Wat Pho Thawad

Creative English teaching and activities with kids
Project number: DaLaa 1901MTV
Volunteers type: Medium Term (2 months preferred, 1 month possible)
Max Number of Volunteers: 2
Available application period: January-February 2019

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. This time we would like volunteers for a 2 months 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. The volunteers will also help to organize and join the volunteer workcamp in middle February.

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 host and shares our values (International Voluntary Service) and believes in our actions. We organized already two workcamps in January and July 2018 which were a great success. The local kids have very few chances for interaction with foreigners and 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 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 of 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 local lifestyle in the village and organize other common activities. The volunteers will also help to organize and join the workcamp planned during 10-23 February with International and Thai volunteers, together with a DaLaa camp leader.

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 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 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 ACCOMODATION

Volunteers will stay in P. Pin house, few kilometers from the school. There is also possibility for men to sleep directly at the school/temple area. You will have your own volunteers bedroom,  with  simple mat, pillow and mosquito net. You will need to bring sleeping bag. Volunteers will eat at the school for lunch and at P Pin house for dinner. They can help the cooking and other daily tasks. There are some small grocery shops in the village.  Local people eat rice (or noodles) 3 times a day with side dishes like curries, omelets, local leaves and vegetables.