Focus: Community, Agriculture and Farming.
Our “Permaculture Impact Projects” take place in either primary or secondary schools of ethnic minorities from northern Thailand. Our strategy is to reach out to the most remote and secluded schools (which sometimes cannot even be reached during the rainy season due to the extremely bad condition of the road) and establish, hand-in-hand with the students and teachers, an eco-system/food forest which ultimate aim is to provide the children with free organic food on a daily basis, as well as enabling the school to act as a role model within the community. The projects are divided into 3phases and take place over a 6months period.
The first phase is about Composting; the second one about creating vegetable gardens (beneficial guilds & raised beds) and the last one about developing a mini eco-system (food forest) that includes fruit trees, timber, shrubs, bushes, flowers, herbs as well as animals (chicken/ducks/pigs/fish).
The goal of our foundation is to ultimately raise enough money in order to keep working on these school projects all year round. We estimate that 25,000Bht would be sufficient to realise an entire project.
The more donations we receive, the more projects we will be able to accomplish.
Costs & Benefits
The volunteers are expected to dedicate their time to:
1. Work in the garden (composting, taking care of the livestock, mulching, planting);
2. Perform administrative tasks such as fundraising through the Internet or some activities (organising workshops, dinners, concerts and our annual music festival);
3. Accompany and assist us in the various projects carried outside of the Foundation (the “New Land” project, the “PIP” schools projects, networking with other NGO’S and organic local farms
The rest of the time can be used for relaxing or discovering the local community and area.
Our volunteer policy is of minimum 1week: Visitors (1week) – Volunteers (up to 1month) – Interns (long term)
The initial week costs 2,100Bht/person (Approximately £45), which includes accommodation, vegetarian food (3times a day) and activities.
After this first week and to the end of the first month, we charge 200Bht/person/day (Approximately £4) still including accommodation, food and activities.
After the first month, we do not charge anything at all (food excluded).
None specific (experience in permaculture is a plus)
152, M.3, T. San Payang,
Mae Taeng, 50330, Chiang Mai,
Tel: +66 82 894 02 36
Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Average cost per day: £5
Focus: Community, Agriculture and Farming
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.