At the Beluga School for Life, down the road from Khao Lak, balance luxury resort with local life, while supporting Tsunami victims to get a quality education.
What to experience ?
The Beluga School for Life is nestled in a small valley, 20 km’s from the beach resort of Khao Lak. Guests stay in 18 modern pavilions, boasting private terraces, outdoor and indoor showers, WLAN internet and Satellite TV. The resort has a pool, basketball courts, soccer fields and bikes for rent.
The overall income supports the Beluga School for life community, a project established in 2005 to provide education and a safe environment for local children who were victims of the Tsunami.
The School for Life offers day trips and longer tour programmes of up to 15 days. You can also visit the project and learn hands on how it works, through cooking classes with the kids, language introductions, social activities.
Massage, spa, yoga and even traditional singing bowl therapy are on the wellness menu. Diving and snorkelling trips can be arranged to the Similan islands. Accommodation is separate from the family and school areas, but offers plenty of opportunities to meet the students and join in.
The restaurant offers specialties prepared from home-grown organic fruit and vegetables and meats. You can visit the organic farm, learn about fruit carving, or take a full day cooking course.
How does it help ?
The Beluga School for Life was founded in 2005 as a funded aid project for Tsunami orphans. The state-approved school offers a home to children affected by poverty, violence and neglect.Around 150 children now attend the nursery or school. All tourism profits accrue directly to the project.
Younger children spend their days in the Small Kids’ House and the kindergarten. The project’s elementary and secondary schools are UNESCO Associated Schools. There the young learners can continue until they complete the Thai general qualification for university entrance. In six learning centres, children can explore, make discoveries and learn entrepreneurial skills.
The BSFL Hotel Institute was established a year after the completion of the 26-room hotel with international standard facilities. It conducts a 4-5 months theory and practice course followed by a 3-month On the Job Training (OJT) with the industry. Trainees gain their first professional experience in the guest area of the school, practising direct customer contact there. Students practise English, receive intensive intercultural training and learn about sustainable tourism.
The trainees have a good chance to be hired directly after their education through cooperation with hotels in the tourism region of Khao Lak. All graduates in 2011 have been offered jobs.
Beluga School for Life under Beluga S.L. Co.,Ltd
7/5 Moo 4, Ban Na Nai, Tumbon, Thungmapraow, Amphur Thaimuang, Phang- Nga, Thailand 82120