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July 12, 2014 to July 25, 2014

Want something more out of your vacation time? Travel with this Global Village team to Thailand, where you will help to transform the lives of low-income families and create positive change in the world and in yourself.

Your days will be spent with a shovel in your hand as you move dirt, dig septic tanks, mix concrete and lay foundations. Not only are you helping to build a home, your work will also boost a family’s economic opportunities and improve their health.

Plus, you’ll get to see Thailand’s amazing Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife and spectacular beaches.

Global Village sends volunteers to build with Habitat for Humanity projects across the world. Get your hands dirty on the worksite, meet the families whose housing situation you are improving, experience the country like an insider, and do it all alongside a team of like-minded volunteers. No experience required! This build is your next step with Habitat to make the world a better place.

Apply now to join this Global Village team, or email questions to team leader Charlie Buracker and Amanda Shenk at

Trip highlights

• Volunteer in a community rarely seen by tourists.

• Meet local homeowners and learn how Habitat for Humanity Thailand is lifting families out of poverty.

• Enjoy Thailand’s exotic beaches and flavorful foods. 


  • Saturday: Suggested departure for North American volunteers.
  • Sunday: Travel day.
  • Monday: Arrive in Chiang Mai and meet your team.
  • Tuesday: Visit the build site and meet the partner families. Habitat staff will share about their work in building impact in Thailand.
  • Wednesday-Friday: Build each day, with free time and team activities in the evenings.
  • Saturday-Sunday: Free day for cultural activities.
  • Monday-Thursday: Build each day.
  • Friday: Your journey in Thailand may continue independently, or you may depart for home.

Program cost
This cost includes an important donation to Habitat for Humanity so that we can continue building safe, decent housing after you return home. For more details about what is included, visit Global Village program cost.

Share your story and keep Habitat building
You’re doing something exciting with Habitat, so tell people about it! Create a page on Share.Habitat to tell friends, family and coworkers about your Global Village trip. Fundraising your program cost will be easy, and any additional funds you raise will keep Habitat building after your team returns home.

Accommodations and food
Teams stay in modest but comfortable hotels. All meals, snacks and ample water will be provided. Teams can sample the range of local cuisine at dinner.

Types of work for volunteers
Volunteers can expect to move dirt; move blocks; dig septic tanks; bend rebar; mix and pour concrete; and lay block under the supervision of a local foreman. Habitat for Humanity Thailand’s houses are typically 36-square-meters in size and feature concrete interlocking blocks or concrete hollow blocks with a tiled roof.

Contact this team’s leader
Have questions? Ready to join the team? Charlie Buracker and Amanda Shenk at will lead this team in the field and would love to speak with you.

Why Amanda wants to travel to Thailand: “Although I would travel anywhere to build for Habitat for Humanity, I am interested in leading a trip to Thailand because of its rich culture. With its mix of Asian influences, I am excited to experience the religion of Buddhism, the cuisine, the music, the dance and the people of Thailand.”

Why Charlie became a Global Village team leader: “I became a GV team leader as a result of my first GV trip to Costa Rica. The house was for a single mother with three kids and each morning before school the 11-year-old daughter would start the day mixing mortar with her little hands just for us. She really wanted a home where she didn’t have to sleep on the dirt floor. That’s when I knew I wanted to be part of Habitat, be a part of something bigger.”

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

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