I had first learned about Habitat for Humanity probably on a news piece but it really got my attention when my cousin and his then, fiance, told me about their incredible experience. They had booked their vacation to help build affordable housing to help families in need with the organization in Asia several years ago. Then I started noticing a volunteer movement in the travel industry and wanted to find out more.
It turns out that Habitat for Humanity Canada’s Global Village program is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. In recognition of their incredible international work, they are about to embark on an 80-day trip of a lifetime.
Starting on May 10th, 16 volunteer teams will build homes in 14 locations. Starting and ending in Canada. Homes will be built in PEI, Guatemala, El Salvador, Trinidad, Chile, Romania, Portugal, Zambia, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, Hawaii, the Yukon and Alberta. For five days at each location, Canadian volunteers will work with local families to provide safe housing to help strengthen their communities.
“Since 2005, 13,000 Canadian volunteers have made a difference for over 950 families in 47 countries. Around the World in 80 Days is a celebration of this and future achievements.” says Mark Rodgers, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada.
The idea for this 80 day build came from Alan Rendall, who first volunteered with Habitat on a Global Village trip to El Salvador in 2009. He will be leading his volunteer team to PEI this time around.
Volunteers are still being accepted to participate and no previous building experience is required — you only need a sense of adventure, good health and willingness to work hard. 190+ volunteers will put in 6,650 volunteer hours to build homes for 16 families in 14 different locations across 21 countries.
Habitat for Humanity Canada was founded in 1985. It is a national non-profit organization working towards a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. With the help of over 63,000 volunteers every year and 58 affiliate organizations from coast to coast, their mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to break the cycle of poverty in Canada and around the world. globally, Habitat for Humanity Canada provides strategic support through grants, technical support and volunteers in efforts to help the over 1.7 billion people in need of access to shelter.
For more information visit: habitatglobalvillage.ca