Kok Riang-Lung Jaeng’s Garden
Mr. Suthep Suwankrajang, host and project coordinator, known as Lung Jaeng, has an interest to produce his own organic food. He himself does not have any agricultural background, however, he took the initiative to turn his land property into a place where everyone can learn and experiment on non-chemical agriculture. We could say it’s a social garden. Since August 2015, his home is also a volunteer service learning center where we built our new DaLaa association office. Lung Jaeng has a strong social network and he is involved in voluntary work, social activism and forest conservation for many years. He has been laboriously growing variety of vegetables, rice and local seasonal fruits. He tries to create a learning space for the surrounding community members, especially for the new generation, to grow healthy food and to exchange good ideas. According to Lung Jaeng’s observation, our societies nowadays are so used to the convenient way of living and buying everything from the market without realizing that most of the food products sold in market heavily contained dangerous chemicals and pesticides, which would eventually lead to severe health problems.
4 years ago, Lung Jaeng started all by himself, growing vegetables and fruit trees such as pineapples, coconuts, mangoes, papayas, aubergines, Chinese lettuce, etc.. Apart from him, there are also other few friends in the same village, Lung Sian, and Lung Chiaw, who have been supporting and coordinating with his initiatives. They always come by for a visit and give Lung Jaeng advice on how to grow vegetables.
DaLaa saw this as a meaningful project for us and volunteers to be involved in, as well as taking the opportunity to learn about this highly sustainable self-reliant living. Moreover, it’s very important to give them all the help and support that they need in bringing about awareness, and in the meantime build-up collaborations and train apprentices within their own and neighboring communities.
By sending volunteers to work with Lung Jang, DaLaa hopes that we can support him with manpower, energy and skills from the volunteers, and also help him to promote the idea of non-chemical agriculture among the villagers and to support a strong social network.
Usually, you will work in the vegetable garden (about 3 km from the house). Work will involve nurturing vegetables plants and fruit trees, collecting vegetables for your own consumption, feeding animals, growing seeds or nursing young plants. The volunteers should be able to handle physical hard work but there is no pressure and you will have a lot of time to relax. For this part, volunteers should be ready to handle long periods of time in the garden, isolated, giving attention to plants and the work needed to be done. It could be sometimes quite boring (taking off weeds, watering…). Another part of the project is to join social activities in the village (at the temple for example) and at home, the voluntary service center. There will have many visitors including students groups, DaLaa members and local people. You may organize activities with local kids too. You will follow your host, Lung Jaeng in his daily life and support him. Taking care of the center, cleaning, cooking activities is very important too. You will have opportunities to meet and work with DaLaa association staff.
• To support the efforts for this place to be an agricultural learning space for interested people
• To learn from each other among volunteers themselves, and from volunteers to villagers vice versa through “learning by doing” concept
• To build good relationship between volunteers and local people
• To be a part of the Voluntary Service Center
Shared bamboo huts in the project host’s compound.
Baan Kok Riang, Klong Hoy Khong district, Songkhla province, Southern Thailand
Kok Riang is a village which is close to Hatyai city. Do not expect the village’s life of close and relax relationships that you can find in the countryside villages because most of people are working in the city, worries and money have already taken over here. But the relationships with people joining our project can be really warm though.
Meeting point: Hat Yai Airport
The volunteers should be ready to stay in a community and to take responsibilities and initiatives to adapt to the local conditions with basic facilities and non English speaking people. 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.
The minimum stay required is 2-month service, 17,000 Baht, approx. 430 Euro
The fee will be used for living expenses (gas, water, electricity, food) and materials used in projects/activities. Some part of the fee will be used to support Thai volunteers and our organization.
For volunteers intending to stay longer than 3 months, from month 3 onward, the fee per month is 7,000 Baht.
For example, 3-month participation, the fee will be 24,000 Baht (17,000+7,000), approx. 610 Euro
Available all year, but minimum of 2-month stay (See below fee for middle and long-term projects).
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