Lang Ai Mee
Description: Lang Ai Mee community, from the remote and mountainous area of South Thailand, is seeking for volunteers to support their action of preserving harmonious relationships within the community, with the environment and the world. Their position in the watershed of Cha Uat River gives them the responsibility to preserve the forest so clean water can flow continuously through the valley. Nowadays, they show actively that they are able to take care of their environment. The new learning center started by the police border patrol and the sister of the new king of Thailand is now taking care of the education of the local children and volunteers would be greatly appreciated to support with foreign language and activities exchange.
Type of Work: 1- Learning center (=school): exchange language, activities with kids. The school will adapt to each volunteers skills. 2- Take care of the forest and watershed: build a small dam to keep humidity for the trees around during the dry season (March and April) 3- Join and exchange activities about the local culture, occupation (fruit and rubber farming, using local material to make crafts like brooms…)
Study Theme: 1- Exchange and learn language and culture with the local community. 2- Support the local group: Love forest and watershed. 3- Support the learning center on the foreign language aspect. 4- Help to give responsibility and harmony to local people in preserving their culture and way of life.
Accommodation: Volunteers will sleep in the former school building which is now the gathering meeting place for villagers, few hundred meters from the new 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 and showers and a small kitchen where 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.
Language: only very few people in the village can speak good English (Crue Prakan, the teacher is one of them). We will teach you some basic Thai language during the start of your project. Non verbal communication will be as well essential.
Requirements: The volunteers should be ready to stay in a remote area (in the middle of the forest), 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 handle spontaneous working environment and constant changes in the plans. The mentality and way of thinking is very different from the western world.
Approximate Location: Lang Ai Mee village, Wang Ung sub district, Cha Uat district, Nakorn Sri Tammarat province, South Thailand