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)

Project number: DaLaa 1301MLTV
Volunteers type: Medium and Long Term (two months minimum)
Max Number of Volunteers: 3-4
Available application period: all year round

Gardening and DaLaa members activities

SHORT DESCRIPTION

Kok Riang is the name of the village our organization office is situated in South Thailand. We are kindly hosted on the land of Lung Jaeng, a great life activist who also welcomes volunteers since 2013 through DaLaa to support his social and non chemical garden 3 km away.  Volunteers will mainly join gardening work with Lung Jaeng and will be included in our members activities.

HISTORY and REASONS OF THE PROJECT

Mr. Suthep Suwankrajang known as Lung Jaeng, the host of the project has a strong social network and he is involved in voluntary work, social activism and forest conservation for many years.  Since 2013, he has been starting a big garden, 3km from his home with DaLaa volunteers and friends and build there a new house. He grows non chemical vegetables and fruits. It’s like a social garden which is also used for tea meetings, universities camps or just having a meal together with friends. Everyone is welcome at this learning space to grow healthy food and to exchange ideas.

Since 2015, DaLaa office was built on his home land and nowadays we became a community sharing everyday life. We called this place Voluntary Service Community  (VSC) and we organize quite some activities like introduction and gathering for our middle and long term volunteers, mini workcamps with our members. family and children camps.

AIMS of the PROJECT

1- Start a new kind of community based on love, responsibility, harmony and freedom.

2- Our members grow in wisdom and our garden produces healthy food.

3- We can gather members and children more and more around meaningful volunteer activities.

WORK AND ACTIVITIES

Regular work involves nurturing vegetables plants and fruit trees, take care or chicken, compost making, collecting vegetables for our own consumption, growing seeds or nursing young plants, lots of weeding and watering too. The work may be physically hard or repetitive but there is no pressure and you will have a lot of time to relax.

You will be proposed to join our VSC members’ activities on regular basis. The activities may be very various from construction to kids’ activities around DaLaa office or to our partners places.

The daily tasks like cleaning and cooking are shared by everyone. It takes some time and energy to have an healthy food and environment. When done with free will and dedication for the community, we can learn a lot from this too.

Volunteers should feel responsible for the community. It means they will become the hosts when visitors are coming, take part in new volunteer introduction and other activities organized through the Voluntary Service Community. We organize mini workcamps where Kok Riang volunteers are included.

FOOD and ACCOMODATION

Volunteers will live with Lung Jaeng and at the garden. Small huts are provided for volunteers. there is the new house of Lung Jaeng and woof fire kitchen. Regards to the hut for volunteers, there is a thin mattress and mosquito net provided. You may need to bring your own soft mattress if you’re prone to backache or wouldn’t be able to sleep on hard surface. The bathroom and toilet are separated . For shower, there’s no hot water and the restroom is local squatting style. The living condition will be very simple and you may find it completely different from your own country. Local people eat rice (or noodles) 3 times a day with side dishes like curries, omelets, local leaves and vegetables. We get some food from the garden and shop other at the local markets

OTHER PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Kok Riang is a village 20 km from Hatyai city but it is really country side. The atmosphere is quite relax. The garden area is 2 km from the closest shop.

The most rain season is usually from October to December. There are quite some mosquitoes especially after the rain.

There are a lot of chicken around to wake you up early morning 🙂

Laundry: expect to hand-wash your clothes

Water supply and electricity: Well with pump and solar pannel

Internet/phone access: You can buy a Thai SIM card at the garden. There is WIFI at VSC/DaLaa office)

Hat Yai, the main city of South Thailand is 30 minutes by car from Kok Riang.

REQUIREMENTS

The volunteers should be ready to stay in a community and to take responsibilities and initiatives to adapt to the local conditions with basic facilities and non English speaking people. 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.

**For ones who plan to travel in Thailand/Asia besides this voluntary work, having it done before or after the project would be advisable. We hope that volunteers will fully spend their stay in the project without asking for a long holiday break amid the project period. This would cause uncertainty in running activities.

Creative English teaching and activities with kids)
DaLaa MLTV project – code: 1702

Periods available: All year round (except March, April and October)
at least 2 months

Expected number of volunteers: 2 to 4

SHORT DESCRIPTION

Volunteers will join a small Muslim community of South Thailand on the banks of Songkhla Lake. They will organize activities for children of the local school and share the life of the villagers.

HISTORY and REASONS OF THE PROJECT

Ko Nang Kham is a small village situated in Pattalung province, close to the middle part of Songkhla Lake which is Thailand’s biggest lake. The community area is a small island inside the lake so the main career of the villagers is fisheries. Some work on rubber and palm plantation, fruit orchards or shrimp farm. During free time, some villagers gain some extra income from making and selling local desserts and fruit preservation, for instance. You may find more information about Songkhla lake on this following website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songkhla_Lake. The villagers of Koh Nang Kham are Muslim.

The School

Ban Ko Nang Kham School was founded in 1928. It’s a local governmental, educational opportunity-expanded school offering classes from kindergarten to grade 9. There are around 189 pupils and 16 teachers. In the village, there’s a mosque where it is centred to bring all Muslims in the community to join in religious activities such as Friday prayer. The long-lasting folk wisdom passing on from one generation to another still gives them a career in the fishery industry and food process. Around the Songkhla Lake, the overwhelming ecosystem of natural resources, aquatic animals, fruits of the palm trees and many other things that people there can make use of, they are still greatly abundant in the present day. This teeming treasure behind this richness still gives them every day’s earnings and it has laid great benefit in preservation from generation to generation.

Mr. Somhit Chobngam (Crue Chem), the project initiator, positioned currently in Ban Ko Nang Kham Nuea School together with his co-mate, Miss Aree Leesom positioned presently in Ban Ko Nang Kham School. Both schools are in the same neighbourhood. Crue Chem contacted DaLaa first in 2015 to discuss the possibility of hosting international volunteers as he saw the importance of improving learning methods for the students. He hopes that children can learn about language and cultures naturally by doing activities with volunteers.

In 2015, we organized the first short-term work camp in Ban Ko Nang Kham Nuea School. Other work camps held yearly after that and we had the first team of middle-term volunteers in 2017 for 2 months. The results were very positive and it drew a lot of intention for kids and their families.

In small communities in Thailand, local people hardly have contacts with foreigners, while students are getting pressured from the current educational system to study English but they never have a chance to meet any foreigners. Therefore, this will give them the chance to gain motivation to learn and explore cultural diversity by doing creative activities with international volunteers.

Having international volunteers to learn about local fisherman’s lifestyle, it will help the fishermen to feel more motivated to preserve their local knowledge and wisdom. Apart from that, volunteers can also become the link between children and villagers to take part in this community learning activities.

                            

AIMS of the PROJECT

•           To support in all school’s activities

•           Children and adults can learn English with volunteers

•            2-way learning process between local children/ villagers and volunteers

•            Better understanding of local culture

•            To build a good relationship between volunteers and local people

WORK AND ACTIVITIES

Volunteers will be arranging creative activities with students. They will be supervised by the teachers. Depending on the volunteers’ skills, they will be proposed to organize activities with each class from Grade 1 to Grade 9 twice a week (1-hour session). The idea is that 1 session is more about the English language while the other one is free to decide.  Outside the school, a few villagers are willing to invite volunteers to learn about the local fisherman lifestyle on Songkhla Lake and organize other common activities.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Volunteers who apply for this project should be over 20 years of age and/or have a Bachelor’s Degree. This is specifically required by the school.
  • Volunteers should be ready to stay in a remote area, to adapt to the local conditions with basic facilities and with very few people able to speak in English.
  • Volunteers should be able to handle the spontaneous working environment and constant changes in the plans. The mentality and way of thinking are very different from the western world.  There will have often activities with the children.
  • To have creativity in providing learning activities for kids and join in activities related to school’s matters
  • Be open-minded, be positive-thinking and be ready to get involved in community’s matters
  • Last but not least, love being around with kids J

FOOD and ACCOMMODATION

Volunteers will stay in a local house situated in the village center. There are a kitchen and bathroom in the house. Volunteers can go on foot to the project school which is not far. There will be a simple mat, pillow and mosquito net. You may need to bring your own sleeping bag and other sleeping gear for your comfort. Lunch will be offered at school. There are some small grocery shops in the village and a lot of fish from the fishermen.  Local people eat rice (or noodles) 3 times a day with side dishes like curries, omelettes, local leaves and vegetables. Remember there are no pork products provided in the village. Be reminded of not bringing non-halal food or alcohol drink to your house or school. This may sound serious when you first hear it. It is not as that strict as you may imagine. Just the food (pork products and alcohol) that it is not appreciated in the Muslim community.

(School English teaching- Linking a spiritual project with the local community)
DaLaa MTV project – code: 1902

Available application period: May to August 2020 and November 2020 to February 2021

Expected number of volunteers: 2-3

SHORT DESCRIPTION

We are a family of 3, working on alternative education, coaching for self awareness, women empowerment, and conflict resolution for over 15 years. We moved to live in a garden for the last 6 years and started to plant trees and build houses for ourselves, volunteers and visitors we often welcome. We started to teach English at the local school a few times and see the needs for community development. We would like to promote alternative education, self-reliance and working with Thai and foreign volunteers to improve the life of the community and society.

AIMS of the PROJECT

– To support local kids and young people to become able to communicate with foreigners and to learn from cultural exchange

– To improve the self-awareness of kids and young people and provide a creative space to express themselves.

– To create an open space for organic farming, towards a self-reliant an ecological community

WORK

– Volunteers will organize English and Art lessons and games to primary school children (7 to 12 years old) both at the community schools (2-3 days a week) and at the Garden of Tranquility.

– Volunteers will work on an artistic clay building. We finished building 2 clay houses and 1 library. We are now building a big meditation hall and family house, plus another volunteer house, all from clay.

– Volunteers will grow vegetables and plant trees, water them, make compost and collect fruits like bananas and mangoes.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

– We will discuss and practice exercises for self-awareness.

– You will have chance to discover the community and the area around the Garden of Tranquility.

– Daily tasks, including going to the market, cooking and cleaning around

– Other creative activities or discussions proposed by volunteers

REQUIREMENTS

– Volunteers should be interested in education for children, ready to lead a small group of kids on a chosen activity: English teaching, art or other.

– 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, not expecting to go to town or city often.

– Volunteers should be ready to put their hands in the dirt both for gardening and clay building.

– 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 and discussions.

**As we have a kid, we do not want our kid to see volunteers drinking and smoking in public area at the garden. We provide a specific space for this.

** 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 ACCOMODATION

– We will take turn to cook 3 meals a day, suitable for vegetarians.

– Volunteers will live in a small clay house.

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

– Good quality shared bathrooms and kitchen.

Creative English teaching and activities with kids
Project number: DaLaa 1901MLTV
Volunteers type: Middle and Long Term (2 months minimum)
Max Number of Volunteers: 2
Available application period: all year round except March, April and October

SHORT DESCRIPTION

Wat Pho Thawad is a very small school in Baan Kokpho, a Buddhist village of about 450 people in Phatthalung province, Southern Thailand. The school director (P. Pin) and local people would like to welcome volunteers again after the good feedback of the two work camps (2 weeks each) that took place in 2018 and 2019. This time we would like volunteers for a longer period that can help to organize English lessons or other fun activities with the 49 students from kindergarten to Grade 6 (5-12 years old). 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

The school is situated in the local temple (like in most villages) and was founded 50 years ago by the former head monk. There are nowadays 49 students and 4 teachers from the government, plus the principal, and two more teachers are financially supported by the temple. In Thailand, the school year starts in May and finishes in March. Most of the villagers are farmers (rubber plantation, rice, fruits …). The school principal learned about DaLaa through one of our project hosts and shares our values (International Voluntary Service) and believes in our actions. We organized already two workcamps in 2018 and 2019 which were a great success. The local kids have very few chances for interaction with foreigners and the English language is more and more needed for their future. After a visit with DaLaa team last August we decided to start with MTV project there to improve the quality of the action.

AIMS of the PROJECT

– To support Wat Pho Thawad school

– To be part of the community of Baan Kokpho village

– To let children be familiar with volunteers and learn in an international/multi-culture atmosphere

– To support the organization of the February workcamp

WORK AND ACTIVITIES

Volunteers will be arranging creative activities with students. They will be supervised by the teachers and especially, P Pin, the school director. Depending on the volunteers’ skills, they will be proposed to organize activities with each class from Grade 1 to Grade 6. Outside the school, few villagers are willing to invite volunteers to learn about the local lifestyle in the village and organize other common activities.

REQUIREMENTS

The volunteers should be ready to stay in a remote area, to adapt to the local conditions with basic facilities and with very few people able to speak in English. Volunteers should be able to handle a spontaneous working environment and constant changes in the plans. The mentality and way of thinking are very different from the western world.  There will have often activities with the children. To have responsibility for yourself, the kids and full involvement in community matters is a must.

**For ones who plan to travel in Thailand/Asia besides this voluntary work, having it done before or after the project would be advisable. We hope that volunteers will fully spend their stay in the project without asking for a long holiday break amid the project period. This would cause uncertainty in running activities.

FOOD and ACCOMMODATION

Volunteers will have their own house, a few kilometres from the school. There is a simple mat, pillow and mosquito net. You will need to bring a sleeping bag. Volunteers will eat at the school for lunch and can cook by themselves for dinner. There are some small grocery shops in the village.  Local people eat rice (or noodles) 3 times a day with side dishes like curries, omelettes, local leaves and vegetables.