VWB Projects

Educational Support

 

ES1 - The Intelligent Playground Project

Our Intelligent Playground Project gives educators new ways to measure the developmental progress of their students on a regular basis. Students will not only get physical activity, they will also be given the chance to exercise their logic, creative thinking, teamwork and leadership skills. The playgrounds are constructed from cured bamboo with fixed and moveable poles, ropes and accessories, which can be modified by the students themselves. Learning at play is vital to the development of children at any age. 

Each Intelligent Playground comes with a handbook with over 20 different design games, which encourage children (and even adults!) to challenge themselves physically and mentally while also learning important team building and critical thinking skills. These playgrounds are innovative learning tools - perfect for schools, nurseries and NGOs to use alongside their education initiatives. The Intelligent Playground project is IP protected by the creative barcode system.

Who can get involved

School, university or special interest travel groups looking for a service learning project, or companies wishing to combine team building and CSR projects can undertake a playground project with VWB. We have a list of rural Thai schools in the Sanpatong area waiting for playgrounds, but would also consider schools elsewhere in northern Thailand as proposed by our clients.

These projects present a perfect opportunity for you and your colleagues to engage with local youth and perhaps create a long-lasting relationship (through a series of projects or support for them) with a school and it’s students. 

Programme Management: The Maekok River Village Resort & Outdoor Education Centre - Contact here.
Timeframe: Minimum haf day for 10 participants.

Note*. If you know a community or organisation that could benefit from our Intelligent Playground sets and would consider funding an installation for them contact us here.

ES2 - The Saturday School Project

In Thai schools, great emphasis is placed on the benefit of learning English. However, the distribution of resources to allow this disadvantages the smaller and rural Thai schools. The language offers children access to worldwide opportunities and can be vital in fostering the dervelopment of their own visitor based economies.

Every Saturday, VWB offers rural children the chance to learn English free of charge, from our qualified ESL volunteer teachers at the Sanpatong Experiential Educational Centre (SEEC). Our teachers use highly interactive teaching methods, which are aligned with the national curriculum and customised according to age group. Each lesson is supported by teaching assistants, some of them Thai/English translators, from city schools, who are given thorough training before delivering lessons - exposing them to fulfilling community work experience. We plan to extend our courses of offer to cover meditation, outdoor activities, environmental studies and sustainable agriculture in the near future.

Who can get involved

The assignment suits motivated individuals with basic ESL teaching qualifications who could commit to the project for a minimum of 4 weeks. It is also open to locally resident ESL teachers on a part time basis, and to senior Thai school or university students, with a good command of Thai and English, and perhaps in need of hours for their own community service assignments.

We are serious about delivering quality education to Thai youth so we make sure that we choose highly motivated individuals who can commit at least a month of their time. Anyone interested in applying as a trainee or teacher at our programme must have ESL qualifications, experience and referrals to handle such projects.

We have the budget to subsidise some or all of the accommodation, meals and basic expenses for a limited number of volunteers.

Programme Management: Track of the Tiger T.R.D. Contact us here.
Duration: Minimum of 4 weeks (2 days preparation and 1 day teaching per week.)

ES3- Vocational English Language For Adults

We are currently in the development phase of our partnership with the Responsible Tourism Alliance, and will be offering local businesses in the tourism industry the opportunity to learn basic English, or improve their English language skills, in order to enjoy greater opportunity in their local visitor-based economy. Our workshops, normally held on Saturdays at the Sanpatong Experiential Education Centre, will provide entrepreneurs with a strong support network in which they can develop the skills necessary to lead their communities towards economic independence.
We will extend the opportunity to anyone in the community, and to others connected to local NGOs (Development Partners) working in the area who would benefit from improved English language skills.

Who can get involved

The assignment suits motivated individuals with basic ESL teaching qualifications. It is also open to locally resident ESL teachers on a part time basis, and to senior Thai school or university students, with a good command of Thai and English, and perhaps in need of hours for their own community service assignments. It presents an opportunity to interact with individuals in rural communities, and to experience their customs, cultures and lifestyles, whilst letting them learn a little about you and yours.

We would give preference to volunteers with the ability and experience to work with both students and adults.

We have the budget to subsidise some or all of the accommodation, meals and basic expenses for a limited number of volunteers.

Programme Management: Track of the Tiger T.R.D. Contact us here.
Duration: Minimum of 4 weeks. (2 days preparation and 1 day teaching per week.)

ES4 - The Thomas House Project.

There is virtually no provision for children with severe learning difficulties in rural areas. The children either do not go to school, or at school, are offered little more than a ‘babysitting service’. The only other option is for children is to attend a special school in Chiang Mai that parents in rural areas cannot afford or are understandably very reluctant to send their children away to attend one.

One of our development partners, the Maekok River Village Resort & Outdoor Education Centre in Ban Thaton (175kms north of Chiang Mai) has, with the help of its client school groups and the support of the local authorities, established a small specialized SEN School and Training Centre. Apart from the usual facilities, there is accommodation for both staff and volunteers. The land was granted to the project and the construction started in February 2016. We have the full support of the Chiang Mai Department of Education who have agreed to provide funding for staff and the day to day running,

The faculty accommodates 24 students and will also act as a training centre for interested local teachers in the region and maybe, a model for what could and should be done in schools in surrounding areas. Thomas House is now a home to 18 children and adults ranging from 3-20 years. There are two classrooms dividing the children and offering an individualised learning program to suit the needs of each child. In each class, the children take part in a variety of learning activities centred around play, as well as useful skills for assistant staff.

There are occasional opportunities to volunteer at Thomas House, but in all cases volunteers should have specialised experience and hold relevant qualifications. For further information please visit their website.

Who can get involved:

There are occasional opportunities to volunteer at Thomas House, but in all cases volunteers should have specialised experience and hold relevant qualifications. For further information please contact the manager please contact us here. 

Note* Subject to availability, the resort will provide volunteers a discounted meal and accommodation package offer. 

Programme Management: The Maekok River Village Resort & Outdoor Education Centre. Contact us here.
Duration: Minimum of 4 weeks. 

 

ES5- Teaching English in Local Rural Schools

Amongst the many projects undertaken by the Maekok River Village Resort & Outdoor Education Centre and its client base of international schools, has been the construction of volunteer teachers quarters at various Thai rural schools. The project was designed to ensure English language training for rural students whilst providing valuable teaching experience for potential or recently qualified ESL teachers starting out in this field.

Volunteers pay a basic fee for the support services - basic training module at the resort (by qualified teachers - and accommodation on site with regular visits from the project co-ordinator.

Programme Management: The Maekok River Village Resort & Outdoor Education Centre. Contact us here.
Duration: Minimum of 4 weeks. 

 

 

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