Project DetailsCode: DALAA-STC6201
Start date: 20 ene 2019
End date: 02 feb 2019
Term: Workcamp (6-15 days)
Theme: KIDS, SOCI
State: Cha Uat Nakorn Sri Tammarat
Minimum Age: 18
DescriptionLang 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 new king of Thailand 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.
HISTORY and REASONS OF THE PROJECT
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.
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.
AIMS of the PROJECT
1- Exchange and learn language and culture with the local community.
2- Support the local group: Love forest and watershed.
3- Support the learning center on the foreign language aspect.
4- Help to give responsibility and harmony to local people in preserving their culture and way of life.
Work And Activities
1- Learning center (=school): exchange language, activities with kids. The school will adapt to each volunteers skills.
2- Take care of the forest and watershed: build a small dam to keep humidity for the trees around during the dry season (March and April)
3- Join and exchange activities about the local culture, occupation (fruit and rubber farming, using local material to make crafts like brooms…)
Accommodation And FoodVolunteers will sleep in the former school building which is now the gathering meeting place for villagers, few hundred meters from the new school. There will be simple mats, pillow and mosquito net. You will need to bring your sleeping baganda small mattress. There are basic toilets and showers and a small kitchen where villagers will help the volunteers to cook. Local people eat rice (or noodles) 3 times a day with side dishes like curries, omelets, local leaves and vegetables. Volunteers will be welcome to cook their own food using the ingredients available there. (No oven, only a gas and woks or pans).
RequirementsThe 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.Very few 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 often 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.
NotesPROJECT PAGE: http://www.dalaa-thailand.com/wordpress/projects/short-term/6002-2