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building for communites

"The little city of Sing Buri, Thailand, and the memories made in it are those I will never forget! I made so many great friends who I was able to share these experiences with, and met the most full-of-life kids at the school during the Building program. 

The team in Thailand are incredible and were so helpful with everything I needed to know.”

Kaela

Discover the sights and sounds of off-the-beaten-track regional Thailand. After an action packed week of activities and sightseeing you will add your efforts to a range of diverse projects which improve the living standards of local people in need, whether through improvements at home or to community infrastructure.

Depending the most pressing need at the time, the construction and renovation project may focus on the development of facilities such as temples, childcare facilities, hospitals and schools or improvements in housing for local villagers. Working alongside local people you will help build and renovate - your work might include digging foundations, installing water pipes, clearing land, erecting walls, painting, decorating, creating gardens and play areas.
The work is varied and no two days are ever the same.
One of the current key projects is construction and renovation at two temple schools. The temple schools offer a safe learning environment for children who may come from underdeveloped backgrounds and this project work aims to improve the facade and structures of the school in order to provide a more pleasant environment for all the children who attend.

itinerary

Day 1 - (Saturday)

Arrive at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport (airport code BKK) and say Sawasdee to Thailand. After clearing customs and immigration, you’ll be met by our local team – the transfer coordinator will arrange your transfer to Singburi, about 140kms north of Bangkok. Arrivals after 4pm will be taken to an airport hotel for the night (included) and then travel to Singburi next morning. If you can’t arrive Saturday, then a Sunday morning arrival is also OK.

Day 2 (Sunday) 

After a good night’s sleep (and/or a late night with the group), Sunday is a free day to explore the many delights of Singburi city. Singburi, meaning Lion City in Sanskrit, is known as the spiritual heartland of Thailand and the Land of Heroes. A good way to spend a few hours is by visiting one or more of the many “wats”, Buddhist temples some of which have giant Buddha statues. Pak Bang Market is also well worth a visit.

Day 2-6 Intro Week (Monday-Friday) 

Your first week is packed full of exciting adventures where we explore the beautiful surrounding areas and get acquainted with Thai culture.

During the week you’ll visit Buddhist temples ancient and modern, with giant statues (Wat Muang has the world’s tallest Buddha and Wat Phra Non Jaksi Woravihan contains a famous, and enormous, reclining Buddha). You’ll explore the ancient capital Ayutthaya (World Heritage Listed) and have monkeys jumping on your head at Lopburi Monkey Temple, where mischievous crab-eating macaques love to hang out! You’ll get your Masterchef on with a Thai cooking lesson, learn the basics of Thai language and gain a first hand understanding of the way of life in this wonderful country.

Days 7 and 8 (Saturday to Sunday)

Spend your free time as you please, your weekends are yours to enjoy and explore. Singburi has plenty to offer in terms of shopping, sightseeing and attractions or you might choose to check out Bangkok, a journey of under 3 hours by bus.

Day 9-13 (Monday-Friday)

The daily program schedule will vary, but generally you should expect 4-5 hours of work time each day Monday to Friday, mainly in the mornings and with a long lunch break to avoid the worst heat of the day. You will be briefed by our coordinator each morning about the tasks for the day. Whatever the specifics of your project you’re not expected to be an expert and you’ll not be exposed to anything risky – our coordinator is there to guide and advise you. Throughout the week our team will arrange optional evening activities for the group, and these may include a trip to a night-market or shopping mall, movie night at the cinema, Thai BBQ restaurant or trip to the pool for a swim. 

Your last day (Saturday) 

Oh no …… no matter how many weeks you’re here for, one of these days it will be time to say goodbye to your newfound friends. Our team will drop you off at the bus station in Singburi from where you can take the bus to Bangkok. Just save some baht to pay for your ticket. Or we can include a private transfer for a supplement.

your digs

Your new home will be one of our 3 large volunteer houses near Singburi, all located riverside in a rural village on the outskirts of Singburi – the houses sleep between 30 and 70 volunteers in small, single gender quad-share rooms. Each house has a communal area where you can eat, relax, meet fellow participants or use the free Wifi. For participants who desire more comfort and privacy, a private room upgrade is available - these rooms are located separate from the volunteer houses and so are quieter. 

“The Twin House accommodation was great! Really nice and modern, with a great sense of community. It's a great place to get to know all the other volunteers!" Kaela 

meals

3 meals provided daily (B/D at weekends)

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start date

Saturdays year round

minimum age

16 if travelling solo, 14+ OK with a parent

important info

• Pricing :2 weeks £715pp, 3 weeks £969pp, 4 weeks £1219pp. Prices will be advised in writing prior to confirming.
• Fly In/Out : Bangkok (BKK)
• What’s included: Airport meet-and-greet, accommodation, all meals, transfer from Bangkok to regional location, a range of sightseeing tours and cultural activities, briefing, local 24/7 support

• Making a difference to communities in need
• Experiencing and exploring regional Thailand
• Visiting historic, World Heritage listed Ayutthaya

• What’s not included: Flights, visa, onward transport or back to Bangkok, travel insurance
• All volunteers will need to provide us with a Police Check prior to arrival in Thailand

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