Rice harvesting and Activities with Kids
Koh Sukorn Island, Trang province, Southern Thailand
15-28 December 2017 (15)
苏科岛是泰国董里府，巴莲区的一个小岛。小岛占地1400公顷。每年我们都会和Baan Laem及Baan Toong这两个村庄的社区一起组织活动。在这两个村庄一共有337个家庭，1189人口，其中95%是穆斯林。村民们最常见的职业就是捕鱼、割胶、种水稻、西瓜、蔬菜等农作和养殖牲口。村民们非常热情大方，并仍保留了互相协作分享的民风。
Sukorn Island (Koh Sukorn) is a small island situated in Palian district, Trang province. The island covers an area of 8,750 Rai. Like every year, we will be conducting activities with communities of Baan Laem and Baan Toong. In these 2 villages, there is population of 1,189 or 337 families, of which 95% are Muslims. The common occupations of the villagers are fishing, rubber tapping, as well as agriculture; growing paddy, watermelons, traditional way of growing vegetables, and keeping livestock. In general the villagers are very generous and 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 had 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 old lifestyle and revive the tradition of growing paddy, other traditional agriculture, as well as developing local rice species and doing farmer’s co-operative. However, it is sad those in recent years, the researcher group has not been much active in the effort they created in the early stage. Though we lose their part, we anyhow have successfully continued activities (mainly agriculture and activities with kids) with villagers and develop good relationships through short term work camps and middle term volunteers. DaLaa has been involved with the villagers of these two communities since the first work camp took place in December 2013. For more information, Koh Sukorn is also one of our long-term project sites that it has offered an opportunity to long-staying international volunteers to live with a local host family through their service. During this work camp, we will have a chance to join hands with the community members to preserve the local agriculture, while we can learn about their way of living. Moreover, we will be creating activities and games with children and young people to open their views and let them learn about international culture together with the volunteers. We will need your creativity and ideas of games and activities that will create a multi-cultural atmosphere for them.
1. Working in the rice fields
2. Growing vegetables together with village members and students
3. Making compost, taking care of paddy field or making bio-fertilizer
4. Creating games and activities for children. In this work camp, we may be working with about 20-30 children at aged between 10-14 years old.
5. Learning and integrating in the fisherman’s lifestyle
6. 1 or 2 night(s) staying with a local host family
Remember there may be an adaptation in the offered “possible activities”. DaLaa will send a thread email to give the camp update to every participant 1 month or 2 weeks before the camp starts
Aims of project
To support the initiatives of local agricultural activities
To fully and wisely utilize local resources
To be part of the communities
To let children be familiar with volunteers and learn in international/multi-cultural atmosphere.
ACCOMMODATION: school classroom
FEE: 8,500 Baht