Baan Ta Yang
Description: Sustainability is challenging to Baan Ta Yang community (Andaman cost-South Thailand), similarly to the other coastal villages in this area. It is important to preserve the mangroves, which is natural habitat to flora and fauna, filters water and protect the land from erosion. The local people are concerned and take care of the natural environment while keeping traditions and the wisdom of the elderly. The members of Mangrove Forest Conservation and Community based Tourism have a construction’s project in building a local pier for the local uses. Meanwhile, they also would like to continue the concept of non-formal learning space in the village for children to learn English through creative activities by international environment.
Type of Work: 1- Construction of the local pier (concrete and wood) near the center of the Mangrove Forest Conservation and Community based Tourism. Volunteers will support the local team work on the construction (foundation, floor, pillars and roof) (50% of working time) .
2- Organizing creative English teaching activities in the village to the children by games, sports, art, dance, music… (30% of working time)- There are about 20-30 children from elementary school ages.
3- Local wisdom learning (20% working time)- possibility to join and learn Thai cooking, discussions on the tourism-based community, mangrove discovery and preservation, making basket, volunteer music band, collecting shells, fishing…
Study Theme: We want to support the motivation of villagers for autonomy, environment and local culture preservation, as well as culture exchange.
Accommodation: Volunteer will sleep in the host family in the village (the houses are near to each other). The host family houses are in basic condition. You will need to bring your sleeping bag, pillow and a small mattress. The toilets and bathroom are in Thai style with very basic condition. The volunteers only sleep in different places but will come to the same meeting place for cooking and others activities.
Language: Very few local people are able to speak in English.
Requirements: 1. Flexibility and readiness in learning new things.
- Respect the differences of the cultural diversity.
- Able to work with others people.
- Ready to work with community.