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.
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Education Support for Rural Schools - Teaching basic English and critical thinking to rural Thai students through (1) Using our Intelligent Playground system to develop communication, critical thinking, teamwork - whilst using English, and (2) Through our Saturday School project that in which native English language teachers and Thai language assistants provide English language training to small groups of highly motivated local students. Classes are provided at the Sanpatong Experiential Education Centre.
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
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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