Clayhouse Construction Volunteer in Thailand
Is teamwork one of your strengths? On this project you will be tested as a team player while you volunteer to improve the living conditions for communities in Thailand. Using traditional Thai building methods, passed down through generations, houses are constructed out of clay.
This method of building is ecologically friendly and, due to its insulating properties, is also cooling for the people to live in. Building houses in this way is increasing in popularity in Thailand because of their qualities and how fun they are to build. Whether or not you have experience in construction work, you can assist on the project by preparing clay bricks or stamping clay foundations. While contributing to the development of a healthy environment and lifestyle, you will be developing invaluable skills for your own future.
Aims & Objectives
- Increase the resilience of the local community by developing sustainable infrastructure
- Test your teamwork and creative skills through a new and fun challenge!
Please Note: Projects start on a Monday, however you should arrive over the weekend on either Saturday or Sunday.
You will partake in the construction of clay houses, a practice that is rapidly becoming popular in Thailand as the insulating qualities of clay generate a cooler temperature to live in. Besides this, the ecological way of building contributes to a healthy lifestyle and environment.
Traditional construction methods passed down by many generations of Thai people will be used. Anyone is welcome to join as even unskilled people can contribute to the building process through the production of clay bricks, stamping clay foundation or plastering. Not only are clay houses fun to build but you will also leave with brand new skills!
Monday to Friday
The activities you carry out in relation to the construction will be varied as you will be placed where you can have the biggest impact and play an active role. Being instructed by trained, English speaking staff, you will be encouraged to use your hands and your feet while carrying out tasks which could include:
- creating the clay materials using traditional stamping methods;
- clay brick making;
- brick laying;
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
This program cannot run on rainy days, as we need the sun to dry the clay! Expect to join the Community Construction program on such days.
You will be located in the outskirts of Singburi, an interesting town 142 km north of Bangkok. Singburi was founded under the reign of King Rama V through the consolidation of 3 small towns located on the bank of The Chao Phraya River. The three small towns, Sing Buri, In Buri and Phrom Buri, were then established as a single town on the west of the Chao Phraya River in 1895.
Your new home is set close to the village of Tha Kham, an extremely rural area that will give you the chance to experience the Thailand that very few get to see.
Accommodation & Food
Your new home will be one of our 3 ‘Eco Houses’ near Singburi, central Thailand: Lemon House, Twin House and Brown House. They are all located riverside (River Noi – Little River) in the village of Tha Kham and depending on which house you are staying at, is about 8-15km from Singburi (10-15 minutes by car). The 3 houses sleep from 30 to 72 people.
All houses have a communal area where you can eat, relax, meet fellow participants or use the free Wifi.
Although not directly on site, there are laundry facilities offered by locals which many of our participants take advantage of (this will probably cost you 5฿ per item, otherwise you can easily wash your clothes by hand.)
For participants who desire more comfort and privacy, families, couples and more elderly participants, we recommend upgrading to a comfort room. These rooms are more luxurious, uniquely designed and located apart from the two standard participant residences and so are noticeably quieter.
All the meals served inside the accommodation are vegetarian friendly and will be typically Thai, including plenty of rice dishes and fruits. Water, coffee and tea are available all day long.
There are ATMs and shops in the local village which, depending on the accommodation you will be staying at, is located between 5 minutes by bicycle to 20 minutes by foot.
There are restaurants and small local stores within walking distance of each of the accommodations.
Equally, Singburi has plenty to offer and there will be trips throughout the week into this city where you can find shopping malls, markets, restaurants and even a swimming pool!
Activities & Events
Visit the night market in Tha Kham. Taste all types of Thai food, stock up on inexpensive clothing or just soak in the atmosphere of this small town!
This is free time for most participants and we offer a trip into Singburi. You can choose to use the swimming pool, go for a Thai massage or take advantage of a trip to a shopping centre.
You will have the option to attend a Thai BBQ at a local restaurant. This is a fantastic opportunity to socialise with all the other participants, eat great food and enjoy some music.
There is a trip to a shopping mall (including a large Tesco Lotus), where you can buy any essentials, snacks, western food (pizza shops, KFC, ice cream parlour, coffee shops etc)
Sights & Surroundings
Locally, Singburi itself has plenty to offer in terms of sites and attractions, ranging from its many Buddhist temples. There is also a swimming pool, two shopping centres and many markets.
You can also choose to travel to Bangkok during weekends. It takes 2.5 – 3 hours either by mini-van or bus from Singburi . We provide detailed information about this each week.
From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):
- Akha Village Chiang Rai
- Hua Hin
- Kaeng Krachan
- Mae Sot
- Suphan Buri
- Train Track Northern Thailand
- Trunk to the South
- Udon Thani
- Wang Nam Khiao
Trip Country Info
Population: Approx. 67 million
Currency: Baht (THB)
Time zone: ICT (UTC +7)
From trekking in the beautiful mountains of the north to enjoying the glorious beaches in the south and experiencing the hustle and bustle of the metropolis that is Bangkok, Thailand is certainly not a country that lacks variety.
Whilst it really is at the heart of Southeast Asia, bordered by Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia, its cultural identity remains very unique. As the only country in Southeast Asia to avoid European powers, the Thai are proud to refer to themselves as ‘The Land of the Free’ and many tourists might also know it as ‘The Land of Smiles’ due to its friendly people.
Thailand is not only a famous holiday and gap year travel destination, but one of the most exciting countries in the world. Gap year travel to Thailand enables you to experience the excitement of city life as well as the serenity of some of the most spectacular remote islands and countryside areas. By booking your gap year holiday to Thailand with TRU, you will be able to get a unique view of this amazing country that is difficult to replicate on your own. We have a fabulous selection of gap year adventures in Thailand from Gibbon encounters and Elephant Sanctuary work to Clayhouse building and volunteering programs.
With our range of ongoing programs, you can even compose your schedule the way you like it. With this flexibility it enables you to say when you are on site and when you spend time with the new friends you have made from all over the world. Have a look at our latest volunteering and gap year travel to Thailand below or give us a call to find out more about our exciting gap year programs in Thailand.
You can take this opportunity to mix and match projects tailor to your preference. Why pick one when you can pick several.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
No requirements have been provided.
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance