Clay House and Community Construction

Test your teamwork, creativity and energy in this rewarding, challenging and fun volunteer project building a clay house for the local Buddhist monks. Clay houses are made pf natural resources, clay bricks and wood and doesn't require skilled labour. Other renovation programs are available throughout the year to help improve the school and living standards of the local people

Clay House & Community Construction Thailand

 

Program Fees

Whats Included

  • Arrival airport transfers
  • Accommodation – Volunteer Center (sharing with other volunteers)
  • 3 Meals per day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Ground Transportation
  • Use of necessary equipment and project materials
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Certificate of Completion

Whats Not Included

  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Airfares & visa fees
  • Additional tours, souvenirs, spending money
  • Some daily local transport (depending on program eg. $2 p/day)

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Project Background

Enjoy working as a team, being creative and putting in some hard labour for the local Thai people who need it!  

Clay houses are really fun to construct, but are also relatively inexpensive and nice and cool in the hot asian climate.  This project will test your team working skills and surely introduce you to a completely different way of living and culture.  

The insulating qualities of clay are fantastic and the ecological methods of constructing contribute to a healthy lifestyle while helping out the environment.   You will learn the traditional construction methods passed down from generation to generation

Anyone is welcome to join as the building process requires no previous construction experience, just alot of enthusiasm and willingness to learn and have fun doing it!   

Location

Sing Buri Province is approx 142 km north of Bangkok and was founded in pre-historical period. In the reign of King Rama V through consolidation of 3 small towns located on the bank of The Chao Phraya River north of Ang Thong. The three small towns, Sing Buri, In Buri and Phrom Buri, were then established as a new town on the west of the Chao Phraya River named as Sing buri in 1895.

Who Can Participate

No previous construction experience is required, however volunteers should be prepared for some good old fashioned physical labor!  

Indicative Schedule

  • Sunday – If this is your first week, you will be transferred directly from Bangkok to Singburi upon arrival. 
  • Monday – Friday – working in small teams you’ll work in small teams of 4 to 5 you’ll be involved in all facets of Clay House Building!   This is a dirty job so be prepared to get your hands (and feet) in the mud and have a great time doing it.   You will be instructed by a trained English-speaking coordinator who will assist you in the various tasks involved which include creating the clay and mixing it, making clay bricks, plastering and clay moulding, painting, building structures etc. 

Volunteer Accommodation

Volunteer Centers

The volunteer centers are well established, clean and comfortable.  Free WiFi is included in the large communal areas where you can eat, relax, meet fellow volunteers from all over the globe.  Safety deposit boxes are available with volunteers encouraged to bring their own padlock.  Showers are cold water only, however it’s very hot so this can be nice and refreshing!  Bed linen, fans & mosquito protection are all included. Laundry facilities are available nearby for a small cost.  

Volunteers should bring their own towel.  Rooms have 2 bunk beds and are shared on a single gender and maximum of 4 person per room. All rooms have a private western style toilet and cold showers. Air-con is not included, but we can offer upgraded rooms at an additional cost if required.  A security cash deposit of 500TBH is required for the key to your room.  This is refunded to you upon departure.   No alcohol is permitted in the accommodation, however local bars and shops are within walking distance. 

Private accommodations

For couples, families or anyone seeking upgraded accommodation, private rooms are available at an extra charge of US $150 p/room p/week.  This must be booked in advance to guarantee availability.   You will enjoy spacious, nice and private accommodation located close to the volunteer house stays so you still fee apart of the action.  You’ll have single or double room, air-con, hot water showers, private bathroom, bed linen, towels, lockable rooms, and communal areas where you have meals and relax with other volunteers.  You must request the private rooms well in advance when booking.  

Meals

3 good meals are provided every day including filtered water, coffee and tea.   Plenty of vegetarian options are served along with some meat dishes.   You’ll eat authentic Thai, including plenty of rice dishes and fragrant herbs and fruits.  Volunteers may be expected to assist in cleaning up after meals depending on the placement.  

Transportation

Airport pick-up is included in the volunteering cost.  This may involve either a local pick-up by your volunteer host or a public transport ticket where necessary.  These details will be finalized with you upon making a booking as this will depend on your arrival information.

A transfer coordinator will meet you upon arrival into Bangkok airport and will arrange your transfer from the airport to the Mo Chit Northern Bangkok bus station and then further on to Singburi bus station, where you will be met by one of our local coordinators who will take you to the Volunteer Centre.

Visa Requirements

It is the responsibility of all participants to obtain any necessary visas.