Project DetailsCode: DALAA-STC6111
Start date: 12 nov 2018
End date: 25 nov 2018
Term: Workcamp (6-15 days)
Theme: EDU, SOCI
State: Koh Bulon, Satun province Southern Thailand
Minimum Age: 18
DescriptionVolunteers will organize activities with kids at the small school of Koh Bulon Island, in the Andaman sea, South Thailand. There will have a few activities with the fishermen local community. We keep organizing this work camp every year since the school request in 2013 . It’s beneficial for everyone to make social volunteer work, for the local population to see foreigners in a different way than tourism, for the volunteers to understand the reality of the local life, to exchange… and work on common aims.
HISTORY and REASONS OF THE PROJECT
Bulon Leh Island is situated far off the coastline in the Andaman Sea under the authority of Mu Koh Phetra National Park, which is approximately 22 kilometers away or 1.5 hours by boat from the main pier, Pakbara. It is located in the district of La Ngu, Satun province, Southern Thailand. The majority of villagers make a living on fisheries and tourism business that are 95% Muslim (approx. 100 residents). Geologically, this island is surrounded by several other small islands beginning with this initiation “Bulon” or known as Bulon Archipelagoes. Nowadays, this island has become very much frequently visited by tourists. It has most public utilities and there available resorts, restaurants, and bars but no ATM machines. Tourists know its fame for beautiful white sand beaches, peaceful environment, and some people name it “undisturbed hideaway” compare to other busy islands of Thailand. Still, there’s concern that this Bulon Leh Island in the near future would be turned into another crowded island where its nature will be gradually spoiled.
The project school called Baan Koh Bulon. It’s a small school situated facing towards the frontline of the island, and in the heart of the island there’s a cluster of a small fisherman community. It hardly gives that there will be the very same number of teachers and students every year as the school is far in distance from the mainland. But, this year there could be estimated4-5 teachers and 35-40 students, ages of children ranged from 5 to 15 years old (from Kindergarten to Grade 9).
For more information, facing outward to the sea, there is another Bulon island standing green from your eye’s view, it’s Bulon Don Island. This island is not a touristic spot, no resorts, just the native fishermen living. Bulon Leh and Bulon Don are very close to each other. To commute to and from each island, a long-tail boat is needed, about 30 minutes.
On these both islands, there are 2 schools are known under the same name, Baan Koh Bulon. They are supervised by the same school director. The first one located in Bulon Leh Island and the other one in Bulon Don. Both providing a curriculum from Kindergarten to Grade 9.
Please note that your most involvement will be with the school on Bulon Leh Island. However, a possibility to organize activities with kids on Bulon Don Island can be discussed during the camp.
DaLaa and the school have together collaborated with the “Activities with Kids” program since November 2013. Ritually, every year in November, a camp there will be organized, same as this year.
AIMS of the PROJECT
• To support Baan Koh Bulon School
• To be part of the community of Koh Bulon Leh Island
• To let children be familiar with volunteers and learn in international/multi-cultural atmosphere
Work And Activities
• Give non-formal English classes by organizing creative activities
• Create teaching materials for teachers and kids
• Adapt the classrooms by decorating/painting
• Improve the school area (creating new gardens, for example)
• Activities with villagers: clean up the island, host family, or fishing trip with fishermen
Accommodation And FoodVolunteers will stay in a school classroom. You will need to bring sleeping bag, a small mattress and a mosquito net for yourself. The living condition is very simple than you would think. You may find it completely different than in your country. There are basic toilets and showers and a kitchen where volunteers will cook by themselves They can take turn in daily tasks. The ingredients can be purchased at local grocery stores (but the price is like 5 times the normal price) or from the market on land (We’d rather take this option). However, there will NOT be a variety of selection as the project site is far situated away from mainland. What the locals normally do is buy a whole lot of food supply once or twice a week from the mainland. Volunteers will need to be flexible with easy meals, having almost the same dishes and fruits for the 2 weeks. It may be helpful if you bring some instant ingredients from home, so that you can share some of your traditional food with other volunteers. (No oven, only a gas and woks or pans).
RequirementsThe volunteers should be ready to stay in a remote area, to adapt to the local conditions with only basic facilities. Not many local people are 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 activities with the children. To have responsibility for you, the kids and full involvement in community matters is a must. For the 2 weeks, you will be leaded by a DaLaa member/staff who will help to coordinate the project.
PROJECT PAGE: http://www.dalaa-thailand.com/wordpress/projects/short-term/project-code-5801
General information about Short Term Camps
• there will always be DaLaa Work Camp Coordinator accompanying volunteers
• besides the main project, there will be time for Thai language/culture and other activities
• volunteers have to be 18 years old or older
• living conditions will be in Thai style (willingness to adapt and enjoy simple conditions of living)
• participant is responsible for their own travel cost and all personal expenses during the free time
• participant is responsible for taking care of their own insurance
• no drugs are allowed in Thailand
• willingness to work and live together, make friends with local people and other volunteers
• info sheets with more detailed information are provided