SONGKRAN FESTIVAL & FARM STAY

Suan Plak Wha Farm and local temple, Khlong La Sub-District, Khlong Hoi Khong District, Songkhla - Thaïlande - Chantier court terme

Environnemental - Culturel

  • Chantier International
  • 08-04-2019 - 20-04-2019
  • 12 volontaires
  • 18-99 ans
  • 260 EUR de frais de participation
  • VSA1904

Description

Thai New Year season called “Songkran” will be held on 13-15 April. Songkran is an important custom for Thai families, community and religion. It is also very popular with visitors. Thai people will prepare themselves for the beginning of the New Year by cleaning their houses and prepare celebration the festival in the local temples and communities. There are many activities during the festival including the water splashing, the bathing rite for Buddha images and the monks, and the performances for all 3 days. Moreover, local foods that it is not easy to find in the normal day will be provided by the local people. Everyone can get join in the celebration and festival. VSA has organized this workcamp for 7th times to support the festival and celebrating Thai traditional New Year with the international volunteers by collaboration with the local temple and community. This year, VSA hope that we can continue to help the local preparing the festival, and exchange the culture. Furthermore, the project collaborates with Suan Plak Waa Farm in Songkhla where it is the farm stay. Suan Plak Waa is an organic farm. It has been created around the local family’s house by family in Songkhla, Thailand. The farm is kind of sufficiency economic feeding the animals; cow, pig, and chicken, fish, etc., and plant several vegetables for the food. They grow many vegetables to eat for themselves, they feed the animals to cook for the food for themselves. When they have enough for cooking in their family. They can sell them at the local market to make an income for a small family. VSA Thailand and Suan Plak Waa have been worked as a partner since 2017. We start to send the international volunteer step by step. We hope, someday, Suan Plak Waa Organic Farm will become the international learning organic center for people around the world to adapt to daily life.

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Partenaire

Volunteer Spirit Association (VSA Thailand) is a Informal Education Organization / Non Profit Organization (NPO) / Non-Government Organization (NGO) / Social Enterprise / Peace organization collaborating international voluntary projects for people of all ages, cultures, religious and economic backgrounds.

Travail

The volunteer will work on the farm with the host family. The volunteer will learn and share organic farm through local agriculture philosophy.  The volunteer will help them to prepare soils, plant and take care of plants by water. They will also eat organic vegetables from an organic farm.  The volunteer will help them to take care of the animals, such as cow, pig, and chicken, in the animal's farm, and make the biogas by the dung of animals in the farm.  The volunteer can learn and help them to make the shampoo and the soap by the local wisdom. During the Songkran festival, the volunteer will be a part of the festival as an international volunteer. The volunteer will help the local people to prepare the celebration of the festival. You can bring a performance from your own country to perform during the festival including a music instrument to show at the festival. The volunteer is also expected to create a performance in the festival with the villagers.

Logement & Nourriture

The volunteer will stay at local agricultural farmer’s house. The toilets are Thai style. The toilet paper is not provided, but it can be purchased at local stores.  Nature environment, basic and simple.  Mattress, pillow, and fan are provided.  Thai toilet and bath.  No food and drinks except water in the sleeping area for your care because some animals such as the mouses, ants, will come to share your food.  Please keep clean and tidy. The volunteer expects to eat Thai food. The host family will prepare the food for the volunteer.

Emplacement & Temps libre

Suan Plak Wha Farm and local temple, Khlong La Sub-District, Khlong Hoi Khong District, Songkhla TRANSPORTATION There are 3 ways to get to Hat Yai City, Songkhla province from Bangkok; plane, bus, and train. Plane – Hat Yai International Airport, the volunteer can take the plane from Bangkok to Hat Yai International Airport. The plane will take you to Hat Yai approximately 1 hour and a half. There are 4 ways to get the meeting point from Hat Yai International Airport; taxi, local transportation (Songtaew), minibus and Grab application.  Taxi, you can take the taxi to the meeting point directly. The price is around 200 – 300 Baht.  Songtaew (Local transportation), the price is not more than 20 Baht) the volunteer should walk through the car park until the last line of the road at the airport. Songtaew will park there, then take Songtaew no. 8299 (Blue color) from Hat Yai International Airport to Hat Yai Bus Station. Tell the driver that you are going to get off at Gimyong Market. It will take around 30 minutes. (Please notice when Songtaew is crossing the bridge, it is also crossing a train station, the railway is under you). After you drop at Gimyong Market, the volunteer should walk to Kasikorn Thai Bank (Big green bank at the corner). After that cross the road, then walk along under the bridge around 100 meters, you will see the railway then turn left and walk 200 meters to the train station ticket office. Minibus, the minibus Hat Yai – Airport, the volunteer can take the minibus from Hat Yai International Airport to Hat Yai Bus Station. Tell the driver that you are going to get off at Gimyong Market. (Please notice when the minibus is crossing the bridge, it is also crossing a train station, the railway is under you). The price is 60 Baht. After you drop at Gimyong Market, the volunteer should walk to Kasikorn Thai Bank (Big green bank at the corner). After that cross the road, then walk along under the bridge around 100 meters, you will see the railway then turn left and walk 200 meters to the train station ticket office. Grab application, the application on a smartphone that you can download for booking the car to the destination. You can check the price during booking the Grab car. Bus – Hat Yai Bus Terminal, the volunteer can take the bus from Bangkok Bus Terminal (Southern), Bangkok to Hat Yai Bus Terminal. You can book a bus ticket following this link https://tickets.co.th/en/search?from_id=5752&on=2018-10-03&passengers=1&to_id=7013, or buy the ticket at the counter at the bus terminal. The bus will take you to Hat Yai approximately 14 hours. There are 4 ways to get the meeting point from Hat Yai Bus Terminal; Songtaew (local transportation), Tuk Tuk (local transportation), taxi motorcycle and Grab application.  Songtaew (Local transportation), the price is not more than 15 Baht). Tell the driver that you are going to get off at Gimyong Market. It will take around 30 minutes. After you drop at Gimyong Market, walk to Kasikorn Thai Bank (Big green bank at the corner). After that cross the road, then walk along under the bridge around 100 meters, you will see the railway then turn left and walk 200 meters to the train station ticket office. Every Songtaew can take you from the bus terminal to Gimyong Market.  Tuk Tuk (Local transportation), the price is not more than 60 Baht). Please inform the driver you want to go to Hat Yai Train Station, It will take around 30 minutes.  Taxi motorcycle – (See the driver with the registration vest) the price is not more than 60 Baht. Tell the driver where you want to go. For making sure the price that you should pay, please ask about the price first before you go with them.  Grab application, the application on a smartphone that you can download for booking the car to the destination. You can check the price during booking the Grab car. Train – Hat Yai Train Station, the volunteer can take the train from Bangkok (Hua Lam Pong Train Station) to Hat Yai Train Station. It will take you to Hat Yai approximately 11 – 14 hours. You can book the ticket following this link https://www.thairailwayticket.com/eTSRT/default.aspx?language=1, or buy the ticket at Hua Lam Pong Train Station, Bangkok. On the website, please click: Southern Origin: Bangkok Destination: Hat Yai JN. Then, you can find the itinerary information. --- There are many beautiful tourist attractions in Songkhla province. We would like to recommend the Hat Yai Municipality Park, Samila Beach, and Songkhla Old Town. Hat Yai Municipality Park – The biggest public park in Hat Yai city where the local people come to take a relax. Moreover, there is a big Buddha on the top of the Ko Hong hill around the area of the public park. You can take the public car at the park to the hill. There you can see the beautiful view of Hat Yai city.

Nécessaire

All volunteers who want to participate in this project will be invited to attend the preparation session (le week-end de préparation au départ) organised by Solidarités Jeunesses before their departure Respect culture, open mind, and love to learn and share