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For more information, contact Global Village at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (800) 667-5137
September 30 - October 14, 2017
Lumela! Commonly used as a welcome greeting in Sesotho.
Are you looking to travel the world with a purpose and make a positive difference in the lives of others and yourself? To experience the culture of a country dramatically different from your own while helping families in need of a simple, decent and affordable home? If so, then please join our Global Village adventure to beautiful Lesotho where you will roll-up your sleeves with your fellow like-minded team members working alongside the family and local community members to inspire and provide a “hand up” not a “hand out” for low-income families in need. All it takes is a positive, open-minded, flexible attitude, a willingness to learn, a sense of humor and the desire have fun while working hard as part of a team. There are no prior skills or construction experience required.
The reward for your dedication and commitment will be:
- A tremendous feeling of accomplishment as part of a team building a house in partnership with a family that will forever change their lives
- A deep understanding of the Lesotho culture that you will learn and experience first-hand as a participant
- Enjoying the camaraderie, team spirit and fun of a like-minded but diverse team focused on a common and meaningful goal
- An opportunity to learn more about yourself and fellow team members while understanding public service and humanity in a global context
Beautiful, culturally rich, safe, affordable and easily accessible from Durban and Johannesburg, mountainous Lesotho (le-soo-too) is a vastly underrated travel destination. The contrast with South Africa could not be more striking, with the Basotho people's distinct personality and the altitudinous terrain's topographical extremes. Even a few days in Lesotho’s hospitable mountain lodges and trading posts will give you a fresh perspective on Southern Africa.
This is essentially an alpine country, where villagers on horseback in multi-coloured balaclavas and blankets greet you round precipitous bends. The hiking and trekking is world class and the infrastructure of the three stunning national parks continues to improve.
The 1000m-high ‘lowlands’ offer craft shopping and sights, but don't miss a trip to the southern, central or northeastern highlands, where streams traverse an ancient dinosaur playground. This is genuine adventure travel.
Habitat for Humanity Lesotho
Habitat for Humanity Lesotho seeks to empower and transform communities in Lesotho by providing decent, clean and affordable shelter to Basotho families. Our program falls under the Vulnerable Group Housing (VGH) program as we work with disadvantaged groups in society to access decent housing solutions. For the past eight years, since 2007, we have worked with and for families with Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) as our key beneficiaries.
You can read about some families assisted by Habitat for Humanity Lesotho on their website: http://www.hfhl.org.ls/habitat/family-stories-details
Housing Needs in Lesotho
Lesotho has the second highest HIV/AIDs adult prevalence in the world with just under one in four people living with HIV. As a result of the pandemic, of all the countries with HIV prevalence greater than one percent, Lesotho has the largest percentage of children who have lost one or both parents. For 68% of all OVC, HIV&AIDS is the major factor causing orphanhood and vulnerability. As a result, many of these children live in places that are either indecent, unhygienic or in overcrowded spaces after the loss of their parents. Further, about 68 percent of Lesotho’s population lives in households defined as poor with unhealthy conditions ranging from overcrowded homes, unsanitary conditions, and exposed elements. Many orphaned Basotho children lack a safe place to call home. Land ownership issues in Lesotho have also contributed to the woes faced by OVCs in the country. Many of them have been victims of property/land grabbing leaving them in desperate need of shelter.
What Will My Week Look Like?
- Saturday, September 30 – Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa and overnight
- Sunday, October 1 – Travel to Lesotho, Orientation & Welcome Ceremony
- Monday. October 2 – Build
- Tuesday, October 3 – Build
- Wednesday, October 4 – Build
- Thursday, October 5 – Build
- Friday, October 6 – Build
- Saturday, October 7 – Build ½ Day / Cultural Activity
- Sunday, October 8 – Cultural Activity
- Monday. October 9 – Build
- Tuesday, October 10 – Build ½ Day. Farewell & House Dedication
- Wednesday, October 11 – R&R (Planning on safari in Kruger National Park)
- Thursday, October 12 – R&R (Planning on safari in Kruger National Park)
- Friday, October 13 – R&R (Planning on safari in Kruger National Park). Travel to Johannesburg, Farewell Dinner
- Saturday, October 14 – Depart for home or onward travel
(R&R and Cultural Activity details are to be determined)
What Will I Do?
Working alongside fellow teammates, on-site supervisors, masons and partner families you will play a key role in the construction of a home. Previous construction experience is not necessary.
While the work we will do depends on the exact phase of construction, tasks during the build may include digging foundations, installing rebar, mixing and pouring cement, moving materials, compacting floors, plastering walls along with a variety of other tasks.
Where Will I Stay? What Will I Eat?
The team will stay in shared rooms in a modest, secure and clean hotel near the build site that has been approved by Habitat Lesotho. Meals will be in approved restaurants or prepared by Habitat authorized local community members. Clean drinking water will be provided at all times. Health and safety of the team is always top priority.
What Will it Cost?
This 15 day opportunity to build in Lesotho will cost approximately
The trip cost includes lodging, meals, ground transportation for the build portion of the trip, traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to Habitat for Humanity Lesotho and the Global Village program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Johannesburg, South Africa . Flight arrangements must be made in consultation with the team leaders.
*Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipts for the trip cost and the eligible 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 leaders will let you know how to pay this.
Meet the Team Leaders: Rhonda & Ken
Rhonda Gomes and Ken Rutherford are so excited to be leading their 4th Global Village team. They have previously led GV teams to Fiji (2016), El Salvador (2015) and Nepal (2014), after sharing an amazing experience on a GV build in New Zealand (2013) that transformed both of their lives. Previous experience also includes participating on Global Village teams in Egypt, Poland, Kenya and the Philippines. Rhonda and Ken share a common passion and vision to inspire and support people in need around the world while building many lasting friendships along the way.
In addition to planning and leading a successful build, Rhonda and Ken enjoy witnessing the impact that a team of like-minded, hard-working and determined people can have in such a short period of time. This combined with providing so much hope and inspiration to the local community and the families makes for a very rewarding and humbling experience. We all return home from the adventure with a rejuvenated spirit after having been so enriched by the whole experience.
If you find yourself searching for a new experience in your life and this build sounds like an intriguing adventure, we would love to hear from you!
For more information about this exciting opportunity, please feel free to contact either one of us at Rhonda email@example.com or Ken JKenRutherford@rogers.com or apply now using our on-line application!