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October 6 - 17, 2018
Here is a chance to help a family build a home and build a future at the same time as changing your life and perspective. This is a trip that has adventure and cultural immersion uniquely coupled with teamwork and volunteerism.
Why should I go to Fiji?
Fiji is a mountainous island located south of the equator in the South Pacific Ocean. This beautiful country is known for its lush tropical forests, coconut plantations, beautiful sandy beaches, majestic coral reefs. Nadi, located on the island of Viti Levu is one of the largest towns in Fiji and the country’s main transportation hub and is known for its cultural diversity. Despite the beauty of this awe inspiring country - The rising cost of living and disasters such as 2016’s Cyclone Winston increased the poor’s vulnerability.
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.
What will my week look like?
|Sat. Oct. 6||Arrive in Nadi, Fiji|
|Sun. Oct.7||Orientation and Welcome Ceremony|
|Mon. Oct. 8||Build|
|Tues. Oct. 9||Build|
|Wed. Oct. 10||Build|
|Thurs. Oct. 11||Build|
|Fri. Oct. 12||Build|
|Sat. Oct. 13||R&R and cultural activities to be determined|
|Sun. Oct. 14||R&R and cultural activities to be determined|
|Mon. Oct. 15||Build Day|
|Tues. Oct. 16||Build and farewell celebration with family|
|Wed. Oct. 17||Departure: 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?
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 Fiji is approximately
$2,210 + round-trip airfare to Nadi + approx $400 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: Mike MacDonald
Hi my name is Michael MacDonald and I will be your team leader on this Fijian experience. I have been involved with HFH since 2010. This will be my sixth trip with Habitat for Humanity and fifth as a team leader. Previous builds include Portugal, El Salvador, Trinidad, Costa Rica, and Honduras. I have also traveled extensively and led a mission to Chile on a community build. Fiji has always been a place to go for me. I can think of nothing better than sharing a build experience here with a group of people that want to make a difference in helping a family in this country. I consider it an honor and I look forward to working with you. No previous construction experience is necessary; there will be a place on the team for all experience levels. If you are flexible, caring, adventurous, don’t mind hard work and getting dirty, and if you are looking forward to meeting some fantastic people, and creating memories for a lifetime then please join this team.
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply on line using our on-line application.