About Thailand

Imagine traveling to a place that is rich in history and natural beauty. Now imagine being in that place and being a part of something that is changing lives on a daily basis – something that is fighting injustice and exploitation at the grassroots. That is what our Thailand Live Different Build is all about! Live Different works in northern Thailand, in a small community in Chiang Rai province. In this place we have discovered some real life heroes, and it is an honour to be able to work alongside of them and be a part of what they are doing to fight slavery and exploitation.

Projects

Thailand is a beautiful country and the Thai culture is full of laughter, friendship, and deep respect for one other. However, Thailand also has been a country that has had many dark secrets and many women and children have been victimized by exploitation and slavery within its borders. During our time in Thailand, we will become a voice for abolition and freedom, as we help Buddies Along the Roadside, a grassroots foundation that reaches out to children and families that are caught in the destructive web of sexual slavery and exploitation. Our help comes in the form of building projects and time invested in the children that are now safe and being rehabilitated in the home in the Chiang Saen province, which is always deeply appreciated and welcomed.

Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary for Thailand, your trip itinerary may be slightly different than this.

Day One

Team to meet in Chiang Mai (Chiang Mai International Airport – CNX), Thailand. A staff member will meet you as you leave security and bring you to our accommodations in Chiang Mai.

Day Two

Orientation and meet your team.
Drive to Chiang Saen in the afternoon.

Day Three - Ten

During our stay in Chiang Saen we will be participating in the following activities:
Building Projects: Each year our project looks a little different, as we partner with Buddies Along the Roadside to build and maintain their children’s compound. Examples of projects in the past: building an office space and a water treatment centre, constructing a recycling area for the home, assembling a safe playground for the kids, general maintenance, and painting.
Fun Days with the Kids: There are about 150 children currently in the children’s home. They range in age from 3-19, and most have been rescued from exploitation and abuse. You will meet some incredible people that you will soon call friends.
English and Sports Camps: English is the most widely used language in the world, and knowledge of the English language helps to equip these children with a wider range of education and job opportunities. Please come prepared with a willingness to have fun with English, and with possible class ideas!
Drop-In Centre on the Myanmar border: Visit some of the families whose lives have been changed by the projects, hear their stories and meet the people who work directly with children who are currently living on the streets.

Day Twelve

Drive to Chiang Mai
Final Debriefing

Day Twelve

Day off or Excursion Day: A day off to relax and unwind at the hotel or enjoy an adventure excursion!

Day Thirteen

Fly home out of Chiang Mai (Chiang Mai International Airport – CNX), Thailand.

Accommodations

While in Thailand we stay at a quaint, small hotel, Chiang Saen River Hotel. It is in the town of Chiang Saen, in the Chian Rai Province, approximately a 10 minute drive from our project site. Our rooms in Thailand are double occupancy and are clean, air conditioned and have hot water. We also have consistent access to internet and bank machines.

While staying at this location, you will taste some of the best food-ever! Our meals are a combination of eating with the kids at the children’s home, local restaurants and meals prepared by friends of Live Different. There are always vegetarian options available, and you will always be well taken care of.

Security

Live Different has been traveling with our groups to Thailand since March 2007. While working alongside our Thai friends we have developed friendships and relationships with organizations that are on the ground making a dramatic difference in the lives of children at risk. Whether arranging transportation, building projects, meals, best locations markets and excursions, our Thai staff are exceptionally experienced.

All of our staff are very passionate about what we do and we believe that we all have a responsibility to help those in need and to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. Live Different maintains excellent community relations and works diligently alongside of community leaders, other NGO’s working in the area, and often government officials in each country that we work in. Safety is always our number one priority. All of our key staff are first aid certified and we always have access available to quality medical attention (if needed) in all countries that we work in.

Before a Live Different Build begins, all parents are given emergency contact numbers for Live Different ground staff and contact numbers/emails for the Live Different office. We are available at any time for parental concerns or emergencies.

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