can you help?
can you do?
- Get stuck in and hands dirty on this labour intensive project
- Have fun working as part of a team!
- Mix the clay and make clay bricks
- Assist with plastering and clay moulding
- Help build the basic structures and paint them
Why Involvement Volunteers International?
PROJECT NAME: CLAY HOUSE & COMMUNITY CONSTRUCTION
LOCATION: SING BURI, THAILAND
START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS)
ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE (SHARED ROOMS)
MIN DURATION: ONE WEEK
MIN AGE: 16+
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A
PROJECT COSTS: From US$295 + APPLICATION FEE
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!
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.
- Create the clay and mix it, making clay bricks
- Plastering and clay moulding
- Painting and building structures
Food & Accommodation
The volunteer centre is well established, clean and comfortable. Free WiFi is included in the large communal area where you can eat, relax, meet fellow volunteers. Safety deposit boxes are available (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, which is refunded to you upon departure. No alcohol is permitted in the accommodation, however local bars and shops are within walking distance.
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.
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.
No previous construction experience is required, however volunteers should be prepared for some good old fashioned physical labor!
- 3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
- Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
- Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
- 1 day orientation
- Daily transportation to project
- In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
- Fundraising support
- University course credits (where applicable)
- Certificate of Completion
- Travel Insurance
- Tours, Souvenirs & spending money
Volunteers in Thailand are encouraged to take up the orientation week to help you ease into the lifestyle and pace of Thailand. You will get to know your town and it’s facilities and everything required to make your stay comfortable. You may choose after the first few days to move straight into your chosen volunteer placement if desired or otherwise just enjoy the company of your new friends and extended family!
When confirming your dates please take note of the long holidays (mid-March till mid-May and October). During these times, renovation work continues, with the option to join special classes and English camps that are regularly requested by the local Thailand communities involved.
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 finalised 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.
- Sunday – If this is your first week, you will be transferred directly from Bangkok to Singburi upon arrival.
Monday to 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.
Weekends are always free for relaxing or sightseeing of your choice. Our local team will help you organize additional trips with special (non tourist) rates which can be paid directly in local currency. As a volunteer in Thailand you will gain access to local knowledge, opportunities and value you simply would not find if staying as a standard tourist in resorts.
- No extra requirements
With a long sandy coastline and jungle-topped islands anchored in crystal blue waters Thailand is a tropical getaway and favorite traveling destination for holiday makers and volunteers from all over the world. Thailand’s culture is generous, warm and outgoing and the cuisine is world renowned for a tropical abundance of fresh and varied flavors of spicy, sweet, salty and sour.
Thailand is a fascinating and exotic country to explore. Through volunteering, you’ll gain a love in the people, culture, scenery, cuisine and in the overall lifestyle of Thailand.
We offer diverse project options catering to many different interests. Volunteering is the ideal way of assimilating into the local Thai culture and experiencing the real lifestyle in Thailand.
November to Febuary is the best time to visit Thailand, with a pleasent temperature through most of the country. From March to May temperatures can get very hot. The monsoon rains start from about June to October. Showers usually are quite predictabe and come in short bursts, so this time of year can be great to visit, as everything is so green and there are fewer crowds!
Temperatures are around 30 degrees on average throughout the year. If in the North of Thailand in the winter, evenings can get quite chilly, so bring some warm clothes too!
Vietnam has one of the oldest cultures in South East Asia, creating a rich history with ancient traditions dating back thousands of years. It also has a large Chinese influence. Elders are very well respected in Vietnamese culture, the older you are, the more respect is shown to you. ‘Saving face’ is a concept shown by most Vietnamese people and is thought of as extremely important in their culture. This means that if you feel angered or annoyed by someone, you do not show it and remain respectful. If you lose your temper/ are rude, then this is seen as losing face and therefore a loss of reputation and self-respect.
Vietnamese is the most widely spoken language, other languages include Chinese, Khmer, Cham and tribal dialects. Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism are the main religious beliefs in Vietnam, and you will find many temples dotted around the country. You will often see the local people giving fruits and burning incense to give as offerings.
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