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Construction Assistant in Rural Beach Community

Koh Samui, Thailand

Agency | GoEco

Assist by building the infrastructure of a small fishing village that is needed or by renovating existing structures so that it is more appealing.

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.  
 
About the Project
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.
 
Orientation
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.
 
Volunteer Work and Contribution
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

Typical day

The day at the school will begin at around 9am with a team briefing about the day's work and goals.  You will work on the project until lunch time, which will be around 11:30 AM.  After lunch you will continue with the daily work for another few hours. The day ends at 3pm when you will tidy up, account for tools and materials before making sure everything is stored safely for use the following day.

*Please note that volunteer activities and schedules can change at any time based on the needs of the project.

You will work about 6 hours per day, Monday through Friday.  Your weekends will be free to explore the island or travel to other destinations.

Free-time activities

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.  

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
-Enthusiasm and flexibility
-Willingness to get your hands dirty
-Work well in a team
-Immunizations (consult your doctor)
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups

Any questions? Just ask. We at GoEco are happy to help you.

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Included in the fees are the accommodation, lunch, an airport pickup upon arrival as well as our local in-country team and 24 hour emergency support.

Furthermore, a comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage is included. You will also receive a pre-departure kit with the full project details as well as all necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival.
Airport Pickup at Suvarnabhumi Airport

We will pick you up upon arrival (sundays) at the airport.

Accommodation

You will stay in a volunteer house in Ban Tai on the very North of the island. The house contains three bedrooms (that sleep eight people), a fully-equipped kitchen, a living area, two toilets and showers (one is hot), and a TV and DVD player for your enjoyment. There is also a communal swimming pool across from the front door. 

Internet: WiFi is available 
 
Laundry: You can use the local laundry services which are fairly inexpensive or purchase detergent and wash by hand.

Food & Beverages

Only lunch will be provided.  

You can buy groceries in town for breakfast and dinner or eat at any of the restaurants on the island.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok. We assist you to find cheap flights to Thailand.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Thailand provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Thailand you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Thailand.
Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
$880.00
2 weeks
$1,140.00
3 weeks
$1,400.00
4 weeks
$1,660.00
6 weeks
$2,180.00
8 weeks
$2,700.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$3,740.00
Average fees
$596.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Koh Samui/Thailand between 1 week and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Thailand.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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