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Traidhos Barge Program

Staff Profiles

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Our teaching and administrative staff are a mixture of Thai and foreign outdoor educators. All teaching staff are university educated naturalists, scientists and teachers. To continue to offer the highest quality programs possible, our staff use every opportunity to develop themselves through training workshops, seminars and conferences. 

All of our staff support the education of all program participants. The comprehensive nature of any education program with Traidhos Barge Program means that all members of our staff play a role in the education of any person who participates in our program. 

We are committed to role modelling ecologically sustainable practices by instituting policies and systems that are energy/waste efficient and environmentally sensitive.


Joanna Eames

Head of Barge Program

Hello, my name is Jo and I am from the UK. My experience in environmental sustainability stems from a love of nature, animals, and the outdoors. I graduated from university with a degree in marine zoology and spent subsequent years working in a variety of marine conservation and education roles across the globe. After several years of living just a stone’s throw from the ocean, I returned to friends and family in London, UK. In the city, I discovered new ways to embed sustainable practices in my life, communicate about the Sustainable Development Goals and bring the marine environment to city dwellers. I enjoy sharing my knowledge with and learning from others. I am excited to explore Thailand; the culture, the people, the food, the environment and the ocean.


Maprang (Poonyawee Srisantear)

Environmental Educator

Sawatdee ka everyone. My name is Maprang. I come from a small, peaceful province called Nakhon Nayok. It is great for outdoor recreation. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Conservation Biology and

a Master’s degree in Technology of Environmental Management from Mahidol University. I have worked on environmental projects and volunteer with a local conservation group. I love to travel, wetlands, and learning new things so that’s why I decided to work with the Barge Program. I’m looking forward to sharing my experience with the team and students. Come and enjoy learning with us. I will be waiting for you at the Barge!!!


Betty (Syuan-Yu Chen)

Environmental Educator

Ni Hao! I am Betty. I come from Taiwan. My major is hospitality and tourism so basically, I love to travel and live in different countries, and also trying local food is one of my favourite hobbies.

Before working on the Barge Program, I had worked in an elephant friendly place and it inspired me to learn more about environmental sustainability. Now here I am! I am excited to join the Barge Program and look forward to knowing multiple new things, learning about the natural environment and hopefully I will be able to share what I have learnt with people.


Noi (Wilaiwan Pochana)

Finance Secretary

I have worked with the barge program for more than ten years, and am the office accountant. I love nature, and feel that the environment should be clean in order to be healthy! Without fresh, clean air, we have no life. I also love to read and sing.I have two young boys and feel that they should be able to grow up in a cleaner environment. I am a hard worker and very dedicated to the Barge Program!


Ann (Worarat Wangwang)

Logistics Secretary

Hi everyone, my name is Ann. I was born in Chiang Rai in the North of Thailand. I graduated with a BA Degree in Library Sciences from Chiang Mai University and joined the barge program in 2018. It is a good chance to work with colleagues who are really concerned about the environment and we try to practice sustainably in the office and on trips as much as we can. We all carry our own reusable bags for shopping and say no to plastic bags! It helps a lot to save our world and keep it clean. I love to see people care about nature.

If you have a chance, come and join us, you are very welcome!


Kung (Kanlaya Laison)

Accounts Assistant

I like natural environments, natural beauty, and clean waters. I like reading and being in the countryside.


Pichit (Pichit Tonglueam)

Captain/Ko Kret Learning Centre Caretaker

Pichit has worked with the Barge since its first journeys working his way up from crewman to Captain. When he is not navigating the Chao Phraya, Pichit enjoys reading.


Pat (Supat Passada)

Crewmen/Ko Kret Learning Centre Maintenance

Hi everyone, my name is Pat. Previously I worked as a factory driver, but now I enjoy the freedom and independence of working at the Barge Program. I love to play with my daughter in my free time. And my favorite food is Somtum (Thai papaya salad). I am from Buriram province.


Peet (Chaiwat Boonsom)

Crewmen/Ko Kret Learning Centre Maintenance

 I like driving my motorbike and swimming in the river. I like the color red and teaching students how to cook. I am a qualified life saver. It is interesting to work on the Chao Phraya River.

Our core education team is supported by energetic and enthusiastic volunteers during busy periods. If you would like to join the team as a seasonal volunteer or are looking for full time employment, please contact us!

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