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Home Construction - Yoga Build

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Habitat India - Pondicherry

Yoga Build

(New Homes for the Irula Tribal Community)


Volunteer on a new Global Village project and support rural populations in India whilst engaging in a unique cultural opportunity with the incorporation Yoga practice and philosophy into the build experience.

October 26th to November 4th, 2019

Our team will work alongside local masons in Pondicherry to help construct a new home with a Habitat partner family. 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. Additionally, this build will incorporate the philosophy of yoga's holistic lifestyle through several yoga sessions throughout the week. Yoga will be taught by traditional Indian yoga teachers and will incorporate aspects of meditation and spiritual exploration. Yoga will also be incorporated into the community interactions and experiences with the team to promote healthy homes. 


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

Yoga Information

The Yoga build aims deliver a unique cultural experience by introducing volunteers to the traditional roots of yoga while also contributing to Habitat's mission of supporting families to have safe, decent and affordable housing. By embedding traditional Yoga to the build it provides an opportunity to engage with a philosophy that promotes a sustainable and holistic lifestyle. During the build volunteers will have 3 - 4 traditional sessions led by a trained yoga instructor focusing on both the spiritual/meditation aspects as well as fitness. Yoga activities will also be incorporated into the cultural day activities. Yoga mats and equipment will be provided during the build. No previous yoga experience required as the program will engage participants of all levels. 

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

 Saturday October 26th

 Arrive and overnight in Chennai

 Sunday October 27th

 Travel to Pondicherry. Orientation 

 Mon October 28th - Fri November 1st

 Build days

 Saturday November 2nd

 Cultural activities

 Sunday November 3rd

 Cultural activities / Return to Chennai

 Monday November 4th

 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 10 day opportunity to build with Habitat India is approximately $2,355.00 including Cultural Activities (1) + excluding Air Transportation (2)

(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 India 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 Chennai, India. 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.

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

Hello future Habitat teammates! My name is Wanda Lane and I am fortunate to have been involved with HFHGV since 2011. I have led 11 previous teams to various parts of the world (Kenya, Chile, Costa Rica, Nepal, Portugal, Bail x 2, Alberta, India, and most recently, Jordan ) where we have enjoyed the warmth and hospitality of families and communities while we helped to provide a “hand up”, in building a safe and affordable home for a worthy family. The opportunity to share time and experience another culture with other like-minded people can be a life changing experience.

This will be my second build to India ... and I never imagined traveling there once, let alone twice. It is a beautiful and magical place that will capture your heart, as it did mine. As a yoga enthusiast when I heard about the opportunity to lead a team as part of a Yoga build I couldn't pass it up. This will be wonderful opportunity to support a family while also engaging with the traditional roots of yoga practice and its holistic philosophy. I am always reminded that being part of a Habitat build, where safety is always our first priority, is a way to break down our preconceived ideas and open our minds and hearts to the kindness, generosity and gratefulness of our future friends.

No construction, building or yoga experience is required. But you will need to pack your flexibility, caring, adventurous spirit, strong work ethic and willingness to get a little dirty.  Expect to laugh (a lot), cry, learn, and meet some great people.

Please feel free to contact me at 301wclane@gmail.com if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our online application!


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