Project code: DALAA-STC 6202

WAT PHO THAWAD

Activities with kids at a primary school

10 – 23 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, who shares our values, would like to welcome volunteers again after the good feedback of the first work camps that took place in 2018. Volunteers can help to organize English lessons or other fun activities with the 49 students from kindergarten to Grade 6 (5-12 years old) for 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

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 with a break in October; so February is the last full month. 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. The local kids have very few chances for interaction with foreigners and English language is more and more needed for their future.

 

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

 

WORK AND ACTIVITIES

– Give non-formal English classes and other fun activities with the students

– Create teaching materials for teacher and kids

– Improve the school area

– Activities with villagers : cleaning the temple area , sport activities

**The activities may be slightly modified. We’ll keep you update 1 months or 2 weeks before the camp starts**

** You will be supervised by a DaLaa coordinator that will be the link between the volunteers’ team and the local school. The school director can also speak good English. **

** 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 or temple building (depending on the number of volunteers). 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).