Check out the trip schedule below to see where you can go to help build a home. Click the country name for detailed information, including itinerary and trip costs.
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November 12 - 23, 2017
Come experience the rich culture of India while helping a family in need!
If you are looking to find adventure and discover a new India, then you are invited to apply for this trip. This Global Village trip to India will enrich and challenge you as you discover how people on the other side of the world live on a day to day basis. This is a great opportunity to join a group of like-minded people to help improve housing for a family in need while experiencing the rich culture of India. Construction and building experience are not necessary – just a positive and flexible attitude, a willingness to learn & work hard and a sense of humour.
Why should I go to India?
The Republic of India is home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world and is a land as diverse as it is vast. Its population of more than 1.3 billion is expected to exceed China's within the next 5 years making it the world's most populous country. India gained its independence from Great Britain in 1947 and is the world's largest democracy. Since independence, India's history has been turbulent. Now in a period of liberalization, India faces the challenge of modernizing while trying to preserve its ancient culture. With an annual per capita income of US$300, most Indian families are unable to afford a decent home.
Tell me about Habitat for Humanity India
Habitat families are unable to purchase their own homes, as mortgages are unheard of; they can neither save the required funds to pay at one time (the average monthly income is between $60 and $90), nor can they risk a high-interest loan. Habitat has found a way to address this problem. Families with two or three income earners can pay back a no-interest loan for a simple, decent, and affordable home and still be able to feed their families.
Habitat homes are generally between 200 to 350 sq. ft. consisting of a kitchen, one bedroom and a toilet. They’re made of cement blocks or bricks with cement plaster. Roofs are cement slabs, tiles, corrugated cement sheets or reinforced concrete cement.
HFH India started in 1983 and has constructed over 29,000 houses, providing safe, decent and affordable shelter to roughly 145,000 people.
What will my week look like?
|November 12||Arrive in Mumbai and stay overnight|
|November 13||Travel to Karjat, HFH India Orientation|
|November 14-17||Build Days|
|November 18-19||Cultural /R&R Days|
|November 20-21||Build Days and Closing Ceremony|
|November 22||Travel back to Mumbai, cultural activities|
|November 23||Depart for home or onward travels|
(Please note that the above itinerary may be subject to changes)
Where will I stay? What will I eat?
Our lodging will be at one of the local hotels (with double occupancy). Breakfast will be taken at the hotel, lunch at the build site and dinner at local restaurants. Snacks and water will be provided at the worksite.
What will it cost?
The cost for this 12 day opportunity to build in India is
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 India and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Mumbai. 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: Alan Dickinson
Hi. My name is Alan Dickinson and I am an active retiree living in Ottawa, Ontario. I first became involved with Habitat for Humanity through my employer and participated in 4 company builds, 2 in post Katrina Gulf coast cities and 2 more in Canada. When I retired in 2011, it didn’t take me long to join a GV trip to Romania and since then I’ve added Nepal (3 times), El Salvador, Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Argentina, Philippines, PEI, New Zealand, India, Chile, having the privilege to lead 9 of those trips.
I find being part of the process that changes lives by providing decent affordable housing to be very rewarding. I have travelled to over 75 countries and love to see and do new things. My other interests are a love for kayaking, yoga, cross country skiing and spending time with family, especially my 6 year old granddaughter.
If you share my desire to make a difference in the world and don’t mind getting your hands dirty while learning about a new culture, and having a bit of fun then this could be a trip for you.
Please feel free to contact me to learn more about this trip by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or apply now using our on-line application!