64/3 Moo1 Tambon Vieng nuea, Amphoe Pai, Mae Hong Son, Thailand seedlings.pai@gmail.com +66 852 64 13 31 (eng/fr) // +66 88 680 1890 eng/thai)

INTERNSHIPS

It’s all about sharing knowledge and skills!

One of our goals at Seedlings is to create a physical space for experimentation, learning, practice and skill sharing in all areas of conscious living and sustainable farming.

We believe in sharing knowledge, skills and effort. We are a small family running an ambitious project with lots to do, and there are never too many of us to make the world into a better place.

We offer internship opportunities of 1 to 3 months including visa and work-permit to make your stay in Thailand 100% legal and make the best of your experience.

 

OPEN ROLES

 

1) INTERNSHIP – Environmental Educator 

Project: Foster interactions with local schools

The core vision of Pai Seedlings Foundation is Land Restoration through permaculture and agroforestry.  Turning tired rice paddies into a heaven of biodiversity and fertility. We have 5 rai to play and experiment with.

Within this vision lies the mission of producing healthy, nutrient and taste rich food, that nourishes from balanced and living soil while feeding it in a symbiotic manner. The objective is to develop and implement systems that will honour these two missions: 1/ producing enough quality food to sustain the team involved in the project and create abundance to donate to local schools; 2/ recreating soil fertility and biodiversity.

Education & local schools

Giving back to the local community that welcomes us in the village of Vieng Nua is important to us, as is the education value of all our undertakings.

It will take passion for our vision, understanding of the local culture and imagination to craft workshops and courses aimed at sparking curiosity and opportunities with local schools.

Learn about Pai Seedlings’ projects and vision, talk to local schools and children, make proposition as to how to best foster creative interactions.


Mission & Objectives

  • Establish contact with local schools and parents:
    • Introduce Pai Seedlings’s foundation values and vision.
    • Understand the schools dynamics and how they could benefit from what we offer.
    • Discuss potential education opportunities and projects that could be co-created.
  • Make proposition & design for the education program
    • Study the feasability of the project, budget, plan.
    • Present your propositions to schools, the foundation members and the university professors.

Required Qualities

  1. Personal curiosity and motivation to participate in implementing effective agroforestry/permaculture systems. Authentic passion for organic practices are essential.
  2. Education or Experience in teaching children. Fluent in Thai and comfortable in spoken English.
  3. Autonomous and organized. Can work on your own, plan tasks for yourseld and others and let them know.
  4. Efficient & Responsible. The job gets done, needs are expressed, experience is shared and you can be accountable for your work.

Expected education and/or training and/or experience

  • CMU, Mae Jo University or another agriculture or education faculty of northern Thailand with access to equipped labs.
  • Experience in teaching children.

Are you ready to get onboard?


APPLY HERE

2) INTERNSHIP – Soil Analysis and Amendment

Project: Land Restoration and Permaculture Farm

The core vision of Pai Seedlings Foundation is Land Restoration through permaculture and agroforestry.  Turning tired rice paddies into a heaven of biodiversity and fertility. We have 5 rai to play and experiment with.

Within this vision lies the mission of producing healthy, nutrient and taste rich food, that nourishes from balanced and living soil while feeding it in a symbiotic manner. The objective is to develop and implement systems that will honour these two missions: 1/ producing enough quality food to sustain the team involved in the project and create abundance to donate to local schools; 2/ recreating soil fertility and biodiversity.

Soil Management:  

Creating healthy soil abundant in the nutrients the different plants need takes time, effort and proper analysis to observe and monitor evolution.

Having a map of the soil composition, qualities and lacks in the different areas of the farm is a massive help to inspire the designs and actions around which the fertility restoration will be successful. It will support a proper planning of concrete actions to implement for a durable impact.

Detailed analysis requires lab tests to measure the concentration of specific nutrients, organic matter and chemicals: this is why we want to work with Universities, and in return offer a beautiful educational playground for their students to support the establishment of a resilient organic agricultural system.

Responsibilities & Objectives

  • SOIL ANALYSIS:
    • Lead a global soil analysis throughout the farm. Map the results (qualities and lacks).
    • Suggest a plan to produce or source the resources that will be needed to amend the soils.
    • Final report will have to present these two aspects.
  • PERMACULTURE AND ORGANIC FARMING
    • Participate in the routine work around the farm and the workshop/courses to get a holistic vision of what is being created, learn new things and experiment practices.
  • SHARING:
    • End of internship: Produce a live presentation of your experience and the results of your study to the other members.

Required Qualities

  1. Personal curiosity and motivation to participate in implementing effective agroforestry/permaculture systems. Authentic passion for organic practices are essential.
  2. (Bonus) Understanding of the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy of the late king.
  3. Experience in lab work to realize soil, water and food analysis.
  4. Knowledge of local practices, plants, tools. Fluent in Thai and comfortable in spoken English.
  5. Autonomous and organised. Can work on his own, plan tasks for himself and others and let them know.
  6. Efficient & Responsible. The job gets done, needs are expressed, experience is shared and you can be accountable for his work.

Expected education and/or training and/or experience

  • CMU, Mae Jo University or another agricultural or science faculty of northern Thailand with access to equipped labs.
  • (Bonus) Sufficiency Economy Philosophy.

Are you ready to get onboard?

APPLY HERE

Not found a suitable role? 

We are particularily interested in the following profiles to support our actions:

  • A marketing and community manager to keep our website and social media up to date
  • Photographer, videographer for creative content.
  • Financial expert to support our fundraising effort and help us develop partnerships.
  • People with practical professional experience in permaculture, land design and low-techs.
  • A cook and child care to help us with daily tasks .

Do you think you can help our project? Please contact us to tell us how and then send an application!

APPLY HERE

 

Life as an Intern?

  • Support on core ongoing projects: Farm work at the permaculture farm or natural construction. 3 hours in the morning.
  • Community Life and shared daily chores: we will take turns to manage daily chores for the team: shopping, cooking, cleaning…
  • Communication, marketing, social media, community management, website, creating content. 1-2 hour / day.
  • Optional : Teaching in local schools and organizing workshops with children at the farm.

WHY APPLY?

Commiting in real projects is probably the most enriching experience one gets from traveling. It is a unique opportunity to learn about the local life and deepen our travel experience while having a positive impact.

Not only will you benefit at a personal level, learning plenty of new skills along the way, but you will also leave with the satisfaction that your journey was not simply one of mindless consumption, but one of sharing and giving. You will always be welcome back to see the projects you’ve participated in grow year after year and change the face of Pai for the better!

Moreover, after a few months, you will truly learn how to enjoy the amazing lifestyle of Pai: to discover the best places for live music, enjoy great local and international food, explore the amazing natural wonders of the valley and heal your mind and body through meditation, yoga, and massage.

APPLY HERE