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For more information, contact Global Village at:  globalvillage@habitat.ca, or call (800) 667-5137
 
 

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Veles, Macedonia
 
August 20 - 28, 2017

Have you been contemplating a visit to a foreign land to offer a "hand up" …not a hand out? Then consider joining us in this remarkable, cross-cultural experience where our team's motivation is to build a simple, decent, and affordable house for a family.  

Volunteers not only help to build a home but build hope while enriching the spirit of a local community, contribute to the local economy (through the purchase of local building materials and supplies) and develop life-long connections with fellow teammates. Memories are created to last a lifetime!!

*No previous travel, construction skills, or experience required to join our team. Just a genuine, compassionate heart; a flexible, positive attitude; and a willingness to learn the way local masons construct while utilizing the limited resources at hand.

 
Why should I go to Macedonia?
 
Mountainous Macedonia still has an air of mystery to it. Simultaneously ancient and brand new, it’s struggling to find its place in the post-communist world. Black-clad Orthodox monks are just as prevalent as the hordes of teenagers, bedecked in the latest Italian fashions, sipping coffee in the stylish bars of the capital.

 
The extensive wilderness of Macedonia provides ample opportunities for any outdoor enthusiast. There are stunning parks, unforgettable alpine views and ancient ruins that will fascinate anyone with even a smidgen of interest in history. These, along with along with amazing monasteries combine to offer a mix that will peak anyone’s interest!!
 
Apart from Macedonia’s spectacular peaks, lakes and rivers, it’s the hospitality of the people in this most southern Slavic nation that will make your visit truly memorable. The wines are rich, the history steeped, and the culture varied.
 
Located in the heart of the country, Veles is known as a city of poetry, culture and history, with many beautiful churches and traditional architecture dating back many centuries. Veles is an industrial town with factories that produce porcelain, silk and lead.

    
 

According to World Bank survey, 11 percent of households in Macedonia are not connected to the water network, 36 percent are not attached to the sewage network, 12 percent are without a kitchen and 15 percent are without a toilet. Although substandard quality dwellings have been officially estimated at 12 percent of the dwelling stock in Macedonia, it is estimated that the number of families living in substandard conditions is much higher. Living conditions in rural areas are especially bad. The primary need is access to water and proper sewage systems.
 
Housing conditions are particularly grave for Roma households. About 320,000 people, almost 15 percent of Macedonia’s population, live in illegally constructed buildings. The capital city, Skopje, has the largest Roma community in Europe. It hosts squatter settlements of about 120,000, creating a ghetto-like environment.
 
About Habitat for Humanity Macedonia
 
Habitat for Humanity Macedonia began work in 2003. From the outset, it piloted several projects. The Home
Improvement Fund was named among the three most innovative development projects worldwide by the Global Development Network, a World Bank-affiliated institution. At the same time, the Water Supply and Sanitation project, executed in partnership with local authorities, served almost 100 families in less than two months.
 
What will my week look like?  
 
Day 1 (August 20th) –Arrive in Skopje; meet our host and travel to Veles;  
Day 2 - 4 (August 21-23) – Build days
Day 5 (August 24) – R&R activities around Veles
Day 6-7 (August 25 - 26) – Build days, and farewell celebrations 
Day 8 (August 27) – Return to Skopje in am; R&R activities around Skopje
Day 9 (August 28) – Depart for home or further travel
 
Where will I stay? What will I eat?
We will be housed in a modest hotel with shared accommodation. Breakfast will be served at the hotel and we will prepare our lunch at the project site. Dinner will be eaten at local restaurants. 
 
What will it cost? 
 

This 9 day opportunity to build in Macedonia will cost approximately 
$2150 + round-trip airfare + $250 for R&R*.  

  
 
The trip cost includes:  lodging, food, ground transportation, traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to HFH Macedonia and the Global Village program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for air transportation from their point of departure to Skopje, Macedonia. This arrangement should be done in consultation with the team leader.
 
*Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the trip cost and the airfare – this will be 2 separate receipts.  The costs for R&R portion of the trip are not eligible for a tax receipt and this money must not be sent to HFH Canada.  Your team leader will let you know how to pay this.

 
There are additional travel costs such as passport, visa and immunizations which the team leader will discuss with you.  These costs are not tax deductible.
 
 Meet The Team Leader: Kathryn

Happy Day, my name is Kathryn Petrovich and I am ecstatic to be leading a Global Village team with Habitat Canada to build in Macedonia! I adore everything Habitat. My personal involvement with the non-profit has been extensive for numerous years, as a volunteer both locally here at home and abroad. My central focus has been working as an international, team lead where I plan and organize the overseas trip details for the team, and help manage varying aspects of the detailed process while in-country. Additionally, I have had the privilege and joy of working at Habitat Canada (coordinating teams like this one!) with the Global Village department, so it’s fair to say I am fully immersed and engaged with the mission and values.

I am grateful to have had the privilege of leading diverse groups globally. This will be my 13th GV build and first visit to the region. Being a respectful, positive, team player are the main pre-requisites to join my team – correction: *our team*.

My passion is travelling to the unknown, creating meaningful memories for others, giving back, and being immersed in a nation’s culture while learning directly from native residents organically. And what better way to lend a hand, and experience new traditions in a local community abroad, than through a Global Village build!!

If you are open-minded, adaptable and would like to be a part of an extraordinary crew who will make a substantial difference for a family and community (and surprisingly within yourself too) – I would really love to hear from you!

You may contact me at:   kathryn.petrovich@hotmail.com if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application.      


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