Build A Clean Water System


Gaining access to safe, clean water is still a problem in about 40% of the mountainous region of the Mae Hong Son Province. Drinking dirty, diseased water leads to a cycle of poverty and sickness.

You can be part of changing this today.

Each year, we give the opportunity to 12 volunteers to travel to Thailand and take part in one of our water and sanitation projects. Volunteers live and work alongside a Karen community, helping to construct a clean water system that will benefit the whole village. 

“It was so gratifying and invigorating to actually contribute to a community in Thailand, as opposed to just observing or passively experiencing something, as I would have normally as a tourist.” Josh, Water Project - 2013

The Clean Water Project

Over three weeks volunteers will help to build a gravity-fed clean water system for the community. A typical day involves digging trenches, laying pipes, building tanks and much more. At the end of the three weeks, you will be able to witness the difference that you have made by seeing the delight of the villagers when they turn on the taps! Once the project is complete, volunteers are then taken on an exciting forest trek, led by our local Karen staff.

Please be aware that work on the project will often be tough and you may experience challenges you have not faced before. However, don't let this put you off, if you are self-motivated and capable of coping in a challenging environment then this is the perfect opportunity to be a part of changing hundreds of lives!

Project Dates

Our next project will take place in July 2021. All volunteers will need to be available for the duration of July. 

Please note these are approximate dates and may be subject to minor changes. 

To Apply

To apply to join the 2021 volunteer project, please submit a completed application form. The online application form can be found here and a downloadable application form is also available through clicking this link.

The Costs and Fundraising Pledge

After you have been accepted on to the project you will need to pay a £200 deposit to secure your place, please remember spaces are limited and are on a first come first served basis!

This £200 non-refundable deposit will cover your in-country volunteer costs. You can see a breakdown of whats included below! 

We also ask that you sign a fundraising pledge to fundraise £800 for the Karen Hilltribes Trust. This pledge ensures you can be part of making a contribution to building sustainable futures for the Karen. As a small charity, we promise that money raised by our volunteers is spent on charitable activities which improve the lives of the Karen people in Thailand. The pledge is due one month before your project start date. 

The help and support of our fundraising team makes acheiving the fundraising target a very achievable task. We are with you every step of the way!

Items covered by the deposit:

- Return bus transfer from Chiang Mai to Khun Yuam (KHT Headquarters) 

- All of your accomodation and meals for the duration of the project (from arrival in Khun Yuam to departure to Chiang Mai)

- Volunteer information pack

- KHT t-shirt

- Forest trek, led by a Karen guide, to celebrate completion of the water project

- Administrative costs in the UK and Thailand

- Support from dedicated staff both in the UK and Thailand

Not included:

-  Air fare

- Travel and Health Insurance

- 60 day visa fee

- Vaccinations

-  Spending money

How do I find out more?

Click here to read about the amazing stories our past volunteers have brought back with them, or to find out about what to expect then please visit our applicant information page here

“It was beautiful, looking out over the incredible mountainous scenery, half jungle, half farmland.”​ - Louise, Water Project - 2016

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Apply today!