The local government primary school has been open since 1956. It offers classes from kindergarten to grade 6. At the moment, there are 146 students, and 12 teachers. Mr. Somhit Chobngam (Crue Chem), the school principal 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 2 Short Term workcamps (2 weeks each in 2015 and 2016). There is one more planned in February 2017 and we decided to increase the support for the kids education by sending Middle term volunteers for the first term of the next school year, starting in May for Thai kids. The next holidays will be in October. Crue Chem would like to start the project in April if any volunteers is interested to get to know the community before the school open. This will be a first try of longer term cooperation with Cru Chem and the local community.
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 fisherman’s 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.
The main aim for volunteers is to be part of the learning process for students and villagers. Volunteers will be arranging creative activities with students. In return, the volunteers can also learn about local fisherman lifestyle of Songkhla Lake.
• Children and adults can learn English with volunteers
• 2-way learning process between local children/ villagers and volunteers
• Better understanding towards local culture
• To build a good relationship between volunteers and local people
• To be part of Koh Nangkham community
At teacher’s house or at school.
Koh Nangkham, Pattalung,Southern Thailand
Baan Koh Nangkham Nua is a small village situated in Pattalung province and close to the middle part of Songkhla Lake which is Thailand’s 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.
Meeting point: Hat Yai Airport
The volunteers should be ready to stay in a remote area, to adapt to the local conditions with only basic facilities and with few people 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. There will have often activities with the children. To have responsibility for yourself, the kids and full involvement in community matters is a must.
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
All year possible (except for March and April). Minimum of 2-month stay (See below fee for middle and long-term projects).
To discover more: http://www.dalaa-thailand.com/wordpress/projects/long-term/kohnangkham