Unsere Partnerorganisation in Thailand


DaLaa International Volunteers for Social Development Association Thailand


Die 2004 gegründete Nicht-Regierungsorganisation DaLaa befindet sich in Hat Yai, der größten Stadt der Provinz Songkhla in Südthailand. DaLaa – was ursprünglich der Name einer überall in Südthailand blühenden Blume ist – verfolgt folgende Hauptziele:

  • Unterstützung lokaler Gemeinden sowie existierender Entwicklungsprojekte
  • Schaffung gegenseitigen Verständnisses zwischen internationalen und thailändischen Freiwilligen sowie Einheimischen
  • Bestmögliche Erhaltung von Natur und Kultur
  • Zusammenbringen, –arbeit, –leben und –lachen von Menschen aus aller Welt, um einen Beitrag zu einer besseren Welt mit mehr interkulturellem Verständnis zu leisten

DaLaa probiert, pro Monat ein zweiwöchiges Workcamp in verschiedenen Regionen Thailands zu organisieren. Die Projekte haben eine große Bandbreite und reichen vom Erteilen von Englischunterricht, über Umweltaktivitäten und Bauarbeiten zu Musikprojekten. Die Camps werden zusammen mit lokalen Organisationen, lokalen Regierungen, Schulen und engagierten Einzelpersonen organisiert, mit dem Ziel die Bedürfnisse der Einheimischen zu erfüllen und den Austausch zwischen den Freiwilligen und den einheimischen Gruppen zu sichern.

Die Workcamps im Einzelnen



Project Code:    STC5702       


Project Name:  Baan Ta Yang Learning Home-1


Theme:             Construction work, Activities with kids and Agriculture


Location:          La Ngu distruct, Satun province, Southern Thailand


Date:                04.02.-17.02.14


Volunteers:      15


Village background:

Baan Ta Yang is a Muslim village located a few kilometers away from the coastline of Andaman Sea in Satun province, Southern Thailand. It is geologically an island in which it is connected by the two bridges leading to La Ngu town, district of Satun province. Th villagers’ occupation is mainly individual labor making a living on their rich natural resources that is river palm tree of which its particular leaf, “Bai Jaak” (Thai name), is well-known for making roofs, handicraft like baskets and tobacco roll. Its landscape and quality of soil in general are really suitably appropriate to this kind of tree, and the products processed are of good quality. The second main occupation of the villagers is fishery industries as the village is surrounded by a river leading to the Andaman Sea.


Project host's intention: 

Bang Leem is one of Baan Ta Yang villagers and he is an initiator of this project. He believes that the village and children’s homes should be a principal place to learn about life. However, nowadays, the community is facing difficulties to manage this role as some parents start to think that to acquire better education for their children is to send them away to schools in town including private ones whose intuition fees are so costly.


The first idea of Bang Leem is to give opportunities to local kids to learn English. He sees it is an important tool for their future. The percentage of local kids’ language abilities is very low. They only know very basic words, few conversations like “How are you? “I am fine” “Thank you! And you?”. Even their verbal pronunciation is not sufficient. It reflects the hard situations why quality of kids’ education in rural areas is still undeveloped. Bang Leem is now taking this project very seriously and wishes that international volunteers can help to support him. In addition, sustainable agriculture is one of the local values that the project host hopes villagers of Baan Ta Yang will see the importance of it.


To start off the project, this will be our first collaboration with Baan Ta Yang Village. This workcamp will lead us to an advanced step to further support the village by setting up a new long-term center in the future which its main aims will concern “Learning Home for Better Education”.


Workcamp activities: 

As discussed with the project host and active villagers, possible activities agreed on will be:

  • Construction work-building a hut for future long-term volunteers
  • Organizing activities with kids/providing non-formal classes for kids in the evenings at the village Mosque
  • Giving creative English classes to the village local school
  • Preparing to start the sustainably agricultural navigation project-creating vegetable gardens at the host’s house
  • Learning local wisdom of handicraft-making products from the river palm leaf, Bai Jaak, from the elderly as well as learning a fisherman’s way of life



  • Creating a place for DaLaa’s future long-term center at Baan Ta Yang Village
  • Supporting ideas of the project host with benefits towards better education of the village kids
  • Locals become able to communicate in English
  • Preserving the local traditions and wisdom
  • Long-lasting learning exchange between villagers, their children and international volunteers
  • Acknowledging importance of sustainable agriculture
  • Understanding the importance of the village community life


Accommodation: Sleeping in outdoor tents


Meeting point: 4 February, 2014 at 9 am in front of La Ngu-Hat Yai Minivan Station (คิวรถตู้ละงู-หาดใหญ่) in La Ngu town of Satun province



Project Code:        STC5703         


Project Name:       Baan Kok Payom Village-1


Theme:                  Construction work, Activities with kids and Environment


Location:               La Ngu distruct, Satun province, Southern Thailand


Date:                     04.02.-17.03.14


Volunteers:           15


Village background:

Kok Payom is a small fishermen’s village with a population of about 600 located 7 kilometers away from the town of La Ngu in Satun Province, Southern Thailand. The village is next to a big river and because it is only 10 km to the sea the water is salty and there is a tide. It is a very peaceful location surrounded by an area of mangrove forest. Almost all the families of the village are linked to the fishing industry, usually being involved in either fish or shrimp farming and there is a strong community with many of the families having lived in the village for over 100 years. While fishing remains a strong industry their traditional way of life has changed a lot and the village faces lots of challenges.


The community has recognized these problems and is working hard to find solutions to the environmental and social issues they face. They greatly welcome visitors, activists and volunteers who can contribute to these efforts. Becoming part of this close community is a special experience for our volunteers and you will learn a lot about village life away from the rush of the city. Lead a life as easy-going as a countryman!


The villagers of Kok Payom are Muslim so there is no pork and alcohol in the village. Women should dress modestly although you will discover when you live there that the villagers are very relaxed.


About the project:

During the past four years that DaLaa volunteers have been working with the villagers and children, there have been a big improvement and continuation of useful activities and construction. Community members started to be aware of environmental problems and how to preserve the local beliefs and lifestyle, as well as letting the young generation learn about all those local values and wanting to remain this precious natural resources and life style. In 2011, there was an initiative of
starting “Klong Toh Lem Academy”, an alternative school on the other side of the canal, in the middle of mangrove forest where children can learn about environment, local values, wisdoms, and language in a very natural method of learning. The informal class at this alternative school is conducted every Sunday. There are approximately 20-25 children, aged between 7-12 years
attending. So far, the main school building and other necessary structures have been constructed from collaboration of both villagers and international volunteers. However, there is still some work that needs to be done.


Workcamp activities: 

As discussed with the villagers and the project coordinators, possible main activities agreed on will be:

  • Renovating the main kitchen of the project site
  • Organizing activities with kids on Sundays at the mangrove forest
  • Other activities, possibly if time allows, cultivating seedlings in the nursery, planting trees in the mangrove forest, visiting villagers’ homes, helping on
    village matters, etc.
  • To support and be part of Kok Payom local community
  • To bring awareness among locals to preserve their community values and life style
  • To build a good relationship between volunteers and local people
  • To learn about local cultures and wisdom


Aims of the project: 

  • To support and be part of Kok Payom local community
  • To bring awareness among locals to preserve their community values and life style
  • To build a good relationship between volunteers and local people
  • To learn about local cultures and wisdom


Accommodation: Sleeping in outdoor tents next to the village meeting place


Meeting point: Tuesday 4 March, 2014 at 9 am in front of La Ngu-Hat Yai Minivan Station (คิวรถตู้ละงู-หาดใหญ่) in La Ngu town of Satun province



Project Code:            STC5704       


Project Name:           Baan Kok Riang Village-1


Theme:                      Construction work, Non-chemical and self-sufficient agriculture


Location:                   Klong Hoi Khong, Songkhla province, Southern Thailand


Date:                         26.03.-08.04.14


Volunteers:               15


Village background: 

The village is known as Baan Kok Riang which is situated in Klong Hoi Khong district of Songkhla province, Southern Thailand. The approximate number of villagers settling in this village is about
1,200 or 140 homes. Most of the villagers own fruit orchards and rubber plantations, and nearly all of them are Buddhist. There are a few Buddhist temples in the area and lots of rubber plantation lined up on the sides of the road. Some people living in the village commute to work to nearby town for factories that export rubber and processed seafood products.


Project background: 

This is one of our long-term project sites. DaLaa was first introduced to this village, Ban Kok Riang, through a recommendation from one of the Hat Yai University clubs called Backpackers. The club is quite active in organizing activities involving environmental conservation, trekking, and initiating activities with the local communities. Some of these activities they did together with the villagers of Baan Kok Riang were planting trees at Pa Dam Watershed Waterfall and by the roadsides as well
as organizing activities with the kids and adults in the village. Whenever they organize projects in the village, DaLaa will be always invited to join. As up to now, it has been going on for almost eight years and the university club is still keeping in touch with the community in the village and initiated
beneficial projects that support the community.


Mr. Suthep Suwankrajang, host and project coordinator, known as Lung Jaeng, has an interest to produce his own organic food. He himself does not have any agricultural background; however,
he took the initiative wanting to turn his land properties covering approximately one hector of empty land into a place where everyone can learn and experiment on non-chemical agriculture. This has helped generate motivations of the other villagers to follow in their footsteps. The main purpose for this effort is to try to create a learning space functioning sort of as a working model for the surrounding community members, especially for the new generation, to grow healthy organic non-chemically induced rice, vegetables, and fruits. According to Lung Jaeng’s observation, our societies nowadays are so used to the convenient way of living and buying everything from the market without realizing that most of the food products sold in market heavily contained dangerous chemicals and pesticides, which would eventually lead to severe health problems. Unfortunately, the project initiator started his own plans without having much support from anyone else.


Already three years that Lung Jaeng started all everything by himself such as growing vegetables and fruit trees which are pineapples, coconuts, mangoes, papayas, aubergines, Chinese lettuce, etc.
Moreover, he and his few friends living in the same village who are Lung Sian and Lung Chiaw also grow rice for their own families during August-October’s time and harvest during January. They have been supporting and coordinating with his initiatives. They always come by for a visit and give Lung Jaeng advice on how to grow vegetables.


Since this project site promoted in August 2012, we started to host international long-term volunteers there, some Thai participants joined the agricultural and construction work activities, and
several short-term work camps and a few weekend camps organized. And today, with help of regular organization of camps, support of international long-term volunteers and visits paid by people who go along with the concept of agricultural self-sufficiency, everything seems to get improved little by little. What have done besides the vegetable gardens is basic construction such
as building toilets and digging out well for water supply in order to make the place ready for becoming a learning center in the future.


DaLaa sees this a meaningful project for us and volunteers to be involved in, as well as taking the opportunity to learn about this highly sustainable self-reliant living especially the most crucial
during the initial time of the project when there are a lot of work to do and things to get improved around. Moreover, it’s very important to give them all the help and support that they need in bringing about awareness, and in the meantime build-up collaborations and train apprentices within their own and neighboring communities.


By sending volunteers to work with Lung Jaeng, DaLaa hopes that we can support him with manpower, energy and skills from the volunteers, and also help him to promote the idea of non-chemical agriculture among the villagers.


Workcamp activities:

As planned together with the project host, this project there will join some members of the University Club called Backpackers who formerly introduced us to this site. So, possible activities we
have preliminarily agreed on are:

  • Build a mushroom shed for home-use supply
  • Work on the vegetable gardens, planting vegetables and nursing young plants
  • Help on community work if asked by the village
  • To support the initiatives to set up this site an “Agricultural Learning Center of
    Baan Kok Riang Village” in the future
  • To build a good relationship between volunteers and local people
  • To be part of Baan Kok Riang community
  • To learn ways of non-chemical, self-sufficient agriculture


Aims of the project:

  • To support the initiatives to set up this site an "Agricultural Learning Center of Baan Kok Riang Village" in the future
  • To build a good relationship between volunteers and local people
  • To be part of Baan Kok Riang community
  • To learn ways of non-chemical, self-sufficient agriculture


Accommodation: Sleeping in tents in the project host’s house compound


Meeting point: Wednesday 26 March, 2014 at 10 am at Hat Yai Train Station




Project Code:      STC5705  


Project Name:     Roy Wan Pan Pba Alternative School-1


Theme:                Construction work, Self-sufficient agriculture, Activities with kids and
                            community living


Location:             Cha-uat, Nakron Sri Tammarat province, Southern Thailand


Date:                   07.05.-20.05.2014


Volunteers:         15


Vilage background:  

Kuan Mai Bong is a Buddhist village located in Cha-uat district of Nakorn Sri Tammarat province, Southern Thailand. The population of the village consists of approx. 720 people (212 homes). Most villagers make a living on their property such as rubber plantation and fruit orchard. Some others are temporary workers earning wages from occasional hire.


The village was named Kuan Mai Bong deriving from its abundance in timber (Kuan Mai Bong = hill of timber). Due to its abundance of natural resources of hardwood and minerals in the past, this
province as well as the neighboring provinces, Trang and Pattalung, was announced a concession of forestry by the government in 1971 along with mine industry. The concession had continuously taken away lots of valuable trees and minerals for years. In the meantime, the government challenged an uprising of anti-government communist groups at the time, it therefore launched a campaign of communist crackdown throughout the nation; the mountainous landscape of the
three provinces was thought to be a hidden place of the communists. The forestry and mine concession and throughout the area covering the mountain range of the three provinces were permanently restrained and being under surveillance of the concerned government. Years later after the situation improved, the government allowed people to make a living on the once-spoiled
land. It was possessed by newcomers from nearby villages and soon after that an agricultural community founded.


In 1982, the presence-running government proclaimed this area to be restricted and turned it into a preserved forest covering 70,000 hectares throughout the 3 provinces, Nakorn Sri Tammart, Trang
and Pattalung and launched a policy of pushing settlers to relocate. The villagers rejected but after a negotiation with the government, they were allowed to live on under the dealt agreement.


Year 2005, Kuan Mai Bong villagers began to be aware of their forestry resources. Losses in natural abundance in the past made them concern on how man and nature can live in balance. Serious forestry preservation and rehabilitation were initiated. They gathered to explore their forest, paid more attention to natural resources management concerning protection of flash flood and soil problem. They came up with activities such as building a natural dike, making a wildfire-defending range and building a boundary mark between villagers’ land and preserved forest, for example.


The running project: 

Roy Wan Pan Pba Alternative School is one of the long term voluntary projects where DaLaa is involved nowadays. It means that international volunteers (about 4-6) are joining this project on a long term basis (from 2 months up to 1 year). It was started from nothing but motivation and solidarity in March 2011 by the initiatives of a local environmental activist Pi Ju along with endless support of Kuan Mai Bong villagers and the work of DaLaa international volunteers.


The main aim is focus on participants (kids, volunteers, and local people) to be aware of the importance of staying self-sufficient in their environment and to respect it as a vital part of their
life. Of course, it goes along with managing a good community life between all participants, especially with the local community who are the guarantee of the continuity of the project. Volunteers are at the same time students and actors of the project.


In the last 3 years, Pi Ju supervised this project to create a kind of model of sustainable garden, and thanks to a great solidarity between local people and volunteers that managed to build most
facilities needed to welcome people to live there and visitors as well. There is now a lot of food available from the garden and big trees already planted. Volunteers also dedicate themselves for
community work when there’s need. They can this way experience real solidarity in this strong community where money is not as important as some would like to make us believe.


This atmosphere is the basic key of this alternative school that everyone can feel and learn from when joining. Volunteers are working/learning in the week and spreading their experience/feelings with local kids who are coming on the week-ends.


We believe the growing temptation of parents to send their kids to study in the city (for “better education”) and the dream of some young locals to leave their village for the consumption world can be refrained by organizing activities, learning and sharing with volunteers from outside.


The alternative school is located in a mountainous village of Ban Tad Mountain Range. It is approx. 16 kilometers far from the main road reaching up to the mountain. It is surrounded by rubber
plantations, fruit orchards and scattered settlement of villagers’ homes.


Workcamp activities:

As a short term volunteer in this long term project, you are expected to join the activities going on together with the host (Pi Ju family), villagers and long term volunteers.


The main work planned with Pi Ju is to build a shelter to welcome a traditional rice mill (which going to be built in a nearby village). The work will be to prepare the foundations (digging), then fixing 6 posts with cement in the ground, the top posts will be in wood as well as the roof structure. The roof
should be in local palm leaves. This hand mill will be used to extract the outside skin of rice before to be cooked. The nutritive quality of rice will be much better and this mill will be used very often for daily consumption. The school doesn’t have yet its own rice but it should be in 1 year. The outside skin is also very useful to make good compost.


You will have the opportunity to learn way of agricultural self-sufficiency by taking part in the everyday routine (working in the vegetables gardens), making compost from natural materials, cultivating seeds in a nursery and planting the ready-to-grown ones out around school area.

You will be organizing activities with kids on Saturdays and Sundays. Kids from the village and nearby gather at the school to do activities with the volunteers. About 25 children come every week-end to spend time at the school. The volunteers decide together how the school days
are spent. The opportunities are endless: teaching different subjects such as Basic English, art, agriculture, games… The kids vary in age; the youngest ones are approximately 7, and the oldest about 20. This is never a problem. They like to participate in activities together. If you know any activities worth arranging for the kids from your country or any teaching ideas, please bring
supplies you may need with you.


This project is strongly recommended to ones coming with motivation to be embraced with nature, loving in tranquility and rather stay the distance from civilization because there are few chances for town as it is not easy to go out often. Volunteers should bear in mind that you’re going to work in a team, everything shared, and responsibility taken equally. Please be prepared to handle hard, physical tasks during your stay at the project.


Aims of the project:

  • To support Roy Wan Pan Pba Alternative School
  • To build a good relationship between volunteers and local people
  • To be part of Kuan Mai Bong community
  • To let children be familiar with volunteers and learn in international/multi-cultural atmosphere


Accommodation: At the school building (dormitory-style)


Meeting point: Wednesday 7 May, 2014 at 9 am at Cha-uat Train Station in Nakorn Sri Tammarat province