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November 24 - December 3, 2018
***Please note that this build has not been impacted by recent volcanic activity***
A Global Village trip is a rewarding and life-changing, allowing you to roll up your sleeves and make a difference. Enjoy the natural beauty and culture of Hawaii. This Global Village Team is looking for flexible and adventurous individuals who share a willingness to make a difference in the lives of others in a fun team environment. No experience is necessary, just a desire to help local families get simple, decent and affordable housing they so deserve.
About the Big Island
Visitors to the Big Island will find that it is less developed than the other more popular island. The Big Island of Hawaii is the youngest island in the Hawaiian chain and is also by far the biggest (4028 Sq. mi., larger than all of the other islands combined). This provides a vast canvas of environments to discover a variety of unrivaled natural wonders. This is the home of one of the world’s most active volcanoes (Kilauea), the tallest sea mountain in the world at more than 33,000 feet (Mauna Kea), the most massive mountain in the world (Mauna Loa) and the largest park in the state. The island has all but two of the world’s climate zones, which generate everything from lush rain forests to volcanic deserts, snow-capped mountaintops to beautiful black sand beaches.
In the County of Hawaii, homelessness has been increasing at a rate of 6% per year. In some areas, financial hardship is compounded by the need to commute long distances from home to access employment. The median house price in West Hawaii is not affordable to most of the local workforce. Over 16% of families live at levels below the poverty line. Amongst single parent families, over 32% live below the poverty line.
What will my week look like?
- Saturday, November 24 – Team Arrival
- Sunday, November 25-Monday, November 26 – R&R
- Tuesday, November 27 – Build day
- Wednesday, November 28 – Build day and luau
- Thursday, November 29-Saturday, December 1 – Build days
- Sunday, December 2 – Cultural Day
- Monday, December 3 – 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 located a short drive to the build site. Team members will share simple, clean two bedroom villas in Waikoloa with four people in each villa. Bed types will be a combination of single and double beds. The villas are equipped with kitchens so breakfasts and dinners will be a combination of local restaurants and meals prepared by team members. Lunch, snacks and water will be provided at the worksite.
What will it cost?
|The cost for this 10 day opportunity to build in Hawaii is approximately
$2,300 + round-trip airfare + approximately $300 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 West Hawaii and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Kona, Hawaii. 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: Mary-Ellen Connolly
My name is Mary-Ellen Connolly and I am looking forward to being a team leader with this Global Village trip on the big island of Hawaii. I have been Team Leader for three builds: Portugal, Chile and most recently last year to the Philippines. I’ve also been on previous GV trips to Cambodia, Kenya and Brazil. I have had so many memorable experiences on these builds with great people I have met from all over the world.
I live in Chelsea, Quebec. I am a Finance Manager for a Youth expedition company where we take students to the Arctic and the Antarctic and have been lucky enough to go to both Poles. After work hours you can find me outside doing some sport, whether running in the woods orienteering, biking, and kayaking.
If you’ve done a Habitat trip previously, then you know what an amazing experience it is. And if you haven’t and this trip will be your first with Habitat you will find it to be one of the most rewarding trips you’ll ever make.
I’m looking forward to meeting and experiencing this build with you in beautiful Hawaii!
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!