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April 21- 29, 2018
Are you looking for a chance to make a difference in the life of a deserving family and at the same time enrich your own? Do you have a desire to help the less fortunate with a willingness to pull up your sleeves and open your heart?
Mountainous Macedonia still has an air of mystery to it. Simultaneously ancient and brand new, it’s struggling to find its place in the post-communist world. Black-clad Orthodox monks are just as prevalent as the hordes of teenagers, bedecked in the latest Italian fashions, sipping coffee in the stylish bars of the capital.
The extensive wilderness of Macedonia provides ample opportunities for any outdoor enthusiast. There are stunning parks, unforgettable alpine views and ancient ruins that will fascinate anyone with even a smidgen of interest in history. These, along with along with amazing monasteries combine to offer a mix that will peak anyone’s interest!!
Apart from Macedonia’s spectacular peaks, lakes and rivers, it’s the hospitality of the people in this most southern Slavic nation that will make your visit truly memorable. The wines are rich, the history steeped, and the culture varied.
Located in the heart of the country, Veles is known as a city of poetry, culture and history, with many beautiful churches and traditional architecture dating back many centuries. Veles is an industrial town with factories that produce porcelain, silk and lead.
According to World Bank survey, 11 percent of households in Macedonia are not connected to the water network, 36 percent are not attached to the sewage network, 12 percent are without a kitchen and 15 percent are without a toilet. Although substandard quality dwellings have been officially estimated at 12 percent of the dwelling stock in Macedonia, it is estimated that the number of families living in substandard conditions is much higher. Living conditions in rural areas are especially bad. The primary need is access to water and proper sewage systems.
Housing conditions are particularly grave for Roma households. About 320,000 people, almost 15 percent of Macedonia’s population, live in illegally constructed buildings. The capital city, Skopje, has the largest Roma community in Europe. It hosts squatter settlements of about 120,000, creating a ghetto-like environment.
Habitat for Humanity Macedonia
Habitat for Humanity Macedonia began work in 2003. From the outset, it piloted several projects. The Home Improvement Fund was named among the three most innovative development projects worldwide by the Global Development Network, a World Bank-affiliated institution. At the same time, the Water Supply and Sanitation project, executed in partnership with local authorities, served almost 100 families in less than two months.
What will my week look like?
- Friday, April 20 – Depart for Skopje
- Saturday, April 21 – Arrive in Skopje
- Sunday, April 22 – Cultural Day; Travel to Veles; Welcome dinner
- Monday, April 23-Thursday, April 26 – Build days
- Friday, April 27 – Final build day, Farewell dinner
- Saturday, April 28 – Return to Skopje for R&R activities
- Sunday, April 29 – Depart for home or extended travel
(Please note that the above itinerary may be subject to changes)
Where will I stay? What will I eat?
We will be housed in a modest hotel with shared accommodation. Breakfast will be served at the hotel and lunches will be provided on the build-site. Dinner will be eaten at local restaurants.
What will it cost?
|The cost for this 9 day opportunity to build in Macedonia is approximately
$1,910 + round-trip airfare + 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 Macedonia and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Skopje, Macedonia. 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: Sally Sipos
Hi, my name is Sally Sipos and I am thrilled to be leading this team to Macedonia. This will be my 13th Global Village trip and my seventh as a Team Leader. I’ve had the pleasure of doing Global Village builds in Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Portugal, Trinidad, Indonesia and now Macedonia.
My first Global Village trip was a life-changing experience for me, which is why I continue to share my time and resources year after year to this most worthy cause. I am looking for a team of energetic, passionate, positive, good-humoured volunteers who share the same desire to help families achieve the safety and dignity gained by owning a decent home.
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!
Looking forward to sharing a wonderfully rewarding experience with you!