activities with children around our village and we haven’t been organizing much during 2019. We want to start again.
In this workcamp we will combine 3 camps with the 3 groups of children described above. Each camp would last for 3 days. We expect groups of 20-30 children maximum mainly aged from 7 to 13 years old. The children will be sleeping with us and so taking care of daily life which is as important as other activities. We’ll have few DaLaa coordinators, Thai and foreign volunteers. We expect all of us to be fully active and responsible for the children and planning of activities. Each one will have the leadership at some point.
We will organize some online ideas of preparation before the workcamp start to get an idea of each volunteer skills and proposition. Any idea is welcome from art, sport, games, English language (basic), theatre, cooking, gardening, recycling…but keep in mind the language barrier, the learning process and the security.
** You will be supervised by a DaLaa coordinator.
Example of schedule:
March 20: Arrival and preparation of the first camp
21-23: first camp and evaluation
24: relax and prepare for the next one
25-27: second camp and evaluation
28: relax and prepare for the next one
29-31: Third camp and evaluation
April 1st: Holiday
April 2nd: Final evaluation and departure
AIMS of the PROJECT
- To spread our love and values to local children
- To let children be familiar with volunteers and learn in an international/multi-culture atmosphere
- To develop our VSC activities
The volunteers should be ready to stay in a local area, to adapt to the local conditions with basic facilities. The level of English of kids is very limited. Volunteers should be able to be with the kids and prepare some games and material for activities.
FOOD and ACCOMMODATION
Volunteers will sleep in tents and small huts. There will be simple mats, pillow and mosquito net. You will need to bring your sleeping bag (and a small mattress if you need). There are basic toilets, showers and a kitchen. We will take time to cook. Volunteers will be welcome to cook their own food using the ingredients available there. (No oven, only a gas and woks or pans).