Phang Nga, Thailand
July 18-25, 2020: Travel to a new country and learn how housing needs differ around the globe!
Trip cost: US$2,330
Join this trip and help build safe, affordable housing while immersing yourself in a rich culture!
With 16% of the population living below the national poverty line, houses are often built improperly and with limited resources, resulting in unsafe, unhygienic living conditions. Habitat for Humanity Thailand partners with future homeowners and the community to build family-focused, one-story homes with a toilet, washing area and separate living areas.
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 to visit beautiful beaches, go island-hopping, attend a Thai cooking class or interact with the local community through local school visits.
- Saturday: Welcome. Arrive at Phuket International Airport where Habitat staff will greet 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.
Please note that while our itineraries begin with arrival day in country, some locations require additional days for travel.
Leading this team
Through Habitat, Lauren has built in ten states, served two local Habitats with the AmeriCorps program, traveled as a participant on a Global Village trip to El Salvador and led Global Village trips to China, Chile, Argentina and the Dominican Republic! She now works in Washington, D.C., for the Government Relations and Advocacy team, organizing Habitat’s annual advocacy conference.
Lauren’s primary focus when serving as a Global Village leader (aside from safety) is facilitating a strong team dynamic. She believes that in order to better serve the families we are building alongside, we must create a family-like bond of our own. Global Village host sites have described Lauren’s teams as “tight” and like “best friends,” even though participants had never met prior to joining the team. Through her work in advocacy, Lauren can also provide unique insight and opportunities to continue engagement with Habitat for Humanity.