Mundo Exchange volunteers and interns are helping Thailand’s, Laekplian Lokgatat Association with environmental and community development aid projects. We began planning educational seminars for students of all ages that would be held at our Cultural and Learning Centre in Isan, Thailand. Mundo interns and volunteers had previously completed successful Culture Club seminars for students wanting to learn more about people and places of the world along with some English skills. The response for our global Culture Club was a bit overwhelming and we were only able to take 24 students. We simply did not have the room or the resources needed to take more learners.
Also at our first centre the Thai owner would not let us do anything to improve or change the home. This was not good when it came to wanting to teach science and project based learning activities. Also, there was not a covered area outside to plant herbs and work. So we moved and rented a larger facility at a lower cost. The current Thai owner is wonderful and has helped to reduce the monthly rent and we plan to stay until the home is sold.
Our Eco Seminar Plan
We decided to talk and plan activities that pertained to the following:
- Rice, Rubber and Eucalyptus Farming
- Burning of Crops
- Loss of forests in Thailand
- Alternatives to traditional fertilizers
- Alternative rice farming
- Alternative housing
- Planting seeds
- Local plants and herbs: botany projects
We asked the Thai students the following questions:
- What can you do to improve your local environment? Thailand?
- What are some of the Royal Family environmental projects?
- How can your local government improve your environment?
- What can you do now to improve your environment?
- What can you do during your life to improve Thailand and the world’s environment?
- How do you get people involved and change their way of thinking?
- What are your government leaders doing to improve the environment?
- Where are you and your local town in terms of Recycling and Reusing?
Student Eco Projects Could Include:
- Germination of Seeds
- Make drawings of Thai trees, flowers, river system, major lakes, herbs
- Map local Thai residential, business and farm land
- Chart of environmental problems in Thailand,
- Plant Thai flowers, trees and herbs
- Test water quality of Mekong River, local Thai lakes and tap water
- Design a Recycle Campaign for your home, school and community
- Draw the current and future dams on the Mekong,
- Use the internet to determine fish and water quality and problems
- Find web articles on Thailand’s forests, parks and problems
- Survey and Interviews: elders / Examination of change and attitude
- Learn and create mud homes and eco friendly constructions
- List jobs related to science and the environment
We decided to concentrate on the following fields of study:
- Computer skills
- Internet website searching for academics
- Mathematics, charting and research
- English Language skills
- Thai language skills
We as volunteers and interns used the above to create our Eco Club projects. Students came and spoke all levels of English and were from various schools and economic classes. Somehow, probably because of our own interest, easy going ways, team spirit, sense of humour and planning it all turned into a beautiful Eco Club, with all of us learning and having fun too. We are of different ages, perspectives, English language levels but we all want to collaborate and work hard to make the world a better place for current and future generations.
As Thai global volunteers and interns we feel that our Eco Project plan may be beneficial to others interested in our changing planet’s cultures and the environment. If you are one of those charities, groups, volunteers (virtual or in Thailand) or interested individuals we invite you to collaborate and share ideas. We can be contacted at Mundo Exchange’s website or come visit and talk to us about your plans, dreams, culture, eco projects and / or project based teaching techniques.