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Big Build! Dong Thap, Vietnam
November 3-12, 2018
Join hundreds of volunteers from around the world and all walks of life at the Vietnam Big Build!
We would like to invite YOU to be part of a team of 30 Canadian volunteers who will join forces with Habitat for Humanity Vietnam this November 2018 to build 26 homes alongside families in need of safe, affordable and decent housing.
Habitat for Humanity Canada builds homes locally and globally. As part of our international work, Habitat Canada is supporting Habitat Vietnam’s Big Build with not just volunteers, but also funding through our Global Neighbours program, which is supported by local Habitat for Humanity organizations across Canada. We’re committed to sustainable solutions. That’s why it’s important to us that these homes will not only include access to safe water and sanitation facilities, but Habitat Vietnam will also be providing home construction and maintenance training to these 26 families and continuing their work raising awareness in the community about the need for sanitation and safe housing.
Tell me about Habitat for Humanity Vietnam
Since 2001, Habitat for Humanity Vietnam has empowered almost 14,000 Vietnamese families to improve their living conditions through decent homes, clean water and safe sanitation. Habitat Vietnam has also provided training in areas such as natural disaster preparation, financial education, and hygiene practices to more than 100,000 individuals. Habitat for Humanity has been working with families in Dong Thap to build a better life for themselves since 2011. Although progress has been made, the population of more than 1.6 million is constantly exposed to annual flooding. Such natural disasters make these agriculture-dependent families, who earn less than $100 USD a month,at risk of falling back into poverty.
Check out this video from the 2016, Big Build!
What will my week look like?
|Sat. Nov. 3||Arrive in Ho Chi Minh (Tan Son Nhat International Airport)|
|Sun. Nov. 4||Travel to Dong Thap by bus, welcome dinner|
|Mon. Nov. 5||Build day|
|Tues. Nov. 6||Build day|
|Wed. Nov. 7||Build day|
|Thurs. Nov. 8||Build day|
|Fri. Nov. 9||Final build day and home dedication celebration|
|Sat. Nov. 10||Travel back to Ho Chi Minh|
|Sun. Nov. 11||R&R/ Farewell Dinner|
|Mon. Nov. 12||Depart for home or other travel|
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 and clean Habitat Vietnam-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. The health and safety of the team is always top priority.
What will it cost?
|The cost for this 10 day opportunity to build in the Vietnam Big Build will cost:
$2,950 + round-trip airfare + approx $200 USD 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 Vietnam. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. 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: Janet Joy Wilson
Hello! My name is Janet Joy Wilson and I’ve called Toronto my home for too long to count but at heart I’m a country girl as I grew up on a farm in southern Ontario.
I participated in my first Habitat for Humanity build in December 2016 in Guatemala. It was an extraordinary experience! Next came Vietnam in 2017. We built in the central area with a rice paddy in their front yard. I continued exploring on bicycle in the Mekong Delta and in Hoi An. I LOVED the people, the food and the scenery … I can’t wait to return and be a Big Build Team Leader!
If you’ve participated in a Habitat trip then you know how transformative an experience it is. If the Vietnam Big Build will be your first – wow – you’ve chosen the right one! I can’t wait for us to have this incredible experience in an extraordinary country.
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 online application!