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February 10 - 21, 2018
Sun-drenched beaches, turquoise lagoons, swaying palm trees – Fiji supplies all the classic images of paradise. That being said, approximately 31% of Fijians still live below the poverty line, and real in need of safe secure housing. Join a team of like-minded people to help a family achieve their dream of a safe and affordable home while experiencing a country with rich cultural traditions. All you need is an adventurous spirit, a willingness to work and a good attitude!! Join us in the perfect destination to live out your Robinson Crusoe fantasy!!
Why should I go to Fiji?
Among its islands are rain forests where hikers, bird-watchers, and cyclists find sanctuary; off its sparkling cobalt-and-white shores scuba divers, snorkelers, kayakers, fishermen, and sailors find bliss. Fiji pulsates with the drums, fire, dances and songs of a fascinating culture.
The warmth of the Fijian people is legendary and genuine, an intriguing blend of Melanesians, Polynesians and Indians. The lush rain forests, breathtaking beaches, remote islands and traditional villages are remarkable.
The housing need in Fiji
An estimated 140,000 people currently live in substandard housing conditions in informal settlements, and the number has increased by 5 percent from 2007 to 2012. Poverty and inequality continue to be a challenge. According to official statistics, 31 percent of the population lives in poverty. The rising cost of living and disasters such as 2016’s Cyclone Winston increased the poor’s vulnerability. The poorest households also lack piped water, adequate sanitation, electricity and garbage disposal.
Tell me about Habitat for Humanity Fiji
Habitat for Humanity started working in Fiji in 1991. Since then, Habitat has helped over 68,700 people to build homes and hope through partnerships with governments, bilateral and non-profit organizations and international volunteers. Habitat works on a range of projects throughout the country including disaster response and recovery through repairs and temporary housing when needed, construction or improvement of water and sanitation systems in rural and remote areas, and disabled access housing projects. In the financial year ended June 30, 2016, Habitat for Humanity Fiji has helped more than 3,140 families through disaster response, over 1,300 families in more than 45 communities through water and sanitation improvements and built over 900 new houses.
Habitat for Humanity’s activities in Fiji range from new house construction to helping families rebuild after cyclones and other disasters to improving water and sanitation access in various communities. Habitat homes are typically built with a combination of locally supplied timber, concrete, and metal roofing. Low-income families contribute their own labor to build their new homes.
What will my week look like?
|Sat. Feb. 10||Arrival in Fiji, Rest & Explore: Arrive in Nadi where your team
leader will greet you and take you to meet your teammates
|Sun. Feb. 11||Orientation and Welcome Ceremony|
|Mon. Feb. 12||Build|
|Tues. Feb. 13||Build|
|Wed. Feb. 14||Build|
|Thurs. Feb. 15||Build|
|Fri. Feb. 16||Build|
|Sat. Feb. 17||Explore: Immerse yourself in the local culture and experience the community firsthand while getting to know your team. (Market tour and traditional cooking classes)|
|Sun. Feb. 18||Explore: Immerse yourself in the local culture and experience the community firsthand while getting to know your team. (Sailing, Snorkeling, Island hopping on a yacht)|
|Mon. Feb. 19||Build Day|
|Tues. Feb. 20||Build and Celebrate: Continue to work on the build site. On the final day, enjoy a farewell ceremony and dinner with the families|
|Wed. Feb. 21||Goodbyes: Continue your journey in Fiji independently or return home|
This itinerary may change as details for the trip are finalised.
Where will I stay? What will I eat?
The team will stay in shared rooms in a modest, secure, clean HFH Fiji-approved hotel near the build site. 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?
|The cost for this 12 day opportunity to build in Fiji is approximately
$2,110 + round-trip airfare to Nadi + approx $330 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 Fiji and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Nadi, Fiji. 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: Todd Payne
Hi my name is Todd Payne and I am a Quality Control Tech, with a large paper company. My main passions are photography, hiking, travel and homebrewing!! I am very excited to be building is such a great place as Fiji!! I have been participating with GV builds since 2009. I have been a team member on builds in Romania and Kenya, and I have led builds to El Salvador, Malaysia, Madagascar, Macedonia, Trinidad & Tobago, Portugal and in 2017, Nepal. I have fallen in love with the idea that I get to see the world, meet many fascinating families, and experience their cultures, as well as giving them a helping hand along the way. The experience really makes my life worth living and I am glad I get to share it with so many great teammates and maybe this time you!!
Please contact me at: email@example.com to learn more about or apply for this trip.