Thai Student Camps
Environmental Education & English Programs
Because sustainability and nature are not part of the usual local Thai curriculum we decided to offer a free nature camp for the local community children, to learn about and gain a true appreciation of nature. The program is subsidized by Our Jungle Camp Eco Resort.
Local School Activities
With our organic on-site farm, we have the possibility to teach children where food comes from, how it is grown in a sustainable way and also teach them about the lifecycle of foods and which foods are ‘useful’ or not.
As nowadays it is becoming harder and harder to find vegetables grown without the use of chemicals, it is our aim to show the children the traditional way of organically sourcing food, where they can learn how their parents generation was brought up.
To add, our education program consists of the children learning about the stingless bees we have on our farm, which help pollinate the vegetables being grown. They learn about the importance of bees in our world. It is also possible to harvest the honey from our stingless bees.
We also teach the kids about the various insects found on our farm, and whether they are useful or a threat for the vegetables and salads being grown. We show them how we manage the threatful kind of insects without using any chemicals; as nature and the plants have their own defensive mechanisms to protect themselves from threatening insects.
Jungle Trail Trekking
In order to fully immerse the children into the nature surrounding us here at Jungle Life Camp, our most successful strategy is by having them dive deep into the jungle and getting their shoes dirty with our guides. In our experience, this is the best way for them to be aware of their surroundings and become curious about the different plants and animals right in front of them.
Having the children collect seeds in order to make seed bomb also proves itself as a very fun activity we provide at our camp; we then go back to the camp grounds and show them how to make seed bombs. By doing so, we also explain the function of the seed bombs, showing them how it all adds up in the ecosystem, from animals eating the fruit, to digesting and releasing the seeds back into the ground through their stools, which continues as a cycle of seedlings growing into fruit and the fruit being eaten by animals who then spread the seeds to different areas, supporting diversity in the plants and trees of our ecosystems.
The seed bombs are made out of soil, and seeds are put inside. They are then left to dry and are taken out into the jungle or anywhere else, the children then throw the seed bombs at the same time. This activity is a fun way to keep the kids active and interested in matters of the ecosystem and food cycle.
Bird & Animal Watching
Khao Sok has a very unique ecology. Many different species of birds and in general animals reside here. Our local guides are very happy to share their knowledge and techniques to the children, e.g. by letting them spot birds while showing them how to use binoculars during our ‘bird watching’ activity.
Arts & Crafts
Adding to our outdoor activities, we also find it very important to have creative time and induce art sessions for the children to engage in creative activities, e.g. by drawing the animals they saw during their jungle trek or challenging them to fun tasks such as drawing with one line, without raising the pencil. This way they can have fun by relaxing and having a creative aspect interlinking what they learned throughout the day.
Waste Separation – Eco Bricks
From our worldview it is our responsibility to take care of the environment together. One of the small things to start doing for each person is waste separation. We educate the children to separate all trash they produce in a basic and easy-to-understand way. For example, we teach them that there are four kinds of trash: general trash, paper, biowaste, and recyclable trash.
Eco bricks, which are plastic bottles stuffed with tiny particles of cleaned out trash are also another way of keeping the trash separate. Eco bricks can be used for building furniture or even whole houses with mud, which make them a sustainable way for making use of the trash we produce.
Water Quality Testing
Water quality can give us information about the ecology of the place. In this activity, we show the children how to test the quality of the water in the Klong Sok river next to us by asking them to observe which kinds of animals/insects are inside the water.
Some animals can only survive in clean water, and if these animals are found, it means that the water quality is high. This activity requires the children to obtain water samples from the river, meaning the children have to go inside the water, refreshing their day from the heat.
Survival skills teaching are an important and fun way to teach the children how to behave if they ever happen to become lost in the jungle and are unprepared, without any tools to aid them in surviving.
Within this activity our motto is ‘learning by doing’, and our guides teach them how to make a fire, how to make natural ropes and how to find drinking water in the jungle. In the end, we actually make a bonfire together and let the evening fade out with the children grilling their own food and having time for stories and a relaxing evening around the bonfire.