Phang Nga, Thailand
Nov. 21-30, 2019: Travel to a new country and learn how housing needs differ around the globe.
Trip cost: US$2,032
Join this trip and help build safe, affordable housing while immersing yourself in a rich culture.
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 served. A Thai-styled lunch will be provided on the build site. Work site tasks typically include moving dirt, filling in the ground beam, mixing cement, laying bricks or digging septic tank holes. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity visit beautiful beaches, go island-hopping, attend a Thai cooking class or interact with the local community through local school visits.
- Thursday-Friday: Travel. Grab your packed bags and head towards Thailand!
- Saturday: Welcome. Arrive at Phuket International Airport where Habitat staff will greet you when you 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. Learn more about the culture, interact with the local community, enjoy cultural activities and explore the city.
- 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 before enjoying a farewell ceremony celebrating the week’s accomplishments.
- Saturday: Goodbyes. Your journey in Thailand may continue independently, or you may depart for home.
Leading this team
Jeni Davidson began her journey with Habitat in 2011 when she was selected to become a Habitat homeowner. After celebrating the dedication of her home in 2013, she joined the staff of her local affiliate. She began leading Global Village trips in 2016 and has led a trip to Romania and two trips to India. Jeni is wholeheartedly committed to the mission of Habitat and feels especially humbled and blessed to be able to help and inspire other families as they realize their dreams of home ownership.
Jeni is a very responsive team leader and is always available to answer questions. She communicates regularly with the team as a whole, as well as individual volunteers to make sure that each participant has a truly transformative experience. She strives to create a team environment that nurtures each volunteer as they explore a new culture and develop connections with the local community and their fellow team members. Each day will include time for the team to socialize and reflect on the day’s activities. Jeni hopes to provide each team member with a deeper understanding of the need for affordable housing and the multi-generational impact that the team is making in the lives of those they serve. By working alongside homeowners, members of the community and fellow volunteers, team members will gain a new understanding of themselves and the world.