Dance director visits Sunshine Village


Ricardo Koopman, a dance director from Cape Town in South Africa (Ricardo’s Dance Studio), held free dance classes for orphan children at Sunshine Village Foundation in Koh Sirae, east of Phuket Town.

Mr Koopman spends his vacations in Phuket, and on this visit wanted to give back to the island.

“I have been teaching dance for 25 years to children aged 5 to 18, and I run two dance studios in South Africa under the name Ricardo’s Modern Dance Studio.

“I am delighted to give my time and skills to these wonderful children. I love working with children.”

Every Saturday for the last month he has spent two hours teaching around 40 children how to dance, even though many of the children can’t understand English.

“The children were very well behaved and very eager to learn. I taught them to develop listening skills and to understand how the art of dance can make a huge impact on their lives.

“I believe that dance can save your life,” he said.

“I am very grateful that I could share my knowledge with children at the foundation. I saw the most beautiful smiles followed by the most beautiful graceful arm movements and crazy leaps.

“I have also learned so much more about Thai culture and the language.

“I love working with these eager and beautiful children from Sunshine Village Foundation, and if I have a chance I will come again. A big thank you to the staff at the Holiday Inn Resort Phuket, who supported me with this project,” he added.

Thank you Ricardo for all you have done for our children.


Larissa, a volunteer from Switzerland, was volunteering 6 months in the Phuket Sunshine Village.

She was the first volunteer working for the PSV. Larissa lived in the Village with the kids, sharing a room with one of our mothers and dedicating her time every day fully to the children.

Larissa was a great help for our village director Mrs. Nuttisa and a real friend and teacher for our children.

Both, the staff and Larissa, learned a lot from each other during the last 6 months, a real transcultural experience with a great benefit for our children.

Please see some pictures below from the farewell party, the pictures say it all….

Good bye Larissa, we, and in particular the children, will miss you. Thank you very much for your big effort during the last 6 months, good luck for the future and we all hope to see you soon again.

For everyone who is interested in volunteering for the PSV, please read first our information for volunteers, if you think you can meet the prerequisites, drop us a mail and we will bring you in contact with Larissa, to get firsthand information of her impressions and experiences in the village.