As part of the Social Engagement project initiated by Walailak University International College (WUIC) and The Center for Academic Service, Aj.Medina embarked on a fieldwork mission to Baan Srabua, Baan Nathap, and Baan Naithung in Thasala sub-district, Thasala district, Nakhon Si Thammarat. The aim was to conduct community meetings and address the pressing issue of loneliness among the elderly in the villages, as many of their children have migrated for work, leaving them isolated with limited income.
After fruitful discussions with local stakeholders, a unanimous decision was reached to kickstart the "Golden Homestays: Embrace Elders, Experience Cultures" project. The project aims to establish a homestay network in the community, fostering cultural exchange and providing a source of income for the elderly. The esteemed owner and manager of Baan Maimoon, a renowned local homestay with almost a decade of experience, wholeheartedly agreed to join this transformative initiative.
With four potential homestay owners already identified, the project is now in the process of training the hosts to ensure exceptional hospitality standards and a memorable experience for visitors. In a unique collaboration, students from WUIC's Bachelor of Business Administration program will actively participate in the project team. They will not only immerse themselves in the vibrant local culture but also gain valuable knowledge and hands-on experience in the intricacies of starting a small-scale business.
The "Golden Homestays: Embrace Elders, Experience Cultures" project marks a significant step towards addressing the loneliness issue among the elderly while promoting sustainable community development. WUIC is proud to support this venture, as it reflects the university's commitment to social engagement and empowering local communities. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting initiative as it unfolds in Thasala district.