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Courtenay, British Columbia
July 15 - 22, 2018
Looking for a different trip experience? Help a Canadian family realize their dream of home ownership while sharing in the spirit of friendship. Calling on all wanderlusters with caring hearts to join a Habitat for Humanity build in Courtenay. No building experience is necessary – just a positive attitude, a willingness to work hard and a sense of humour!
Why should I go to Courtenay?
Situated on the east coast of central Vancouver Island, within the traditional lands of the K’omoks First Nation, Courtenay is a culturally diverse community of 24,000. Natural beauty and community amenities offer a welcoming lifestyle that gives residents, businesses and visitors room to grow and space to breathe. Beaches, rivers and lakes, hiking, cycling, golfing and wildlife watching, the area is known for its year round recreation opportunities. Here you will find a distinctive community with a rich history, vibrant culture and magnificent natural beauty.
Tell me about Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North
Founded in 2004, Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North Society is based out of the Comox Valley, serving Northern Vancouver Island from Bowser to Port Hardy.
So far, they have built 12 affordable housing units in the Comox Valley and eight in Campbell River. Habitat for Humanity, Vancouver Island North is now entering the most ambitious period in their13-year history. The recent purchase of two large parcels of land, will enable them to build eight more homes in Campbell River and 10 in Courtenay.
For more information about HFH Vancouver Island north please visit www.habitatnorthisland.com.
What will my week look like?
- Sunday, July 15 – Arrive in Courtenay
- Monday, July 16 – Comox Valley Tour
- Tuesday, July 17-Saturday, July 21 – Build days
- Sunday, July 22 – 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?
Our accommodations will be a simple, clean hotel with two people sharing a room. Breakfast will be taken at the hotel, lunch at the build site, and dinner at local restaurants. Snacks and water will be supplied at the worksite.
What will it cost?
|The cost for this 8 day opportunity to build in Courtenay is approximately
$1,680 + round-trip airfare
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 Vancouver Island North and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Comox, British Columbia. 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.
Meet the Team Leader: Tessy Sagan
Hi, my name is Tessy Sagan and I live in Whitby, just east of Toronto. My love of travel and exploration has led me to many places and adventures, including living in South America for two years. I participated in my first build to Hungary in 2007 and since then I have been fortunate to lead builds to Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Portugal and PEI. Each experience has been unique and rewarding, combining the opportunity to travel to a new place and experience the culture, while being able to make a difference in the lives of others.
I am thrilled to be building in Courtenay and I look forward to another great experience with other adventurous spirits.
If you have any questions about the trip, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, you can apply now by using our on-line application.