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Host ID: 27249
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Last Updated: October 24, 2014
An opportunity to help with starting an eco-tourism operation on the Andaman Coast of Thailand.
We are a small village located on the edge of the Klong Nga Ka National Park on the border between Ranong and Pha-Nga provinces, Thailand.
Possible tasks include:
Repair and construction of bungalows and other buildings
Helping with planting and maintaining organic kitchen gardens and orchards
Helping villagers practice their English
Working in rubber plantations
Helping with village improvement projects, such as drainage, cleaning, weed removal, making signs, etc
Within three km of the village we have modern conveniences such as internet cafes, laundry services, pharmacies (drug stores), restaurants, a 7-11, and a market, yet in the village itself you can still hear the gibbons calling at night.
We are only a few minutes from the coast, so you can borrow transport and go to the beach any time you are not working.
After working in the sun, we like to head to the swimming hole together and have some fun while we cool off.
You will have a private bungalow, and eat with one of the families in the village. You will work as we work - some days, we need to work all day, and other days we do no work at all. Even when we do work, there is plenty of time to rest in the shade when the sun is strongest in the middle of the day. Work happens around the more important things in life - food, family, friends, and worship.
We welcome visitors from any culture, but please note that we are in a Muslim area, and respect the local ways, for example modest clothing (T-shirts are OK, but not singlet tops, for example) and no drinking alcohol in public places.
We prefer helpers who want to become part of the community, because there is a lot to learn about the area. We suggest a minimum stay of one month.
We are not asking for any contribution towards your food and accommodation, but if you would like to make a donation to the project, we would be thankful to receive it.
We are currently gathering funds to construct a communal area in the village for our ecotouring homestay guests to gather, eat, use the internet, and rest in comfort.
In 2015, you may also be asked to assist in taking our ecotouring guests on camping trips into the jungle and to nearby islands, if this is something you would like to do.
May to October is the wet season, and it rains nearly every day, so we focus more on gardens and rubber plantations during that time. Serious construction is only done in the dry season, from December to March. We will have our first "test guests" in the 2014-15 dry season.
You must speak either Thai or English, be a flexible and easy-going team player (we're just getting started, so there's not much in the way of luxury yet!), and be able to stay for at least four weeks.
We can meet you at Kuraburi pier, or the bus stop at Suk Sumran, depending on your method of travel.