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September 16 - 25, 2018
Do you want to make a difference in someone's life? A difference that will change your life as well as others? Are you a flexible team player who loves to help and have fun at the same time? Are you willing to work, learn new skills, and perhaps uncover talents that you never realized? If so, then please join me and a team of enthusiastic Canadians on this Global Village trip to help serve a family.
Why should I go to Amarante?
Housing is a major concern in Portugal. Families, who often live in dilapidated homes in rural areas or shacks in the big cities. Successive governments have liberalized key areas of the economy over the past 20 years after decades of military dictatorship, but economic growth has been slowing, especially after the 2008 crisis. Many people were left without jobs or saving to improve housing conditions.
At the same time, the need for housing is growing, especially in urban areas. The state cannot support the development of new social housing units. Portugal is made up of a rich diversity of people and has been a destination for emigrants, mainly from former African colonies and Brazil.
Habitat for Humanity Portugal
Habitat for Humanity in Portugal was established in 1996 and helps low-income families by building new homes on family-owned land and by renovating houses in the municipalities of Braga and Amarante. Habitat for Humanity Portugal finished their first project in 1998 and since then have served 73 families in the region.
Homes are made of traditional local materials: bricks, red roof tiles, shutters on the windows, and ceramic tiles inside. Recently, the Habitat Portugal has been looking for local opportunities to raise funds to build more simple and decent homes.
The Habitat affiliate in Portugal is a lively example of an effective volunteering program. It attracts the enthusiasm of more than 300 volunteers a year. At the same time, local volunteers are showing their commitment to improving their communities by working in partnership with construction sites.
What will my week look like?
- Sunday, September 16 – Arrival in Porto; travel to Amarante; Welcome dinner
- Monday, September 17-Wednesday, September 19 – Build Days
- Thursday September 20 – 1/2 Build Day 1/2 Cultural Day
- Friday, September 21 – Build Day
- Saturday, September 22 – Build Day and Farewell dinner
- Sunday, September 23-Monday, September 24 – R&R
- Tuesday, September 25 – 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 Amarante is approximately
$1,960 + round-trip airfare + 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 Portugaland the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Porto, Portugal. 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: Liz Air
Hello! My name is Liz Air and I am excited to be leading this trip to Amarante. This will be my fifth trip with the Global Village program, having been to Macedonia, Romania, and Portugal (2x) already. I have always wanted to travel, and I find that HFH trips are an amazing way to experience the world and different cultures in a way that you just can’t with regular travel destination packages. The connections I have made, and the friends I now have because of these trips are like no other. Please, join me on this next adventure!
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!
Looking forward to sharing a wonderfully rewarding experience with you!