Asia and Pacific Featured Program: Thailand
Thailand is located in Southeast Asia, with its southern portion situated between the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. The country shares borders with Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia.
Thailand has a tropical climate with long hours of sunshine. The year is split into three seasons: hot (March to June), rainy (July to October) and cool (November to February).
Thai, English and ethnic and regional dialects.
For many low-income families, having a good, regular income is still not enough to access the government housing sector. Increased prosperity has increased land prices and the demand for land.
The government’s National Housing Authority estimates that 8.2 million people live in sub-standard housing. Problems are particularly acute in Bangkok, as the capital has grown into a major metropolis of about 10 million people, dwarfing other cities in the country. Migration from rural areas has placed a strain upon on the supply of affordable land. Migrants face high rents for small rooms and often live in overcrowded areas plagued by a lack of proper sanitation facilities. Squatter settlements are commonly seen along railway lines or near port and industrial areas.
Habitat for Humanity Thailand began in 1998 in Udon Thani. Since July 2006, HFH Thailand has been operating through Habitat Resource Centers in Bangkok in the central area, Chiang Mai in the north, Udon Thani in the northeast, and Phang Nga province in the south. HFH Thailand also works in Lampang and Nakhon Ratchasima.
Habitat builds and renovates homes using Save & Build, Building in Stages and traditional models. The Save & Build housing microfinance model calls for the formation of groups of families who save toward the cost of a house. When one-third of the house cost has been saved, Habitat and its partners invest the remaining amount and construction begins on one house. The savings cycle starts again for other houses until all members of the group receive a house.
Through Building in Stages, Habitat works with partner families to construct a two-room core house with an open space built on a cement foundation. Additional rooms and walls are built after three years, or when a certain amount of the initial mortgage is repaid.
Types of construction for volunteers
HFH Thailand’s houses are typically 36 square meters each, and the design features interlocking concrete blocks or concrete hollow blocks with a tiled roof. Habitat also builds wooden stilt houses with metal-sheet roofs in southern Thailand. Volunteer tasks consist of mixing and passing cement, carrying and laying blocks, and digging and landscaping.
Habitat Resource Center Central (Bangkok, Rayong); Habitat Resource Center North (Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lampang); Habitat Resource Center North East (Udon Thani); Habitat Resource Center South (Phuket, Krabi).
Team members should expect to stay at a hotel or retreat center, depending on the location. Hotel rooms will be double- or triple-occupancy. Some teams may stay in a shared space with a shared bath.
Food and water
Breakfast is usually provided at the hotel or retreat center, and lunch is usually provided by the affiliate and taken on the work site. Dinner is taken at various restaurants or provided by the hotel or retreat center.
Day 1(Typically Saturday): Depart for Bangkok.
Day 2 (Sunday): Arrive in Bangkok; Free time; Dinner and overnight in Bangkok.
Day 3 (Monday): Travel to host program; Welcome and orientation with local host program; Visit project sites and families; Welcome dinner.
Day 4–7 (Workdays, Tuesday–Friday): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; Work from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. with lunch on site; Free time after work to clean up; Dinner; Time for team activities.
Day 8–9 (Saturday–Sunday): Free days; Cultural activities (vary based on host project location).
Day 10–13 (Workdays, Monday–Thursday): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; Work 9 a.m.–5 p.m. with lunch on site; Dinner; Time for team activities; Farewell with community on Thursday.
Day 14 (Friday): Travel to Bangkok; Free time; Dinner and overnight in Bangkok.
Day 15 (Saturday): Depart for home.
Starting at USD$1,730
*View the standard budget. Please note, standard budget and itinerary are pending approval and subject to change.
Volunteer Engagement specialist
If you have read the FAQs and have further questions before you submit a Global Village trip proposal, please contact the Asia and the Pacific volunteer engagement specialist.