Check out the trip schedule below to see where you can go to help build a home. Click the country name for detailed information, including itinerary and trip costs.
November 3-14, 2018
Are you looking to travel to unique places with a purpose and make a positive difference in the lives of others and yourself? To experience the culture of a country dramatically different from Canada while helping families in need of a simple, decent and affordable home? Do you have an adventurous spirit? Are you positive, open-minded, with a flexible attitude a willingness to learn? Do you have a sense of humour and the ability to work hard as part of a team? (Do not worry about building skills or experience…not required!)
If your answers are all “Yes!!”, then please join our Global Village adventure to Pondicherry, India where you will work alongside locals and a group of like-minded people who have the same commitment to help make a difference in a family’s life.
Why should I go to Pondicherry?
It is estimated that more than 73 million families in India do not have access to decent shelter. Habitat for Humanity India works with low-income families to build new homes and incremental housing as well as to repair and rehabilitate houses. In line with the Government of India’s vision to ensure “Housing for All”, Habitat India believes that every person has the right to safe and adequate shelter.
Tell me about Habitat for Humanity India
Habitat for Humanity began operations in, in 1983. Among the largest Habitat programs in the Asia-Pacific region, Habitat India has helped more than 195,000 families gain access to decent shelter as well as rebuilt their homes and lives in the aftermath of disasters. By 2019, Habitat India plans to reach out to 500,000 low-income families with improved housing solutions, safe sanitation and clean water as well as post-disaster reconstruction.
What will my week look like?
|Sat. Nov. 3||Arrive in Chennai, stay overnight|
|Sun. Nov. 4||Travel to Pondicherr, welcome orientation|
|Mon. 5 - Fri. 9||Build|
|Sat. 10 - Sun. 11||R&R|
|Mon. Nov. 12||Build and dedication ceremony|
|Tues. Nov. 13||Travel to Mamallapuram|
|Wed. Nov. 14||Depart for home|
This itinerary may change as details for the trip are finalised.
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 12 day opportunity to build in Pondicherry, India is approximately
$2,290 + round-trip airfare + approximately $350 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 Habitat India and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Chennai, India. 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: Steve Boyd
Hi there! I am Steve Boyd and will be co-leading this build with my partner Laura Gibson. We live in beautiful Vancouver BC. I am a picture framer and Laura works as an illustrator with the Vancouver Farmers Market Association. We have two dogs a ton of nieces and nephews. And Habitat for Humanity is our passion.
We have been taking part in Habitat builds since 2008. We have been on 15 trips and lead 13 of those teams to El Salvador, Bolivia, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago and most recently India.
We are looking for teammates who are: motivated to make a difference, very hard-working (we want to get as much building done as we possibly can), flexible and easy-going (very important), want to travel outside the box, have a sense of humour (VERY important on these trips;), like to say ‘yes’ to whatever comes our way!
Did we mention sense of humour? You may be working in the heat, sometimes in tough conditions, and often things do not go the way you had planned. A sense of humour goes a loooong way!
If you want to travel with purpose, make a difference, try new things, make new friends and laugh at lot while doing it… then we are the team leaders for you!
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!