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Volunteer registration for Chiang Mai, ThailandJimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project: The Mekong Build 2009 -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

Volunteer registration for Chiang Mai, Thailand
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project: The Mekong Build 2009


Be part of the current of change!

During November 15–20, 2009, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter and his wife, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, will join thousands of volunteers in Chiang Mai, Thailand. They will shine a light on the scourge of substandard and poverty housing. Together, they will demonstrate what can be accomplished when families, communities and nations come together to build a future where every man, woman and child has a decent place to live. At the same time, work will take place on homes at Habitat for Humanity build sites in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and China’s Sichuan Province.

The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project: The Mekong Build 2009 is named after Southeast Asia’s longest river. The build project will create a current of change in the region as strong and lasting as the great Mekong River itself.

Your support of the Carter Work Project and Habitat’s subsequent five-year Mekong Build campaign will help lift thousands of families out of poverty throughout the region.

Why Habitat is needed in Thailand

Thailand, the “Land of Smiles,” is one of the great economic development success stories of recent times. Yet the fruits of prosperity are spread unevenly in this tropical Southeast Asian nation. For many low-income families, having a good, regular income is still not enough to access the formal housing sector. Increased prosperity has increased demand for land and land prices. The government’s National Housing Authority estimates some 8.2 million people live in substandard housing.

How Habitat has helped

Habitat for Humanity Thailand began 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 Surat Thani in the south. HFH Thailand’s post-tsunami recovery program has served an additional 1,300 families. In recent years, HFH Thailand has also focused on working with partners to provide complete community programs involving improved water and sanitation, education and health care and housing.

For more information on Habitat’s work in Thailand, visit the Thailand’s profile page.

About the 2009 Carter Work Project: Thailand

Chiang Mai will serve as the main host site for the 2009 Carter Work Project. Former U.S. President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, will join the Chiang Mai community, celebrities and approximately 3,000 volunteers from Thailand and around the world to build 82 homes on November 15–20, 2009. The houses will be simple, decent homes built in partnership with 82 low-income families in northern Thailand.

Before applying, please keep the following participation requirements in mind:

  • This page contains information only about the main host site in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  • Applicants must commit to participate for the entire build week of November 15–20, 2009.
  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Thailand volunteers are required to have a valid passport with an expiration date of at least May 21, 2010.
  • Thailand volunteers are required to obtain visas. Please do not apply for a visa until you have been officially notified of your application acceptance. More information will be provided at that time.

Participation fee
Participation fee with double-occupancy lodging: $1,500
(Accepted applicants wishing to share a room will be given the opportunity to name a roommate. If you do not have a roommate, a same-sex roommate will be assigned.)

Participation fee with single-occupancy lodging: $1,650

  • Participation fee covers all lodging, meals and local ground transportation through the event week, as well as a Carter Work Project welcome bag and event t-shirt and hat. Accepted applicants are responsible for their own air fare and transportation arrangements.
  • To reserve your space, a non-refundable, non-transferable $500 deposit is required within three weeks of receipt of your acceptance e-mail.
  • Fundraising tools will be provided to accepted applicants, including a Habitat fundraising Web page that you can personalize with trip details and information. You can provide this Web page address to family, friends and other potential contributors to raise funds to support your participation in this project.

Seven nights of lodging will be provided beginning Saturday, November 14, through Friday, November 20, in selected hotels.


Meals will be provided, beginning with dinner on Sunday, November 15. Three meals a day, snacks and water will be provided Monday, November 16, through Friday, November 20.

Transportation and travel

  • Please do not make flight arrangements until you receive official notification of your application acceptance.
  • Transportation will be provided from Chiang Mai International Airport to Habitat-provided lodging on Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15. Return transportation will be provided from Habitat-provided lodging to Chiang Mai International Airport on Saturday, November 21. More details and exact times will be provided to accepted volunteers in their official notification of acceptance.
  • Local transportation will be provided daily from Habitat-provided lodging to and from the build sites.
  • Please check the Center for Disease Control Web site for travel recommendations for Thailand.
  • Please see the U.S. State Department travel link for any travel warnings concerning international travel.

Apply to volunteer at the Carter Work Project in Chiang Mai, Thailand!

  • All applications to volunteer for the Carter Work Project: The Mekong Build 2009 must be submitted online. You will need to log in to the site with a user name and password.
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  • If you are applying as part of a group, please make sure each member of your group uses the same group name on his or her application.
  • After completing the application, you will be asked to read and accept the “Release and Waiver of Liability.” Please read it thoroughly.
  • All applicants will be notified of their application status beginning Friday, May 8.

Please join us for this exciting event!

In partnership,
The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project staff

For questions, e-mail