Welcome Volunteer!

Welcome! Bienvenido! Yindeetonrub!  If you are reading this then you are one of our amazing volunteers staying with us here at Thammada, and we want you to know a few things to make your stay fun, memorable, and safe. Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the following information designed to help navigate the ins and outs of our eco-village.  Feel free to offer us feedback to help us improve the way we communicate.

Locations

  • Clinic (for minor emergencies, hours may vary)
  • Hospital (Pak Chong Bangkok Hospital)

  • Laundry (Coin Operated, Easy to reach by Bicycle)

Accommodations

When you first arrive you will either be assigned a room or asked to choose one that is available.  The houses are equipped with electricity, but please be mindful with your usage.  Fans are also available upon request.

Our Earthen Houses

The Dormitory (Tom Yum) – rectangular dormitory with 4 bedrooms and bunk beds suitable for groups of 2-3 people per room.

  • Lime (Manao)
  • Lemon Grass (Takrai)
  • Galanghal (Kha)
  • Keffir Lime Leaf (Bai Makrut)

Round House (Smoothie) – round earth house with 3 bedrooms and suitable for 1-2 people per room.

  • Banana (Gluay)
  • Mango (Mamuang)
  • Papaya (Malagaw)

Dala House, Kitchen (Phaktong), & Aow’s Room

The Dala House – The main house for community activities.  Come here to enjoy yoga, music, games, and events that are occasionally held.

The Kitchen, aka Phaktong – connected to the Dala House.  Here you have access to a spacious fridge, cooking range, small oven, and a wide range of cooking utensils, pots & pans.

Aow’s Room – between the kitchen and Dala House.  Here is where Aow, the cat, sleeps, and some supplies can also be found here.

Meals

3 meals are provided per week that we can plan together as part of your volunteer experience. Additional meals can be purchased (see Donations/Fees section for prices), otherwise you are expected to take care of yourself

Bathrooms/WC

The main bathrooms and WC’s are located behind the Dala House and can accommodate many people.  If you feel more adventurous we have an outdoor shower station located behind the “Round House”.  Please note we do not have hot shower.

Common Rules

Kitchen Etiquette

The kitchen is a shared space.  Although appliances and utensils are free to use, ingredients may belong to someone for their specific food allergies or diet restrictions.  This is why we have a few simple rules to keep in mind when using the kitchen:

  1. Wash your own dishes (or take turns cleaning after each other)
  2. Sweep the floor and wipe the table after use
  3. Turn off the gas after using the stovetop
  4. Ingredients from the garden are free for anyone to use
  5. Buy or bring your own ingredients
  6. If food is not labeled and you do not know the owner, please do not use/eat them

Trash Management 

We do not have trash pickup.  We use the R-R-R rule: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

  • Please clean and wash your recyclables
  • For plastics that are not reusable can be made into eco-bricks
  • For glass, paper, cans and plastics that don’t fit in eco-bricks can be sorted for recycling
  • All food scraps are composted or fed to the animals
  • Don’t feed animals bones please
  • All other trash is your responsibility to take out

Cleaning

Please be kind and courteous, clean after yourself.

  • Keep the bathroom clean and scrub the toilet after yourself when dirty
  • Upon departure clean your room and unplug any appliances
  • Please change your sheets at least once a week – sheets can be found in kitchen storage room or just ask someone

Conflict Resolution

Sometimes conflicts arise, and we want to create a safe space to allow people to resolve their issues in a healthy and responsible way.  Here are some tips to help guide you if you find yourself in this situation:

  • We lean on the side of neutrality when it comes to politics, you are welcome to your opinions but we are an international community with many backgrounds and cultures, so let’s try and be respectful
  • No yelling.  If someone starts to act aggressively, it is ok to call this out and let them cool down before continuing the conversation
  • No violence.  Violence is not tolerated, period.
  • Be open and honest.  Keeping things to yourself creates animosity and will impact others in negative ways
  • Always try and resolve conflicts/arguments directly with the person you have an issue with
  • If you are uncomfortable doing this please come to the staff for assistance
  • If you have an issue with a staff member, please request a meeting with all staff
  • If there are only 2 people to resolve the conflict, choose a public place for a meeting, e.g. a coffee shop or cafeteria

Activities & Events

Activies:  Here are some things that you can always find us doing at Thammada.  Feel free to share with us what you would like to do during your stay so we can plan accordingly.

  • Earth Building/Repair
  • Gardening
  • Composting
  • Seed Saving
  • Tree Climbing (Ropes and gear provided)
  • Trail Making
  • Signage
  • Socialmedia
  • Wood Working
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Music Jam

Events: We sometimes have paid/free events which you are not obligated to help with. However, you are welcome to join or volunteer assistance.

  • Thammadakase – Farm to table event
  • Camping & Music
  • Youth Rope Climbing

Donations/Fees

Thammada is working towards building a self-reliant Eco-Village, We have a few cost like electricity, gas, propane water & maintenance. 100-300 baht (per night) is recommended amount to help us provide basic necessities while you stay with us. Your donations are greatly appreciated.

When available, our staff will prepare meals and we request 50 baht per meal if you would like to eat with us.  Please let us know at least 1 day in advance so we can prepare enough food.

Emergency

Accidents happen. Know what to do in an emergency.

  • First Aid Kit located in Aow’s room

Emergency Contacts:

  • Pon via Messenger or phone 090-799-8261
  • Emergency/Police 191