The Volunteers Without Borders Foundation evolved from a collaboration between Track of the Tiger - an experiential education services provider, a mountain lodge, and a local community keen to retain its rights over their community forest, against poachers, loggers, and government agencies wanting to reclaim the forest to protect it.
The result was the development of a set of nature trails run by the community, an environmental education centre at the lodge, culminating in the SKAL Ecotourism Award for 2006, and a community that retains its traditional way of life.
VWB has moved on to becoming a registered foundation with a clear mission. It aims to level the playing field for responsible tourism, ensuring tourism SMMEs and the local visitor-based economies they work in, opportunity and an equitable share of tourism revenue long denied them.
We have also partnered with the Maekok River Village Resort & Outdoor Education Centre on their award-winning rural education programmes, and we welcome collaboration with others.
Access a short PP presentation here
English Language Education - Teaching basic English and critical thinking to rural Thai students through our Saturday School project. Providing CS or CSR donor funding and hands-on support from school, university or corporate groups aimed at building supporting infrastructure: Classrooms, kitchens, toilets, water systems, and more.
Development Skills Training for Small Businesses - Delivering vocational business skills training to tourism entrepreneurs and communities, so that they may enjoy a more equitable share of the rewards of tourism and the revenue it provides to local businesses. That support includes assistance in the development of non-tourism reliant 2nd revenue streams to risk-manage downturns in, or an over-dependence on tourism as a component of the local economy.
Community Managed Reforestation - Implementing community-managed reforestation programmes that provide a viable agroforestry-based income from NTFP (non-timber forest products to which value can be added on-site), and from the responsible tourism trade that those activities allow. Our integrated solutions approach sees donors fund the planting of trees and NTFPs, and the cost of nurturing and protecting them for the first 3 years. Thereafter the revenue from the NTFPs incentivises the long-term protection of the forest and it's endangered flora and fauna for the benefit of our own and future generations. See: Adopt A Tree with VWB
Small Scale Sustainable Agriculture Development - To re-introduce small scale (non-chemical based) sustainable agriculture to the community, (a) in schools - through the introduction of vermiculture projects, revenue-generating mushroom houses, raised bed vegetable and herb gardens, hanging basket gardens and more. (b) around the home or on small plots for those whose land is no longer productive due to poor farming practices - and must be rehabilitated.
We align our implemented solutions with a number of the United Nations Sustainable Goals, click on the icons below to learn more.
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