Each year we welcome over 2,500 students and staff from schools worldwide.
Our 2020-21 Programs
Home-based Nature Camp
August 2021 With the pandemic still restricting many activities, we offered a Home-based Nature Camp. Participants joined us online each day to meet and greet the farm animals on Traidhos Three-Genreation farm, Chinag Mai. They were able to ask questions and view the animals behaviours. We also explored the fruit, vegetables and variety of plants growing. Activity sheets were emailed out each day with games, experiments and more for the participants to complete in the afternoons.
Kensington Learning Space, Forest Play
March 2021 Traidhos Barge Program partnered with Kensington Learning Space to deliver a forest play afternoon. We had lots of fun exploring the grounds on a scavenger hunt, painting leaves and digging for wiggly worms. We also spotted a small frog and all hopped along with the little guy!
ISB G4, Rivers
March 2021 As we heard the excited voices cry, We stopped to watch the little egret fly, We explored the river to see, As we made our environmental cree. We learnt the story of how it came to be, From Brazil a plant was moved for ISB to see, From Indonesia King Rama V brought it home, Unknown to him, it didn’t stay for him alone. It moved into the river and collects trash, But for local people it can make cash, It can be used to weave baskets and a floor mat, We unravelled the story together as we sat. The ‘noxious weed’ blocks river ways & O 2 for fish, It’s adapted to be here, the flowers can even be added to a dish, Many invertebrate creatures call it home, We finished studying them as we heard the phone. We’ve won the lottery and designed our land, Mansions, pools, bubble gum factories- we couldn’t keep it bland! We learnt how to protect our river, plastic? Say no! Oil, pollution from factories, chemicals are our foe. There is always hope, we can use products- eco, And everyone can use and let people know, To use cotton bags and take reusable straws, And petition to protect our shores. We investigated Chao Phraya watershed, Source, mouth and all that is inside the riverbed, The tributaries Ping, Wang, Yon and Nan, Oh, the day has finished let’s get back to the van!
Bangkok Patana Yr6, Chanthaburi
RIS G6, Khao Yai
Dec 2020 Viewing wildlife in their natural habitats is a special experience. Students from RIS enjoyed lots of close encounters with wild animals during their trip to Khao Yai National Park. We observed a feeding elephant, flying gibbons, grazing deer and very overly friendly macques; as well as many macro invertebrates in the stream. The final day helped sum up the objectives of the trip with amazing race challenges centred around the Sustainable Development Goals and how we as individuals can contribute towards achieving these.
St Andrews Samakee Yr3 Ayutthaya
Dec 2020 Ancient city exploration Year 3 students residential trip Under the stars Trading powers Temple ruins Historical discovery Amazing architecture Yummy food cooked by the students Attacked by the Burmese
Regents Yr4, Khao Yai
Nov 2020 There was plenty of wildlife to see and hear in Khao Yai National Park for students from Regents International School. Whilst hiking on the trails, paddling in the stream and driving in the dark, students kept their eyes and ears open to signs of life and investigated the importance of National Parks to wildlife conservation. Top sightings included: deer, wild dogs, civets, and an elephant!
King Yr 3, Ko Kret
Dec 2020 Students spent the day on Ko Kret discovering how the beautiful pots, which the island is famous for, are made. They had the opportunity to try throwing and painting pots as well as making their own clay animals, a common toy for Mon children. Inspiration was derived from their exploration in the museum and visit to the pottery factory.
St Andrews Samakee Y5, Kanchanaburi
Dec 2020 There once were some students from Samakee They learnt all about World War History They explored lots of caves, Pondered at graves And saw much more of Kanchanaburi
Kensington Kindergarten, In School
Nov 2020 It’s never to early to start learning about our natural world and living sustainably. The Barge team visited Kensington International Kindergarten during their Eco-week to introduce some fun, play based activities. To discover how ice melts, children chose different methods and tools to race to save frozen animals. We also visited an imaginary shop armed with reusables and disposables to discover the amount of waste we create and how easy it is to be more sustainable. The highlight for everyone was meeting our friendly wiggly worms and giving them a new home in the school grounds. We can’t wait to see these young eco warriors rule the world!
Bangkok Prep Yr8, Chanthaburi
Nov 2020 Year 8 students at Bangkok Prep spent a week with Barge Program We went snorkelling on the coral reef spotting fish and a giant clam The mangrove forests were full of life and we kayaked through the trees We visited a fishing village and spoke with people from the local communities After a day of hiking to a waterfall, we slept in a tent for one night Building fires, cooking food and eating together was definitely a highlight Through the trip we discussed the impacts human have on nature We came up with lots of challenges and ideas to make our planet greater!
Berkeley G5, Rivers
Nov 2020 After a day on the barge, students created word cloud to sum up their experience: Fun , Watershed, Canal, Captain, Yummy Food, Interesting, River, Conservation, Water, Stories, Games, Working Together,
Harrow, In School
Nov 2020 Year 5 students at Harrow International School learnt all about the Chao Phraya River and the importance of water during a school visit from the Barge team. We brought the excitement of the river to the classroom through a virtual tour allowing students to observe how the river is used and life on the river banks. Other interactive activities included creating the watershed and learning key river features, investigating water hyacinth and the macroinvertebrates who live within the floating plant, building a web of the river ecosystem and designing our own plot of land to explore our impacts on the river. The day ended with the Giving River story allowing students to reflect on our relationship with rivers and they shared some powerful and moving letters.
ELC Y4, Ko Kret
Nov 2020 There are so many exciting ways to harness the power of the sun! And no-one knows that better than the year 4 students from ELC. They got to visit our Ko Kret Learning Centre and experienced making anthotypes with natural plants such papaya leaves and beetroot, distilling water and cooking delicious smores, all with the power of the sun! The students enjoyed experimenting, investigating and being creative. They trialled different ideas and explored our site, all while having fun and working together.
ELC Y3, Bang Kachao
Nov 2020 ELC year 3 had an escape to nature, with a day trip to Bang Kachao, focusing on camouflage and adaptations to bring some of their in school topics outside of the classroom. They began the day with a scavenger hunt, looking at some of the patterns in nature. We also got to explore the wilder side of the park, spotting some mangroves, plenty of water monitors and a giant bee hive! The students discovered the snapdragon root seeds, and became very excited to watch them pop in the water. And that was just one of the methods of seed disperal we discovered in an action packed day. The day finished off with some peaceful watercolour by the lake, and quick camouflage game. Final summary from the students "This was the best day. I want to live here"
ELC Y5 and 6, Ko Kret
Nov 2020 A wonderful start for the Traidhos Barge Program, with our first trip of this new term! We met all the participants at Wat Sa Nam Temple. There were many familiar faces from previous trips with Barge over the years. We started off by introducing Ko Kret’s history and some safety before getting a boat across the river. Once everyone got life jackets, we headed to Ko Kret and started our exploration with 4 groups using the sustainable compass points, Nature, Economy, Society and Well-being. We visited a Mon temple, the leaning chedi, a pottery museum and a pottery factory to better understand the lifestyle and culture of this lovely Ko Kret community. From what we observed, we thought that the community of Ko Kret is making many sustainable choices, from pottery cups to recycling bins. After lunch, we went to Wat Polamai School, which was our highlight of the day! ELC School prepared a game ‘Evolution’ to play with Wat Polamai School. It was a good warm up before we started to split into groups. This time we used animals’ names (in Thai and in English) to play a game ‘Earthquake’. Liter Pick time!!! There were 6 groups and every group took care of different sections around the school and local community. All the students were very energetic and motivated with this clean up, and displayed excellent teamwork to clean some difficult areas. At the end, we looked at how long some the rubbish we collected takes to decompose. ELC students handed over some snacks to students from Wat Polamai School to thank you them for this wonderful experience. It was a wonderful opportunity for everyone involved. We, Traidhos Barge Program, hope to see you again!