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Open Team
Veles, Macedonia

September 20 to 29, 2014

If you like adventure travel with a purpose, then this trip is for you! On this September Build in Macedonia, you will be immersed in a new culture in a very unique way, working to help provide a hand up to hardworking families in need.

You will meet like-minded individuals, work alongside local Macedonian people and make memories to last long after your return home. Absolutely no construction experience is necessary, just an open mind, positive attitude and willingness to learn.

About Macedonia
Mountainous Macedonia still has an air of mystery to it. Simultaneously ancient and brand new, it’s struggling to find its place in the post-communist world. Black-clad Orthodox monks are just as visible as the hordes of teenagers, bedecked in the latest Italian fashions, sipping coffee in the stylish bars of the capital.

With an extensive and beautiful landscape, Macedonia provides ample opportunities for any outdoor enthusiast. There are stunning parks, unforgettable alpine views and ancient ruins that will fascinate those with an interest in history. Add to all of this some incredible monasteries, and you have a combination to captivate anyone’s interest!  The hospitality of the people in this most southern Slavic nation will make your visit truly memorable. The food and wines are rich, the culture varied and the people are warm, friendly and welcoming.

Located in the heart of the country, Veles is known as a city of poetry, culture and history, with many beautiful churches and traditional architecture dating back many centuries. Veles is an industrial town with factories that produce porcelain, silk and lead.

Housing Need

According to World Bank survey, 11 percent of households in Macedonia are not connected to the water network, 36 percent are not attached to the sewage network, 12 percent are without a kitchen and 15 percent are without a toilet. Although substandard quality dwellings have been officially estimated at 12 percent of the dwelling stock in Macedonia, it is estimated that the number of families living in substandard conditions is much higher. Living conditions in rural areas are especially bad. The primary need is access to water and proper sewage systems.

Housing conditions are particularly grave for Roma households. About 320,000 people, almost 15 percent of Macedonia’s population, live in illegally constructed buildings. The capital city, Skopje, has the largest Roma community in Europe. It hosts squatter settlements of about 120,000, creating a ghetto-like environment.

About Habitat for Humanity Macedonia

Habitat for Humanity Macedonia began work in 2003. From the outset, it piloted several projects. The Home Improvement Fund was named among the three most innovative development projects worldwide by the Global Development Network, a World Bank-affiliated institution. At the same time, the Water Supply and Sanitation project, executed in partnership with local authorities, served almost 100 families in less than two months.


  • Saturday, September 20:  Arrive in Skopje, Dinner, Overnight Skopje
  • Sunday, September 21:  Transport to Veles, Orientation, Welcome dinner, Overnight Veles
  • Monday, September 22 – Thursday, September 25:  Build Days in Veles
  • Friday, September 26:  ˝ Day Build, Farewell celebrations, Overnight Veles
  • Saturday, September 27 – Sunday, September 28:  R&R excursions to sites near Veles, Overnight Veles
  • Monday, September 29 –  Return to Skopje, Depart for home   

We will be housed in a modest hotel with shared accommodation. Breakfast will be served at the hotel and we will prepare our lunch at the project site. Dinner will be eaten at local restaurants.


This trip to Macedonia will cost approximately $1790(CAD) + round-trip airfare + $250(USD) for R&R*.  

The trip cost includes:  lodging, food, ground transportation, traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to HFH Macedonia and the Global Village program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for air transportation from their point of departure to Skopje, Macedonia. This arrangement should be done in consultation with the team leader.

*Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the trip cost and the airfare – this 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.

Team Leader

My name is Mel Earley. I live Halifax, Nova Scotia and I will be your Team Leader. I retired in 2009 after a long career in Marine Insurance, during which I travelled widely. This will be my ninth Global Village build - my sixth as a team leader.

I will guide you with travel arrangements, packing lists, visas, vaccinations, health, safety and a whole host of other matters as we plan this trip together.

I am looking forward to the sharing and fun and joy that are all part of a GV team as we make a difference in the lives of families and communities in Macedonia

Please contact me at:  melearley@gmail.com   for more information or apply now using our on-line application and I will contact you.

Come join our team to Macedonia and make a difference!!

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