Community Service & Corporate Social Responsibility Projects

The following menu lists the full range of projects available to Individual VWB Volunteers, Corporate Social Responsibility Programme Clients, School Community Service or Service Learning Groups.

Educational Support for Rural Thai Children (Read more / read less.)

     

VWB recognises that there are new and evolving ways to deal with educating children, which is what inspired our commitment to developing versatile learning alternatives that both supplement current school curricula, as well as equip our students with contemporary critical thinking skills. Skills which will enable them to explore various opportunities in their future, in both the academic and work fields.

 

The Intelligent Playground Project

We wanted to make learning fun for children with curious minds, which is why we created the Intelligent Playground Project.

Our intelligent playgrounds are constructed from cured bamboo with fixed and moveable poles, ropes and accessories which can be modified by the students themselves.

Each Intelligent Playground comes with a handbook with over 20 different design games which encourage children (and even adults!) to 

challengethemselves physically and mentally while also learning important team building and critical thinking skills.

Our VWB volunteers assist you with the installation of the playground, as well as provide a demonstration for your teachers and students to enjoy, before handing you the inventory lists, instruction manuals and operating instructions which will assist you in creating a unique learning environment for your students.

The Intelligent Playground Project gives educators new ways to measure the developmental progress of their students on a regular basis. Students will not only improve their physical ability, they will also be given the chance to exercise their creative thinking and leadership skills

These playgrounds are innovative learning tools perfect for city-based schools, nurseries and NGOs to use in their education initiatives.

 

The Saturday School Project 

VWB has recognised that there are many limitations to current English language education initiatives; our solution has been to provide free lessons outside school hours, which focus on grades 4-6, so that we can strategically arrange groups based on proficiency, to ensure effective teaching.

VWB's offers highly interactive customised lesson plans, which are aligned with the national curriculum and developed according to each age group by qualified ESL teachers. Teaching assistants are given thorough training before delivering lessons.

Our lessons are taught during VWB's Saturday School held at the Sanpatong Experiential Education Centre every weekend. In 2019 we plan to extend the summer programme to cover; English, Meditation, Outdoor Activities, Environmental Studies and Sustainable Agriculture.

We believe that Thai children deserve free access to a more interactive approach to learning English. Our programme aims to give students the English skills necessary to develop their local economies upon leaving schools, as well as equip them with an education which will assist their applications for further academic pursuits, be it subsidies/grants or scholarships.

Getting Involved:

VWB is serious about delivering quality education to Thai youth, anyone interested in applying as a trainee or teacher at our programme must;

  • Commit to a minimum of 14 days.
  • Have a qualification in ESL teaching.
 

Construction Projects in Rural Thai Schools. (Read more / read less.)

      

VWB works with several rural schools around Thailand which are overwhelmed by growing numbers of children needing education in their area, despite not having budget allocations to meet such a demand.

This is why VWB often teams up with Track of the Tiger, a tourism resources development company, who sends their corporate clients to our schools in order to alleviate these budget constraints by conducting small-scale construction projects through their team building initiatives.

Doing this ensures that the donor funding raised by VWB to implement each project is spent where needed most, rather than on foundation overheads.  

 

What we Offer:

The construction projects VWB conducts with the Track of the Tiger are designed to address some key issues facing our rural schools today; access to clean water, inadequate teaching spaces and costly construction prices. These initiates also work to provide our volunteers with valuable social impact learning, and community development experience.

Our construction projects take on three forms;

  • Basic Infrastructural Development: Where volunteers assist in the installation of pumping, piping and filtration systems which provide schools with clean water.
  • Temporary Building/Structural Development: We use multipurpose cured bamboo based knockdown style structures developed by VWB to create additional classroom/workstation/meeting spaces to allow students to work in safe and creative environments.
  • Permanent Building/Structural Development: Here, the requirements and budgets vary, however, Track of the Tiger clients will be given a hands-on role in any and all phases of the work, making sure to incorporate local labour wherever necessary.
 

Sustainable Agriculture Projects for Rural Thai Communities. (Read more / read less.)

      

Introduction - Although rural schools are allocated a budget by the department of education to provide school lunches for their pupils, the funds are never enough to cover the cost of meals with a nutritional value the students need to function/learn to the best of their ability. VWB addresses that problem by building small scale sustainable agriculture projects on the school grounds. They serve two purposes:

  • They allow for the production of high quality organic herbs and vegetables at low cost, subsidising the school meal budget.
     
  • They serve as demonstration and training projects for students, that could also implement at home saving costs, improving nutrition levels for the whole family, and generating additional revenue.
Options:
  • Mushroom Houses - 2m x 4m units constructed in a knock down format from cured bamboo and thatch, stocked with racks of pre-packed recycled bottles in which mushrooms are produced. Small groups of 5-10 can erect and stock these units in half a day.
     
  • Greenhouses - 2m x 4m (or longer) constructed in a knock down format from cured bamboo and mesh that provide an environment for growing herbs and vegetables, free of chemicals.
     
  • Vermiculture Projects - Raising worms in bins or concrete rings to convert food waste to high grade solid and liquid fertilser for use on the school's small scale sustainable agriculture projects.
  • The Plant & Seed Fund - Hands on labour (potting plants/saplings) as well as donations to this fund allows VWB to run a nursery from which plants can be provided for replanting in school greenhouses, and to those developing nature trails.
     
  • Agroforestry Based Nature Trails - Many rural village communities desperate to generate income, turn to tourism, and consider using their community forests, waterfall, caves,scenery etc., to attract tourist visitors. Sadly, these forests are rapidly being depleted by those who hunt and log in them to generate much needed but unsustainable income. The loss of these forests is not only an environmental problem, it is a social problem, in that it destroys much of the cultural heritage (food and medicine,) that the is integral to the community's culture and ay of life. 

    VWB supports the approach taken by the Responsible Tourism Alliance which suggests that nature trails alone, do not generate the revenue needed, but if the nature trails are built to allow access to a carefull planned agroforestry project, as a primary revenue stream, eco and/or responsible tourism can then be a viable second revenue stream, where its volume and impact can be regulated by the community itself.

Volunteers, school groups, corporate groups or special interest travellers on a personalised itinerary can play a role in the various stages of their development, and VWB invariably has one or more projects ongoing, in one of the following levels of implementation:

  1. Initial review of potential trail/agroforestry project by the community supported by VWB.
  2. Visit to a well established multi-crop agroforestry project in the region (suited to the characteristics of their location.)
  3. Assessment of their proposed trail and review of potential crops by experts.
  4. Development & stocking of a plant/sapling nursery.
  5. Planting (by villagers alone and/or with nature trail walkers/volunteers.)
  6. Improving access along trail and to attractions/scenic views en route - to broaden the appeal.
  7. Additional infrastructure (accommodation, post harvest, skills courses for visitors) as agreed by the community.

Desired Outcomes: To protect the environment (forests) and the cultures and customs of the local people who line in them, for the benefit of both.

 

Tourism Resources Development with the Responsible Tourism Alliance. (Read more / read less.)

        

To provide business development assistance and market access to locally operated micro and small tourism business enterprises, who are willing to work towards implementing responsible tourism best practices, and in so doing contribute to building a vibrant local economy.

  • Project assignments for qualified volunteers - Individuals or task forces. VWB is a collaborative partner in the RTA (Responsible Tourism Alliance) providing micro and small tourism related businesses with their own RTA Business Partner profile - essentially a multi-page interactive website hosted on the RTA Vortal.
The profiles are built using custom designed online editors easily mastered by those with medium level computer skills. Copywriting, photography, video skills are also an asset. VWB Volunteers working on this project are eligible for subsidies in the from the  RTA, funded by fees from monthly fees paid by RTA Ambassadors. (See: Longer Term Opportunities with VWB.)
 
Desired Outcomes: To address inequality through the development of responsible tourism in rural areas.
 

Elephant & Environmental Conservation (Read more / read less.)

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