Since 1995, the Traidhos Barge Program has been providing high quality outdoor experiential education.
Educating and connecting individuals and communities to raise environmental awareness and take active responsibility for a globally sustainable future(Whole staff May 2016)
Providers of experiential learning programs focusing on the Chao Phraya watershed and other diverse environments of Thailand.
Facilitate lifelong learning using interdisciplinary, interactive, and cooperative approaches, emphasising the interconnections between physical, cultural, social, and historical aspects of the environment.
Deliver holistic barge and land based field trips, school outreach, trainings, and community activities, while embodying the principles of Education for Sustainability.
Students, private groups, and communities from Thailand, Southeast Asia, and the wider world.
Motivated citizens who will find creative solutions and take action in their daily lives to promote global sustainability.
During Barge and land trips, modelled by Traidhos staff, we aim to increase students’ awareness that:
Building the Barge Community at the start of a trip can contribute to this area of our program.
The Traidhos Three-Generation Barge Program focuses on education. Our niche is that of information and process providers.
As educators we teach processes that allow students to understand and listen to opinions other than their own by creating inclusive solutions to difficult environmental, cultural and resource management questions.
We want students to find out about environments, while being in different environments and we want them to think what is best for that environment. However, we have no right to advocate behaviour, or to take a stand on any behaviour / activity as an activist or campaigner might do.
Barge staff apply our extensive experience working with a diversity of academic levels, disciplines and student/teacher interests to create an academic program menu that complements and enhances classroom work.
We pride ourselves in working closely with classroom teachers to create and deliver outdoor, field-based learning experiences that are safe and fun, while challenging students to think critically and work as a team in discovering the interrelationships that exist between humans and the natural world.
Using the natural environment as our classroom and learning platform, teachers are able to fulfil the syllabus and curriculum requirements in a way that is fun, and often times, quite adventurous, for the students and teachers alike.
This type of program is very effective in engaging the students' interests since they are able to discover that what they are learning has a direct relationship to their own experiences and lives.
A crucial aspect for the success of changing attitudes and behaviours along with imparting the critical practical and thinking skills that young people will need to make sound environmental and lifestyle decisions is the Barge Program's "whole school-sequential learning" approach.
One-time experiences, though raising awareness in an individual, are usually not effective for helping young people to develop environmentally friendly values, attitudes and behaviours. Children must repeatedly be exposed to experiences that relate and build upon one another.
With this in mind, the Traidhos Three-Generation Barge Program has developed a sequential learning program for schools that directly ties in with their curriculum requirements, whereby a student may have the opportunity to attend one of Traidhos Three-Generation Barge Program's educational trips at least six times before they leave secondary school.