My name is Gavyn, from America. I did volunteering in Koh Sukorn and Koh Nang Kham for 6 months. 

My time at Koh Nang Kham was enjoyable. The community is very kind, the food is good, and the neighbors, who are in contact with dalaa, are very helpful. The kids like any school are on a spectrum with how much they are willing to learn. However, regardless of their aptitude to follow in class they are good children who are kind and a joy to be around.

There are a lot of downtime in Koh Nang Kham, so be prepared to entertain yourself.

 

I had a great time in Koh Nang Kham, making a second family, a home away from home. I will miss these people and hope to come visit them later in my life. 

 

They're is a swimming hole by the quaint village in a quarry, the locals call "The Grand Canyon"

DaLaa MLTV project – code: 2001
All year round – At least two months 
Expected number of volunteers: 2-3


SHORT DESCRIPTION

We are a family of 2 working on sustainable and organic farming in Trang province, South Thailand. We are nursing many kinds of vegetables and trees for our network of organic farmers and organizing the Cinta green market of the next town (Trang). We are involved in many kinds of alternative stuff and are willing to welcome volunteers interested to support us and willing to learn.

AIMS of the PROJECT:
– to learn and support organic farming, self-reliance, cooking and local culture
To join the life in the village, and possibly exchange culture and language with neighbours and local kids.

WORK- ACTIVITIES

  • Agriculture (seeds conservation, planting, potting, caring, collecting, weeding, watering, composting…)
  • Learning about food processing
  • Sell vegetables or fruits from the garden at green market.
  • Learning how to make shrimp paste and natural tie-dye clothes.
  • Activities with kids in the local small school.
  • Thai cultures and Thai language learning.

REQUIREMENTS

This project is for volunteers who interested in organic agriculture, self-reliance, and Thai traditional cultures. The volunteers will learn more about green market and community network building.

Volunteers should be ready to adapt to the Thai, local way of life, and willing to create relationships with volunteers’ friends, hosts and local people. Some difficult points could be mosquitoes and insects, eating rice at every meal, language and culture barrier, missing feedback, changing plans often.

Volunteers should be able to stay in a remote environment, without public transport.

Volunteers should be able to take responsibility for themselves and the team by taking care of their health and security and be fully involved in the daily tasks.

** Clothes worn in the village- schools and temple: skirts or shorts long enough to cover your knees also when you are sitting. Women should wear tops that cover their shoulders, no low neckline. Bikinis are not appropriate to swim if you go on holidays. Please wear long shorts and a top instead.

FOOD and ACCOMMODATION

  • We will cook meals together, suitable for vegetarians.
  • Volunteers will stay at the hosts house/ Yod Rak garden, either in tents or a small clay house (to be built)

You will be in the middle of a Muslim village- the hosts are Buddhists. The relationships are very good between everyone and people close to each other’s.

  • Mosquito nets, pillows, blankets and mattresses are provided.

OTHER PRACTICAL and LOCAL INFORMATION

  • We live in Thung Krabue Yan Ta Khao District, Trang province which is quite multicultural. We are a mix of Thai-Buddhist, Thai-Muslim, and Thai-Chinese. Therefore, there are various traditions such as Chak Phra Festival – Celebrates the return of Buddha from heaven to earth and to be greeted by multitudes. Celebration takes place every year immediately after the end of 3-month rain retreat, about October. It is celebrated in many parts of southern Thailand. Eid Mubarak Day – is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims. The Qingming festival – is a traditional Chinese festival.
  • Krabue in old Thai language means buffalo, and there were many buffaloes for rice farming in the past. So, it has been called “Thung Krabue” = “buffalo field”. Fisherman also one of a common occupation in Thung Krabue because there is a mangrove river connecting to the sea.
  • Most of people in our area are either rubber farmer, oil palm farmer or fishermen.
  •  The weather is the hottest in March-April, from May to September, you will experience more rain.
  • Water supply, electricity and WIFI available at the host house
  • Laundry: hand wash or washing machine
  • YantaKhao is the closest small town, 10 km from our village: there is a market, banks with ATM and hospital
  • Trang, the main town of the province (Trang province) is situated 20 km away.

  • Hatyai, the main city of South Thailand where is our office is about 2 hours drive by public transport (mini bus)

(Kids holiday camps)
Work Camp – code: DaLaa6304
Dates: 20 March- 2 April 2020 (Max. number of volunteers: 10)

SHORT DESCRIPTION

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.

ACTIVITIES

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

  1. To spread our love and values to local children
  2. To let children be familiar with volunteers and learn in an international/multi-culture atmosphere
  3. To develop our VSC activities

REQUIREMENTS

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).

(Peat swamp preservation)

Work Camp – code: DaLaa6303

Dates: 1-10 March, 2020 (Maximum number of volunteers: 15)

SHORT DESCRIPTION

Volunteers will join hands with local communities of South Thailand to raise awareness about the rich ecosystem of tropical peat swamp. This event is organized after the big fire of July-Aug 2019 that damaged an important part of the swamp by two local organizations “Withee Tai” community and “Kon Rak Tin” (=People love the local).

Why does the peat swamp require our intervention?

Forested peat swamp forests cover more than 9,900 hectares on the borders of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Patthalung, and Songkhla Provinces. About 800 hectares of the peat swamp have been destroyed by 88 fires in the first half of 2019. The Royal Forest Department says that most of the fires in the Khuan Khreng peat swamp forest were man-made. Criminals clear the forest for the illegal expansion of rubber and oil palm plantations. Honey collectors and fishermen were also complicit as they burn grass to catch fish or to collect wild honey. Khuan Khreng peat swamp was hit by drought in what is normally the rainy season, making it susceptible to arson. The forest is surrounded by oil palm plantations and surface water in the forest has been drained out to feed the plantations. [1]

The main objectives of the workcamp are:

  • To spread awareness regarding the preservation of peat swamps among locals and international visitors;
  • To educate local people, including children how to prevent fires and how to help the area recover;
  • To bring the locals together and inspire them to take action against the destruction of the peat swamps
  • To propagate the local wisdom by encouraging the villagers to share their crafting skills with the participants.

The activities of the workcamp will be the following:

  • Learning about the swamp ecosystem through walking and animal/tree watching;
  • Learning and practicing local crafts from the wisdom of villagers using raw materials: mattresses, bags, fishing tools, natural straws, etc.
  • Making signs and other awareness-related art and exhibiting it in a 1-day installation;
  • Practicing healthy and sustainable daily lifestyle, planting trees.

** We will try to mix Thai volunteers and international from different countries but we cannot guarantee it. We will keep you informed during and after your application.

REQUIREMENTS

The volunteers should be ready to stay in a local area, to adapt to the local conditions with only basic facilities. Very few local people are able to speak in English.

FOOD and ACCOMODATION

Volunteers will sleep in a local school. There will be simple mats, pillow and mosquito net. You will need to bring your sleeping bag and a small mattress. There are basic toilets, showers and a kitchen at the school canteen. The villagers will help the volunteers to cook.  Local people eat rice (or noodles) 3 times a day with side dishes like curries, omelets, 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).


[1] Information from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nakhon_Si_Thammarat_Province

(Activities with kids at a primary school)

Work Camp – code: DaLaa6302

Dates: 2-15 February, 2020

(Maximum number of volunteers: 15)

SHORT DESCRIPTION

Baan Plakkla School is a small school in Kok Muang sub district, Songkhla province, Southern Thailand. The school director, who shares our values, would like to welcome volunteers, to improve English skills for students to be able to communicate in this language. Volunteers can help to organize English lessons or other fun activities with the 78 students from kindergarten to Grade 6 (6-12 years old) during these 2 weeks. The English skills of the students are very poor. They are not familiar with foreigners. You can experience the local way of life, exchange with other volunteers, villagers and support the children education.

HISTORY and REASONS OF THE PROJECT

Baan Plakkla School was founded in 1934 by the abbot of Plakkla temple.  There are nowadays 78 students from kindergarten to Grade 6 (6-12 years old). The kids have very few chances for interaction with foreigners and English language is more and more needed for their future.

Level Boy Girl Total
Kindergarten level 2 3 3 6
Kindergarten level 3 12 6 18
Elementary  1 4 1 5
Elementary  2 6 5 11
Elementary  3 6 5 11
Elementary 4 3 5 8
Elementary 5 4 3 7
Elementary 6 5 7 12
All the students 43

35 78

This school is situated close to our association office and we wish to improve our cooperation with the local community through this workcamp.

AIMS of the PROJECT

  1. To support Baan Plakkla School
  2. To let children be familiar with volunteers and learn in international/multi-culture atmosphere
  3. To improve English skills for students to be able to communicate with foreigners

WORK AND ACTIVITIES

  1. Give non-formal English classes and other fun activities with the students
  2. Create teaching materials for teacher and kids

** We’ll keep you update 1 months or 2 weeks before the camp starts for a more detailed schedule**

** You will be supervised by a DaLaa coordinator that will be the link between the volunteers’ team and the local school.

** We will try to mix Thai volunteers and international from different countries but we cannot guarantee it. We will keep you informed during and after your application.

REQUIREMENTS

The volunteers should be ready to stay in a local 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 be with the kids and prepare some games and material for teaching. 

FOOD and ACCOMODATION

Volunteers will sleep in the classroom. There will be simple mats, pillow and mosquito net. You will need to bring your sleeping bag and a small mattress. There are basic toilets, showers and a kitchen at the school canteen. The teachers and villagers will help the volunteers to cook.  Local people eat rice (or noodles) 3 times a day with side dishes like curries, omelets, 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).