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June 3 - 15, 2018
This beautiful nation of just over 3 million people and home to Mount Ararat has a rich heritage laced with art and mind-blowing architecture. Among the earliest Christian civilizations, Armenia is place that leaves you intrigued by its history, amazed by its monuments and charmed by its simplicity.
Come and join us on this incredible 12 day adventure and let’s bring hope to a deserving Armenian family by working alongside them to improve their living conditions and, in the process, give them real hope for the future. Whatever our tasks, the end result will be the same… a wonderful family will have a decent place to call home and they will feel empowered to continue working hard for a better future.
In less than 24 years, Armenia has privatized 96% of its housing stock—one of the fastest transformations in the world. Unfortunately, it has also caused many of the city’s current housing problems.
During the Soviet era, the state took care of building maintenance. With independence, that was transferred to the new generation of homeowners. It was a shock. When they got the right to own their own home, they also took on the task of upgrading and maintaining them. It was something they weren’t prepared for.
Today, a significant part of the housing stock in Armenia is in deplorable condition; there are no adequate maintenance and management systems in place. The main problems include insufficient energy insulation, poor condition of the gas, water and sewerage systems and unhygienic conditions of bathrooms and kitchens. Insufficient window insulation is a major problem in all regions. Many families do not have access to drinking water. In certain regions, low-income families still heat their houses with wood because they have no heating system with natural gas. This, in turn, adversely affects the environment.
In Armenia, almost half of the population lives in apartment buildings (around 19,000 buildings and 435,350 apartments). The vast majority of the housing continues to deteriorate.
Habitat for Humanity Armenia
Habitat for Humanity Armenia is the national office of Habitat for Humanity International founded on the conviction that everyone should have a decent place to live. Since 2000, through the work of Habitat for Humanity Armenia, nearly 5,200 low-income families have found new hope in the form of affordable housing. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit www.habitat.am.
Typically, Habitat Armenia works with low-income families to build, renovate or improve homes that are paid for over time by affordable mortgages or loans. More recently Habitat for Humanity Armenia has increased their stake in affordable housing by helping to institutionalize energy efficiency in the country. By partnering with financial institutions, local municipalities, as well as international organizations, home owner associations and tenants of residential buildings, Habitat Armenia initiates substantial sustainable energy projects in residential sector.
Some examples of Habitat projects in Armenia include: housing microfinance, solar energy, residential buildings' renovation and energy upgrade, as well as homeowner association capacity building.
What will my week look like?
- Sunday, June 3 – Arrival in Yerevan; orientation and Welcome dinner
- Monday, June 4-Tuesday, June 5 – Build days
- Wednesday, June 6 – 1/2 build day, free afternoon
- Thursday, June 7-Friday, June 8 – Build days
- Saturday, June 9 – Cultural day
- Sunday, June 10 – R&R
- Monday, June 11-Wednesday, June 13 – Build days
- Thursday, June 14 – 1/2 build day, Farewell dinner
- Friday, June 15 – 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 lodging will be at one of the local hotels (with double 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 13 day opportunity to build in Armenia is approximately
$2,590 + round-trip airfare + $400 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 Armenia and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Yerevan, Armenia. 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: Johanna Fernandez
Hello everybody, my name is Johanna Fernandez and I’m thrilled to be sharing this incredible experience with you. My first trip with HFHC was in 2008 and I haven’t looked back since. I’ve participated in eight Global Village trips as a volunteer and I have led many more to different parts of our beautiful world.
Travelling with Habitat for Humanity, either as a volunteer or as a team leader, has given me the opportunity to interact with many wonderful Habitat families in countries like Tajikistan, Fiji, Macedonia, Romania, Bolivia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Ethiopia, and many others. As well, I’ve been fortunate enough to do two builds in our beautiful country, one in Prince Edward Island and another in Iqaluit! I’m hoping to be part of this incredible program for a long time.
If you’ve done a Habitat trip previously, then you know what an amazing experience it is. And if you haven’t yet, and this trip will be your first experience with Habitat, then be ready to experience one of the most rewarding trips you’ll ever make.
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!
I'm looking forward to sharing this incredible experience with you!