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Thailand - Volunteer Projects

Thailand Thailand  |  Oct 10, 2008
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 It was a life-changing experience! I can't even describe how awesome it was to be in Bang Pat, live with a Thai family, and integrate into their society.

Dawn Smith, University 

Each project is two weeks in length and is run in collaboration with well-established local non-government organizations. Each volunteer project team will be supervised and directed by professional, English speaking staff from the host organization and ISV Project Leader.

Host Organizations:

Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand (WARF): WARF has projects located in a variety of regions throughout Thailand. WARF's objectives are to prevent, educate and actively campaign against hunting and cruelty to wild animals. WARF actively rescues wild animals that have been maltreated or injured and if they are unable to be released back into the wild, helps them to spend the rest of their lives in a sanctuary in a natural setting. Here, these animals help to educate locals, especially school children, on the importance of conservation. ISV groups will volunteer at a WARF Gibbon Rehabilitation Project in Phuket. The rehabilitation and education centre is situated in a vast area of virgin mountainous rain forest. The centre is home to many rescued gibbons. This year WARF plan to release a family of Gibbons into the surrounding rain forest. Specific project work will include:

* Wildlife enclosure maintenance
* Research and data collection on the released Gibbons; including behavior, location and interactions
* Local community conservation education
* Preparation of research material for study of released Gibbon

Elephant Nature Park (ENP): This organization is committed to the care, rehabilitation of mistreated and rescued elephants, education of elephant conservation issues to tourists and local elephant owners / mahouts, and developing sustainable alternate models for elephant tourism. ENP also provides local hill-tribe villages with education on taking care of elephants and also supports these hill-tribes on with small development projects. Specific project work includes:

* General maintenance duties at elephant nature park
* Elephant conservation awareness and education to visitors
* Education of local hill-tribe villages on elephant care
* Small community support projects in hill-tribe villages

Development and Education Program for Daughters and Communities (DEPDC) – Half Day School
DEPDC is a non-profit community based NGO working on the prevention side of the trafficking of woman and children into the sex industry or other exploitative child labor situations. It offers free education, vocational training and full time accommodation for young girls and boys in an effort to achieve these goals.
The Daughters Education Program (DEP) was founded in 1989 and has since helped over three thousand children by providing preventative education and life skills development.
Founded in 1996 the Half Day School (HDS) provides free primary education (grades kindergarten to grade six) for the children of seven villages in the Mae Sai area of Northern Thailand. HDC children come from various ethnic minority groups or hill-tribes of the Mekong Sub region.

Tsunami Volunteer Centre (TVC): The center was founded after the 2004 Tsunami in Khao Lak, the Thai coastal region which sustained the most damage from the tsunami. After initially providing forensic database help to idientify victims TVC turned to serve as a partner in the rebuilding of Thailand’s tsunami-affected communities, responding to the local people’s self-defined needs, and to provide the opportunity for volunteers from all over the world to contribute to this process. It also seeks to assist in the restoration of tsunami-affected communities through empowerment. Work tasks are primarily associated with English teaching and school camps, while also assisting with light construction at a nearby orphanage.

Bring the Elephant Home: The beautiful Khao Yai National Park is probably one of the few protected areas left in Thailand with the potential to sustain a viable elephant population over time. Bring the Elephant Home has been actively involved in showing to a broad community the abuse domestic elephants receive when working in elephant camps and on the streets in city’s like Bangkok. This year they have teamed up with the leader in wild elephant research to:

1. Educate locals about elephant issues around the last stronghold for wild elephants and Thailand’s first national park; Khao Yai National Park.
2. Plant 100,000 trees to create a future corridor for wild elephants to use between a community forest and the national park.

Work tasks will be associated with setting up a children’s based conservation camp to educate over 100 kids about the wild elephant, planting trees, preparing land for planting, wild elephant research using camera traps and other research methods.

Baanunrak: Baan Unrak is a children’s home and community development project. It was established as an effort to protect the growing number of orphans and jeopardized children in the area. Baan Unrak's main objective is to help women and children in need. The surrounding area suffers from instability as disease, poverty, and political and cultural changes destroy families. Many destitute women cannot support their children and attempt to sell them or give them away. Others turn to prostitution in an effort to solve their problems. Baan Unrak reaches out to these marginalized children and women, offering a positive solution of stability and love in the "Home of Joy." Work tasks are primarily teaching children, playing games with children, light construction tasks, gardening and landscaping.

Whispering Seed: Whispering seed is an earthen building project to provide alternate style shelter for minority woman and their children; mostly from Burma. Based in the remote area close to the Burmese border they are actively involved in educating minority groups such as hill-tribe children from Burma living in Sangklaburi. Work may include earthen (mud) brick building construction, trail construction, bridge construction, as well as playing games with children and teaching children English.

Khom Loy Development Foundation (KLDF): The hill-tribe people of northern Thailand have migrated over the years to escape war, hardship, and military dictatorship in neighbouring countries. The traditional semi-nomadic lifestyle of these people has been placed under-pressure, with traditions at risk of being lost. To exacerbate their problems many of them are not recognized as Thai citizens, do not have land rights and are in poor access to areas to cultivate rice; their largest source of income. KLDF tries to assist these people in a sustainable way by adopting a model of village participation. Projects are designed and carried out with the village people and with villagers choosing what they would like to be done to improve their quality of life. Work tasks may involve; light construction projects within hill-tribe villages, such as building water towers, toilets and improving sanitary conditions, playing games with children and teaching English to children.

Mirror Art Foundation (Mirror): The Mirror Art Group, an NGO working in the northern Thai province of Chiang Rai. Coordinate a number of projects and programs to help the hill-tribe peoples of Mae Yao sub-district to combat their everyday struggles with unemployment, poverty, drug addiction and lack of Thai citizenship. Mirror also try to give the hill-tribes of Mae Yao the skills, education and support required to adapt to a co-existence with lowland Thais without sacrificing their cultural identity. Projects are developed to strive towards the common goal of rebuilding strong, active hilltribe communities. Work tasks may focus on teaching local hill-tribe children English, light construction projects in hill-tribe villages, and assisting with further development and maintenance of the Mirror base campus.
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