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Tauranga, New Zealand
March 3 - 15, 2018
If you want to make a positive difference in the lives of others combined with travel and experiencing another culture, this trip to New Zealand will be a perfect fit for you. Join a group of like-minded people from different parts of Canada in giving a New Zealand family a “hand up” by helping improve their housing situation. Construction experience is not necessary to join the trip – just a positive attitude, willingness to work hard and a sense of humour.
Why should I go to New Zealand?
Located in the South Pacific southeast of Australia, the mountainous country of New Zealand has a population of about 4.5 million and covers an area about half the size of the Yukon.
New Zealand has a mix of major cultural groups – people of European descent and Maori, with the latter being the minority. Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand about 1000 years ago, but the islands were not really colonized until the early 1800’s after the door was opened to European settlement. Maori chieftains entered into a treaty with Britain in 1840 in which sovereignty was relinquished with the Maori retaining territorial rights. In 1907, New Zealand became an independent dominion within the British Commonwealth.
This Global Village build will be in Tauranga on the North Island. Settled by the Maori in the 13th century, Tauranga has a population of about 125,000.
Tell me about Habitat for Humanity New Zealand
Since 1993, HFH New Zealand has been building basic, affordable and decent housing and now has 11 affiliates in throughout the country. A typical HFH house in New Zealand is a stand-alone structure comprised of three or more bedrooms with a 95-125 sq. metre floor area. Houses are timber framed with a plasterboard internal lining, treated timber foundation piles, fibrous cement cladding and metal roofing. The average build time is three to six months.
What will my week look like?
|Sat. Mar. 3||Team arrives in Auckland. Stay overnight.|
|Sun. Mar. 4||Travel to Tauranga Orientation and Welcome Dinner|
|Mon. Mar. 5||Build|
|Tues. Mar. 6||Build|
|Wed. Mar. 7||Build|
|Thurs. Mar. 8||Build|
|Fri. Mar. 9||Build|
|Sat/Sun. Mar. 10 - 11||R&R, Cultural Activities in Rotorua area|
|Mon. Mar. 12||Build|
|Tues. Mar. 13||Build|
|Wed. Mar. 14||Build and Farewell|
|Thurs. Mar. 15||Depart|
This itinerary may change as details for the trip are finalised.
Where will I stay? What will I eat?
Our lodging will be in a basic, safe and clean hotel with two or more people sharing rooms. Breakfast will be taken at the hotel, lunch at the worksite and dinner at local restaurants. Snacks and bottled water will be provided at the worksite. Our R&R activities will be centred in areas near Rotorua and Tauranga.
What will it cost?
|The cost for this 13 day opportunity to build in New Zealand is approximately
$2,740 + round-trip airfare + approx $350 for R&R*
The trip cost includes: lodging, food, ground transportation, traveller’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to HFH New Zealnd and the Global Village program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for air transportation from their point of departure to New Zealand. This arrangement should be done in consultation with the team leader.
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.
*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.
Meet the Team Leader: Alan Dickinson
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. And India twice. 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.
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 email@example.com, or apply now using our on-line application!