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Phuket, Thailand

October 11, 2014 to October 25, 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 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 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, October 11, 2014): Depart the U.S.
Day 2 (Sunday, October 12, 2014) Travel day.
Day 3 (Monday, October 13, 2014): Arrive in Phuket; welcome and orientation; dinner and free time.
Days 4-7 (Tuesday, October 14-Friday, October 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 8-9 (Saturday, October 18 –Sunday, October 19, 2014): Free day; local activities and sightseeing. 
Days 10-13: (Monday , October 20– Thursday, October 23, 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, October 24, 2014): Dedication of homes; final team dinner; free time.
Day 15 (Saturday, October 25, 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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Team leader(s)
Ready to join the team? Bob Valenta will lead this team in the field and would love to speak with you. You can contact Bob at

Bob’s favorite GV memory: In Kamuela, we were painting the entire exterior house, demolishing and rebuilding a more accessible bathroom for a married couple in their 80s that had been married for 60 years. I sat and talked story with the elderly gentleman homeowner and he had tears in his eyes and an open heart filled with appreciation because we came from such a long distance to help him out. He felt truly blessed and his words landed in my heart and filled my soul with gratitude.  

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