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If you already have a group of 10 - 12 family, friends and/or co-workers, please contact us for additional details about available dates and locations: globalvillage@habitat.ca

Please note that as a safety precaution due to the outbreak of Coronavirus in certain Asia Pacific countries, Habitat Canada will be re-routing all March builds in the Asia Pacific region. We will continue to monitor the situation very closely and updates will be posted here.” If you have any questions or concerns, please contact globalvillage@habitat.ca.

Housing Renovation and Rehabilitation

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Habitat Portugal - Amarante

(Housing Renovation and Rehabilitation)


Volunteer with Habitat Portugal and a partner family to realize safe, decent and affordable housing.


November 2nd - 10th, 2019

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. Economic growth has been slowing since 2001 and the financial crisis left many people without jobs or savings to improve housing conditions. Habitat Portugal partners with families to overcome these challenges and create safe, healthier living conditions. 

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

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

 Saturday, November 2nd

 Arrive in Porto / R&R

 Sunday, November 3rd 

 Part day R&R, travel to Amarante, Welcome   dinner / orientation

 Monday, November 4th - Thursday, November  7th

 Build Days

 Friday, November 8th 

 Build Day and Farewell 

 Saturday, November 9th 

 Cultural Day and travel to Porto

 Sunday, November 10th

 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 $2,100 (1) + Air Transportation (2) + $300 Team Debrief 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 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

Hi - my name is Dennis Mitschke (front left of the photo). I am a retired carpenter living in Summerland, BC. I have been volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Global Village since 2004 and leading builds since 2006. During this time I have led teams in Canada, Central America, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. I enjoy travelling and sharing my skills. Having a trades background does have some advantages, but I have found that a spirit of adventure and giving and the ability to be flexible (both in mind and body) are far more important than any set of "hand skills". Therefore, no skills are required! I look forward to returning to Portugal for my second build there and working alongside the partner family. 


To learn more about this build you can email me at denmit135@yahoo.ca , or you can apply directly to the build by following the link below. 


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