Design + Build Workshop, Laos, 2015

Many thanks for your interest in taking part in Building Trust international's latest Design + Build workshop. We are excited to announce our next workshop will be held in April, in Laos. Please find further details of the workshop below which we very much hope you would be interested in taking part in. Due to the high volume of interest we ask that all our hopeful volunteers complete a volunteer application form to allow our team to gain a better understanding of your background, skills and interests. Please ensure to return your completed application form to us as soon as possible to guarantee your chance of a place on the workshop.

What will we learn?

We are happy to announce that we will be working alongside internationally acclaimed conservation charity, Free the Bears Fund Rescue Centre in Laos. The sanctuary was established in 2003 after local authorities confiscated three bear cubs and asked for assistance to help look after them. The rescue centre has continued to provide care for these bears and also accepted further bears that have been confiscated by the Laos authorities. Most of the bears at the centre are Asiatic Black Bears (Moon Bears) that were illegally captured from the wild as young cubs – it is likely that they were destined for use in the traditional medicine trade. The sanctuary is situated within the beautiful Tat Kuang Si Park, a Provincial Protected Area approximately 30 Km from the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Luang Prabang.

Building Trust international has been requested by FTB to work with the local community and FTB Laotian staff to design and construct a new sustainably built merchandise store. The merchandise store will enable FTB to sell items in order to receive much needed donations to allow them to continue their ongoing efforts to protect bears in Laos and beyond.


Design component: On going from January, after you pay the deposit we will send you a pack detailing the project brief, maps and further site information. We welcome people to get as involved as they can with the project but appreciate that peoples time constraints and work commitments may be different.

Build Workshop: Sat 18th April - Sat 2nd May


You will be required to meet your group on Saturday 18th April 2015 in Luang Prabang, Laos. Where you will then be taken to your project site near Tat Kuang Si Park. For the break in the middle of the fortnight long workshop we will arrange accommodation in Luang Prabang which has a host of activities and amazing sights. This will allow participants to explore or relax as they like during their weekend break.

How to get here/there:

Flights to Luang Prabang or Vientiane can be found on skyscanner for best deals. You may also find it cheaper to get a flight to Bangkok and make a land crossing into Laos (although this will take significantly longer it may be more fun!)

Cost:The required donation for the workshop is £1200 (£400 deposit to be paid immediately after you have been accepted to the workshop. The remainder of the donation is to be paid 1 month before the start of your volunteer workshop placement.) 

Please note due to the charitable nature of the work we do encourage people to fundraise the costs. Why not download our fundraising pack today for some inspiration. Remember if you are from the UK you can add gift aid to all your donations.

The donation includes:

Please note the donation does not include the cost of flights, insurance or visas although we are happy to supply information on request. 

Number of places: There are a limited number of places on this course so please do act fast to avoid disappointment.

How to apply: Email info@buildingtrustinternational.org and we will send you an info pack with volunteer application form and payment details for the £400 holding deposit.

This is your chance to learn new skills, meet fantastic people doing something truly worthwhile whilst creating some wonderful buildings in an amazing location. We can't wait to welcome you on board!









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