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December 6, 2014 to December 20, 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 ornate Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife and enjoy its rich history, mild climate and flavorful foods.

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 Jim Zdun 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 a significant donation to Habitat for Humanity, and it covers the volunteer’s accommodations, meals, in-country transportation and travel medical insurance. Read details.

You may raise the program cost, pay it or pay some yourself and fundraise the rest. With our help, fundraising with social media and email will be easy. We hope that you will set a goal above program cost. That additional donation will keep Habitat building after your team returns home. Joining this team can be your first step in making Thailand a better place to live.

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? Jim Zdun at will lead this team in the field and would love to speak with you.

Jim’s favorite GV memory: “My favorite Global Village memory occurred on my first GV trip. That trip was in Chiang Mai, Thailand. On the last day of our build there was a home dedication ceremony. During the ceremony there was not dry eye in the crowd. That’s when it hit home – we did not just build a house, we built a home. We made a positive change on the lives of the family that will last for years.”

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

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