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How To Apply For A Global Village TripMake a difference for families around the world!
Check out the trip schedule below to see where you can go to help build a home.  Click the country name for detailed information, including itinerary and trip costs.
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 - Braga

(Housing Renovation and Rehabilitation)


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


July 18 - July 26 2020

Our team will work alongside the local community to rebuild a home. Renovations to housing uniets makes the cost for the partner families cheaper and more affordable. Most of the project 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 Build 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: Kelly Squier

Hi, I'm Kelly Squier-Andrews! I'm from Kingston, Ontario and I've been involved with Habitat for Humanity in some form since 2011. This will be my third time leading a GV team! Though my in-country experience with GV isn't as vast as some of the other team leaders, I had the opportunity to experience GV from the coordinator aspect for one-year when I worked for Habitat for Humanity Canada in the GV department as the sending coordinator for the Asia Pacific region. Though my life has taken me on another path career-wise, Habitat will always be a big part of my life. When not volunteering or working as a Project Manager for a digital marketing agency, I can be found spending time outdoors with my husband and our young son.

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