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Rebuilding a lost forest and other eco-projects are the focus of this placement, where Kaya environmental volunteers join local NGOs in their grassroots efforts to protect and preserve natural resources. Volunteers mainly participate in forest conservation and environmental education programs designed to teach locals sustainable practices, habits and pursuits. The project takes place within Doi Suthep National Park and the surrounding area to rebuild deforested lands. Volunteers have opportunities to engage in various environmental projects, as well as provide insight into developing small-scale eco-projects. Reforestation requires a lot of hands to help with planting, maintenance, monitoring and evaluating local and national efforts. Projects run on low funds and volunteers are a big help in assisting with the workload it takes to rebuild lost forests in northern Thailand.
Volunteers bring an international perspective to the work of reforestation and conservation, passing along their knowledge and enthusiasm to local residents who will benefit the most from this work. Volunteers help staff with tree planting, research, and training sessions. Volunteers can also join the international schools education program, where they work with education staff to coordinate and implement project modules at school events at the project nurseries. Volunteers help staff to organise project workshops, help create presentations, and report on workshop outcomes.
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A background or training in forestry, environmental sciences or similar fields is required to work on this project. (For those without a forestry background interested in tree planting - see Rescued Elephants and reforestation project) Experience in teaching school-aged children would be an advantage and basic computing skills, including email and Microsoft Excel, would also help.
In most cases volunteers are placed in local home-stays where they either have their own room or share with another volunteer. Usually two meals a day are provided by the home-stay family, all included in the placement fees. This way a portion of your volunteer fee goes back into the local economy, and you gain first-hand experience of true local family life.
Since you are about to volunteer in another country, we ask you to make the necessary preparations before departing. We prefer volunteers to take some small gifts to the local people. Some communities might have a high prevalence of viral diseases like malaria or yellow fever, so volunteers need to get vaccinated accordingly. Each member of Kaya staff have worked, travelled, studied or volunteered abroad, and many staff have visited and volunteered in our projects knowing firsthand the country and nature of the programme placements. Their knowledge of international travel and volunteering is invaluable, and they can give you good advice and tips to make the most of your international placement. For detailed information on this program contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org