Australian Teachers for English Teaching Program
Michael Peschardt, a journalist from the BBC met Asian Oasis founder, Chananya Phataraprasit, two years ago during an interview for his Peschardt’s People program. He learned about Asian Oasis’s sustainable tourism activities at its hill tribe lodges in northern Thailand, a quintessence of community-based Tourism. He was so impressed with the business model that he decided to take time off from his work to visit Lanjia Lodge, one of Asian Oasis’ hill tribe lodges, where he ended up teaching English to hill tribe children at the community school for a month.
He is now working on a project with universities in Australia to find young volunteer teachers to teach at a community school in the Kiew Karn Village, Chiang Rai Province, where Lanjia Lodge is located. Asian Oasis is planning to provide meals and accommodation for the English teachers during their stay.
Mr. Michael also established a scholarship fund for the students of Kiew Karn Village. The scholarship has been given to five hill tribe students to pay for their tuition fee, uniforms, books and school supplies. Through his generosity and kindness, the program for English teaching and volunteer work has begun.
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The Story of Baitong & Boon
When Georgetown University student Phantila Phataraprasit returned home to Thailand for the holidays, she got right to work putting smiles on the faces of children in the remote hill tribe community of Kiew Karn village in Chiang Rai Province, giving away copies of her new book “The Story of Baitong and Boon”.
Phantila, daughter of Asian Oasis founder, Chananya Phataraprasit began writing the children’s book when she was a 16 year old high school student in America, collaborating with Yeoh Siew Hoon, Editor and Founder of Web In Travel.
The Story of Baitong and Boon tells the story of a special friendship between an elephant and a boy deep in the forests of northern Thailand. Baitong and Boon become friends and learn to make music together. Until the boy, Boon, has to leave for school in the city, Baitong is heartbroken and wanders off in search of his human friend and ends up lost and captive in Bangkok. You’ll have to read the book to find out how a dog and music saved the day.
Proceeds from the sale of The Story of Baitong & Boon go towards the Himmapaan Foundation whose purpose is to encourage travelers and the travel industry to take part in activities to restore or improve the quality of life of local people, either through environmental and community work or educational projects.
Asian Oasis is coordinating the distribution of the books to children throughout Northern Thailand with the help of guests and team members from Lisu Lodge, Khum Lanna Lodge and Lanjia Lodge with a “Buy One-Give One” project.
All of the proceeds from the sale of the books go toward printing more books in local language to be donated to local schools and communities. Asian Oasis works with these communities to ensure that the books reach as many young students as possible. Educational programs like reading contests, quizzes and discussions are organized.
Today, almost 2,000 books have been sold and distributed. For many local students, this is the first time they have owned a book. Having the book available in both the local language and English encourage the students to develop their English skills in a fun and entertaining way.