School Building Supporter

Help us to give these kids a school that they can be proud to attend and receive the education that they deserve - volunteer as construction volunteer in Thailand!

School Redevelopment iIn Thailand 

Across Thailand the government run schools receive very little funding. Books, materials, computers, classrooms, furniture, bricks and mortar all suffer as there simply isn't the money available. The vast majority of these schools, built throughout the mid to late 20th century, haven't had any refurbishment work completed since these schools were built. So you can imagine the state of some of these schools; dark, damp, crumbling and in some case, unsafe.

With the help of our volunteers we're working to return some schools on Koh Samui island to their former glory. We're painting, decorating, polishing, cleaning, building and repairing with our focus on making these schools a community centre to be proud of. We want to make the schools more conducive to learning, a place that the children look forward to studying and learning at and making them a shining light in the local community.

Volunteer Tasks

We're looking for volunteers who don't mind getting their hands dirty, are OK with hot and sweaty days, want to help with the redevelopment of some of Thailand's forgotten schools, understand how important your surroundings are when learning and studying and who don't mind living by the beach on one of Thailand's most beautiful islands.

Our focus here is to give these children a school that's safe, hygienic, clean, colourful, fun and somewhere that they want to attend. Since we began redeveloping this school back in 2014, the attendance records have improved from around 50% to almost 95%. Coupled with the fact that this school is one of the schools in which we also run our English teaching projects, the impact that our volunteers are having here is immeasurable. 

Volunteers require absolutely no experience or any DIY skills. Our team, who accompany our volunteers each and every day whilst at the project, are on hand to ensure that everybody understands their role, that all tools are where they're supposed to be, that everybody is safe and that the school gets as much from the volunteers time as the volunteer gets from the project. Our team make sure that everything is in place and from the moment volunteers arrive on the island, the structure is laid out and easy to manage.

Should you have any particular skills that you feel may come in handy, please let us know!


Our focus for this project is to improve the learning facilities for the school. We aim to make all of the schools that we support a shining light in the local education authority, a community building that everybody can be proud of, a safe and hygienic place for the children to attend but most of all a fun, colourful and lively school more conducive to learning and study.

Suitable for


Typical day

Volunteers work from 9am to around 3pm each day, Monday to Friday. Lunch is provided every day for you at the school. Any transport that may be required is also provided. At least one of our project coordinators accompany volunteers each and every day so all questions are answered and guidance given.

The projects vary, anywhere from building irrigation for the football pitch (soccer field) to repairing desks and chairs! Our team looks at the school, speaks to faculty and the students and finds out what needs to be done so that the work you are doing has the most impact. That being said we can't tell you in advance what kind of work you will be doing so we need fun, flexible, open-minded people to join us!

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 15:00

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Free-time activities

Lots of local activities to do in this region during your free-time. You can do as much or as little as you would like! Spend your free time being a beach bum or head on an island tour, go rock climbing, slide down waterfall, go diving, eating and shopping! You're local coordinators are the gurus of fun on the island and they will help you to organise activities!

Water Sports


What's included?
In-depth pre-departure document
- Airport pick-up in Bangkok
- Overnight bed & breakfast stay in central Bangkok
- Guided tour of Bangkok including traditional welcome meal
- Organised transfer from Bangkok to Koh Samui
- All accommodation in spacious, comfortable volunteer housing
- All transport to and from project
- Lunch each day at the project
- Daily support of experienced coordinators
- All project costs and materials
- Free WiFi
- 24/7 emergency contacts
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Airport Pickup

Once you have singed up to the project you will receive details of the airport pick up. Please note that we are only able to pick up volunteers who arrive in to Bangkok's main international airport called 'Suvarnabhumi' - airport code BKK. We are unable to pick up on any day other than the published arrival dates.

To qualify for the airport pick-up, volunteers are requested to arrive in to Bangkok international airport (Code: BKK) on the first or third Friday of any month.


Volunteer accommodation is in one of the two houses. Both houses have shared bedrooms and bathrooms with hot water, western toilets, FREE WiFi, kitchen and dining area, in and outdoor seating areas and are safe, quiet and comfortable. Both houses have easy access to beautiful beaches and are within walking distance of restaurants, ATM's, bars, shopping and everything else required for a comfortable stay.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Included food is a welcome meal in Bangkok during the tour on day one. We also supply lunch and water during the days at the project. Diet requirements (vegetarian etc.) can be catered for if we are informed in advance.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
7 weeks
9 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Koh Samui/Thailand between 1 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. The Bamboo Project powered by GVN will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with The Bamboo Project powered by GVN during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Ban Laem Hoy School, 13000 Koh Samui, Thailand