THE MAEKOK RIVER VILLAGEOUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTRE BAN THATON, CHIANGMAIPROVINCE, THAILAND www.mrvproject.com
WHERE ARE WE?The centre is located in thenorthern most part ofThailand. We are just overan hour from Chiang RaiAirport. Chiang Mai is about3 hours to the south.
A VARIETY OF WHAT CAN CHALLENGING OUTDOORSTUDENTS DO? ACTIVITIES COMMUNITY CULTURAL PROJECTS IN LOCAL PROGRAMMES VILLAGE SCHOOLS DUKE OF FIELD STUDIES IN, EDINBURGH /BIOLOGY, ECONOMICS, INTERNATIONAL GEOGRAPHY AND AWARD FOR YOUNG HISTORY PEOPLE
Accommodation in the student ‘village’Accommodation isprovided in threestudent ‘villas’ with 6,six-bedded rooms ineach. (So we canaccommodate over 100students).Every room has twobathrooms.Each villa also has acommon room with TVand two single roomsfor teachers
Other facilities…………………• 12 metre swimming pool• Beach volleyball court• Playing field• Social area / snack bar • Table tennis room • Pool and snooker table • Half court basketball • Two classrooms ……and plenty of areas to relax, chat, read and play games
OTHER ON-SITEACTIVITIES Archery High Ropes Jungle survival skills Confidence course
KayakingSkills and safety drills on the centre’s pond Then kayak down the Maekok River
Bike trips through the Fang Valley andsurrounding hills – on quiet rural roads and dirt tracks.
Team and Leadership ChallengesWe have a full range ofdifferent activities onour teambuilding park.These are designed toprovide mental andphysical challengeswhich test teamworkand develop leadershipskills
Duke of Edinburgh / I.A.Y.P.: Adventurous Journey – an increasingly popular optionDay 1 Hike Day 2 Bike and raft Day 3 Canoe and hike Day 4 Hike and elephants!
Many schools contain large numbers of ethnic minorities andgovernment funding is not so readily available. Since 2004,visiting schools have carried out over 100 projects rangingfrom simple re-painting of classrooms to construction oflibraries, nurseries, and dormitories…with a total contributionof over Baht 13 million to date. Girls from Pates Grammar School, UK fund and help rebuild a canteen Boys from Canberra Boys Grammar School fund and build a library
New nursery A refurbished and hygienic canteenclassrooms for Ban for Mae Muang Noi School from Thaton School Tanglin School, Singapore from Australia A new water system for Ban Dong School from French International School, Hong Kong A new library for Huay Phu School from Island School, Hong Kong
Dormitories from The Christian Academy of JapanHelping to reduce absenteeism
Refurbished classrooms From Surbiton High School, U.K.Before………….……..and after
We also have programmes to improvelevels of English. This includes notjust visiting students teachingEnglish, but also running teachertraining programmes with expertvolunteer teachers.A vibrant ‘gap year programme’ isongoing.
Field studiesWe also offer a wide range of field studies in biology, business studies,economics, geography and history at GCSE, IB and A Level. Experienced teachers lead the work, and all materials and field notes are supplied.
Evening Activities And at the end of a busy day, a variety of activities are arranged for the evenings to still keep students busy until almost bedtime! Sports with a difference Technology challenges Campfire games More fun team challenges
Some relevant information• Our instructors and teachers are well-qualified and trained, and several with many years of experience.• The area is renowned for its beauty and serenity. Although we are near to the Burmese border, there are no security issues. The recent political problems have been limited and confined to certain parts of Bangkok……1000 km away and in the very deep south near to the Malaysian border.• Our staff are First Aid trained and local medical care is very good indeed. The nearest hospital is just 10 km away with ambulance links to larger ‘international’ hospitals in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai should the need arise.• Whilst there is the risk of tropical diseases, the incidence of these including malaria is very low.• We can cater for most dietary requirements – from vegetarian to Halal; gluten-free to Jain.• A complete general information booklet, risk assessments, our outdoor policy, child conduct policy etc are available on request.
Since opening in 2000, wehave welcomed 100 schools and over 10000 students around the world.
• Canberra Boys Grammar • Victoria Shanghai Academy, Hong Kong • Nanyang Girls School, Singapore• Kardinia College, Australia • West Island School, Hong Kong • Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore• Pittwater House School, Australia • Jakarta International School, Indonesia • NPS International• Pymble Ladies College, Australia • British International School, Tokyo • St Joseph’s Institution, Singapore• St Christopher’s School, Bahrain • Christian Academy of Japan • Tanglin Trust School, Singapore• American International School, Dhaka • International School of Tokyo, Japan • United World College, Singapore• Lacombe High School, Canada • British International School, Kuwait • Victoria School, Singapore• British International School, Puxi, China • English College, Kuwait • Whitley Secondary School, Singapore• Dulwich College, Beijing, China • Gulf English School, Kuwait • Woodlands Secondary School, Singapore• Harrow International School, Beijing, China • Kuwait English School, Kuwait • Taipei European School, Taiwan• International Academy Beijing • Alice Smith School, Malaysia • American Pacific International, Thailand• Yew Chung International School, Shanghai, China • Anglo-American School, Moscow, • Bangkok International Academic, Thailand• Al Ain English Speaking School, Dubai • British International School, Al Khobar • Bangkok International Preparatory School, Thailand• Dubai American School, Dubai • Anglo-Chinese School, Singapore • British International School, Phuket, Thailand• Dubai College, Dubai • Balestier Hill School, Singapore • St Andrew’s School, Rayong• Emirates International School, Dubai • Bishan Park School, Singapore • St John’s International School, Thailand• English College, Dubai • Bromsgrove International School, Bangkok, Thailand • Shrewsbury International School, Thailand• Jumeirah College, Dubai • Chiang Mai International School, Thailand • Canon High School, Harrow• Australian International School, Hong Kong • Harrow International School, Thailand • Greenhead College, U.K.• Canadian International School, Hong Kong • International School Bangkok, Thailand • John F Kennedy School, U.K.• Carmel College, Hong Kong • International School Eastern Seaboard, Thailand • King’s School, Ely, U.K.• Chinese International School, Hong Kong • Lanna International School, Chiang Mai, Thailand • King Edward’s School Witley, U.K.• Creative Secondary School, Hong Kong • Nakornphayap, Chiang Mai, Thailand • Pates School, Cheltenham, U.K.• Discovery Bay International School, Hong Kong • New International School, Bangkok • Royal Russell School, U. K.• Diocesan Boys College, Hong Kong • Patana School, Bangkok, Thailand • St Clement Danes School, U.K.• French International School, Hong Kong • Prem International School, Thailand • Westcliff High School for Girls, U.K.• German Swiss International School, Hong Kong • Redeemer International School, Bangkok, Thailand • Wilmington Girls Grammar School, U.K.• Island School, Hong Kong • Regents International School, Bangkok, • Leominster High School, U.S.A.• Kellett School, Hong Kong • Regents International School, Pattaya, • Pembroke High School, Kansas, U.S.A.• King George V School, Hong Kong • St Andrew’s School (Sathorn) Bangkok • ABC International School, Vietnam• Shatin College, Hong Kong • Broadrick School, Singapore • Renaissance International School, Vietnam• Singapore International School, Hong Kong • Crescent Girls School, Singapore • Saigon South International School, Vietnam• South Island School, Hong Kong • Hwa Chong Institute, Singapore• St Stephens and others • Junyuan College, Singapore The 100 schools which visited us so far…