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November 3 - 12, 2018
Do you enjoy travelling and experiencing different cultures firsthand? Do you like meeting new people and having fun? Do you enjoy working as a team and learning new things? Would you like to help a family secure safe, decent and affordable housing? Come with us to Portugal.
No previous construction experience is required. We are looking for team members who are positive, adventurous, flexible, culturally sensitive and have a good sense of humor.
The Northern region of Portugal has many problems related to housing, such as unemployment, desertification and low incomes. The unemployment rate is currently sitting at 15.8% and the poverty rate is at 19%. Thousands of homes are in need of repairs, many of them major repairs as a result of housing degradation and lack of basic infrastructures. The aging population is unable to financially undertake the necessary repairs. Many of the younger people have moved to larger cities in an attempt to secure employment. In the cities, there are problems with overcrowding, high unemployment, degrading housing, and social problems such as alcohol abuse, drugs, crime, and a lack of education. In short, there is a need for adequate, safe housing.
Habitat for Humanity Portugal
Habitat for Humanity Portugal completed their first project in Portugal in 1998, and since then, has served 84 families, and more than 270 people. Habitat for Humanity Portugal is planning on expanding their operations to other locations in Portugal, and to increase both the number of projects undertaken, and to raise awareness to the issues many families face in obtaining decent, and safe housing alternatives.
What will I be doing?
Homes in Portugal are constructed of red ceramic brick blocks, using a concrete structure, and red tile roofs, with walls plastered and painted. Volunteer tasks vary depending on the stage of construction when the team arrives. Typical activities may include mixing concrete and mortar, building walls, plastering, painting, tile work, or whatever else is needed depending on the stage of construction when we arrive.
What will my week look like?
- Saturday, November 3 – Arrival in Porto
- Sunday, November 4 – Porto city tour; travel to Braga and Welcome dinner
- Monday, November 5-Thursday, November 8 – Build days; cultural activities
- Friday, November 9 – Final build day and Farewell dinner
- Saturday, November 10-Sunday, November 11 – R&R
- Monday, November 12 – 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?
Accommodations will be provided in Habitat Portugal’s new Domus guest house near Braga with two or more people sharing a room. We will have breakfast at the guest house, lunch at or near the worksite, and explore local restaurants for our dinners. Snacks and bottled water will be provided at the worksite.
What will it cost?
|The cost for this 10 day opportunity to build in Portugal is approximately
$2,150 + round-trip airfare + $400 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 Portugal and 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 Leaders: Rick Belland and Kathy Locke
Our names are Rick Belland and Kathy Locke and we will be leading this trip to Portugal. We have been involved with Habitat for Humanity for seven years through volunteering both locally in Edmonton, and as either a participant or team leader on trips to Costa Rica, Portugal, Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, Vietnam, the Carter Work Project in Fort Saskatchewan, and most recently to Guatemala.
Rick is a retired City of Edmonton Fire Captain where he worked for 30 years. Kathy is a retired accountant who worked for the Federal Government for 22 years. We both have always enjoyed travel and love meeting new people and experiencing new cultures. Through HFH, we have met many lifelong friends, and have had experiences we would not have had otherwise.
Now that we are retired, we have the time to follow our passion to travel, learn firsthand about other cultures, and to lend a hand to others so that they may obtain safe, affordable, and adequate housing.
We look forward to this exciting adventure to Portugal and meeting all of you who would like to join us by being part of this team.
Please feel free to contact me (Rick) at email@example.com if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!
I'm looking forward to sharing this incredible experience with you!