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“Each one teach one” for ISB students in the Mangrove forests

Traidhos Three Generation Barge Program unveiled its newest activity whilst playing host to International School Bangkok in May. During a trip to the Chantaburi Mangroves, ISB children were each given a laminated card with either a species of flora or of fauna on them. These cards contained in-depth information that the children then relayed back to their class, effectively acting as ‘step in teachers’. Traidhos has aptly named these cards ‘Each one teach one’ as every child had the chance to act as the teacher for their group. Using these cards in the mangrove setting really seemed effective, and the children reacted positively to being able to see and hear what they were teaching about.
 
Mudskipper
  • The strangest animal to live in the Mangroves is the mudskipper
  • At low tide the mudskipper will climb out of the shallow water and onto land
  • The mudskipper has evolved something called, an aqualung. This helps the fish breathe both in and out of water
  • Mudskippers keep their eyes from drying out by rolling them backwards inside their heads!
  • They must also keep their body moist otherwise they will die

The Chantaburi Mangrove ecosystem contains a beautiful boardwalk running through the densest parts of the jungle. ISB students saw species ranging from mangrove trees, fishing snakes, propagule seeds, Brahminy kites and many more In such a beautiful setting. ISB learnt all about threats to the mangroves, species that call the mangroves home, and how we can help protect this crucial ecosystem.


Get up close to Chantaburi mangroves in a kayak!

Mangroves play a critical role in trapping silt and land in their root systems and cleaning harmful chemicals in the water before they can reach the open ocean. Not only this, mangroves also play host to a plethora of young species such as catfish and crustaceans. Mangroves also provide a resting point for migratory birds and provide them with trees to nest in and an array of different foods.

ISB was very happy with their trip. With beautiful beaches and mangroves to learn in who could blame them?

For more information about booking a barge or land trip click here

Trip Location Focus

New trip location: Samae San

Exciting news from the Traidhos Barge Program: a new land site has been developed!

Located only a couple of hours away from Bangkok towards the coast, lies Samae San, a small fishing community in Sattahip. This community allows the opportunity to study the role and impact the fishing industry has on Thailand’s coastlines. Nearby is the Thailand Sea and Natural History Museum, a wonderful museum that takes visitors from the earth’s origins, through to early life on earth, on to the prehistoric life that existed millions of years ago in Thailand, and all the way through to the present day ecosystems found throughout the south of Thailand.
 
Off the coast of Samae San fishing village lie several uninhabited islands, with only a couple open to the public. Samae San Island is one of these, which is managed by the Thai Navy as a site of botanical conservation. Only a short boat ride away, the island provides hours of fun, with picture-perfect white sand beaches and magnificent mangrove ecosystems. The island provides an idyllic setting to learn about marine ecosystems and habitats. The mangrove boardwalk allows students to learn about mangrove ecosystems and see first-hand the role they play in protecting coastlines throughout Thailand. There is even an opportunity for visitors to reduce their carbon footprints by planting their very own mangrove tree. The coral reef surrounding the island is the perfect place to go snorkelling and witness first-hand the incredible biodiversity that lies under the waves. There are also glass-bottomed boats that offer a dry alternative to ecosystem investigations. Other activities on the island also include hiking, cycling and beach games.

The Sea Turtle Conservation Centre in Sattahip is another conservation project run by the Thai Navy. Here students can see the problems turtles face throughout their lives, and also play a favourite barge game: “Turtle Hurdle”.  In this game students can experience the dangers themselves and hopefully the experience will ignite in them a desire to help protect the beautiful creatures from extinction.
 
The Samae San site is ideal for students aged ten and up, and its proximity to Bangkok makes it an ideal site for schools both within Thailand as well as internationally. We hope to see you soon in the beautiful setting of Samae San.

For more information about booking a barge or land trip click here


Local residents of Samae San sorting out the daily catch

The beaches of Samae San Island
 

The Three-Generation Barge Program’s Carbon Series

We all want to do the right thing for the planet, but what’s the real impact of each of the things we do and of each thing we buy? We hear a lot about the negative effects of driving and flying, but what are the effects of sending a text message, buying a bottle of water or taking a shower? How do bananas compare to a block of cheese or a beefsteak? And what about the big things? How much C02 is generated from a Football World Cup or even a volcanic eruption?

Welcome to the Three-Generation Barge Program’s Carbon Series. This is the second email in a series that is designed to give you a sense of carbon - a ‘carbon instinct’ - and this will allow you to make those simple changes to reduce your carbon footprint and actually make a difference!

  • Beef is the most climate-unfriendly food around today
  • Around 90% of beef's carbon footprint comes farming... and not packaging or transport
  • Farm animals eat lots of crops which also release CO2
  • Beef farming also releases Nitrous Oxide which is five times more deadly than CO2
How Bad is a Steak?

Q) How much C02 is released in the production of one raw 4oz steak? 
A) 2 kg of CO2 

Q) How many raw 4oz steaks are offset in the CO2 storage of one tree per year?
A) 5 raw 4oz steaks per tree per year
(That's the same impact as 25 bananas!)
Participating schools: May - June 2014

Regents International School Pattaya Year 6

Wells International School Grade 11/12

Tepang-gorn School M2

Regents International School Pattaya Year 5

Wat Chang School P6

International School Bangkok Grade 5

Christchurch Bangkok (adults)

Samsen Wittayalai English Program School M1-2

International School Chonburi Year 2/3

Garden International School, Rayong Year 5

Charter International School Year 6

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Traidhos News

Summer Camps in Chiang Mai
The Barge staff will be running summer camps with games, learning, activities and visits through out June - August. For more information click here

School Golf Camps
Traidhos Golf Academy, Chiang Mai, will be introducing a variety of Visiting Schools Golf Camps for serious young golfers. 

Our golf instruction is designed to enhance Knowledge, Power and Precision to your golf game. After golf instruction we have a variety of programs to choose from such as: English classes, Adventure experiences or more Golf!  Click here for more information.

Young Chef Competition
Do you enjoy cooking? Enter the Young Chef competition, September 20, 2014. Download information and entry form here.
 
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