Local culture and agriculture in Koh Sukorn
Sukorn Island, Trang province - Thaïlande
- Volontariat International
- 01-01-2019 - 31-03-2019
- 4 volontaires
- Adulte | 18-99 ans
- 540 EUR de frais de participation Frais de participation qui reviennent directement à l'organisme d'accueil du projet et qui comprennent les frais d'hébergement, de nourriture et de coordination du projet.
- Code projet: DAL MLTV1402
THE MINIMUM DURATION OF THIS PROJECT IS 2 MONTH. You can choose when you start and leave the project. Sukorn Island (Koh Sukorn) is situated in Palian district, Trang province. For this project, we will be conducting activities with communities in Baan Laem and Baan Toong village (2 on the 4 villages of the island). In these 2 villages, there is population of 1,189 or 337 families, 95% of them are Muslims. On this island there are also official offices and institutions of which are government-run namely one pre-school, two primary schools (grade 1 to grade 6), one healthcare center and one police station. General income of villagers is from fishing industry regarded as main occupation, secondly is rubber plantation and agriculture; growing rice, watermelons, corns and other seasonal vegetables as well as keeping livestock. KohSukorn watermelon is widely well-known for its best product because of its sweet juicy taste. The island landscape is geologically plain, partly with small hills. Also, around the shore line, it is lined up with scattered mangrove trees. In general, the villagers are very generous, and they still remain the culture of supporting and sharing with each other. Furthermore, they also believe that paddy and agriculture is the main food stability of the village. Already some years, a group of local researchers have been working with the 2 communities mentioned above. In one community, the village members are still remaining their traditional way of living, while in another, people started to drop their old values and turning to development from the cities. Less and less people are working on paddy fields or growing their own food supply as it is easier to buy. Therefore, these researchers aim to bring awareness to the locals to keep their life style and revive the tradition of growing paddy, other traditional agriculture, as well as developing local rice species, and forming farmer’s co-op group. They invite us to organize volunteers’ activities there in 2013. Few years after, the researcher group is not very active anymore, but we have successfully continued activities (mainly agriculture and activities with kids) with villagers and develop good relationships through short term workcamps and middle term volunteers. The period is now (since 2016) fixed from August to March as the raining season from April to July has less possible activities for volunteers. It is also important the host family have some time for themselves.
In DaLaa Thailand, what is our motivation? We started our organisation because we really want to support projects, especially for the people (and children) living in the countryside of Thailand, as for example the villages some of us come from and similar places. We want volunteers from Thailand and from all over the world to work together with the local people. This way we hope to create more friendships and understanding between people. Also by doing voluntary work (young) people get a good experience in working out of their heart, sharing and learning other ways of doing things, speaking English and having fun together. We hope more people become aware of the need of voluntary work and the joy voluntary work can give you. We want to work together with existing NGO’s and projects to share experiences and hopefully together we have more strength to accomplish projects.
AIMS of the PROJECT: • Preserving the local agriculture traditions and wisdom • Acknowledging importance of sustainable agriculture • Understanding the importance of the village community life • Long-lasting learning exchange between villagers, their children and international volunteers. Volunteers will be staying together with a host family and share the daily life with them. They will mostly join agriculture activities but may be organizing activities with the local kids. Their place in the daily life of the host family is essential. They shouldn’t be a burden but a support which can easily be spread to the community around. Since 2016, all the middle term volunteers were staying at JaTak and Bang Meng family and their experience has been great. Ja Tak would take time every day to explain them what they can help or do. Both hosts are going every morning from dawn to beginning afternoon for fishing, but they still have enough energy to do more activities with volunteers after this. There is another family, Ja Yao who is also ready to welcome volunteers.
Logement & Nourriture
The volunteers either share one hut either sleep inside the house. There will be simple mattress, pillow and mosquito net. You will need to bring sleeping bag. Volunteer will be part of the family who will take care of them for everything including food, security and transport. You will join daily tasks for collecting food and cooking. Local people eat rice (or noodles) 2 or 3 times a day with side dishes like curries, omelets, local leaves and vegetables and many fishes and sea food. Because the family is Muslim, there will be no pork or alcohol.
The volunteers should be ready to stay in a remote area, to adapt to the local conditions with only basic facilities and with few people 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 may have activities with the children. To have responsibility for yourself, the kids and full involvement in community matters is a must. General information about Middle and Long Term Projects: – you will be supervised by a DaLaa MLTV coordinator (introduction, MLTV-meetings, evaluation) – volunteers have to be 18 years or older – participant should have the basic skills/knowledge of work they are going to perform in the project – living conditions will be in Thai style (willingness to adapt and enjoy simple conditions of living) – participant is responsible for their own travel cost and all personal expenses during the free time – participant is responsible for taking care of their own insurance – no drugs are allowed in Thailand – willingness to work and live together, make friends with local people and other volunteers
During March-April and October,it’s school holiday in Thailand, which means we can make more activities with local kids. Participation Fee: 2-month service, 20,000 Baht ( approx. 540 Euro) 3rd month : 10,000 Baht 4th month and after: 9000 Baht per month The fee will be used for living expenses (gas, water, electricity, food) and materials used in projects/activities. Some part of the fee will be used to support Thai volunteers and our organization. Volunteers who apply for this project will be invited to participate to a « session de préparation au départ ». During this session, many things will be discussed as the volunteering projects, your fears and motivations, the intercultural shock, some practical aspects, ect.