www.trangsea.com
ECO-VOLUNTEERS for RURAL ISLAND COMMUNITIES
MISSION

To research theory and apply practical methods on how to train local people to run a tourism
business. Integrating European standards of sustainable practices and management styles
 for the hospitality industry and how it can be effectively applied in the local island context.

Eco-volunteers become part of the Foundation’s mission to help rural communities gain 
occupation skills as one method for poverty eradication (A United Nations Millennium
Development Goal). This is done through in-house training at our partner organisation – 
Nature Resorts which acts as training sites for our project. Income from residents,
volunteers and tourists goes towards nature conservation and local welfare activities.

 At the end of their stay, volunteers are expected to produce a short report on their
experience with reference made on methods learnt, applied and recommendations for
improvement. This information will be used to help our work in better understanding
practical methods to train islanders. 

LOCATION

  A small beach resort town called Trang, Thailand: south of Phuket -
At the Nature Resorts. Volunteers will be placed either at
Haadyao Nature Resort (Haadyao Pier),
Libong Nature Beach Resort (Libong Island) or
Koh Mook Nature Beach Resort (Mook Island).

 
WHY VOLUNTEER OVERSEAS

Our Eco-Volunteer Program will enable you to live, learn and experience local rural island
Thai culture and what it is like to live in a fishing village. This is the chance to share your
enthusiasm, time, skills and energy with the islanders. Whether it is working side by side
to help them conserve their natural resources; teaching them some English; showing them
how to cook your national dish and vice versa; or just simply sitting down with them under
the coconut tree enjoying each other’s presence, the experience will be a memorable one,
not only for yourself but the locals you come into contact with.

FAQs:
(1) What are the working hours and do I get any free time?
As Eco-volunteers, you are expected to take part in the daily in-house training of local
community staff who are employed at the training sites. You will also be piloting your own
nature conservation or research project with their assistance. A minimum of 6 - 8 hours
of work is expected each day with one day off a week to allow for time to explore the
area and go on some exciting adventures either with the locals or with in-house tourists.
We meet every morning at 7am for breakfast and start work with the team by 7.30 am.
The locals are early risers and we must be a good example!

(2) What happens if I get sick?
Volunteers are expected to be physically fit to take part in this program. You are expected
to have your own medical insurance before you travel. Should you get sick, it will be our
duty to inform your embassy (depending on the seriousness) and send you to the hospital
or make arrangements for you to go home. Any expenses incurred in this area will be borne
by the volunteer. There can be no refund for the program for early departure.

(3) What shall I pack?
Summer clothes; medicine that you are used to; something for the mossies; beach wear;
shorts; T shirts etc. You should be prepared to be in the sun and also have something to
wear for the jungle.
(4) Are there any restrictions?
Non-smoking preferred.

(5) Can the program be terminated by either party?
Lifelong Learning Foundation has the right to terminate the contract if the volunteer does
not keep to the aims, purpose and duties as assigned and agreed upon; and if the volunteer
proves to be a negative influence; or cause problems in the resort or to the local village
nearby. No refund on program cost will be given in such a situation. The volunteer can
terminate the program but once again can receive no refund as arrangements had
already been made for his/her stay.

(6) Best time to apply and are there any interviews?
The program is open all year round. However, you will enjoy it more during the sun, sea
and sand season that run between November – April. Application can be made at any
time during the year. Interviews are done via email.
TRAINING AND SUPERVISION
Orientation and training in various tasks as well as  cultural education will take place upon 
your arrival and throughout your stay. All volunteers are treated like adults with minimal
supervision as work is project based.

Our resident Mentor for Female Volunteers is
Dr Anita LLB Law Honours (England), MBA and DBA (Australia),

and our Resident Mentor for Male Volunteers is
Mr Kahlil LLB Law Honours (England), Masters of E-Business (Australia).

Both are young  dedicated Environmentalists and easy to get along with. We are also fortunate
to have our Founder Professor Laurence with us to advise on anything. He is an Anthropologist
well-versed in local customs and way of life. There is always a supervisor in the location that
the volunteer can approach for help or assistance at anytime.

DEBRIEFING AND CERTIFICATES

There is no formal debriefing, but volunteers can email us with any questions. 
 A certificate is given for volunteer work and  references are given for volunteers if so requested.
DONATION AND DETAILS

The cost is 20,000 Baht per month with consecutive days at 700 Baht a day. For volunteers
staying more than one month and for students coming for work placements / internships /
research, the Lifelong Learning Foundation will subsidize half the program cost. This will mean
that the applicable cost for the volunteer will be 10,000 Baht a month with consecutive days
 at 350 Baht a day. Please state your purpose for volunteering in the application form.
Payment is made on-line by a secured link (visa only) or a bank transfer.
Note that the on-line system has a 10% surcharge for using the service.
All fees are payable before your expected  arrival date.
As an independent non-profit organization with no government or religious affiliations, our 
program is driven entirely by volunteer contributions. We have limited resources and are  seldom 
able to cover the cost of hosting volunteers. Program arrangements are also time consuming and
the process of preparing, training, transporting, housing, feeding, and supervising volunteers does
come with expenses. Your contribution helps to go towards these costs and is considered a donation
to the Foundation to be used for nature conservation and local welfare projects.


 

 

THE ECO-VOLUNTEER WILL:    
1. Be given a room with lighting, fan, bedding and private/shared bathroom. Depending on
the location, this may either be private or shared with another volunteer.

2. Be trained hands-on the necessary duties you may be involved in our in-house local
community training program, including tuition about the do’s and don’ts about
living in Thailand in general and in Muslim/Buddhist South Thailand in particular. 

3. We provide Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, whereby these will be prepared by local staff
(with or without your participation – optional).

4. You can drink tea, coffee or water whenever you want. You may buy snacks and
anything you fancy in the village at your own expense. 

5. Be trained as an assistant boatman/tour guide whenever tourists go on our tours.
You will learn to explain to them the Foundation’s mission and vision
(nature conservation and local welfare activities) as you participate
in ongoing activities. 

6. You are allowed one day a week to visit homes of villagers or to the city for a change. 
Expenses and gifts will be on your own. 

7. Please let your supervisor know beforehand, any particular food that you cannot take
or any medication that you need or any religious requirements you need to perform.

 8. Please note that fresh milk, cheese, cold cuts, steaks, whole meal bread, butter, yoghurts
and muesli, are expensive items and only available at specialized shops in the city
where you can purchase on your own. These items are not available at the training
site for volunteer consumption. Meals usually include chicken, seafood, fruits and
vegetables of the season with servings of brown rice. 

9. The program fee is used directly towards ongoing nature conservation and local welfare
work which you shall witness while with us. Most of our English speaking staff are
honorary volunteers.

10. While with us, you shall be part of the team training locals to practice what nature
conservation and sustainable tourism is all about. You may be assigned
community service duties such as teaching simple English to locals; beach
cleaning exercise; setting a good example of being honest at work and with
financial matters; and being a good role model overall.

11. Alcohol consumption and smoking is discouraged by the local community and volunteers
should be especially discreet about these. 

12. If you have your own laptop, we will provide you with the internet password (free of charge) 
so that you can keep in contact with your family and surf the net in your free time. 
You are not permitted to share this information with guests at the resort or other 
unauthorized personnel.  

13. In short, come with an open mind, a loving heart and a curious brain. We will look after you
to make sure your stay is fruitful for you and the community you come in contact with.  
NOTICE OF CANCELLATION

This must be made in  writing to our email lifelonglearning@trangsea.com and you must receive
acknowledgment and our confirmation in order for the cancellation to be valid. If you cancel,
your payment is non-refundable. So please think really carefully before enrolling. Should you be
unable to come due to unforeseeable reasons, you are entitled to postpone your arrival or send
a replacement without incurring extra cost.

IMMIGRATION

Since Thai  Rules regarding foreigners coming into Thailand changes very often, we’d rather have
approved Volunteers coming to us on a normal “Tourist Visa” in  order to cut out bureaucratic red
tape. We can help our volunteers extend their visa after being with us. 
If you are interested to apply for our volunteer program,  please send us an
email at lifelonglearning@trangsea.com requesting an application form.
We look forward to hearing from you!

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