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For more information, contact Global Village at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (800) 667-5137
February 3 - 14, 2018
Would you like to embrace a new culture in a really unique part of the world and make a huge difference in the life of a local family? Are you ready to sweat and smile through manual construction and work as part of a team? Are you flexible and adaptable to the inevitable hiccups along the way? Then this is the trip for you! People of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to join our diverse team.
You do NOT need construction experience. Just a willingness to pitch in and help in whatever way you can and a great sense of adventure!
Why should I go to India?
India is the seventh largest country in the world with an area of 32,872,643 sq. kms and accounts for 17.6% of the worlds population. The Himalayas in the North, Indian Ocean in the South, Arabian Sea in the West and Bay of Bengal in the East surround it. The diversity of India's climate and topography is reflected in its rich flora & fauna. India has a rich variety of vegetation that no other country in this world can boast of.
India faces a housing shortage of nearly 74 million housing units. The majority of the housing shortfall is in the rural areas. One in every five rural dwellers lives in a kutcha home (a structure made of mud, thatch, grass or other non-lasting natural materials). In urban areas, the poor can be found living under bridges, on pavements, train tracks, highways and canals as well as in crowded slums.
Proper shelter, however, provides a transformative foundation on which families can begin to look beyond the poverty barriers that hold them back. Habitat for Humanity has seen the positive impact safe, solid shelter can have on children and their parents. With proper flooring and ventilation, with access to clean water and improved sanitation, low income children play and sleep in a cleaner, healthier environment.
We know that decent shelter alone will not solve every problem poverty imposes, but it does provide a foundation on which families can overcome some of the health risks associated with substandard housing.
Tell me about Habitat for Humanity India
Habitat for Humanity India is a non-profit organization that builds homes and provides housing-related services to low-income, marginalized families across India. Habitat India began operations in 1983 and is today one of Habitat for Humanity International’s largest programs in the Asia pacific region. HFH India works in partnership with local, grassroots, non-governmental organizations, and micro finance institutions throughout India to provide decent housing and sanitation solutions.
To date, HFH India has served over 3.7 lakh individuals helping over 76,392 families across 18 states in India with housing and sanitation solutions. They have also reached out to and impacted another 90,085 individuals through disaster response shelter intervention.
What will my week look like?
|Sat. Feb. 3||Arrive in Country|
|Sun. Feb. 4||Travel to affiliate and settle in|
|Mon. Feb. 5 - Fri. Feb. 9||Build Days|
|Sat. Feb. 10||R&R Day|
|Sun. Feb. 11||R&R Day|
|Mon. Feb. 12||Build Day|
|Tues. Feb. 13||Build Day, farewell ceremony|
|Wed. Feb. 14||Departure|
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?
This 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 New Delhi India 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 Leaders: Laura Gibson and Steve Boyd
Hi there! We are Laura Gibson and Steve Boyd and we live in beautiful Vancouver Canada. We took our first trip with Habitat for Humanity in 2008, and have been hooked ever since! This will be our 13th build with Habitat, our 10th trip as team leaders!
We love the idea of building a shelter for families, a basic human need that we tend to take for granted. We are looking for a team of energetic, passionate, positive, easy-going, flexible and good-humored volunteers who share the same desire to help families achieve the safety and dignity gained by owning a decent home.
If you share our desire to make a difference in the world by traveling with a purpose, don’t mind getting your hands dirty, make new friends, and learn about a new culture while having fun... then this is the trip for you!
Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!