Welcome to Bamboo School. Please read this information pack about Bamboo School, as it contains important information that will assist you before you arrive.
Bamboo School is a Christian orphanage in the remote village of Bong-Ti, on the border of Myanmar and Thailand. Built in 2000, the School has developed hugely over the years. Starting off with just a dormitory, kitchen, classroom and library, the project is now also home to a medical centre with mobile clinics and an ambulance service for the Sai Yok hospital. The majority of students at the Bamboo School are orphans. Without this project in place these children would be homeless with no family for support and no access to an education. The centre is run entirely by volunteers.
God is Number One, so take care of His school and its environment.The children belong to God. Your lifestyle and choices will impact our children so we require:
There are four primitive bamboo huts with grass roofs, for volunteers. These are -2 star! They are basic facilities that have either a double or 2 single beds in each. One hut has 2 beds in it, another has 1 double & 1 single (mosquito nets & sheets & blankets supplied) & 3 have showers (cold water only) It will depend how many volunteers are here, as to which hut you are allocated.
Toilets – Thailand does not have a good sewage system like Western countries. It is very important to know that you cannot put toilet paper, sanitary pads, or tampons down the toilet as it will block the pipes. If you block it, then you also unblock it. There are rubbish bins provided.
When you leave, please remove the linen off your bed, wash them as well as any towels used, and remake the bed with fresh linen. Remove all rubbish, and sweep floors, leaving it spotless for next visitors.
There are opportunities to sponsor children at the school. Please ask Cat about this.
Bamboo School is located about 4 hours West of Bangkok in the resort area of Kanchanaburi.
PLAN A: Train. This is the famous “Death Railway” train built by POW’s in WWII. It’s a bit slower than the other methods, but quite a bit more scenic and historical. You can take a taxi to the Thonburi (Bang Noi) railway station by 7:15am to purchase your ticket. The train will depart to Wang Pho (Sai Yok) at 7:45am and arrive at Wang Pho sometime around 12:30. Once you’re at Wang Pho station, you can take the red Bong-ti (pronounced bonn-tee) truck to Bong-ti Lung or ask a motorcycle taxi or by previous arrangement Cat will pick you up.(and offer to pay for fuel)
PLAN B: Go to Bus Station “Sigh-Tie-My” (Southern Bus Terminal) and catch bus number 81, which goes every 15 minutes. You’ll not need to go inside the terminal to purchase a ticket. In fact it’s cheaper to just purchase the ticket on the bus. This bus goes to the Kanchanaburi Bus Terminal. There you transfer to the bus at Bay #7 (near the men’s toilet). This bus will leave at 10:30, 11:30, and 12:30 and go to Bong-ti Lung. If you’re too late for these buses, you can go into bay 5 and catch the bus going to Tah-pah-poom. Climb off this bus at Am-pur-Sa-Yok and negotiate with a motorcycle taxi to go to Bong-ti (normally about 100 baht). Vans are also available from Victory Monument to Kanchanaburi. These leave every 15 minutes, but charge extra for big suitcases.
PLAN C: Contact Catherine in advance, offer to pay the fuel, and if it fits into her schedule and if you’re staying for more than 5 days, she may be able to pick you up from Sai Yok.
PLAN D: Hire (rent) a car or minivan from the Ekamai International School for 4,000 Baht (about US$105.00) with a driver, door-to-door. Check their website: www. ekamai.int.schoolwebpages.com
Under the Sai Yok Government Hospital, we have a small village first aid post. Wounds are dressed, medical advice is given & referrals to the bigger hospitals are made. Bamboo School have skilled medical staff. We run the ambulance service and Basic Life Support (BLS) unit under the Pitakkarn Foundation. Cat is First Response Emergency in the area and so is on call 24/7, meaning that she can often get a call out in the middle of the night – or anytime.
There are 4 types of poisonous snakes in this area. Anti-toxins are available at Sai Yok. Don’t panic, stay still and call out. The kids can identify the snakes by name, which helps the medication needs. A very good snake is a dead one!
Cute furry caterpillars cause skin blisters and pain. Therefore do not touch. Large centipedes have a nasty bite, so do not play.
Scorpions are similar to a bee-sting reaction so we neutralize them with liquid ammonia. We have large bush bees which hurt.
The rest of us are harmless heart breakers, especially the smaller ones. Please do not let them play with your cameras, iPads, etc.