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The Thai Big Build 2014 is an epic adventure of service, travel and lots of new friendships.

This year our focus will be on the Mae La Kloh school for migrant communities along the Thai-Myanmar border with some outreach projects in villages and smaller migrant schools in the region.

People in these communities have fled into Thailand from neighbouring countries over many years because their lives and livelihoods were at risk. They live in remote and mountainous communities. Many of them are still extremely poor.

Children are the most affected by the extreme level of poverty in these communities. Employment is hard to find. Food is scarce and housing is often inadequate and unsafe.

Migrant families can't access regular government services because they don't have Thai IDs. Because of this medical treatment is unaffordable and public education is not accessible.

You can be a part of the Thai Big Build 2014 and help fix two of the lingering problems - education and housing - for some of these families.  

The Dates: Monday 8 December to Sunday 21 December 2014

The Place: Begins in Mae Sot and ends in Chiang Mai

Accommodation: A taste of everything - nice hotels in Chiang Mai and Mae Sot. Guest houses and village common houses once in Big Build territory and, if you are up to it, homestay in the villages for a night or two.

Transport: Buses, Vans, 4WDs and Song Tus

Why Would I Like to Do This?

The Thai Big Build 2014

There are lots of reasons to join a Big Build. 

Learning about poverty, the challenges of working in international development, and sharing ICC's passion to do something about creating safe places and a brighter future for children who live in extreme poverty.

You will come home with a new bunch of friends and guaranteed - you will be different! You will catch a thoughtful but exciting new perspective on life and who knows where that might lead.   

The tangible result that you will leave behind will be more families with a roof over their head that withstands the weather and a secure place for the children to sleep safely at night. 

Small migrant schools and a larger central school will be upgraded with improved facilities and local young people will be trained throughout 2014 in building trade skills - funded by the Big Build project.  And that is making a very real difference!

Check out what we got up to on the last Big Build! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4O0qLPYSvI

Where Will It Be?

The Thai Big Build 2014

Thailand is a beautiful country of contrasts from the bustling metropolis of Bangkok to the ritzy tourist destinations of Phuket. But there is a grand beauty about the mountainous regions along the Thai-Myanmar border. 

After registration and orientation in Mae Sot (Monday 8 December 2014) the team will travel to the various projects within an 80km radius of the main base.

Rest and relaxation will happen mid-way thorugh the two weeks with a retreat to Mae Sot.

The final three days will be in Chiang Mai where we will spend some time with the 50+ children in the ICC project there plus do some sight-seeing at the Chiang Mai night markets and wildlife reserves getting up close and personal with tigers and elephants.

It Is Easy to Join Up

The Thai Big Build 2014

People from all over Australia are already planning to come.

Everyone will be part of a team of 8 to 12 people. Teams will be grouped together into larger companies and each company will be responsible for specific building projects at the school or nearby communities.

Company leaders will coordinate transport, supervise building operations and maintain supply lines.

Come as a team, as an individual or with a few friends. No previous building experience is necessary. People with building trade skills, nursing or other healthcare related skills and teachers may be allocated specialist roles in the company.

Travel Bookings

There are several options for making your travel arrangements.  Most importantly - we need to meet in Mae Sot on Monday 8th December.  Most will fly into Bangkok and make their way to Mae Sot.  The last part of the Big Build is in Chiang Mai, so your return flight should be from there unless you plan more travel in or around Thailand before coming home.

How you get to Mae Sot is up to you but here are some options:

Flightcentre

Flightcentre can make bookings from anywhere in Australia to Mae Sot. . To book through Flightcentre contact Andrew Jones at Flight Centre Head Office on - 03 9026 3404 or email andrew.jones@flightcentre.com.au. By booking through our Flightcentre partner, you won't need to complete payment of your ticket until later in the year.  They also offer flight discounts.  Flightcentre have arranged overnight accommodation in Bangkok for anyone who arrives late in the evening on Sunday 7 December.  And they will do a pickup from the hotel and airport on the Monday to take you to your accommodation in Mae Sot.  The hotel and bus options will be part of the cost of your bookings through Flightcentre

Do Your Own Thing

Closer to the date we will give you details of the accommodation in Mae Sot.

But to get there you may want to do your own travel bookings. 

Flights into Bangkok and Chiang Mai would be the best option and Bangkok is closer than Chiang Mai. 

Many international airlines fly to Bangkok and Nokair flies from Bangkok to Mae Sot for around $50 USD.   

Be aware that Bangkok has two airports.  Nokair flies from the older airpor called Don Mueang (DMK).  Air Asia flies into DMK but many other international flights land at the newer airport Suvarnabhumi (BKK).  If you fly into BKK and you want to use Nokair to get to Mae Sot, you will need to catch the shuttle bus from BKK to DMK for your Mae Sot flight. Allow up to two hours for the transfer between airports. Enquire at the nearest information desk for details about the shuttle service once you arrive at BKK.  

You can also catch public transport to Mae Sot.

How to Join

So how do you make it happen?

Easy . . .

1. Get us your Voluntour Application and arrange a Police Check (at cost of $16.50) because you will be in contact with young kids during the event.

Email these to: mrobinson@iccaustralia.org.au OR

Post to: TBB 2014, ICC Australia, PO Box 2087 Hornsby Westfield NSW 1635

2. Pay your $200 deposit to secure your spot ASAP
- You can do this on the ICC donate page http://www.iccaustralia.org.au/support/donate
- Click "Thai Big Build Payment"
- Enter the amount
- Click "Pay Now"
- Fill out the details and please make sure to note under special instructions who's deposit you are paying for even if it is your own. eg."This payment is for Joe Blogs Thai Big Build 2014 Deposit"

3. Start fundraising (and maybe find some friends to join you on the trip)!

4. Get excited because you will be meeteing up with a great bunch of people and enjoying the trip of a lifetime!

Cost

Fundraising

Voluntour trips like the Big Build are part of ICCs major fundraising program. Each participant is required to either fundraise or donate a minimum of $1200 to ICC to join the Big Build. Of course that's a minimum so the sky's the limit when you're raising funds to help some amazing kids!!!

This is a tax deductible donation for residents of Australia.  A good portion of this will be used for building activites during the Big Build. Some will be used for vocational training of young people from the Big Build territory prior to the Big Build. The balance will be used to maintain and our life-saving child protection programs in each of the countries in which we work throughout Asia.

You can set up your own Everyday Hero fundraising page here to get started.

Trip Expense Fees

$750 covers accommodation, in-country travel, meals, and official sight-seeing from 8-21 December.

Payment Deadlines

$200 Deposit payable to reserve your place.  This is non-refundable and due when you book

Instalments

30 June 2014: $500
31 July 2014: $500
31 Aug. 2014: $450
30 Sept: $300

The first $1200 you submit will go toward your fundraising donation. It’s tax deductible and isn't refundable.

Payments can be made online here.

To make your payment,

1. Select "Donate to a Specific Area" and choose "The Big Build 2014" under "Appeals & Events".

2. Make sure to add a note in the Special Instructions section stating, "This payment goes towards 'enter persons name' Thai Big Build deposit" or "fundraising" or "trip fees" - whichever applies.

The first $1200 is tax deductible for residents of Australia.

Trip fees don't qualify as a tax deductible donation

Want to go for FREE?

How would you like to get your airfare and trip fee paid for?! There are two options for getting your Big Build trip for free:

1. Recruit 20 people to join Big Build 2014, make sure they get their first $1,200 in by the end of July and we'll cover your trip fee ($750) and your airfare (up to $1,500).

Too easy!

It's also a lot more fun to fundraise as a group so you can team together for a physical challenge (5 km run, bicycle race. etc.), a sale (baked goods, secondhand items, etc.) or maybe even rattling tins. You'll still need to meet the minimum donation/fundraising target of $1,200, but the trip fee and airfare will be taken care of for you.

2.  Find 20 new child sponsors for our child sponsorship program within a 12-month period. Each sponsor must be active for at least 6 months (or they can pay their first 6 months up front if you're in a hurry to qualify). More details here!

Contact Details

The Thai Big Build 2014

Contact The Big Build Team

Phone: 02 9987 1136

Email: info@iccaustralia.org.au

Postal: PO Box 2087 Hornsby Westfield NSW 1635

Your donation will support rescued children in ICC's programs

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