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Phuket, Thailand

April 5, 2014 to April 19, 2014

Please plan to join us on our exciting trip to Phuket, Thailand as we build a simple decent home for a deserving and qualified family. You’ll be traveling with 12-15 enthusiastic, idealistic, adventurism and like minded volunteers as we explore the culture, music, food and language of southwestern Thailand. 

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 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 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 & 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, April 5, 2014): Depart the U.S.
Day 2 (Sunday, April 6, 2014): Travel day.
Day 3 (Monday, April 7, 2014): Arrive in Phuket; welcome and orientation; dinner and free time .
Days 4-7 (Tuesday, April 8-Friday, April 11, 2014): 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.
Days 8-9 (Saturday, April 12 –Sunday, April 13, 2014): Free day; local activities and sightseeing  .
Days 10-13: (Monday, April 14– Thursday, April 17, 2014) 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 14 (Friday, April 18, 2014): Dedication of homes; final team dinner: free time.
Day 15 (Saturday, April 19, 2014): 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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Habitat for Humanity International is challenging Global Village volunteers to make an even greater impact on the global issue of poverty housing. We are asking all GV teams to help us raise an additional $1.1 million in the coming year to support Habitat’s building projects worldwide. Take up the challenge! Join us in sharing our story and building a better world!

Team leader
Roger has been an active Habitat volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver since 1991 and served as president of the board of directors of Habitat in Denver for six years. He’s led trips to Nepal, Vietnam, Bolivia, Kyrgyzstan and Malawi and have traveled thought-out South and Central America, Europe, Russia, China and Japan. As a Peace Corps volunteer, and later as president of a building materials company, Roger had the opportunity to travel the world which gave him a deep appreciation for different cultures, religions, customs and politics. That appreciation led him to become a Global Village team leader.

Roger’s fondest Global Village memory is the home he built in Nepal entirely of bamboo. The home, designed by a Canadian architectural firm, was the first prototype bamboo home built in Nepal and his team was really excited about creating something new with the potential of dramatically changing Habitat housing construction techniques by using 100 percent bamboo and local materials. The team had a lot of fun building that house. 

Ready to join the team? Roger Krapfl will lead this team in the field and would love to speak with you. You can contact Roger at:

To apply for a GV trip, please follow the Application Instructions.

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