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November 9, 2013 to November 22, 2013

Do you seek adventure with a purpose? Then come join us and make new lifelong friends, experience another culture in a special way, and most importantly build homes and hope for Habitat families.

To make this trip a little extra special, we will be building during the enchanting Thai holiday of Loy Krathong – or Festival of Lights – which features beautiful sky-born lanterns, floating candle offerings, music, parades and fireworks.  

No construction skills or experience necessary, just your willing hands and smiling face!

Thailand’s Festival of Lights

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; a rainy, warm, cloudy southwest monsoon season (mid-May to September); 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 HFH Thailand
The government’s National Housing Authority estimates some 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.

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.

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 & 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
(15-day itinerary)

Day 1 (Saturday, November 9): Depart the U.S.
Day 2 (Sunday, November 10): Travel day.
Day 3 (Monday, November 11): Arrive in Chiang Mai; free time.
Day 4 (Tuesday, November 12): Welcome and orientation with local staff member; visit project sites and families; Welcome dinner.
Days 5-7(Wednesday, November 13-Friday, November 15): Typical work days: breakfast served before traveling to worksite; work from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; free time after work to clean up; dinner; free time for activities.
Days 8- 9 (Saturday, November 16-Sunday, November 17): Free day; local activities.
Days 10-13 (Monday, November 18-Thursday, November 21): Typical work days: breakfast served before traveling to worksite; work from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; free time after work to clean up; dinner; free time for activities. Dedication and farewell ceremony with community on Day 13.
Day 14 (Friday, November 22): Departure day.

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.

Program cost
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)

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Team leader
Having suffered from career ADD for many years, Sarah is currently a consultant in the Washington, D.C. area. Not one to be pinned down for too long, she is an avid traveler and volunteer which makes leading Global Village trips a perfect fit! Sarah is involved with the local Habitat affiliates in Virginia, Washington D.C. and Maryland. She has also been to Poland, Cambodia and Costa Rica with Global Village. 

If you are interested in this trip, or have any questions, please contact Sarah at .

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