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March 24 - April 2, 2018
A trip with a purpose! A Global Village trip abroad is an experience that is rewarding and life-changing, allowing you to roll up your sleeves and make a difference. Come celebrate Easter and experience the natural beauty, culture and history of Portugal while helping a family have access to a decent and safe place to live.
Why should I go to Portugal?
Housing is a major concern in Portugal. Families, who often live in dilapidated homes in rural areas or shacks in the big cities. Successive governments have liberalized key areas of the economy over the past 20 years after decades of military dictatorship, but economic growth has been slowing, especially after the 2008 crisis. Many people were left without jobs or savings to improve housing conditions.
At the same time, the need for housing is growing, especially in urban areas. The state cannot support the development of new social housing units. Portugal is made up of a rich diversity of people and has been a destination for emigrants, mainly from former African colonies and Brazil.
Tell me about Habitat for Humanity Portugal
A group of volunteers concerned about poverty and housing in Braga, which is located in northern Portugal, started a Habitat affiliate there in 1996. Two groups of international and local volunteers helped build Portugal’s first Habitat house in the town of Vieira do Minho in 1999. In 2002, Habitat expanded its activities to renovating existing homes of low-income families. Habitat in Braga partners with local municipalities to build and rehabilitate homes for people living on small incomes.
Habitat for Humanity in Portugal helps low-income families by building new homes on family-owned land and by renovating houses in the municipalities of Braga and Amarante. Homes are made of traditional local materials: bricks, red roof tiles, shutters on the windows, and ceramic tiles inside. Recently, the Habitat Portugal has been looking for local opportunities to raise funds to build more simple and decent homes.
The Habitat affiliate in Portugal is a lively example of an effective volunteering program. It attracts the enthusiasm of more than 300 volunteers a year. At the same time, local volunteers are showing their commitment to improving their communities by working in partnership with construction sites.
What will my week look like?
- Saturday, March 24 – Arrival Day & Welcome
- Sunday, March 25 – R&R Day – Explore Porto by Tuk Tuk
- Monday, March 26 – Build Day
- Tuesday, March 27 – Build Day
- Wednesday, March 28 – Build Day
- Thursday, March 29 – Build Day
- Friday, March 30 – R&R Day – Explore Aveiro & Bom Jesus
- Saturday, March 31 – Build Day
- Sunday, April 1 – Cultural Day – Braga Easter Celebrations
- Monday, April 2 – Departure Day
(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 or triple 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 10 day opportunity to build in Braga is approximately
$2,070 + round-trip airfare + $280 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 Portugal and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Porto, Portugal. 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: Doug Amirault
My first experience with Habitat for Humanity was a little over 7 years ago as a volunteer to El Salvador. The experience of being immersed in the local culture, making new friends and helping a family in need was life changing for me and inspired me to become a team leader. I guess you can say that I caught the “Habatitis Bug”.
My first trip as a team leader was in 2013 to Portugal. The people, the culture and the beauty of the country were motivation enough for me to return with a team to Portugal yearly to celebrate the Holy Week of Easter, which is such a rewarding cultural experience.
I have also had an opportunity to build in Whitehorse. The chance to help build a home for a family in need and experience Northern Canada while learning about our First Nations people was truly amazing.
This past August I returned to The Big Island of Hawaii with a team for the second time within a year. When talking about Hawaii, one thinks of lush rain forest, beautiful beaches and big resorts. This is true, but no different than the current housing crisis in big cities like Toronto and Vancouver. I hope to return next year to help continue the important work that Habitat is doing on the Island.
Later this year, I will be leading a trip to Chile. I am looking forward to experiencing a new culture and helping renovate homes so that sick children can return home from hospital to be with their families.
A little about me: I am originally from a small Acadian fishing village on the south shore of Nova Scotia called Pubnico. After six years in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I now live in Toronto, Ontario.
I work for one of the world’s largest hotel chains were I oversee new hotel openings and renovations across Canada. As you can imagine, I travel a fair bit, and love it!
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now.
I am looking forward to having you on-board!