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Volunteer in Central Thailand at this award-winning, innovative program! Aid in the construction of eco-friendly, clay structures for a local community! Get your hands dirty with clay and mud and enjoy building homes and schools from the ground up.
Buildings made with clay and mud are becoming increasingly popular in Thailand, as the clay helps to provide some respite from the generally hot and humid climate. The clay is a natural resource, which also helps with affordability as well as serving as a sustainable construction material that serves as an alternative to concrete.
The goal of this project is to construct various buildings within this eco-friendly community. Volunteers will be working to prepare the natural clay mixture as well as participating in the actual construction of the homes and school. The school construction is estimated to take up to 5 years to complete, and will be built in stages.
Your Schedule at a Glance (Minimum one-week commitment):
Day 1, Sunday: Arrive at Bangkok Airport (BKK). You will be picked up from the airport and taken to settle in to your accommodations and meet fellow volunteers,
Days 2-3, Monday and Tuesday: Volunteers will prepare clay mixture, create bricks, lay bricks, plaster and more.
Day 4, Wednesday: Following clay work in the morning, volunteers will take a tour of Sing Buri.
Days 5-6, Thursday and Friday: Volunteers will prepare clay mixture, create bricks, lay bricks, plaster and more.
Day 7, Saturday: Volunteers staying only one week will depart on Saturday. The weekend is free for volunteers who are extending to spend how they wish.
Remaining Weeks: The remaining weeks will follow the schedule of volunteering Monday-Friday and having weekends free. Departures are on a Saturday.
Please note: This project does not run on rainy days since the sun is necessary to dry the clay; volunteers will join another construction project on such days.
Location of the Project: Tha Kham, Sing Buri, Thailand
Project length: 1 week
Arrival Airport: Bangkok International Airport (BKK)
Volunteer Work: Construction
Age: Min age of 18. Age exceptions: Participants aged 16 and 17 may apply with parental consent
Number of Volunteers: Up to 20 international participants
Important Note: Note: This program welcomes families with children from age five. Families must upgrade to a private room for an additional fee.
Accommodations: Shared, single-gender rooms in riverside “Eco Houses”
Food: 3 meals per weekday provided, 2 meals on weekend days provided
Airport Transfers: Airport pickup is provided upon arrival
Support: Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.
What’s not Included
Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, personal expenses
Sing Buri is a beautiful Thai town, located just 142 km north of Bangkok. It was founded during the reign of King Rama V through the consolidation of 3 small towns located on the bank of The Chao Phraya River, north of Ang Thong. The town boasts an impressive collection of temples and colorful architecture that create the perfect backdrop for the numerous festivals held during the year.
Accommodations are located riverside, close to the Tha Kham outskirt of Sing Buri. This gives volunteers the opportunity to live in an area of Thailand that is not in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the more touristic and crowded areas. Volunteers will have the opportunity to explore Sing Buri on Wednesday afternoons and on weekends.
As a volunteer on this project you will be constructing an eco-friendly community by building school rooms, homes, and other sustainable infrastructures with clay. You will also be involved in preparing the clay itself. The clay must be extracted from the ground and mixed with water and activity usually done by foot. After mixing, it must sit for one day before being poured into the brick molds, where it must sit for two weeks before being ready to be used construction.
Volunteers will increase the resilience of the local community by developing sustainable infrastructure. This ecological way of building contributes to a healthy lifestyle and environment.
Some of your tasks may include:
Internet: WiFi is available at the accommodations.
Laundry: Laundry can be done by hand, or for an additional fee, volunteers may use a nearby laundry facility.
Accommodations: Volunteers will stay in shared, riverside “Eco Houses” in single-gender rooms. Each “Eco House” has a communal lounge area and is located near the Tha Kham village on the outskirts of Singburi. Each room has an air conditioner, western toilet and cold showers. Families must upgrade to a private room for an additional fee.
Food: Three meals per weekday are provided, and two on weekends. Most meals at the accommodations are vegetarian friendly, consisting mostly of rice dishes and fresh fruit. Water, coffee, and tea are available all day.
Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:
Culture Week (highly recommended): This seven-day jam-packed week is a great opportunity to learn about Thailand and meet other international volunteers. It offers tours around historical areas (Ayutthaya historical park), Thai language lessons, cooking lessons, taste-testing (Thai BBQ), school visits, sightseeing (Wat Phra Phutthabat Temple – Buddha’s footprint) and so much more! This week will ease you into your volunteering experience by providing you with an better understanding of the history, culture and customs. Please note that the schedule can change at any time based on the weather conditions.
Thailand’s central province of Singburi is home to a handful of temples and historical sites; and of course there is a nearby market waiting to be discovered! A few places for volunteers to explore on weekends include:
Wat Pikun Thong
Wait Pikun Thong is an ancient temple that is home to one of the largest Buddha statues in Thailand. This large golden figure is a famous symbol and a commonly sought-after destination for tourists.
Pak Bang Market
Over 150 years old, the Pak Bang Market is an essential go-to for those who wish to have a taste of Thai market food and desserts.
Mae La Maharacha Nusorn Park
This national park is an excellent option for volunteers who are looking to relax in nature by the Mae La River. There is a fish breeding and conservation project that is located in the park as well.
In Buri National Museum
The In Buri National Musuem is located near to the Wat Bot Temple, and contains ancient artifacts from various historical areas of Thailand as well as Chinese ceramics.
Add-Ons (Not Included):
You can extend your stay in Thailand with one or more great program add-ons for an additional fee. Here are the opportunities we recommend:
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