About the local hosting organizationKokPayom is a strong Muslim fishermen community from Satun province, Southern Thailand. Over 30 families of the village gathered to protect the bio diversity of their mangrove forest for over 15 years and to be responsible for the social life of the village. They created an alternative school named KlongTohLem and now registered as a foundation. With DaLaa, we support them since 2009 by sending short and long term volunteers. This yearly workcamp during school holidays will be focus on mangrove forest management but you will be also joining renovation work, activities with kids and will be able to share the energy of the community.
About the volunteer work1. Revitalizing some area of the mangrove forest by pruning the small trees branches and allowing them enough place to grow. 2. Renovating/adjusting surrounding at KlongTohLem Academy and the Islamic Education Center of the village 3. Organizing activities with kids especially on Sundays at KlongTohLem Academy 4. Learning the local life of this fisherman’s village, Kok Payom
Local accommodationVolunteers will sleep at the village meeting place (also the pier) on the river side. There is a hut with 3 rooms and a big meeting area with a roof where we can put more tents. There will be simple mats, pillow and mosquito net. You will need to bring your sleeping bag and a small mattress if you want to be more comfortable. There are basic toilets, showers and a kitchen. The villagers will help the volunteers to cook.
About the project locationThe volunteers should be ready to stay in a remote area, 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.