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Romania Big Build



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


October 4th - October 14th 2019

Habitat for Humanity Romania has three main programs: HAB (Healthy and Accessible Buildings), DRRR (Disaster Risk Reduction and Response) and advocacy, which aims to influence policy through improved housing solutions that positively impacts communities and socio-economic sectors nationwide. 

HFH Romania has 88,500 beneficiaries, built or renovated more than 2,000 homes, and constructed 600 new homes under the following program areas: new home construction, renovation/rehabilitation, technical assistance and support, disaster response and prevention, energy efficiency and financial education training, and community projects. 

This will be the first time that the Romania Big Build (an accelerated construction event) will be hosted by the partner community of Vaideeni. The reason why this remote town was selected is because 25 homes were completely destroyed by massive floods in 2014. Some affected families have been living for more than four years in container homes. Others live with relatives or in impoverished neighbourhoods.

Habitat for Humanity will rebuild 10 homes for the 10 most vulnerable families. Many of the local inhabitants identify as Romani people. Organizers of the Big Build anticipate that the build will attract 65 international volunteers (almost half will be Canadian) and 135 local volunteers. Eight homes will be built during the Big Build - groundbreaking will commence in April - while two more will be built throughout 2019 and 2020. 

Habitat for Humanity Romania

Habitat for Humanity Romania started in 1996 in a small town situated in the north-west part of the country. Now, Habitat Romania has projects in several part of the country, and is the biggest Romanian NGO focused on eliminating poverty and providing safe, decent, and affordable housing as a basic human right.

The housing situation in Romania is one of the most difficult in the European Union.

  • 5.5 million people are in need of home renovations.
  • Over 58% of the population is living in overcrowded conditions, compared to an EU average of 17.8%.
  • 42.5% of the population is living in houses without a bath and toilet with running water.

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

 Friday, October 4th  

 Arrive and overnight in Bucharest

 Saturday, October 5th     

 Cultural Day 

 Sunday, October 6th

 Transfer to Vaideeni and Opening Ceremony

 Monday, October 7th - Wednesday, October 9th 

 Build days

 Thursday, October 10th  

 Build day and Farewell dinner

 Friday, October 11th     

 Final build day and Dedication

 Saturday, October 12th

 Transfer to Bucharest

 Sunday, October 13th

 Post-build activities

 Monday, October 14th

 Depart for Canada 

Typical Housing Solutions

New homes are mainly constructed using a wooden frame structure and sandwich-type walls made of thermo-insulating materials. Solutions include: a single family home, duplex, quadruplex, or an apartment in a building with multi-apartments. The size of the home depends on the size of the family but generally are around 600 square feet.  
Typical Volunteer Tasks
Include digging, foundations, making and pouring concrete, building frames and roof trusses, raising walls, roofing, insulation, plasterboard, gypsum filling, sanding, exterior plastering, and painting. 
Habitat Individual Donation

The Habitat individual donation for this 11 day opportunity to build with Habitat Romania is approximately $2,725 (1) + Air Transportation (2) + $400 Post-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 Romania 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 Bucharest 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 debrief 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 and Guatemala.

Habitat is a great way to grow as a person and give back. I look forward to having you join me as part of one of the more unique Habitat experiences - the Romania Big Build!

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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