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Hua Hin Community Construction

About Your Location

Hua Hin is a lively fisherman-town and popular tourist destination, and it has a lot to offer besides just sunbathing, snorkeling and swimming at its golden beaches. Not only are there plenty of seafood restaurants and other eateries to choose from, but visitors can also enjoy golf, spas, shops, markets (including a popular night market), and Hua Hin’s Vana Nava water park. You might also consider visiting Khao Tekiab, a mountain at the end of the beach with a temple atop that overlooks the beach. Hua Hin is also surrounded by beautiful national parks and you might decide to go slightly further afield to explore the likes of the Pa La-U Waterfall, located 60 km west of Hua Hin in the south side of the Kaeng Krachan National Park. Alternatively, 45 km to the south of Hua Hin is the mystical Phraya Nakhon cave for the more adventurous!

Aims & Objectives

- Create cultural exchange opportunities through our efforts with the locals
- Give you some practical experience in light construction and renovation work
- Support the local Thai community by improving their living standards with our construction and renovation efforts

Weekly Schedule & Activities

Introduction Day
On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day, to familiarize you with the surroundings as well as local culture. Your program will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.

Schedule for Introduction Day
- Program Orientation, Introduction meeting, House rules, Code of conduct, Safety guidelines, project meeting and handling of documents
- Thai Do's and Don'ts and general introduction to the country.
- Lunch
- Join a thai cooking lesson and learn to cook a local Thai meal
- Free time in the evening
- Dinner at the accommodation

Monday to Friday
After breakfast, you will head off to the construction project; this will mainly be at local people’s houses and local community facilities. There you will be briefed on your tasks by our coordinator about the day’s project. Expect to do construction and renovation work at the project location for 4-5 hours per day with a lunch break in between. Lunch can be at our accommodation or near the project site.

Tuesday Evenings
You will go to Pae Mai local Market for a few hours from 18:30 to 20:30 where you can explore a typical a night market in Thailand. Try some of the delicious local food that is freshly cooked and instantly served to you. Taste a variety of inexpensive street food.

Wednesday Evenings
You will go to the Market Village in Hua Hin city. It is one of the biggest shopping malls in the city where you can fulfil all your shopping needs and have fun with your friends.

Thursday Evenings
Today it’s your free time to explore the city on your own or relax at the accommodation.

Friday Evenings
You will go to the beach to rest and relax after your projects.

Weekends
During the weekends, the volunteers are free, and there are no program activities scheduled. Relax at the accommodation, take a local taxi into town, expand your sightseeing and visit the many more sites in the local provinces. Friendly staff are always there to make your choice easier with advice.

Please note that the volunteer activities and schedule can change at any time based on the needs of the project, local conditions, the weather and unforeseen circumstances.

Optional Culture Week

This program can also include a Culture Week which is highly recommended but not mandatory - just inform your travel advisor if you wish to include it. This program is filled with cultural activities that will show you authentic Thailand. During the program, you’ll get a chance to explore several famous sights around Hua Hin, followed by Thai customs, language, cooking lessons. Buddhism will play a big part in a visit to Buddhist temples (‘Wat’ in Thai) to learn about Thai Buddhism. You will experience offering food to Monks at Local temple and also go on an excursion to the Artist Village and learn about traditional Thai arts and crafts. You will also visit Pranburi Forest Park & Mangrove plantations and go on a Pranburi Mangrove Boat Tour to explore beauty of the landscape. We will take you to different beaches where you will be able to sit back, relax and unwind amidst white sand and crystal-clear blue waters.

School & Public Holidays

When confirming your dates, please take note of the public holidays. On public holidays the project is either closed giving you the possibility to join the local festivities (such as the Songkran festival for the Thai New Year in mid-April that is a particularly eye-opening and fun experience!).

Public Holidays 2024
01-02 January
10 & 26 February
08, 10, & 13-16 April
06 May
5 & 31 December

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

Minimum age of 18
Basic level of competency in English
Police Clearance Certificate on sign-up
Passport copy required on arrival

What Makes a Good Volunteer?

Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.

Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.

How Long Should I Volunteer?

Our volunteer partner in Thailand is based in Hua Hin. The focus is on experiencing a range of local cultural activities and traditions, as well as joining ongoing volunteer programs where you can give your time and energy for a few hours each day. The projects and activities we have chosen are interchangeable locally, as it is possible to make a positive contribution within a week. The exception to this is teaching where we believe it is most beneficial to yourself and the school if you commit to four weeks and construction, where we recommend a minimum stay of two weeks. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.
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Location Description
Located just 280 kilometers southwest of Bangkok, Hua Hin is one of Thailand’s most popular beach destinations for locals and expats alike. It is convenient and ever developing because it is where the city meets the sea. Here you will find scrumptious seafood, lively markets, never-sleeping bars, long beaches, and palm tree-decorated landscapes which have turned this former fishing enclave into a what is now a bustling town, brimming with anything and everything a visitor, tourist, or traveler could ever want!

Accommodation
Hua Hin Green Lion center offers air-conditioned dorm rooms with bunk beds on same gender basis (2-8 pax per room). There is a dining area, pool area with the garden, and there are hot water showers. There are also a limited number of private rooms available. If the private rooms are full at the Hua Hin Green Lion center, you will be accommodated off-site in a nearby hostel.
Hua Hin Green Lion center has easy access to local shops, laundry and you can easily get transportation by using the app GRAB.

- 10 Km from the TGL center to Hua Hin airport (15-20 mins)
- 11 Km from the TGL center to Bus to Suvarnabhumi airport
- 8 Km from from the TGL center to Hua Hin night market/ mall

Important
A security cash deposit of 500 TBH is required for the key to your room. It is payable upon arrival in cash and will be returned when they key is given back at the end your stay. Please also bring a padlock with you.

Environmental Considerations
All participants are expected to be environmentally conscious and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organized.

Staðbundnar samgöngur

Arrival
The meeting point is at BKK International airport on Sunday no later than 15.00.
If you arrive at DMK (Don Mueang) airport, you have to come to BKK airport to meet the transfer coordinator who will have your bus ticket for the transfer to Hua Hin.
If you are booked to land by 15:00, but experience delays with your flight or in immigration, we will still meet you and you will be still transferred at no additional charge. If your flight is booked to land after 15:00 on Sunday, there is an additional charge for a private transfer.

Meeting Point at Bangkok International Airport (BKK)
After passing through customs, make sure you stay on the same floor (Level 2) and turn right and proceed to ENTRANCE 4. Our coordinator will be waiting for you inside the building in front of this entrance with a sign saying 'Green Lion'. Our coordinator will not move to find you, he has firm instructions to stay at ENTRANCE 4. .

Arriving by Land - Meeting Point at Bangkok International Airport (BKK)
Time: Sunday 15:45
If you are travelling overland or arrive earlier in the week, you can meet us for a pick-up at the BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport. You can take a taxi there, or if you are close to a train station, avoid traffic via the "Airport Link" train line, which takes you all the way to the basement of the airport. Meet our Green Lion staff at level 2, Entrance 4 by Sunday 15:45.

Transfer Coordinator
Try this number first if you cannot find our staff at the airport: Mobile/WhatsApp +66 (0) 98 646 6970

Emergency Contact
T/Whatsapp: +66 (0) 62 509 4568 (Program Manager)

Other Emergency Numbers
1155 Tourist Police (The Tourist Police of Thailand are trained to assist you in English. Direct any safety concerns to them.)
191 Police
199 Fire Brigade
1669 Medical assistance

How to get to here on your own
How to get to us on your own, if booked to arrive after 15:00 on Sunday (please note that if your flight is delayed, but was due in no later than 15:00 on Sunday you will still be met at the airport).

By Bus
Take the bus from BKK Airport Level 1 (near Gate 8) to Hua Hin. Contact us once you leave so we know when to pick you up from Hua Hin.

Address
Hua Hin Center
96 Moo 7
Hin Lek Fai
Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110
Thailand

Máltíðir

All the meals served inside the accommodation are homestyle, vegetarian-friendly and you can expect that they will be typically Thai, including plenty of rice or noodle dishes with vegetables and occasionally some meat will be provided as well, along with seasonal fruits for dessert.

While we do our best to accommodate our participants, what we provide for most meals is local cuisine. If you are a picky eater, have dietary restrictions, or if you think that you will not be satisfied with the local dishes provided, you might want to consider supplementing our menu with your own western type foods and snacks that are more to your liking. From our accommodation and you can use our bikes to ride to a few convenience stores nearby.

Please keep in mind that refrigerator space is limited and to prevent insect infestation open food items are not allowed in the rooms.Your center is located in the hilly countryside of Prachuap Khiri Khan province amidst green surroundings. The accommodation consists of spacious rooms. There is a common area with a refrigerator, hammocks and a large communal swimming pool for you to chill.

Frekari upplýsingar

Dress Code
Casual, construction-work type clothes are appropriate during your time at the temple school. However, no see-through clothes or low-cut tops are permitted.

Transportation
Our Eco Houses are about 10-15 kilometer from the city, it's a little bit difficult to travel to town by public transportation, but it can be done by local taxi. Our staff can assist you calling a taxi at any time. There are also bicycles available for volunteers to borrow.

Money
There are a number of banks and ATM machines nearby. The nearest one is just about 2 km away at Tha Kham market.

Local SIM Card
We highly recommend buying a cheap local SIM card for your whole time in Thailand for your own personal safety and for easier/cheaper communication with the other participants, staff and family back home. This becomes especially useful if travelling to your project destination by yourself. You can usually get one at the airport for free or at a low cost. You can also receive one at the accommodation on arrival for free.

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