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Phuket, Thailand

January 26, 2013 to February 8, 2013

Come to Phuket, Thailand with us for an amazing and rewarding HFH experience. While visiting one of the most beautiful tropical beach areas of the world, meet and share experiences with 14 fellow dedicated volunteers. Break bread together, immerse yourself in a new culture and enjoy the adventure that is Phuket. Work beside the Thai homeowner and know that you will have helped to change someone’s life for the better.


Country profile


About Thailand
Thailand (or Prathet Thai to locals) is located in Southeastern Asia, bordering the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, southeast of Myanmar (Burma). Laos and Cambodia also border Thailand to the north and east.

The climate in Thailand is tropical, with a rainy, warm, cloudy southwest monsoon season (mid-May to September) and a dry, cool northeast monsoon season (November to mid-March). The southern isthmus is always hot and humid.

Thailand’s population is relatively homogeneous. More than 85 percent speak a dialect of Thai and share a common culture. Theravada Buddhism is the religion of about 95 percent of the country’s people. The government permits religious diversity, and other major religions are represented. Spirit worship and animism are widely practiced.

About Phuket
The provincial economy is supported mainly by fishery, mineral extraction, rubber,and tourism. Many of Phuket’s low-income families are gypsies, or called Thai Mai people. They reside in relatively small houses mostly built by cheap materials collected from drifted planks, mangrove trees and bamboo, and roofed with very old corrugated steel sheets and nipa palm leaves.

About HFH Thailand
Habitat for Humanity Thailand began operations in 1998 in Udon Thani. Since July 2006, HFH Thailand has been operating through Habitat Resource Centers (HRCs) in Bangkok in the central area, Chiang Mai in the north, Udon Thani in the northeast, and Phang Nga province in the south. This trip will be undertaken in coordination with Thailand’s HRC-South.

Through 2008, Thailand’s tsunami-reconstruction program had served more than 1,500 families and is being transformed, as planned, into a regular program. The move reflects the continuing strong need for affordable housing in the south of the country. Habitat builds in Thailand using several different models – including the Save and Build program and the “building in stages” model.

For more information, visit An English language version is available.

Types of construction for volunteers
HFH Thailand’s houses are typically 36 sq. m. each in size and the design features the use of concrete interlocking blocks or concrete hollow blocks with a tiled roof. Habitat also builds wooden stilt houses with metal sheet roofs in southern Thailand. These houses replace makeshift structures composed of canvas, cardboard, leaves and wire mesh walls and patched together with rusted scrap metal and wooden planks.

On-site, volunteers can expect to move dirt, move blocks, dig septic tanks, bend rebar, mix concrete, pour concrete and lay block under the supervision of a local foreman. No previous construction skill or experience is required.

Standard itinerary
(14-day itinerary)

Day 1 (Saturday, January 26): Depart for Thailand.
Day 2 (Sunday, January 27): Travel day.
Day 3 (Monday, January 28): Arrive in Phuket; welcome and orientation; dinner and free time
Days 4-7 (Tuesday-Friday, January 29 – February 1): Typical work days: breakfast served before traveling to worksite; work from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; free time after work to clean up; dinner; free time for activities.
Day 8-9 (Saturday –Sunday, February 2-3): Free day; local activities and sightseeing.
Days 10-12: (Monday – Wednesday, February 4 - 6) Typical work days: breakfast served before traveling to worksite; work from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; free time after work to clean up; dinner; free time for activities.
Day 13 (Thursday, February 7): Dedication of homes; final team dinner; free time.
Day 14 (Friday, February 8): Depart for home.
Note: Special events throughout the week include cultural experiences such as market tours, or visits to museums, orphanages, sporting events, schools and historical sites.

The team can expect lodging in a local hotel or guesthouse with participants sharing double-occupancy rooms and shared baths. The trip cost also includes three meals per day, including traditional Thai lunches on the build site, as well as snacks and bottled water.

Trip cost:
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village trip cost.)

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Team leader: Bill McCabe
This will be Bill’s third international Habitat build and his first trip to Phuket, Thailand. Bill feels that the Habitat team build experience of working together toward a common goal is a truly unique and rewarding experience. What better place is there for you to have this unique experience than in Phuket? Its spectacular scenery, stunning tropical sunsets and warm blue sea offers an amazing backdrop for your Habitat experience. Bill is an outdoor-loving orthodontist who currently resides in San Diego, Ca. Please contact Bill for information about this trip at

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