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Habitat India - Pondicherry

(New Homes for Irula Tribal Community)


Volunteer with a new Global Village project supporting a 'hand up' to rural populations in India


April 6-17, 2019

Our team will work alongside local masons in Pondicherry to help construct a home. Habitat India's projects are focused on supporting home construction, healthy homes and disaster relief. This projects focuses it's work on building disaster resilient homes for the Irula Tribal families.


Habitat for Humanity India

Habitat India builds homes and provides housing-related services to low-income, marginalized families across India. Habitat India began operations in 1983 and is today one of Habitat’s largest programs in the Asia Pacific region. It works in partnership with local, grassroots, non-governmental organizations, and micro-finance institutions throughout India to provide decent housing. Habitat India has helped families gain access to decent shelter as well as rebuild their homes and lives in the aftermath of disasters. Habitat India has helped more than 319,375 families  irrespective of caste, creed and language, gain access to decent shelter. By 2022, Habitat India plans to reach out to 60 million people in need with improved housing solutions, safe sanitation, post-disaster reconstruction and by engaging youth in its work As part of their endeavor to provide a hand up and not a handout, Habitat India provides shelter assistance, disaster response (DR), housing support services, works with vulnerable groups, and provides housing renovations. Specifically, in Pondicherry the need for housing in rural areas is huge. Families live in small huts with thatched leaf/tiled/tin roofs with mud/cement walls and floors. The average size is 150 Sq. ft. and have no toilet facilities. Pondicherry is located approximately a four hour drive from Chennai. For more information visit Habitat India's website, here


Habitat Building or in-country schedule (subject to change)

 Saturday April 6  

 Arrive and overnight in Chennai

 Sunday April 7     

 Travel to Pondicherry. Orientation 

 Mon  April 8 - Friday April 12 

 Build days

 Saturday April 13   

 R&R activities

 Sunday April 14

 R&R activities

 Monday April 15   

 Build day

Tuesday April 16

Half build day. Farewell and dedication ceremony 

Wednesday April 17

 Return to Canada

Typical Housing Solutions

The typical house would measure an average size of 250 Sq.ft to 300 sq. ft. With a strong foundation made with concrete horizontal columns and bricks, brick walls, cement floor, wooden doors and windows, RCC flat concrete roof and separate toilet. 
Typical Volunteer Tasks
1. Excavation for the foundation & septic tanks 2. Brick laying 3. Cement & concrete mixing 4. Concreting - columns 5. Sand sieving 6. Moving materials 7. White washing walls. 

Habitat Individual Donation

The minimum individual donation to Habitat for this 12 day opportunity to build with Habitat India is approximately $2,088.00 (1) + excluding Air Transportation (2) + approximately $350.00 Team Debrief activities (3)

(There may be costs related to passports, visa and immunizations etc., which are the responsibility of the volunteer and are not eligible for tax receipts) 


(1) The Habitat individual donation covers all costs associated with hosting volunteers on the project site as well as support the project and programs of the local HFH organization: room and board, ground transportation to and from build site, orientation materials, traveler's medical insurance, and a donation to Habitat Fiji and to Habitat for Humanity Canada Global Village programs. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for this individual donation.

(2) Participants will need to independently arrange and pay for air transportation from their point of departure to Nadi, Fiji. This must only be done once project dates and final project have been confirmed by the Team Leader. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the eligible airfare.

(3)  The costs of any Team R&R activities are not eligible for a tax receipt and are not paid to Habitat for Humanity Canada.

Should volunteers need assistance with booking flights or rest day activities, insurance or other services they may be interested in, the Team Leader will provide a list of travel agents registered with the Travel Industry Council of Ontario.

Team Leader

Hi there! We are Steve Boyd and Laura Gibson and we will be heading to back to India for the 3rd time!

We live in beautiful Vancouver BC. Steve is a picture framer and Laura works as an illustrator and also with the Vancouver Farmers Market Association. We have two dogs a ton of nieces and nephews. And Habitat for Humanity is our passion.

We have been taking part in Habitat builds since 2008. We have been on 17 trips and lead 15 of those teams to El Salvador, Bolivia, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago and most recently India.

We are looking for teammates who are: motivated to make a difference, very hard-working (we want to get as much building done as we possibly can), flexible and easy-going (very important), want to travel outside the box, have a sense of humour (VERY important on these trips;), like to say ‘yes’ to whatever comes our way! 

Did we mention sense of humour? You may be working in the heat, sometimes in tough conditions, and often things do not go the way you had planned. A sense of humour goes a loooong way!

If you want to travel with purpose, make a difference, try new things, make new friends and laugh at lot while doing it… then we are the team leaders for you!

Please feel free to contact us at gibsongirl@telus.net if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!


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