Global Village Open Teams

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Upcoming Open Teams

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Mar 21-29, 2020

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May 24-30, 2020

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May 23-31, 2020

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Sep 20-26, 2020

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Open Team to East Nepal | Mar 21-29, 2020

The Need

 

Nepal's Eastern Region is characterised by lush, tropical lowlands in the south, hills in the middle and mountains to the north. The region is particularly conducive to crops and castes in the region focus on growing jute, tea, tobacco, sugarcane and cardamom. Habitat for Humanity Nepal focuses on working with ethnic communities lower down in the castes system who live up in the hills. Because of the terrain and availability of local materials in the area, East Nepal is the only region so far where volunteers will experience building houses made of bamboo. 

Volunteers joining this team will be working alongside and empowering marginalised communities within Nepal, starting with a new Habitat home and improved living conditions.

Requirements

 

  • Team members must be at least 15-years-old on the date of departure (minors under the age of 21 require parental consent on registration form and are subjected to team leader's approval of acceptance into the team)

  • Team members must be physically fit, flexible and adaptable.

  • Team members will be required to pay a participation fee which includes in-country meals and travel expenses, accident and medical insurance, and a team contribution cost to Habitat Nepal, which will help expand their building capacity and reach more communities in need of affordable and decent housing.

 

Cost per pax: approximately SGD 2,300-2,500 (not including international flights)

  • $1,240 for team contribution to HFH Nepal and compulsory build site insurance

  • $260 estimated return domestic flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar 

  • $800 for in-country costs including twin-shared accommodation, meals, bottled water, airport transfers and daily transportation

  • $200 additional for single room *depending on availability

    Above costs does not include: international flights, visas, vaccinations, cultural activities (eg massages, temple entry fee) and trip cancellation insurance. Prices are based on exchange rates at the time the team budget is set

Itinerary

 

An indicative itinerary is as follows:

  • 21 Mar: Arrive in Kathmandu airport | Welcome Orientation Dinner

  • 22 Mar: Travel to Biratnagar (domestic flight)

  • 23 - 27 Mar: Build

  • 28 Mar: Travel back to Katnmandu 

  • 29 Mar: Fly back to Singapore or extend personal trip

Team members may choose to extend their trip before or after the aforementioned dates for their own leisure activities.

What's Next?

 

Sounds good? If you are interested and fit the criteria above, sign up by clicking the button below:

Note: Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis and closes on Monday, 3 February 2020. We need at least 12 committed members to form this team! Once all volunteers are recruited, a confirmation email will be sent to you.

Team leaders have the right to refuse to take an applicant onto the team.

 

For more information, please email us at info@habitat.org.sg.

Team Leader

​Diong Bee Chu 

 

Diong is a lecturer at a local polytechnic who has a heart for both youth and those in need. She loves travelling off the beaten track and has enjoys the great outdoors. She regularly volunteers with Habitat's Project HomeWorks and has been on 2 GV builds. By joining this build you will gain a better understanding of what low-income housing looks like juxtaposed between Singapore and abroad.

 

Open Team to Siem Reap, Cambodia | May 24-30, 2020

The Need

While already famous for the iconic Angkor Wat, Siem Reap remains one of the poorest provinces in Cambodia with approximately 30.7% of total households considered poor and vulnerable.

 

About 85% of the population in Siem Reap's Sambour village are seasonal farmers with an average household income of USD$50-$75 per month. Three in four houses are made out of low quality materials that require replacement every two to three years. Barely half of the villagers own their own toilet and are able to access portable water.

 

Take advantage of the Hari Raya public holiday in lieu and build with Team 'Bring The Change' this May 2020! 

Requirements

 

  • Team members must be at least 15-years-old on the date of departure (minors under the age of 21 require parental consent on registration form and are subjected to team leader's approval of acceptance into the team)

  • Team members must be physically fit, flexible and adaptable.

  • Team members will be required to pay a participation fee which includes in-country meals and travel expenses, accident and medical insurance, and a team contribution cost to Habitat Cambodia, which will help expand their building capacity and reach more communities in need of affordable and decent housing.

 

Cost per pax: approximately SGD 1,440-1590 (not including international flights)
  • $840 for team contribution to Habitat Cambodia and compulsory build site insurance

  • $600 for in-country costs including twin-shared accommodation, meals, bottled water, airport transfers and daily transportation

  • $150 additional for single room *depending on availability

    Above costs does not include: international flights, visas, vaccinations, cultural activities (eg massages, temple entry fee) and trip cancellation insurance. Prices are based on exchange rates at the time the team budget is set

Itinerary

 

An indicative itinerary is as follows:

  • May 24:  Arrive in Siem Reap | Welcome Orientation

  • May 25-29: Build

  • May 30: Return back to Singapore/extend trip

Team members may choose to extend their trip before or after the aforementioned dates for their own leisure activities.

What's Next?

 

Sounds good? If you are interested and fit the criteria above, sign up by clicking the button below:

Note: Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis and closes on Friday, 20 March 2020. We need at least 12 committed members to form this team! Once all volunteers are recruited, a confirmation email will be sent to you.

Team leaders have the right to refuse to take an applicant onto the team.

 

For more information, please email us at info@habitat.org.sg.

Team Leader

Andrew Seow

Andrew has been team leader for 3 teams of 'Bring The Change' to Cambodia, Myanma and Vietnam, and has also been on 2 other build trips. You will be joining a team of passionate, flexible individuals both seasoned and brand new volunteers dedicated to serve families in need of decent shelter. A no-frills type of guy, Andrew finds joy in sharing the Global Village experience to anyone who is willing to rough it out and go with the flow.

 

Open Team to Nanyuki, Kenya | May 23-31, 2020

The Need

In Kenya, the orphaned and vulnerable children population is estimated to be 2.6 million and growing. This build trip will be supporting Habitat for Humanity Kenya’s Vulnerable Housing Group Housing Programme, specifically in the Laikipia County where families have been identified to be in dire need of decent shelter and water sanitation facilities. Vulnerable groups supported by the programme include vulnerable children, the elderly, persons with disabilities and widows have the solid foundation of a safe, stable home.

 

Through home repairs, renovations, new home construction and latrine construction, Habitat Kenya ensures that these vulnerable groups have access to decent living conditions. Worksite tasks volunteers will be involved in typically include fixing doors and windows, plastering, painting, making timber trusses or making interlocking stabilised soil blocks. ​

Travel to the market town of Nanyuki in central Kenya and immerse yourself in the local culture as you build relationships and safe housing to uplift the lives of vulnerable Kenyans.

Requirements

 

  • Team members must be at least 15-years-old on the date of departure (minors under the age of 21 require parental consent on registration form and are subjected to team leader's approval of acceptance into the team)

  • Team members must be physically fit, flexible and adaptable.

  • Team members will be required to pay a participation fee which includes in-country meals and travel expenses, accident and medical insurance, and a team contribution cost to Habitat Kenya, which will help expand their building capacity and reach more communities in need of affordable and decent housing.

 

Cost per pax: approximately SGD 2,500 - 2,800 (not including international flights)
  • $1,440 for team contribution to Habitat Kenya and compulsory build site insurance

  • $1,100 for in-country costs including twin-shared accommodation, meals, bottled water, airport transfers and daily transportation

  • $200 additional for single room *depending on availability


Above costs does not include: international flights, visas, vaccinations, cultural activities and trip cancellation insurance. Prices are based on exchange rates at the time the team budget is set.

Itinerary

 

An indicative itinerary is as follows:

  • May 23:  Arrive in Nairobi | Stay 1 night in Nairobi

  • May 24: Travel to Nanyuki | Welcome Orientation

  • May 25-29: 5 Build Days

  • May 30: Travel back to Nairobi

  • May 31: Return back to Singapore/extend trip

Team members may choose to extend their trip before or after the aforementioned dates for their own leisure activities.

What's Next?

 

Sounds good? If you are interested and fit the criteria above, sign up by clicking the button below:

Note: Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis and closes on Friday, 27 March 2020. We need at least 10 committed members to form this team! Once all volunteers are recruited, a confirmation email will be sent to you.

Team leaders have the right to refuse to take an applicant onto the team.

 

For more information, please email us at info@habitat.org.sg.

Team Leader

Neo Han Lip

Han Lip first volunteered with Habitat in 2013 on a Global Village build to Mongolia. He has been involved in several other overseas projects with various NGOs, including one to Africa. You will be part of a team of passionate, adaptable volunteers from diverse backgrounds, coming together to engage on a life-changing experience to build a home for a family in need of decent housing.

 

Open Team to Kandy, Sri Lanka | Sep 20-26, 2020

The Need

Plantation workers make up a significant portion of Sri Lanka's economy and yet, families in this sector typically reside in small attached houses - known as 'line houses' by the locals - that lack basic water and sanitation facilities. Dating back to the colonial era, these line houses have fallen into disrepair and forced close to 1 million people in the plantation sector to live in poor conditions. 

To meet the major housing need in Sri Lanka's central provinces, Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka is on the ground to construct new homes for plantation families and resettle them in new cluster villages or townships. This building effort is part of the Indian Housing Project, a commitment by the Government of India to build 50,000 homes in Sri Lanka as part of post-conflict rehabilitation efforts.  

Volunteers joining this team will be on-site helping to complete a house that is 550 square feet in area and comprises of two bedrooms, a hall, kitchen and a toilet. Help us build more stable and sustainable houses for these hardworking plantation families to call home.

Requirements

 

  • Team members must be at least 15-years-old on the date of departure (minors under the age of 21 require parental consent on registration form and are subjected to team leader's approval of acceptance into the team)

  • Team members must be physically fit, flexible and adaptable.

  • Team members will be required to pay a participation fee which includes in-country meals and travel expenses, accident and medical insurance, and a team contribution cost to Habitat Sri Lanka, which will help expand their building capacity and reach more communities in need of affordable and decent housing.

 

Cost per pax: approximately SGD 1,750 - 2,000 (not including international flights)
  • $1,140 for team contribution to Habitat Sri Lanka and compulsory build site insurance

  • $600 for in-country costs including twin-shared accommodation, meals, bottled water, airport transfers and daily transportation

  • $250 additional for single room *depending on availability


Above costs does not include: international flights, visas, vaccinations, cultural activities and trip cancellation insurance. Prices are based on exchange rates at the time the team budget is set.

Itinerary

 

An indicative itinerary is as follows:

  • Sep 20:  Arrive in Colombo International Airport | Travel to Kandy | Welcome Dinner & Orientation

  • Sep 21-25: 5 Build Days

  • Sep 26: Travel back to Colombo International Airport | Return back to Singapore/extend trip

Team members may choose to extend their trip before or after the aforementioned dates for their own leisure activities.

What's Next?

 

Sounds good? If you are interested and fit the criteria above, sign up by clicking the button below:

Note: Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis and closes on Friday, 12 June 2020. We need at least 10 committed members to form this team! Once all volunteers are recruited, a confirmation email will be sent to you.

Team leaders have the right to refuse to take an applicant onto the team.

 

For more information, please email us at info@habitat.org.sg.

Team Leader

Jean-Paul Rene Vermette

JP started volunteering with Habitat Singapore's Project HomeWorks since 2017. In 2018, he joined his first Global Village Build and has been hooked ever since. He now has 4 Global Village build trip under his belt from joining our teams to Indonesia, Cambodia and Myanmar. A friendly and super down-to-earth team leader, JP hopes to provide each team member with a deeper understanding of the need for affordable housing and the impact a decent and stable house has in the lives of those families Habitat serves.

 

Open Team to Bago, Myanmar | Oct 18-24, 2020

The Need

Despite impressive economic growth over the last five years, Myanmar remains one of the poorest countries in Asia with one in three people living below the national poverty line. Census show that 38.4 percent of houses are made exclusively from bamboo and thatch roofing, which are unable to withstand floods and strong winds brought on by cyclones. About 28 percent of households obtained their drinking water from unsafe sources and nearly 14 percent did not have a toilet.

Myanmar was the most recent addition to countries hosting Global Village teams in Asia, with our first Habitat Singapore team venturing out in November last year. Volunteers joining this team will make it the second from Singapore, and will be contributing to Habitat Myanmar's efforts to build disaster-resilient homes made with locally treated bamboo. Join us and partner future homeowners in improving their access to stable homes, clean water and safe sanitation facilities.   

Requirements

 

  • Team members must be at least 15-years-old on the date of departure (minors under the age of 21 require parental consent on registration form and are subjected to team leader's approval of acceptance into the team)

  • Team members must be physically fit, flexible and adaptable.

  • Team members will be required to pay a participation fee which includes in-country meals and travel expenses, accident and medical insurance, and a team contribution cost to Habitat Myanmar, which will help expand their building capacity and reach more communities in need of affordable and decent housing.

 

Cost per pax: approximately SGD 1,840 - 1,990 (not including international flights)
  • $1,240 for team contribution to Habitat Myanmar and compulsory build site insurance

  • $600 for in-country costs including twin-shared accommodation, meals, bottled water, airport transfers and daily transportation

  • $150 additional for single room *depending on availability


Above costs does not include: international flights, visas, vaccinations, cultural activities and trip cancellation insurance. Prices are based on exchange rates at the time the team budget is set.

Itinerary

 

An indicative itinerary is as follows:

  • Oct 18:  Arrive in Yangon | Travel to Bago | Welcome Dinner & Orientation

  • Oct 19-23: 5 Build Days

  • Oct 24: Travel back to Yangon | Return back to Singapore/extend trip

Team members may choose to extend their trip before or after the aforementioned dates for their own leisure activities.

What's Next?

 

Sounds good? If you are interested and fit the criteria above, sign up by clicking the button below:

Note: Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis and closes on Friday, 7 August 2020. We need at least 12 committed members to form this team! Once all volunteers are recruited, a confirmation email will be sent to you.

Team leaders have the right to refuse to take an applicant onto the team.

 

For more information, please email us at info@habitat.org.sg.

Team Leader

Laura Philomin

Laura has been working at Habitat Singapore for the past 4 years with 5 Global Village trips under her belt. As its resident story-teller, being on the ground and collecting stories gives Laura a unique insight to the transformative power of Global Village trips - both for the families through their new home and for the volunteers through their experience.  Besides giving voice to stories of impact and change, Laura is equally passionate about opening up the opportunity for as many people as possible to experience a build trip for themselves. 

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