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Thailand - Koh Samui Beach and Build

Contribute to the re-development of a small fishing village that does not benefit from the island’s tourism income. Assist by building the infrastructure that is needed or renovating existing structures so that it is more appealing. You will be welcomed into the community with open arms and experience the rural lifestyle that exists away from the hustle and bustle of the island.



Fast Facts

Location of ProjectMae Nam, Koh Samui, Thailand
Project Length1 - 12 weeks
Arrival AirportBangkok International Airport (BKK)
Volunteer WorkCommunity development and construction
Number of Participants11 International volunteers
Age18 - 80
Age Exceptions This project accepts volunteers who are 17 years old with a letter of consent from a parent or guardian.

What's Included

AccommodationVolunteer House in Ban Tai
FoodLunch is included
SupportLocal in-country team and 24hr emergency support
Airport TransfersIncluded on arrival day
Pre-Departure Kit Full project details will be sent following registration
Orientation Introduction and training program with teaching support
Insurance Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage

What's Not Included

Flights, visa, personal expenses, optional local excursions, international and domestic airport taxes


Koh Samui, set in the Gulf of Thailand, is a popular destination for both backpackers on a budget and vacationers wanting to stay at high-end hotels.  The island is located on the Northern side of the island, in an area known as "Mae Nam", a small, under-developed rural community which boasts idyllic white beaches lined with rows of coconut trees and crystal clear waters.  Whether you want to relax at a charming local café, visit ancient temples or dance the night away, Koh Samui is a destination that has it all.  


About the Project

Working alongside our Teach and Beach volunteers at the Ban Laem Hoy school on Samui’s North shore, our school development volunteers will be focusing on improving the look, feel, health and safety of the buildings, the grounds, the toilets, classrooms and every other aspect of the school - making it more conducive to learning. Our aim is to make this school a shining light on the island and a place that the local children look forward to attending each day.



Upon arrival, you will be taken to a guest house and treated to an authentic Thai-style dinner.  The next morning you will have breakfast at the accommodations and then go on a guided tour of Bangkok in which you will see the city and be introduced to the culture.  That evening you will take an overnight transfer (bus and ferry) to Koh Samui where you will be met by a member of the project staff and brought to your accommodations.  You will have another orientation and project briefing during your first morning on the island.


Volunteer Work and Contribution

By no means do you need to be a contractor to work at this project.  In fact, you don’t need any previous construction experience as you will be supported by a team and working alongside local laborers.  If you are willing to get your hands dirty (literally), you can help provide tangible, long-lasting solutions for a community in need.  Development projects can range from painting a mural on a classroom wall to building an entire community center.  Activities may include:

  • Painting walls and murals
  • Renovating existing structures
  • Building new structures from the ground up
  • Assisting with micro-development projects

A typical day: The day at the school will begin at around 9am with a team briefing about the day's work and goals.  You will work on the project until lunch time, which will be around 11:30 AM.  After lunch you will continue with the daily work for another few hours. The day ends at 3pm when you will tidy up, account for tools and materials before making sure everything is stored safely for use the following day.

*Please note that volunteer activities and schedules can change at any time based on the needs of the project.

You will work about 6 hours per day, Monday through Friday.  Your weekends will be free to explore the island or travel to other destinations.

Rainy season: in October and November there are often heavy rains which can sometimes affect this project due to the nature of the work. Please also keep in mind that the work itself is harder in incliment weather.


Living Arrangements

Accommodations: You will stay in a volunteer house in Ban Tai on the very north of the island. The house contains three bedrooms (that sleeps eight people), a fully-equipped kitchen, a living area, two toilets and showers (one is hot), and a TV and DVD player for your enjoyment. There is also a communal swimming pool across from the front door.  
Food: Only lunch will be provided.  You can buy groceries in town for breakfast and dinner or eat at any of the restaurants on the island.
Internet: WiFi is available.
Laundry: You can use the local laundry services which are fairly inexpensive or purchase detergent and wash by hand.

Travel Highlights

No trip to Thailand would be complete without exploring the country and its capital Bangkok, which offers a bustling nightlife and great shopping. History buffs will enjoy visiting the Khmer Ruins, the Wat Pho Temple, The Grand Palace and Sukhothai, Thailand’s 13th century capital.  If you love nature, hike through Khao Yai National Park, visit the Marine National Park of Ang Thon or explore the scenery of Thailand’s Northern mountains and be sure not to miss the rock-climbing opportunities at Ko Yao Noi and Phi Phi.  


Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum age 18
  • Enthusiasm and flexibility
  • Police clearance form
  • Willingness to get your hands dirty
  • Work well in a team 
  • Immunizations (consult your doctor)


Here's an excerpt of Sergej's experience:



"I have had competitive table tennis sessions, I have met wonderful people, I have had interesting conversations with different types of people, I have made great friends, I have seen beautiful beaches, I’ve swam with pigs and local kids, and I have eaten a ton of spicy food. Simply put, a unique experience and great times volunteering in Thailand! "


Read the rest of his story on the GoEco blog!



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