About the local hosting organizationLang 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 Uatriver 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.
About the volunteer work1- 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- Help the villagers to build a new classroom for the school (if volunteers wish to join) 4- Join and exchange activities about the local culture, occupation (fruit and rubber farming, using local material to make crafts like brooms…)
Local accommodationVolunteers 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.
About the project locationThe 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.