VSA1701 Peace Village - Chiang Mai 09 - 21/01



 Somdejya - Chiang Mai



Chiang Mai




Somdejya Learning Community Demonstration School, Bodhivijalaya College Srinakharinwirot University Mae Chaem Distric, Chiang Mai is alternative school and learning center for hill tribes who come from poor family and very remote area on the mountain. This learning center is provided to them free education, accommodation, food and occupation training as important as culture conservation of their culture.

There are 58 students from 12 – 15 Years old. They are Karen and Hmong hill tribes. Learning King Rama 9 sufficient economy theory on agriculture and nature living. The foundation organize the non-formal education school together with nature living, produce their own organic food and education.


SDGs in this camp

Goal 1 End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 2 End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Goal 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Goal 10 Reduce inequality within and among countries

Goal 11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 16 Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Goal 17 Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development




Base on community living, every work are coming by daily life. That is mean everything even generally is valuable in any case such as learning, teaching, cleaning, repairing, building.

Segregation works for Community Development are;

·         Creative teaching English – Creative teaching is important to recognize; teaching certificate does not need for specific quality of volunteer but creative is the one of yours. Aims of creative teaching is given the chance for people in the village or the place nearby have opportunity to communicate with difference language, touch difference culture, believing. The volunteer will go to primary school nearby home- stay or practice English for local people in the village.

·         Teaching Activity: the volunteer would do the activities base on InterCultural and Language (ICL) with the games, song, Storytelling, and Dancing. Focusing on communication; listening and speaking.

·         School renovation; the students’ accommodation needs to renovate as it quite old and made from basic material. We could make them more beautiful and in a good condition to be a good atmosphere for them to live and learn. The volunteer could help on construction the new building for the learning center.

·         Farming –working together at the small farm with the local students in 5 different occupation training farm as their have to work on these in daily; cow farms, pig farms, fish and fog farms, rabbit farms, chicken farms.  
The volunteer could plant more vegetables with students for the school lunch project.

·         Building relationship with the villagers – The rest of time from your main work, important thing is to learn and share with the villager by visiting, talking and doing activities with them. You will get rich experience by learning and sharing from each other.

·         Eco tourism – There are many interesting places to visit in the community such as Buddhist temple, waterfall, national park etc. The volunteer would go to visit this places and collecting garbage, promoting recycle and keeping the place clean.


Location Mae Chaem district Chiang Mai province.


Accommodation and food Volunteer will stay with the host family and alternative school learning center.

·         Nature environment, basic and simple.

·         Mat, pillow and fan are providing.

·         Thai toilet and bath.

·         Washing clothes by hand.

·         No food and drinks accept water in sleeping area for your care because some animals such as mouse, ants, will come to share your food.

·         Please keep clean and tidy.

Volunteers expects to eat Thai food and takes turn cooking with local volunteer.


Terminal: Chiang-Mai International Airport, Chiang-Mai Bus Station, Chiang-Mai Train Station Mae-Cham Bus Station, Chom-Thong Bus Station.

     Meeting Point: Chiang-Mai Train Station at 12.00 pm. On 09 January.




Leisure Activities: Local Temple, Doi Intanon National park, enjoying the local life  



Extra Fee 9,500 Baht/volunteer


·         Food and accommodation (Stay together in one room, separate male-female).

·         Transportation to/from meeting point to camp site

·         There is Thai volunteer who will be the coordinator whole program period.



·         Volunteer own expenses such as souvenirs, alcohols, personal stuff, free time travel expenses also expense before the program start and after program ending.

·         Travel cost from your country to Thailand

Special Remarks Cultural respect, open-mindedness and love to learn and share.

More info about Chiang-Mai; http://www.tourismthailand.org/Where-to-Go/Chiang-Mai