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April 7 - 18, 2018
Build a home for a deserving family in Fiji!
Why should I go to Fiji?
Fiji is a mountainous island nation located south of the equator in the South Pacific Ocean. Fiji is known for its lush tropical rainforests, coconut plantations, beautiful white sandy beaches, and majestic coral reefs. With a total population of less than one million, only about 100 of its 332 islands are inhabited. Nadi, located on the island of Viti Levu, is one of the largest towns in Fiji. It is the country's main transportation hub, and is known for its cultural diversity.
The housing need in Fiji
An estimated 140,000 people currently live in substandard housing conditions in informal settlements, and the number has increased by 5 percent from 2007 to 2012. Poverty and inequality continue to be a challenge. According to official statistics, 31 percent of the population lives in poverty. The rising cost of living and disasters such as 2016’s Cyclone Winston increased the poor’s vulnerability. The poorest households also lack piped water, adequate sanitation, electricity and garbage disposal.
Tell me about Habitat for Humanity Fiji
Approximately 31% of Fijians live below the poverty line. HFH Fiji was founded in 1991. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a path out of poverty, HFH Fiji has assisted more than 28,600 people in Fiji and the Pacific. As of 2015, HFH Fiji has helped over 3,400 families through disaster relief response, improved the water and sanitation facilities in more than 47 communities with 1,400 families, and has built over 900 new homes. HFH Fiji homes are constructed with concrete blocks or timber, replacing traditional bamboo, woven mat, and dirt floor homes which do not withstand the rainy season.
What will my week look like?
|Sat. April 07||Arrive in Nadi Fiji|
|Sun. April 08||Orientation and Welcome Ceremony|
|Mon. April 09||Build|
|Tues. April 10||Build|
|Wed. April 11||Build|
|Thurs. April 12||Build|
|Fri. April 13||Build|
|Sat.-Sun. April 14-15||R&R, Cultural Activities to be determined|
|Mon. April 16||Build Day|
|Tues. April 17||Build and Farewell Celebration with Families|
|Wed. April 18||Depart for home|
This itinerary may change as details for the trip are finalised.
Where will I stay? What will I eat?
The team will stay in shared rooms in a modest, secure, clean HFH Fiji-approved hotel near the build site. Meals will be in approved restaurants or prepared by Habitat-authorized local community members. Clean drinking water will be provided at all times. Health and safety of the team is always top priority
What will it cost?
|The cost for this 12 day opportunity to build in Fiji is approximately
$2,070 + round-trip airfare to Nadi + approx $450 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 Fiji and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Nadi, Fiji. 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: Eloi Duguay
Hi my name is Eloi Duguay and I will be your team leader on this incredible adventure. This will be my eighth trip with HFH and the seventh as a team leader. Previous trips included: Cambodia, Thailand x2, Botswana, Guatemala, Nepal, Vietnam I have also travelled extensively all over the world during my business career and have led various missions into different continents or counties: Africa, Vietnam, China, South America and India.
I am looking forward to bringing together a diverse group of energetic, flexible and adventurous individuals who share a willingness to make a difference in the lives of others. No previous construction skill or experience is required... There will be a place on the team for all experience levels.
Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!.