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December 1-12, 2018
Build a home for a deserving family in Fiji!
HFH volunteers build more than just houses. They build family homes, hopes, skills and friendships. Come and join our HFH building adventure in the beautiful South Pacific paradise of Fiji.
Why should I go to Fiji?
Fiji is an archipelago of lush tropical islands in the South Pacific between Hawaii and Australia. It is famous for its beautiful blue-lagoons, extensive coral reefs, sun-drenched beaches and tropical rainforests. Fiji’s human history is as rich as its landscape with a diverse mixture of heritages that preserve a variety of traditional cultures and crafts including fire walking, fish driving, turtle calling, tapa beating and pottery making. Unfortunately, poverty and inequality remain a problem in Fiji despite the success of several strong industries in the country, including tourism. High poverty perseveres in the Fijian population and approximately 140,000 people live in substandard housing. Substandard houses are also more vulnerable to natural disasters and the islands of Fiji are located in a cyclone zone. Two disastrous cyclones occurred as recently as 2015 and 2016.
Tell me about Habitat for Humanity Fiji
Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Fiji will be our hosts in December. Their busy organization began in 1991 and has since been able to help over 69,5000 people build ‘homes and hopes’ in collaboration with governmental, bilateral and non-profit organizations and international volunteers. HFH-Fiji helped over 7,000 families impacted by the 2016 Cyclone Winston through distribution of emergency shelter kits. In cyclone recovery phase, HFH-Fiji programs also include community training for water, sanitation and hygiene, cyclone retrofitting for homes, repairs and construction.
Our team will be building a new house. HFH-Fiji homes are typically built using locally supplied timber and concrete with a metal roof which survive tropical rainstorms better than traditional bamboo, woven mat and dirt homes.
You can learn more about HFH-Fiji on their home page: http://www.habitatfiji.org.fj/
What will my week look like?
|Sat. Dec. 1||Arrive in Nadi Fiji|
|Sun. Dec. 2||Orientation and Welcome Ceremony|
|Mon. Dec. 3||Build|
|Tues. Dec. 4||Build|
|Wed. Dec. 5||Build|
|Thurs. Dec. 6||Build|
|Fri. Dec. 7||Build|
|Sat.-Sun. Dec 8-9||R&R, Cultural Activities to be determined|
|Mon. Dec. 10||Build|
|Tues. Dec. 11||Build and farewell celebration with families|
|Wed. Dec.12||Depart for home|
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, clean HFH Fiji-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. Health and safety of the team is always top priority
What will it cost?
|The cost for this 12 day opportunity to build in Fiji is approximately
$2,000 + round-trip airfare to Nadi + approx $400 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 Fiji and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Nadi, Fiji. 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: Bob Dickeson and Joan Cossentine
Bula! We experienced our first Global Village HFH build with our then 14-year-old daughter in 2008 and have thoroughly enjoyed 11 (Joan) and 13 (Bob) international builds since; 7 of them as team leaders. Our family vacationed in Fiji in 2002 and found it to be an amazingly beautiful country with extremely friendly people. We are excited to be able to return to Fiji with an HFH team to build a home. HFH builds are terrific opportunities to help others while personally growing and working with great teams. Please consider joining us for what we expect will be a terrific build. No construction experience is necessary. If you are looking for an adventure, would like to make a positive change in someone’s life, and definitely don’t mind getting dirty you will have an amazing experience. 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!