Traidhos Three-Generation
Barge Program

Bangkok - Thailand

Barge Staff.

Since 1995, the Traidhos Barge Program has been providing high quality outdoor experiential education.

Teaching Staff

Uk Kirsty (Kirsty Shakespeare) Head of Barge Program

After joining the Barge Program as a Coordinator in August 2016, I am excited to be taking on the role of Head of Barge Program. I am looking forward to continuing to improve and develop our program and educational offering over the coming years.

Having always wanted to work with animals and the natural world, I completed a degree in Zoology at Anglia Ruskin University and studied for my Masters in Ecology Evolution and Conservation at Imperial College London. Throughout university I volunteered on several projects in the UK and abroad working with schools to deliver environmental education.

Before joining the Barge Program I worked for 4.5 years as the Education Development Officer at The Living Rainforest and Trust for Sustainable Living, a UK based educational sustainability charity, where I ran education programs for over 25,000 school children and 80,000 + public visitors annually.

Outside of work I am a keen nature and wildlife photographer and PADI Advanced scuba diver and have been lucky enough to explore dive sites in Oman, Lanzarote, Egypt, The Seychelles and South Africa.

Uk Bew (Sasilak Sakputtasakul)

Sa wad dee ka everyone, My name is Sasilak Sakputtasakul. You can call me “Bew”. It is easy to remember if you think about beautiful things. My hometown is Rayong where there are many industrial estates. I graduated from The King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, having studied environmental chemistry I learned about ecology, environmental chemistry for water soil and air, environmental quality management and pollution control. I am still a member of the conservation nature club in my university where I learn about conservation and sustainability. It’s because I love to travel and find new experiences that I like this job

The Barge Program is my first job. I am glad to join here and work together with my new colleagues because it is not only nature conservation that we teach but also about sustainability, history and culture also. The Barge Program is not just a company it is my home. If you want to learn new things like me just come with me, hold hands and go together.

Th Maprang

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 Master’s degree in Technology of Environmental Management from Mahidol University. I have worked in environmental projects and volunteer with a local conservation group. I love 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 on the Barge!!!

Th Balloon

Hello everyone, you can call me Balloon. I am from the south of Thailand which is one of the most wonderful places in Thailand. I have a Bachelor of Conservation Biology from Mahidol University. That's the reason why I will am here because my favourite things is environmental education and animals such as elephants and birds. I have studied about the awareness and attitudes of humans and wild elephant conflict at Kanchanaburi Province. After graduation I worked at Elephant’s World, where we work for the elephants not the elephants working for us.

I always enjoy working and sharing my favourite things. If you want to join a Barge Program, you’re welcome!

Th Ken (Tiewmek Prasongpetch)

Hello my name is Tiewmek Prasongpetch. You can call me Ken. I grew up in a beach town in Chonburi Province. It is a beautiful place. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Horticulture) degree from The King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang. When I was at university, I was a member of the conservation club. In this club I learnt a lot about the environment and that made me care more about it, even after I had graduated. The awareness I got from this club still drives me as a person to care about nature.

Tw Betty

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.

USA Caitlyn

Hello! My name is Caitlyn! I come to Thailand all the way from the United States. I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies from Austin College, where I was a member of the university’s environmental activities group and helped restore and conserve local prairie lands. Before joining the Barge Program, I was living and working in the United Arab Emirates, teaching middle and high school science to local and international students. I enjoy spending time outside and meeting new people!

I am excited to have the opportunities to explore Thailand and to learn as much about Thai culture as possible while I’m here!

Uk Laura Dibb
Laura Dibb

Hello! I come from a small city south of Leeds. I graduated from Bangor University North Wales with a Master’s degree in Zoology with Conservation. During my masters year I was lucky enough to go to South Africa to study African Wild Dogs and in particularly human-wildlife conflict. Since graduating I have volunteered on The Farne Islands in Northumberland monitoring priority sea bird species. After 5 months volunteering on the island I began working in the education department at Woburn Safari Park, this developed my passion for environmental education. Following this I worked in education at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

I am excited to share my passion about conservation and learn about Thailand. This is my first time visiting so I am very excited to be here!

Uk Joanna Eames
Joanna Eames

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.

Uk Keely Torres
Keely Torres

Hello! I’m Keely. Coming from the UK after studying a BSc(Hons) in animal behaviour and welfare, and MSc environmental management. I am passionate about the environment and sustainable living, and have worked all over the world encouraging eco tourism and sustainable travel.

My undergrad thesis focused on wetland remediation, and led me to my true love of all things aquatic. I am PADI Advanced open water qualified and looking forward to all the marine life I can explore in Thailand.

I love inspiring and encouraging young people to interact with and respect the natural world, and am excited for the array of Thai environments and habitats I can use as my classroom!

Uk Laura Stafford
Laura Stafford

My name is Laura. I grew up in the south of England in a small town called Newbury. I graduated with a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Sheffield, the degree covered the two subjects I was most passionate about, biosciences and geosciences.

I got into environmental education through developing and running my own program of conservation themed sessions during my time at university. After deciding I wanted to make this a career I moved to the Surrey (UK) to work in an outdoor education centre and started educating children from London about the environment. I'm excited to share my love of the environment and sustainability while embracing the Thai culture and new environments.

UkNl Josephine van den Brink
Josephine van den Brink

Hello! I’m Josephine. I was born in the Netherlands, raised in London and could be most recently found in Edinburgh, Scotland.

I studied Geography at the University of Edinburgh, before discovering my love of teaching environmental education and pursuing a masters in Outdoor Environmental and Sustainability Education (also at the University of Edinburgh).

Before coming to the barge programme I expressed my environmental interests in a variety of ways. Working at Edinburgh Zoo, taking children canoeing and hiking through the woods of Vermont, running a conservation society at university, and volunteering with a charity that creates therapeutic outdoor programmes for young people.

I came into this fantastic experience hoping to make lasting connections with likeminded individuals, gain valuable transferable skills and help educate and empower the next generation of sustainable global citizens (and to explore Thailand!).