The School for Life School Camp Hospitality
The School for Life is located near Doi Saket, a small township located about 30 kilometres north of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. The forests covering the rolling hills have been chosen by His Royal Highness, the King of Thailand, as the location for a training and research centre for organic forestry and agriculture. The centre acts as an educational facility for the surrounding farming community as well as a research centre for the improvement of environmentally friendly and sustainable agriculture.
The farm named Suan Suoi Fha Sai (“Bright skies over beautiful gardens“) is dedicated to the development of organic agricultural practices. The farm incorporates the School for Life campus currently occupied by 120 children.
A large area of over 27,000 sqm has been set up and is available for youth camps. Students from Thai as well as international schools can experience life skills the usual standard run-of-the-mill scout camps cannot provide: an intense immersion into nature combined with the local practice of organic farming.
What is organic farming?
Organic farming is the production of food and fibre without the use of synthetic chemical fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides or genetically modified organisms. It focuses on living, healthy soil as the basis for sustainable productivity, and relies as much as possible on natural processes and cycles for managing pests, diseases, weeds and crop nutrition. Although acceptable inputs are used when necessary, it is important to note that organic farm management is about a different approach to management, not simply the ‘standard’ approach using different inputs. This so called “New Theory“ is strongly supported by HRH The King of Thailand through the establishment of various exemplary projects.
The Camp Farmland
The heart and soul of the camp is the farmland supporting the growing of a large variety of Thai vegetables and legumes.
The camp provides accommodation for the students to live in and form teams during their visit.
Separate showers and toilets are provided for male and female students.
Meetings and Gatherings
The school hall is available for meetings and gatherings and can be utilised for any other type of functions.
The campus boasts two sport grounds; the smaller area is suitable for basketball and volleyball games (hard courts), the larger area is for soccer enthusiasts (grass court).
There are a number of smaller cooking areas, including one large kitchen equipped with barbeque and cooking appliances.
Compost and Recycling
The School uses compost to support the production and development of good soil conditions. Separate recycling for glass and plastic products is practiced.
Local farmers taking care of security aspects live on the campus in three small houses. The farmers also introduce any “agricultural newcomers“ to the farming techniques in a safe way and keep a permanent watch.
The focus of most activities is on experiencing life on a farm in the midst of lush forests, using new methods of organic farming.
Self sufficiency and sustainability
The young visitors learn how to successfully plant and harvest the products and produce required for their own consumption.
The forest as a supermarket
The surrounding forests can be described as a self-sufficient supermarket. The individual isles in nature’s supermarket can be labelled “plant and animal products“, “health and nature’s medicines“ or “re-growing building materials“. During a “Soul Trekking“ activity the camp participants can learn how to use the products of the forest while ensuring the protection of the environment which is supporting their living.
Thai cuisine is one of the great cuisines of the world. Camp participants learn how to transform the freshly harvested organic produce into mouth watering and delicious northern Thai dishes.
Activities will encourage the use of the English language thus providing an opportunity to learn and intensify the knowledge of a language through the best method possible: by actively listening and talking.
Music and Dance
Students are encouraged to take part in the training sessions for traditional Thai folklore dances and songs. And Thai Pop is definitely on the cards as well.
Traditionally, ethnic hill tribes gather therapeutic and aromatic ingredients from tree bark, roots and leaves in the forest for medicinal purposes. Our young experts will share the knowledge with everybody and demonstrate the technique used to make the herbal compress balls and how they are used.
Playing Thai Traditional Outdoor Games
Most Thai traditional outdoor games are played in groups with imagination and simple rules for relaxation and exercise.
Duration of Camps
Time frames on offer: 2 days, 3 days, 7 days or 10 days or by arrangement.
1-30 participants (without activities) 800 THB/person per night
Remarks: The above price includes accommodation and 3 Thai meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). It doesn’t include activities, the transportation cost for pickup and transfer to Chiang Mai Airport or city.
1-30 participants (including activities) 1,500 THB/person for 1 day-1 night
Remarks: The above price includes accommodation, 3 Thai meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and three activities for a day out of the above mentioned activities which the visiting group could propose. It doesn’t include the transportation cost for pickup and transfer to Chiang Mai Airport or city.
Information and Contact
Mr. Jo (Kyaw Kyaw Hla)
Mobile: +66 (0) 85 237 9482
Ms. Conny Grimm (Deutsch/Englisch)
Volunteers Team Manager