2019-05-01 to 2020-02-28
KOH NANGKHAM NEUA SCHOOL, 40, KOH NANGKHAM, PAKPAY ,Thailand
Aged between 18-99
KOH NANGKHAM NEUA SCHOOL, 40, KOH NANGKHAM, PAKPAY
SHORT DESCRIPTIONVolunteers will join a small Muslim community of South Thailand on the banks of Songkhla Lake. They will organize activities for children of the local school and share the life of the villagers.HISTORY and REASONS OF THE PROJECTKoh Nang Kham is a small village situated in Pattalung province, close to the middle part of Songkhla Lake which is Thailands biggest lake. The community area is a small island inside the lake so the main career of the villagers is fisheries. Some work on rubber and palm plantation, fruit orchards or shrimp farm. During free time, some villagers gain some extra income from making and selling local desserts and fruit preservation, for instance. You may find more information about Songkhla lake on this following website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songkhla_Lake.
The villagers of Koh Nang Kham are Muslim .The local government primary school offers classes from kindergarten to grade 6. At the moment, there are 146 students, and 12 teachers. Mr. Somhit Chobngam (Crue Chem), the school oldest teacher contacted DaLaa first in 2015 to discuss on the possibility of volunteers as he saw the importance of improving learning methods for the students. He hopes that children can learn about language and cultures naturally by doing activities with the volunteers. We already organized a Short Term workcamp once every year since 2015 and had the first team of Middle tem volunteers in 2017 for 2 months. The results were very positive and few other villagers started extra activities with volunteers outside school.In small communities in Thailand, local people hardly have contacts with foreigners, while students are getting pressured from current educational system to study English but they never have a chance to meet any foreigners. Therefore, this will give them the chance to gain motivation to learn and explore the cultural diversity by doing creative activities with international volunteers. Having international volunteers to learn about local fishermans lifestyle, it will help the fishermen to feel more motivated to preserve their local knowledge and wisdom. Apart from that, volunteers can also become the link between children and villagers to take part in this community learning activities.AIMS of the PROJECTChildren and adults can learn English with volunteers2-way learning process between local children/ villagers and volunteers Better understanding towards local cultureTo build a good relationship between volunteers and local people
Volunteers will be arranging creative activities with students. They will be supervised by the teachers. Depending of the volunteers skills, they will be proposed to organize activities with each class from Grade 1 to Grade 6 twice a week (1 hour session). The idea is that 1 session is more about English language while the other one is free to decide. Outside the school, few villagers are willing to invite volunteers to learn about local fisherman lifestyle on Songkhla Lake and organize other common activities.
Accommodation and food:
Volunteers will stay either at Crue Chem house, or at the school. There is shower room and toilet in local condition. Please consider if you are easily prone to a backache, bringing more bedding materials could be an option. The living condition is very simple than you would think. You may find it completely different than in your country. And please do not expect intensive comfort.. Volunteers will take turn to cook by themselves.
Location and leisure activities:
espect should be given to the local project and villagers that it should be agreed in advance with all parties. Keep in mind that you are a volunteer, and youre part of the community, NOT a tourist during your stay in Koh NangKham. Dont expect to visit the Lonely Planet for Thai best spots but rather to be recommended by villagers or DaLaa members.For ones who plan to travel in Thailand/Asia besides this voluntary work, having it done before or after the project wed appreciate it. We hope that volunteers will fully spend their stay in the project without asking for a long holiday break. This would cause uncertainty in running activities. However, there would be an exemption for volunteers who are applying for over 3 months but it will be considered case by case.
Nearest airport / terminal:
Koh Nangkham Neua school, 40, Koh Nangkham, Pakpay
Meeting Point and Time:
To be confirmed 3 weeks before the workcamp start
The minimum stay required is 2-month service; the fee is 10 000 B per month.