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Braga, Portugal 

October 14 - 23, 2017 

Located between Spain to the east and north and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Portugal covers an area about the size of Maine and also includes the islands of Madeira and the Azores. The country has a population of almost 11 million with about three-fifths living in urban areas. We will travel to the Porto region in the north, home to the Douro River Valley which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage region thanks to a blockade during one of Britain’s squabbles with France in the 18th century. To spite the French, British traders sailed past France to Portugal, where Portuguese vintners readied their red wine for the long trip back to London by stabilizing it with brandy, creating what we now know as port.

Why should I go to Braga?

The municipality of Braga lies northeast of Porto and consists of the bustling city and 37 parishes with a combined population of approximately 182,000. We will work in this area  assisting with home improvements or expansions, or finishing a partially constructed home. There will be a variety of work waiting for us that may include anything from building foundations and walls to plastering, painting and tile work.

Tell me about Habitat for Humanity Portugal

Habitat for Humanity has been working in northern Portugal since 1996 with a focus on upgrading and rehabilitating existing homes in an area where unemployment and low income are prevalent and where as much as 65% of the population lives in dilapidated housing.



What will my week look like?

Saturday October 14 - Team arrives in Porto, stay overnight

Sunday October 15 - Porto city tour, travel to Braga, 

Monday October 16 - Wednesday October 18 - Build Days

Thursday October 19 - Cultural Day 

Friday October 20 - Build Day

Saturday October 21 - Build Day

Sunday October 22 - Return to Porto in the morning, afternoon tour and Port tasting  

Monday October 23 - Depart for home or independent travels

(Please note that the above itinerary may be subject to changes) 

 Where will I stay? What will I eat?
Our lodging will be in Habitat Portugal's new Domus guest house near Braga with two or more people sharing a room. We will have breakfast at the guest house, lunch at or near the worksite, and explore local restaurants for our dinners. Snacks and bottled water will be provided at the worksite.


What will it cost?

The cost for this 10 day opportunity to build in Braga is approximately
$1,860 + round-trip airfare + $200 for R&R*

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 Portugal and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Porto, Portugal. Flight arrangements must be made in consultation with the team leader.

*Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the trip cost and the eligible airfare – these 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: Gloria Howe

I’m Gloria Howe,originally from Ontario, now living in beautiful Vancouver. This will be my 10th GV build including trips to Macedonia, El Salvador, Malaysia, Thailand, Argentina, Cambodia and Portugal as well as an extended volunteer posting with Habitat Macedonia. I’m excited to welcome a team of flexible people with a willingness to work hard and have loads of fun to visit this beautiful corner of Europe with me. No experience necessary, just an open heart and willing hands…and don’t forget to pack your sense of humour!

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

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