Thailand lake lilies

Chiang Mai, Thailand

June 20-27, 2020: Join this trip and help build safe, affordable housing while immersing yourself in a rich culture!

Home construction

Help build new homes with those in need.

8 days

Trip cost: US$2,190

Help build family friendly homes, one-story homes on this Global Village trip to Thailand.

With 16 percent of the population living below the national poverty line, houses are often built improperly with limited resources, resulting in unsafe, unhygienic living conditions. Habitat for Humanity Thailand partners with future homeowners and the community to build family friendly, one-story homes with separate living areas, a toilet and washing area.

You’ll be staying in double-occupancy rooms at a nearby hotel where breakfast and dinner will be provided. Lunches will be served on the build site. Work site tasks typically include mixing cement, moving dirt and filling in the ground beam, laying bricks, cementing the floor or digging septic tank holes. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the mountainous landscape, visit Lanna styled temples, attend a Thai cooking class or interact with the community through local school and orphanage visits!


  • Saturday: Welcome. Land at Chiang Mai where Habitat staff will greet you when you arrive and take you to meet your team. You’ll enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow volunteers and learn more about Habitat’s work in the area.
  • Sunday: Explore. Experience the local culture with a visit to nearby temples, markets and restaurants.
  • Monday-Thursday: Build. Spend the day on the build site, breaking for lunch, snacks and water throughout the day. You’ll have free time and team activities in the evenings.
  • Friday: Celebrate. Spend the morning working on the build site followed by a farewell ceremony in the afternoon celebrating the week’s accomplishments.
  • Saturday: Goodbyes. Your journey in Thailand may continue independently, or you may depart for home.

Please note that while our itineraries begin with arrival day in country, some locations require additional days for travel.

Leading this team

Actress Glenn Close once said, “It always amazes me to think that every house on every street is full of so many stories; so many triumphs and tragedies, and all we see are yards and driveways.” Deborah leads teams to not only help build a house, but to understand the triumphs and tragedies of a country, culture, community and family.

Deborah looks forward to experiencing a unique culture that she’s unfamiliar with and challenging herself to expand beyond her personal comfort zone by immersing herself to new people and ideas. Ultimately, Deborah’s hope is to return home with a new story to fill her house.

Join this trip

Once you fill out the trip application, a team leader will be in touch to tell you more about this trip and answer any questions you may have.
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