1- Construction of the local pier (concrete and wood) near the center of the Mangrove Forest Conservation and Community based Tourism. Volunteers will support the local team work on the construction (foundation, floor, pillars and roof) (50% of working time) . This pier will be used by local people.
2- Organizing creative English teaching activities in the village to the children by games, sports, art, dance, music… (30% of working time)- The place is at Bang Sit’s house (in the village) There are about 20-30 children from elementary school ages. The activities will take the whole day (2-3 days) divided into two sessions from 09:00 -11:30 and 14:00-17:00. It is also possible to have the creative activities in school (when request by teachers).
3- Local wisdom learning (20% working time)- possibility to join and learn Thai cooking, discussions on the tourism-based community, mangrove discovery and preservation, making basket, volunteer music band, collecting shells, fishing…
Volunteer will sleep in the host family in the village (the houses are near to each other). The host family houses are in basic condition. You will need to bring your sleeping bag, pillow and a small mattress. The toilets and bathroom are in Thai style with very basic condition. The volunteers only sleep in different places but will come to the same meeting place for cooking and others activities. Do not worry about the distances; the places are just near to each other (walking distance). The volunteers will take turn in a small group to cook in the shared kitchen. Besides, the volunteers will also have chance to get invited to eat at the villagers houses or sometimes the villagers brings foods (potluck system) to eat with the volunteers. Volunteers are welcome to cook their own food using the ingredients available there. (No oven, only a gas and woks or pans). If you plan to cook something typical from your home country, instant ingredients (Halal) are recommended to bring from home.
Baan Ta Yang is a Muslim community, not far from the Andaman Sea, located in Pak Nam sub-district, La-ngu District, Satun Province. Baan Ta Yang is an island community close to the seawater canals surrounded by mangrove forests. Most villagers rely on seasonal work in fishing and agricultures especially (nipa palm/mangrove palm) for daily living and main source of income.
Sustainability is challenging to Baan Ta Yang community (Andaman cost-South Thailand), similarly to the other coastal villages in this area. It is important to preserve the mangroves, which is natural habitat to flora and fauna, filters water and protect the land from erosion. The local people are concerned and take care of the natural environment while keeping traditions and the wisdom of the elderly. The members of Mangrove Forest Conservation and Community based Tourism have a construction’s project in building a local pier for the local uses. Meanwhile, they also would like to continue the concept of non-formal learning space in the village for children to learn English through creative activities by international environment.
1. Flexibility and readiness in learning new things.
2. Respect the differences of the cultural diversity.
3. Able to work with others people.
4. Ready to work with community.