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October 27 - November 7, 2018
Join this 12-day Global Village trip building a home and sustainable opportunities in rural China.
One of the world’s oldest cultures and largest countries, China is unique in their deep familial relationships, religious traditions and rich culture. Partner with Habitat for Humanity China to help bring strength, stability and independence to a family in need of a decent place to live. As you build with the family, you’ll be welcomed into the community. Eat traditional food and meet the neighbors whose community you’re helping to improve. This trip is a unique opportunity to experience life inside the culture. Get your hands dirty on the work site, meet families whose housing situations have been improved with Habitat’s help, experience the country like an insider and do it all alongside a team of like-minded volunteers. No experience is required! This build is your next step with Habitat to make the world a better place.
Why should I go to China?
Established in 2000, Habitat for Humanity China began operating in Yunnan province in 2002 and opened offices in neighboring Guangdong and Guangxi provinces in 2004. Rapid growth and urbanization and economic reforms have been central to China’s poverty reduction in the past few decades. However, inequality has increased and poverty has become concentrated in rural and minority areas, according to the World Bank. Many lack access to affordable housing, shut out by soaring land and house prices, and the inadequate supply of low-cost accommodation.
Tell me about Habitat for Humanity China
HFH China works with local partners and the government in mostly rural areas to build simple, decent homes with the help of international volunteers. Low-income families often lack adequate access to clean water and safe sanitation. Habitat homes are typically made of more durable materials such as bricks and include proper sanitation facilities.
What will my week look like?
|Sat. Oct. 27||Mid-day arrival in Guangzhou, welcome dinner|
|Sun. Oct. 28||Travel to work site, safety & welcome orientation|
|Mon. Oct. 29||Build|
|Tues. Oct. 30||Build|
|Thurs. Nov. 1||Build|
|Fri. Nov. 2||Build and cultural afternoon|
|Sat. Nov. 3||Build|
|Sun. Nov. 4||Build and dedication ceremony|
|Mon. Nov. 5||R&R|
|Tues. Nov. 6||R&R|
|Wed. Nov. 7||Depart or onward travels|
This itinerary may change as details for the trip are finalised.
Where will I stay? What will I eat?
Our lodging will be in a basic, safe and clean hotel with two or more people sharing rooms. Breakfast will be taken at the hotel, lunch at the worksite and dinner will be at the hotel or local restaurants.
What will it cost?
|The cost for this 12 day opportunity to build in China is approximately
$1,930 + round-trip airfare + approximately $250 for R&R*
The trip cost includes: lodging, food, ground transportation, traveller’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to HFH Nepal and the Global Village program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for air transportation from their point of departure to Guangzhou, China. Flight arrangements should be done in consultation with the team leader.
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.
*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.
Meet the Team Leader: Barbara Lesage
I have been supporting the Habitat for Humanity organization since 2006 as a team member and a team leader. There is nothing like helping and working alongside partner families to help them realize their dreams of having their own house – a dream that may take many years to come to fruition. Each trip comes with new friends, once-in-a-lifetime memories and an amazing feeling of being able to part of it all. I led a trip to China in 2016 and am thrilled to be returning!
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!