About the local hosting organizationSince 2015, an active group of Tamek villagers, in the mountainous area of South Thailand (Trang province) decided to gather and take a strong responsibility in the preservation of their rich forest environment. They want to bring awareness both to locals and strangers concerning the importance of water, forest, plants, animals…How to live in harmony all together. They created a center and organize regular activities with villagers, volunteers from Thailand and abroad. Activities ranges from rivers small dams to tree local species nursery, planting and collecting edible plants, field trip in the forest and also fun activities with local kids and villagers. Bringing life to this center is already a step to forest preservation.
About the volunteer workDuring this work camp, volunteers will get a chance to join hands with the community members to preserve nature, while they can learn about their way of living. During the weekends, we will be creating activities and games with children and young people to open their views and let them learn about international culture. We plan to adjust surrounding around the community learning center, continue the edible garden and the tree nursery. We should be able to build a small stream dam to preserve humidity and water even during the dry season. We plan also a trip to the forest to get in true contact with the nature. We will organize home stay as well for 1 or 2 nights. **Do not expect for a fixed schedule as the weather and locals way of doing cannot fit to this.
Local accommodationVolunteers will stay in a wooden hut lifted from ground on the border of the forest. It can accommodate 20 people where it is used to be everything from evening meeting to sleeping place. There are 3 bathrooms close by with availability of electricity and water supply (pipe water from the mountain). Volunteers can hang mosquito net up to the ceiling and look for their own cozy corners. There will be simple mats, pillow and mosquito net. You will need to bring your sleeping bag and a small mattress. There are basic toilets and showers and a 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).
About the project locationTamek (ตะเหมก) is a Buddhist village consisting an estimate of 500 homes. It is quite isolated and situated in Lamor sub-district of Nayong district, Trang province, around 11 kilometers away from the main road. It’s an old (about 200 years) and isolated village, part of Bantad Mountain range (เทือกเขาบรรทัด). The main occupation of villagers is farmer (rubber plantation, vegetables and fruits). It is surrounded by tropical forest and part of a rich watershed with many small streams. 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 need to fight against this decision and to prove they can live in harmony with the forest, the nature and can take care of it. P Singh is the name of one of these very active villagers. He joined many groups and organizations to protect the forest and the right of local people to stay in their environment. We learn to know P Singh in 2015 through our projects’ hosts meeting. He came with few other villagers to ask us to join their new learning center. Since that time, we organized 5 workcamps already and it has been a great motivation for both local people and volunteers. They do organize other workcamps with university students clubs too. We believe this cooperation between the villagers and outsiders with the common aim of harmony between man and the nature is beneficial for all participants and the environment.