December 23, 2011 – January 1, 2012
Spend the winter holidays giving back through Habitat for Humanity- join us in building homes and bringing hope to families in the beautiful Guangdong Provence of southern China.
The rise of China as a new economic powerhouse continues to dazzle. China is a land where its historic past mingles with its optimistic, modern present. Over the past three decades, living standards have dramatically improved for many of the more than 1.4 billion people. However, rising prosperity has also sharply increased inequality, especially between those living in the countryside and those who live legally in major cities.
The World Bank estimates that about 150 million Chinese still live on less than US$1 a day, many in rural areas. Many of the chronically poor lack access to affordable housing, shut out by soaring land and house prices, and insufficient supply of low-cost accommodations.
About Habitat for Humanity China
Habitat for Humanity China was established in 2000. It began in Kunming, capital of Yunnan, one of China’s poorest provinces. Through the first eight years of Habitat’s work in China more than 650 houses have been built, multiple partnerships developed and additional offices opened in the country.
Types of construction for volunteers
Habitat works in China primarily in rural areas where homes are often made of unsafe structures. A typical Habitat home measures 70 square meters in size and the most common type of materials used are red bricks, stone, compressed earth blocks or wood supplemented with a tiled roof.
Global Village volunteers will typically be assisting in creating new housing for families in need.
10 day itinerary
Day 1 (Friday): Depart your home location
Day 2 (Saturday): Travel day
Day 3 (Sunday): Arrival in Guangzhou City and depart for the site accommodation
Days 4-8, (Monday -Friday) Typical work days: Breakfast at a local restaurant; work from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (lunch on site); free time after work to clean up; dinner; team activities
Day 9 (Saturday): Travel back to Guangzhou City; free time and cultural activities; final dinner and overnight stay
Day 10 (Sunday): Departure day, travel home
NOTE: Possible special events throughout the trip include cultural experiences with affiliate staff such as market tours, museum visits and historical sites.
Lodging will be provided in a local hotel with participants sharing double-occupancy rooms and shared bath. All daily meals, including lunch, snacks and bottled water on site, are included in the trip cost.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)
Build a better world: Take the Global Village Challenge
Habitat for Humanity International is challenging Global Village volunteers to make an even greater impact on the global issue of poverty housing. We are asking all GV teams to help us raise an additional $1.1 million in the coming year to support Habitat’s building projects worldwide. Take up the challenge! Join us in sharing our story and building a better world!
Jess is looking forward to putting together a diverse team for a trip full of adventure, hard work, and exploration. For more information about joining the team, contact Jess.