Ta Yang Learning home

Project number: DaLaa 1401MLTV
Volunteers type: Medium  Term
Max Number of Volunteers:2
Available application period: March 5th to May 4th 2018


Ta Yang is a small Muslim fishermen village on the Coast of Andaman Sea in Satun province, South Thailand. In 2014, one of the villager named Bang Leem decided to create a learning space for local children around his house. Supported by few villagers of the community and DaLaa volunteers, we created a learning home, a nice building for children to gather and do activities with volunteers that they welcome anytime. In March and April, it is school holidays and children are used to join the learning home for fun and meaningful activities. Who is willing to volunteer to organize these activities will be rewarded by kids’ smiles and pure energy and by sharing deeply the daily life of this community, even if of course English language is still a challenge for most of them.



Bang Leem, the main host is the initiator of this project.  He believes that the village and children’s homes should be a principal place to learn about life. However, nowadays, the community is facing difficulties to manage this role as some parents start to think that to acquire better education for their children is to send them away to schools in town including private ones that intuition fees are so costly. The first idea of Bang Leem is to give opportunities to local kids to learn English. He sees it an important tool for their future. Percentage of local kids’ language abilities is very low. They only know very basic words, few conversations like “How are you? “I am fine” “Thank you and you?” even if their verbal pronunciation is not really right. It reflects hard situations why quality of kids’ education in rural areas is still undeveloped. Bang Leem is now taking this project very seriously and wish that international volunteers can help support him. Therefore, he offers his place for which various activities to enhance learning process of the village kids to be organized by international volunteers, with support of the parents.

There have been already quite some volunteers and many activities since 2014 (you can see some pictures on ”Ta Yang Learning Home” Facebook page) .



1- Supporting ideas of the project host with benefits towards better education of the village kids

2- Improve English skills of locals

3- Preserving the local traditions and wisdom

4- Long-lasting learning exchange between villagers, their children and international volunteers

5- Understanding the importance of the village community life


– Create and organize activities for local kids at the learning home. The kids are usually ranged from 6-7 to 12-13 years old. The schedule and activities will be prepared together by the volunteers and host team. It may be like 3 or 4 hours activities per day with 1 or 2 day to relax.

– Join and exchange activities about the local culture, occupation (fishing, gardening, using local palm leaves to make crafts- village speciality)

– Take care of the mangrove; one of the hosts is working for mangrove preservation.

– Share the daily life of the community


There is a hut with 2 rooms for volunteers and another room in Bang Leem house. You may share the room with another volunteer. There will be simple mat, pillow and mosquito net. You will need to bring sleeping bag – more bedding materials could be an option in case you are not used to sleeping on the hard floor.  There are 2 toilets/bathrooms is a really typical, shared Thai style.  Volunteer will be part of the family who will take care of them for everything including food, security and transport. You will join the daily tasks including cooking and cleaning.  Local people eat rice (or noodles) 3 times a day with side dishes like curries, omelets, local leaves and vegetables and a lot of fresh sea food.  Ta Yang is a Muslim area; you shouldn’t bring pork or alcohol there.


Laundry: expect to hand-wash your clothes

Water supply and electricity: available

Internet/phone access: there’s reception of the 3 main Thai networks, you can use Internet mobile.

There are some small grocery shops in the village

Langu, is a town at 5 km, where there is an hospital, Banks and various kind of shops and market.

Hat Yai, the main city of South Thailand (close to DaLaa office) is 2 hours by bus/mini bus from Langu.

It usually the hottest season in March and April with maybe the start of monsoon at the end.

Clothes worn in the village: You will be living in an area with elderly people and children around so it is appropriate that you dress modestly


The volunteers should be ready to stay in a remote area, to adapt to the local conditions with only basic facilities and with very few people able to speak in 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 often activities with the children. To have responsibility for you, 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.