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Iqaluit, Nunavut

July 8 - 15, 2017 

Celebrate Canada's 150th by building a home for a family!


Do you have a desire to help others?  Are you looking for a purposeful and meaningful experience like no other?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this trip to Iqaluit is for you!  If you have a strong desire to make a difference and like to have fun in the process, then we would love to have you on the team! 

NO construction experience is necessary!  Just a willingness to learn and meet new people, a positive attitude and a desire to immerse yourself in the north.  Come celebrate Canada’s 150th and help a family realize their dream of home ownership.  

Why should I go to Iqaluit?
The city of Iqaluit is located on Baffin Island at the northern end of Frobisher Bay near the mouth of the Sylvia Grinnell River. Iqaluit is the territorial capital of Nunavut, the largest and fastest-growing community in the territory.  Iqaluit is located near beautiful parklands that feature a range of landscapes, mountains, rivers, waterfalls and ancient Thule sites to visit.  From May through August, Iqaluit days are long and sunny, averaging 16 hours of daylight with temperatures of 5°C to 25°C. The city enjoys nearly 24 hours of sunshine in late June and early July, with beautiful twilight skies for two hours around midnight.

Iqaluit has a population of nearly 8,000, and about half are Inuit. Iqaluit’s people are diverse and come from all over the world. Culture and identity are strong here, and this is visible in everyday life: from clothing, to traditional foods like arctic char and seal, to music and entertainment. You are as likely to hear French and Tagalog spoken around you as Inuktitut. The friendly people of Iqaluit — the 'Iqalumiut' — love to go out on the land, sea and ice at all times of the year to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. A visit to Iqaluit is like no other, and it is an important to see a part of Canada that many people only dream about.


Tell me about Habitat for Humanity Iqaluit

Habitat Iqaluit became an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Canada in 2005, and is Habitat Canada’s most northerly affiliate. We have hosted Global Village teams since our first build in 2007, and with the help of Global Village teams and local volunteers, we have built 4 homes to date, with another slated for 2017. We are pleased to be part of the Carter Work Project as part of Canada 150, which means that Habitat is building from coast to coast to coast in 2017.

Habitat Iqaluit homes are simple 3 or 4 bedroom homes of wood frame construction, built on piles drilled into the permafrost. They are built to be energy efficient and to take advantage of the long summer days, while ensuring they are ready for the dark, cold winters.


What will my week look like?

July 8 - Team meets in Ottawa, Welcome Dinner, Overnight in Ottawa

July 9 - Team travels to Iqaluit

July 10 - 13 Build Days

July 14 - Build Day & Farewell event

July 15 - Team departs for Ottawa and then home or other travel


 Where will I stay? What will I eat?
Participants will be sharing a 3-bedroom apartment with two people sharing a room.  Breakfast and dinners will be prepared at the apartment and team members will be required to cook their own meals.  Lunch will be at the build site.  Snacks and water will be provided at the worksite.  Since the cost of food in Iqaluit is so expensive, participants will be asked to bring some groceries with them to help keep the trip cost down.  Your team leader will let you know which groceries will be required closer to departure.  


What will it cost?

This cost for this 8 day opportunity to build in Iqaluit is
approximately $1,700 + round-trip airfare

The trip cost covers: lodging, food and ground transportation for the build portion of the trip, traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to HFH Iqaluit and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Ottawa. Global Village Canada is working with an airline to make arrangements for the roundtrip flight between Ottawa and Iqaluit.

The Team Leader will provide details on arrangements and paying for the Ottawa-Iqaluit flights. Flight arrangements must be made in consultation with the team leader. 

*Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue two separate charitable donation tax receipts: 1) for the Habitat trip fee; and 2) one for the eligible airfare (the airfare related tax receipt is issued after the trip). 


Meet the Team Leader: Sophia Chaudhery

Hi my name is Sophia Chaudhery and I’m very excited to be leading a team to Iqaluit this summer.  I’ve done quite a bit of travelling over the years and love the idea of travelling for purpose.  Habitat is great way to experience something new and help a family in need.  I did my first Habitat trip to Jordan a few years ago and was inspired to continue on the Habitat journey. I’ve had the opportunity to lead teams within Canada (Grande Prairie and Whitehorse) as well as the United States (Hawaii).  I’m thrilled to be leading another Canadian build this summer and I hope you join me on this Arctic adventure! 

Please feel free to contact me at sophiah4h@hotmail.com if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!

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