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.
What's not Included
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.
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
Please note that volunteer activities and schedules can change at any time based on the needs of the project.
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.
Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:
- Minimum age 18
- Enthusiasm and flexibility
- Willingness to get your hands dirty
- Work well in a team
- Immunizations (consult your doctor)
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.
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.