About the local hosting organizationKoh Libong is the biggest island of Trang province on the west coast of south Thailand, famous for the population of dugongs (sea cows) still quite important. There are 4 Muslim villages and a wild life reserve. It is not very touristic as other famous islands of Andaman Sea but in the last years, there have been more and more tourists coming and few resort started business. For the Muslim local community, it’s not easy to deal with the culture difference. They try to be careful to keep their identity while accepting the newcomers who are willing to respect them. With this workcamp, we would like to create links between volunteers and interested members of the community and try to understand each other. The main work will be to organize activities for local children (it is holiday time), about culture exchange, harmony and solidarity, environment preservation…We will also join the group of villagers for community activities like making a small dam in the stream, planting vegetable garden and join fishing or catching shells and crabs. We want to help the local community to prepare the future and find solutions on how to live with outsiders.
About the volunteer work1- Organize activities for local children during their holidays at the school location. The main theme are culture exchange, communication with foreigners, harmony, solidarity and environment preservation… but it will depends on volunteers ideas and skills. Keep in mind that the level of English is very low for these kids so we will have to deal with barriers language. Expect to have kids aged around 8 to 12. 2- Create teaching materials for teachers and kids 3- Plant some vegetable in school garden 4- Build a natural dam 5- Share the daily activities of villagers, discussions, dugong observation…
Local accommodationVolunteers will stay with a local family. 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, showers and a kitchen. Local people eat rice (or noodles) 3 times a day with side dishes like sea food, 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). Volunteers will live with a Muslim family so please remember not to bring any pork nor alcohol product with you.
About the project locationLibong island (Koh=island) is one of Trang’s islands located in Kantang district. It is about 30 minute by boat from Hat Yao pier on the mainland. The name of the island was derived from an indigenous tree named in Malayan ‘Libong’ which in the past, the island was once dense with this kind of tree. The ancient settlers were Muslim migrating from Malaysia. Nowadays, the islanders’ population has doubled compare to the past years (about 4000 people). However, the villagers still live their life simply, going out every day to fish at sea, take care of their rubber plantation, etc. There are 4villages and most of them are Muslim. There are very few cars but most of them have motorcycles. Libong is known widely for the richness of its natural diversity. The island’s geography is mountainously where it is home to different species of wildlife. In the sea, there is seagrass, the staple of dugongs, which thrives specifically around this island. Dugong is a species of sea cow with tendency to extinction.