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MushieMushie is a Service Group at NIST International School that has been operating in collaboration with FREELAND Foundation since 2011. We strongly believe that poaching is not the only way to search for money for the local tribal people in Khao Yai. We provide the locals with alternative legal way for obtain money for their livelihood.

With this service opportunity, we can also educate ourselves as a student at NIST in the way the economy of the locals in Khao Yai develop. We empower students with the awareness, knowledge, and opportunities to make meaningful difference.

Our Profile

Initially a Year 6 Primary Years Programme exhibition project in the 2010-2011 academic year, MushieMushie grew (no pun intended) into a service group at NIST that encompasses an array of issues and ideas. NIST’s first mushroom farm, which sprouted in 2011, not only promoted organic, local, sustainable food and provided experiential learning for EY students; it too replicated some of the ideas strived for by Freeland Foundation’s Surviving Together Programme.

Through years of running events for both elementary and secondary school, MushieMushie has successfully funded the Surviving Together Programme, providing a family with the ability to pursue an alternative livelihood of mushroom farming.

Which UN Sustainable Development Goals Do We Support?

To provide a clear context for the aims of service groups at NIST, we align our projects to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations.” This NIST group supports the following goals:

Key Contacts & Experts

Are you interested in learning more about this group? Contact one of the team members to discover ways that you can become involved.

Mitch W.

Mitch W.

Student Leader

Titan S

Titan S

Student Leader

Pony K.

Pony K.

Teacher Mentor

Sustainability & Transparency

All NIST service groups are held to our community’s high standards and values: integrity, caring, community and growth.

Funds Raised (THB)

Funded 8 family out of poaching through the Surviving Together program


  • Alleviate poaching in Thailand by consistently supporting Freeland’s Surviving Together program on a yearly basis (i.e. fund a family per year)
  • To promote global sustainability in NIST via a consistent, systematic approach (e.g. integrating education on environmental conservation into service learning in school)
  • To raise awareness of poaching and to help Khao Yai poachers find a sustainable source of income through mushroom farming
  • Educate Elementary students (especialy those in Y5 and Y6) which integrates well with their unit on environmental damage (Year 6)


Expenses Breakdown

All profits (100%) have gone towards FreeLand’s surviving together program

Poachers in Khao Yai

“When I see the green of the forest and the white and black of the mushrooms, I feel proud. I now have more time with my family. My daughters and husband help with the business. I am happy we no longer destroy nature.” – Nuan Muangchan, former poacher on Surviving Together’s alternative livelihood program

Someone in group

Cooperation skills and the ability to persevere through difficult tasks. Members will also need to take part in different subsections of the service group which may involve arts, website design or advertising and these subgroups will help develop the group member’s skills in these aspects.

Find resources

Access curriculum and learning materials that help develop and support our aims. Get inspired and feel supported with materials to help you take on service learning in your own community.

Visit the MushieMushie website to learn more about our group, see photos from our archives and read the latest updates about our activities.

Contact us to learn how you can support this NIST service group. Whether you wish to donate, offer your expertise, provide resources or more, get in touch!