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NOTE: Not currently accepting volunteers. Check back for updates.

Information

What?

A unit of the Department of Forestry, Thailand.

Where?

Pa To District, Chumporn Province, southern Thailand.

Number of volunteers required?

One or two.

Other requirements?

Volunteers need to be flexible as the nature of the work at Pa To is not fixed. An interest in ecosystems, biology,eco tourism, teaching English. Volunteers also need to be physically fit, good swimmers and willing to work in difficult conditions in the forest.

Benefits?

The opportunity to learn about forest life, the impacts of tourism, Thai language and culture. Accommodation would be arranged in the forest near the centre.

Minimum length of stay?

Six months preferred, with a flexible start date.

Volunteer tasks?

Department of Forestry workers are coming into contact more and more with western travellers and tourists. To this end, the Director, Mr. Pongsaa Choonaem, wishes to provide English language classes to his workers, in return for which the volunteer(s) would receive the benefits outlined above.

Details?

The Pa-To Water-Reserve Unit is a unit of the Department of Forestry of Thailand. It is governmental but operates more like an NGO. The unit works to conserve the forest, cooperating with local people in organizing ecological tourism and growing ecological crops. Instead of destroying the forest, the work helps both local people and people from outside to realize the importance of the preservation of the forest.

Current volunteers? (From January 2007)

None

Former volunteers?

2007:

Adam Payne, USA, MUWCI 04-06 (adampayne_5@hotmail.com)

2006-2007:

Will Matteo, USA, MUWCI 04-06 (werty_144@yahoo.com)

2006:

Terence Steinberg, USA, UWCAd 04-06 (terryenglish2000@yahoo.com)