Withee Tai Community
Since November 2016, Withee Tai has been officially registered as a community based learning center. There are about 25 of these centers in Thailand. They are free to organize their way of education and recognized at the same time. There are now 9 children registered aged 6 to 16 (Dec 2016), and more may be interested, but everyone around is also part of the learning process. We give equal importance to everyone; there are no actual teachers but 3 equal groups for decisions and preparing adapted program to each child: children, parents and facilitators (mentors).
The aim of the learning center is to improve the life quality, improve:
1- our soul 2- our environment 3- our professional skills (find our way)
Being free means for us being happy to live together.
Children will learn from joining and practice concrete activities some will be for everyone like yearly meeting, art camp, thanks rice and water festival, health and family camp, or walking trips. Other will be optional depending of the child interest. It includes yoga, healthy cooking, gardening and rice planting, languages learning in everyday life with volunteers, healthy community market (that they join every Friday afternoon in the small town), local cultural event, international family camp, making natural dam, clay house building, social enterprise (business) project, local cultural events… and any new possible activity proposed by kids or volunteers around can be included.
The only real obligation for kids to join this learning center; and it could be interesting for volunteer to do so; is to take time everyday (at least regularly) to think about these 3 questions: What did I do (today)? What did I learn? How did I feel? and to find a way to record it, drawing, writing,…
This is for a double reason, first to be able to learn effectively about ourselves and secondly to be able to explain and show to people outside our learning process. Indeed, not sending our kids to a regular school is usually not well understood by people around. There is also a possibility for each kid to be back to a regular school and the learning center offers the equivalence with a proper system of step to reach.
• Join and organize activities for Withee Tai learning center (see below)
• Daily tasks including collecting food, cooking, cleaning...
• Join daily activities with villagers for the benefits of the community (agriculture, restore a good ecological system, develop the center, learn local culture)
• Assist to organize health and family camp together with the Southern center for Buddhist alternative medicine (MorKeaw)and practice with a simple and healthy way of life.
• Dialogue with the community members about learning process and plan for activities once a month
• Plans, activities and evaluation every day: Thinking together, Acting together. Learning together about mind and souls, practical activities
Cha-uat district, Nakorn Sri Tammarat province, Southern Thailand
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
Available all year but minimum of 2-month stay (See below fee for middle and long-term projects)
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