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Housing Renovation and Rehabilitation

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Habitat Portugal - Braga

(Housing Renovation and Rehabilitation)


Volunteer in Portugal whilst giving a "hand up" to families in need


June 20 - June 28 2020

Our team will work alongside the local community to rebuild a home. Renovations to housing units makes the cost for partner families cheaper and more affordable. Most of the projects are based in rural areas where some homes don't have electricity, basic sanitation, and running water. In the cities, the biggest challenges are overcrowding and lack of insulation. All these issues are putting families at-risk.


Habitat for Humanity Portugal

Habitat for Humanity Portugal was founded in 1996 and completed its first project in 1998.

Since that time Habitat Portugal has been helping families in need. The most important criterion for the family selection is the existence of inappropriate housing conditions. Affiliates work with low-income families that come from diverse backgrounds: single parent, social challenges (domestic violence, alcoholism, social exclusion) in addition to persons with disabilities.

To date, Habitat Portugal has served 84 families and more than 270 people.

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

 Saturday, June 20th   

 Arrive and overnight in Porto

 Sunday, June 21st     

 Cultural Day and Welcome Orientation

 Monday, June 22nd - Thursday, June 25th

 Build Days

 Friday, June 26th

 Build Day and Farewell 

 Saturday, June 27th

 Non-build activities

 Sunday, June 28th

 Depart for Canada

Typical Housing Solutions

HFH Portugal builds houses using traditional Portuguese methods: bricks, cement and roof tiles.

Typical Volunteer Tasks
1. Demolition 2. Digging 3. Tying rebar 4. Mixing concrete 5. Nailing wood 6. Building brick walls 7. Laying tiles 8. Chiseling 9. Plastering 10. Painting 11. Cutting rebar and wood.  
Habitat Individual Donation

The Habitat individual donation for this 9 day opportunity to build with Habitat Portugal is approximately $2,250 (1) + Air Transportation (2) + $300 Non-build activities (3)

(There are additional costs such as passport, visa and immunizations which the team leader will discuss with you. These costs are not tax receipted) 

(1) The Habitat individual donation covers all costs associated with hosting volunteers on the project site as well as support to the project and programs of the local HFH organization: room and board, ground transportation to and from the build site, orientation materials, transportation, traveler's medical insurance, and a donation to Habitat Portugal 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 Porto and must be done in consultation with the Team Leader. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the eligible airfare.

(3) The costs of any non-build activities will be determined by the Team Leader, not eligible for a tax receipt and are not paid to Habitat for Humanity Canada.

Team Leader

My name is Doug Amirault and I grew up in a small fishing village, Pubnico, Nova Scotia. I now reside in Toronto and work for one of the largest hotel chains in the world with openings and renovations across Canada.

My first experience with Habitat was eight years ago as a participant in El Salvador. Despite missing a flight connection and not having my luggage for the entire trip, my first build was a life changing experience and was what inspired me to become a Team Leader.

The opportunity to be immersed in the local culture, make life-long friend and most importantly, seeing first-hand the impact that Habit volunteers make in the lives of families is why I volunteer.

My first build as a Team Leader was in Portugal and I have been back six times since. I have also lead teams to the Yukon, Hawaii, Chile, Romania, and Guatemala.

Habitat is a great way to grow as a person and give back. I look forward to having you join me in Portugal!

Please feel free to contact me at doug.amirault@gmail.com if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!  

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