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September 29 - October 8, 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 simple sophistication.
Come and join us on this incredible 10-day adventure and help bring hope to a deserving Armenian family. Working alongside this family to improve their living conditions will give them real hope. 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.
Habitat for Humanity Armenia
During the Soviet era, the state took care of building maintenance. In less than 24 years, Armenia has privatized 96% of its housing. With home ownership came the responsibility of upgrading and maintaining their homes. This was something for which they were not prepared.
Today, a significant part of housing in Armenia is in deplorable condition. The main problems include insufficient energy insulation, poor condition of gas, water and sewage systems and unhygienic conditions in bathrooms and kitchens. Insufficient window insulation is a major problem in all regions.
Since 2000, through the work of Habitat for Humanity Armenia, nearly 6,000 low income families have found new hope in the form of affordable housing. 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. To learn more, click here or here.
What will my week look like?
- Saturday, September 29 – Arrival in Yerevan
- Sunday, September 30 – Cultural Day and travel to affiliate
- Monday, October 1-Friday, October 5 – Build days
- Saturday, October 6 – Cultural Day
- Sunday, October 7 – R&R
- Monday, October 8 – 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 10 day opportunity to build in Armenia is approximately
$2,460 + round-trip airfare + $300 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 Leaders: Barb & Dave Bjarneson
Barb Bjarneson: I’m very excited to be leading a team to Armenia. This is my 28th GV build and 18th as a team leader. It is quite obvious that we are hooked and believe you will be too. I can’t wait to meet our team in historic Armenia.
Dave Bjarneson: We have volunteered with Habitat since 1997 & have visited many incredible places through the GV program. The rewards of these trips are found in personal growth, experiencing new cultures and making new friends. I am looking forward to another shared experience during my 24th GV build.
Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!