Lang Ai Mee community
Lang Ai Mee community, from the remote and mountainous area of South Thailand, is seeking for volunteers to support their action of preserving harmonious relationships within the community, with the environment and the world. Their position in the watershed of Cha Uat river gives them the responsibility to preserve the forest so clean water can flow continuously through the valley. Their fights against the government who declared the place as a national park and tried to evacuate them in the past make their group strong and determined. Nowadays, they show actively that they are able to take care of their environment. The new learning center started by the police border patrol and the sister of the Thai new king is now taking care of the education of the local children and volunteers would be greatly appreciated to support with foreign language and activities exchange.
In 2002, they create a group “Ton Rak Paa Ton Nam” which could be translated by “Love forest and watershed” to gather now 157 families and 463 people. They made agreements together to preserve the forest, animals, water, trees, and organize activities together.
In 2014, the police border patrol helped to start a local school so children can have education all the year along. In 2015 and 2016, DaLaa volunteers situated in Roywan Phan Pba project close to the place joined often activities with the school and the villagers. The princess and donators made it possible to create a new and beautiful learning center for the local children in the village (called the school).
After Roywan project was stopped in 2016, an active member from Lang Ai Mee, P Com and an active teacher close to the villagers, Crue Prakan, contacted us to request more volunteers to join their activities.
1- Learning center (=school): exchange language, activities with kids. The school will adapt to each volunteers skills.
2- Join and exchange activities about the local culture, occupation (fruit and rubber farming, using local material to make crafts like brooms…)
3- Take care of the forest and watershed: plant trees close to the river, look around for seeds species, tree nursery, and small dams to keep humidity…
4- Join with the women group to make processed food from the forest: chili sauce, kind of palm fruit to boil…
With a local host
Cha-uat district, Nakorn Sri Tammarat province, Southern Thailand
Lang Ai Mee is a mountainous village of Nakorn Sri Tammarat province, Cha Uat district, part of Bantad Range Mountain. It is the watershed area giving birth to Cha Uat river flowing through the town of the same name and until the Chinese sea in Pak Panang district.
The first people came to live in this area in 1963. It’s a good area to plant rubber and fruit plantations. One of them was named Mee and gave his name to the village. In 1972, the government declared this area a national park and since then tries to forbid the villagers to live there and to use the natural resources, arguing that villagers are destroying the nature. (The same government who allowed before some companies concessions to cut all the forest rich trees species to sell abroad.)
Since that time, the villagers, about 60 families at that time, gather to fight against this decision and to prove they can live in harmony with the forest, the nature and can take care of it. Many volunteers’ activities have been going on in the village and now the community is very strong and responsible.
Meeting point: Hat Yai Airport
The volunteers should be ready to stay in a remote area (in the middle of the forest), to adapt to the local conditions with only basic facilities and with very 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.
**For ones who plan to travel in Thailand/Asia besides this voluntary work, having it done before or after the project would be advisable. We hope that volunteers will fully spend their stay in the project without asking for a long holiday break amid the project period. This would cause uncertainty in running activities.
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
Project available from May 1st to September 30th 2018 and November 1st to February 28th 2019. Minimum of 2-month stay (See below fee for middle and long-term projects).