(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).

(Activities with kids at a primary school)

Work Camp – code: DaLaa6301

Dates: 12-25 January 2020

(Maximum number of volunteers: 15)

SHORT DESCRIPTION

Ban Prang Mu School is a very small school in Ban Prang Mu sub-district, Phatthalung 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 91 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

Ban Prang Mu School, Phatthalung Province was founded in 1921 in Prang Mueng Nai temple.  There are nowadays 91 students from kindergarten to Grade 6 (6-12 years old). The kids have very few chances for interaction with foreigners and the English language is more and more needed for their future. The director Mr Suriyasak Vorakanjananon know us (DaLaa association) through our volunteer placement in a nearby school (Wat Pho) and contacted us to see the possibility to start a cooperation and to have volunteers joining their work. After a survey visit, we decided to start a workcamp in this community.

AIMS of the PROJECT

  1. To support Ban Prang Mu  School
  2. To be part of the community of Ban Prang Mu village
  3. To let children be familiar with volunteers and learn in an international/multi-culture atmosphere
  4. 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
  3. Activities with villagers: cleaning the temple area, sports activities, homemade cooking dessert

 ** We’ll keep you update 1 month 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 ACCOMMODATION

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, 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).

DaLaa  Workcamp – code: 6212

Rice harvesting and Activities with Kids

SHORT DESCRIPTION

Koh Sukorn is a preserved island of Andaman sea in South Thailand. During this work camp, we will have a chance to join hands with the community members to preserve the local agriculture while we can learn about their way of living. Moreover, we will be creating activities and games with children and young people to open their views and let them learn about international culture together with the volunteers. We will need your creativity and ideas of games and activities that will create a multi-cultural atmosphere for them. This year they want to build a small, compact learning center in the activity area to give space to kids to do activities together.

HISTORY and REASONS OF THE PROJECT

Sukorn Island (KohSukorn) is a small island situated in Palian district, Trang province. The island covers an area of 14 sq km. Like every year, we will be conducting activities with communities of Baan Laem and Baan Toong. In these 2 villages, there is population of 1,200 or 337 families, of which 95% are Muslims. The common occupations of the villagers are fishing, rubber tapping, as well as agriculture; growing paddy, watermelons, traditional way of growing vegetables, and keeping livestock. In general the villagers are very generous and still remain the culture of supporting and sharing with each other. Furthermore, they also believe that paddy and agriculture is the main food stability of the village.

Already some years, a group of local researchers had been working with the 2 communities mentioned above. In one community, the village members are still remaining their traditional way of living, while in another, people started to drop their old values and turning to development from the cities. Less and less people are working on paddy fields, or growing their own food supply as it is easier to buy. Therefore, these researchers aim to bring awareness to the locals to keep their old lifestyle and revive the tradition of growing paddy, other traditional agriculture, as well as developing local rice species and doing farmer’s co-operative. However, it is sad that in recent years, the researcher group has not been much active in the effort they created in the early stage. Though we lose their part, we anyhow have successfully continued activities (mainly agriculture and activities with kids) with villagers and develop good relationships through short term work camps and middle term volunteers.

DaLaa has been involved with the villagers of these two communities since the first work camp took place in December 2013. For more information, Koh Sukorn is also one of our long-term project sites that it has offered an opportunity to long-staying international volunteers to live with a local host family through their service.

AIMS of the PROJECT

  1. – To support the initiatives of local agricultural activities
  2. – To fully and wisely utilize local resources
  3. – To be part of the communities
  4. – To let children be familiar with volunteers and learn in international/multi-cultural atmosphere

WORK AND ACTIVITIES

  • – Working in the rice fields
  • – Growing edible vegetables in the local host’s planting area
  • – Making compost, taking care of paddy field or making bio-fertilizer
  • – Creating games and activities for kids. There will be around 20-30 of kindergarten’s age and primary’s
  • – Learning and integrating in the fisherman’s lifestyle

REQUIREMENTS

The volunteers should be ready to stay in a remote area, to adapt to the local conditions with only basic facilities. Not many local people are able to speak 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. There will have activities with the children. To have responsibility for you, the kids and full involvement in community matters is a must. For the 2 weeks, you will be led by a DaLaa member/staff who will help to coordinate the project.

FOOD and ACCOMMODATION

Volunteers will stay at the local people house. You will need to bring sleeping bag, a small mattress and a mosquito net for yourself. The living condition is very simple than you would think. You may find it completely different than in your country. There are basic toilets and showers and a kitchen where volunteers will cook by themselves. They can take turn in daily tasks. The ingredients can be purchased at local grocery stores. It may be helpful if you bring some instant ingredients from home, so that you can share some of your traditional food with other volunteers. (No oven, only a gas and woks or pans). As mentioned that it’s a Muslim village, so there will be no pork used in cooking.