Project code: DALAA-STC 6111

Koh Bulon

(Creative English teaching and activities with kids)

12-25  November 2018

Bulon Leh Island, La Ngu district of Satun province, Southern Thailand


Volunteers will organize activities with kids at the small school of KohBulon Island, in the Andaman sea, South Thailand. There will have a few activities with the fishermen local community. We keep organizing this workcamp every year since the school request in 2013 . It’s beneficial for everyone to make social volunteer work, for the local population to see foreigners in a different way than tourism, for the volunteers to understand the reality of the local life, to exchange… and work on common aims.


BulonLeh Island is situated far off the coastline in the Andaman Sea under the authority of Mu KohPhetra National Park, which is approximately 22 kilometers away or 1.5 hours by boat from the main pier, Pakbara. It is located in the district of La Ngu, Satun province, Southern Thailand. The majority of villagers make a living on fisheries and tourism business that are 95% Muslim (approx. 100 residents). Geologically, this island is surrounded by several other small islands beginning with this initiation “Bulon” or known as Bulon Archipelagoes. Nowadays, this island has become very much frequently visited by tourists. It has most public utilities and there available resorts, restaurants, and bars but no ATM machines. Tourists know its fame for beautiful white sand beaches, peaceful environment, and some people name it “undisturbed hideaway” compare to other busy islands of Thailand. Still, there’s concern that this BulonLeh Island in the near future would be turned into another crowded island where its nature will be gradually spoiled.

The project school called Baan KohBulon. It’s a small school situated facing towards the frontline of the island, and in the heart of the island there’s a cluster of a small fisherman community. It hardly gives that there will be the very same number of teachers and students every year as the school is far in distance from the mainland. But,this year there could be estimated4-5 teachers and 35-40 students, ages of children ranged from 5 to 15 years old (from Kindergarten to Grade 9).

For more information, facing outward to the sea, there is another Bulon island standing green from your eye’s view, it’sBulon Don Island. This island is not a touristic spot, no resorts, just the native fishermen living. BulonLeh and Bulon Don are very close to each other. To commute to and from each island, a long-tail boat is needed, about 30 minutes.

On these both islands, there are 2 schools are known under the same name, Baan KohBulon. They are supervised by the same school director. The first one located in BulonLeh Island and the other one in Bulon Don. Both providing acurriculum from Kindergarten to Grade 9.

Please note that your most involvement will be with the school on BulonLeh Island. However, a possibility to organize activities with kids on Bulon Don Island can be discussed during the camp.

DaLaa and the school have together collaborated with the “Activities with Kids” program since November 2013. Ritually, every year in November, a camp there will be organized, same as this year.



– To support Baan KohBulon School

– To be part of the community of KohBulonLeh Island

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



– Give non-formal English classes by organizing creative activities

– Create teaching materials for teachers and kids

– Adapt the classrooms by decorating/painting

– Improve the school area (creating new gardens, for example)

– Activities with villagers: clean up the island, host family, or fishing trip with fishermen

**Activities proposed can be altered. We’ll keep you updated 1 month or 2 weeks before the camp starts**

It’s recommended for participants to bring in some ideas for group activities to the work camp as you will spend most of your stay with your volunteer friends. Activities can be card games, songs, shows, craft skill sharing or anything that bring you guys together!


The volunteers should be ready to stay in a remote area, to adapt to the local conditions with only basic facilities. Not manylocal people are 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 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 leaded by a DaLaa member/staff who will help to coordinate the project.



Volunteers will stay in a school classroom. 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 (but the price is like 5 times the normal price) or from the market on land (We’d rather take this option). However, there will NOT be a variety of selection as the project site is far situated away from mainland. What the locals normally do is buy a whole lot of food supply once or twice a week from the mainland. Volunteers will need to be flexible with easy meals, having almost the same dishes and fruits for the 2 weeks. 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).