Openmind Projects is an International volunteer Organization which currently has over 60 projects throughout Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Nepal.
What to experience ?
Volunteer placements include wildlife protection activities, English teaching and helping to support grassroots ecotourism and sustainable tourism projects. Volunteers can teach Basic English to national park visitor centre staff, tour guides, rangers and community members. You may also provide feedback to local staff on effective tour guiding and how to best take care of guests.
Volunteers also collect and create information for tourists about villages, treks, jungle walks, elephant rides, boat rides and transportation to/from destinations. Information is put on-line to help promoting ecotourism projects via Internet, websites, newsletters, and social networks.
Other types of placements are also possible for volunteers with specialist skills. Volunteers need social, cross cultural skills, self confidence, patience, curiosity and flexibility. All volunteers must participate in a 3 day Volunteer Training at Openmind Projects Training Centre in Nong Khai.
How does it help ?
Openmind Projects are committed to helping volunteers to settle in and make a meaningful contribution. All eco volunteers are screened and provided with pre arrival information. They go through an intense language, culture, teaching and eco tourism training to improve their work quality, enhance respect for local customs and develop their understanding of eco tourism.
In Kui Buri National Park, volunteers worked alongside rangers and the director to develop eco tourism services and tracking techniques. Volunteers taught practical English, relevant to tour guides, helped to improve trekking opportunities and create information material in English.
In Pang Nga, Phuket, volunteers worked with the Tai Muang Eco and Phuket Marine Research Centre. Projects involved conserving marine wildlife, including 4 species of sea turtles, giant clams and some 30 fish species to release into the wild. Volunteers worked with staff to carry out field work and research for the project. Volunteers also helped project staff with their English.
Openmind Projects employ local, English speaking, dedicated staff, from poor families. Staff are trained to support volunteer projects and also to provide Cross Cultural and Volunteer Training. Openmind Projects also works with many education, conservation and community development organizations such as the W.W.F., Krabi town and the Department for National Parks in Thailand.
OpenmindProjects Thailand Co Ltd
856/9 Moo 15, Tanon Prajark,
Amphur .Muang, NongKhai
Office Tel/Fax + 66 (0) 42 41 35 78, + 66 87 233 5734
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Websites: www.openmindprojects.org, www.openmindtraveler.org