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June 8, 2013 to June 16, 2013

Looking for a truly rewarding and memorable summer trip? Consider spending some of your free time working with a great team of Habitat volunteers in central Africa! Your experience is sure to be life changing, especially if you have never worked so closely with people who have such great need. No prior construction experience is required.  Marlene and Neil have worked together with Habitat locally and internationally and would love to have you join them in Zambia!

A woman carries water to the build site in Lusaka, Zambia.
Zambia country profile

About Zambia
Zambia is in southeastern Africa and covers a lot of territory: highlands, plains, swamps and deserts.

Lusaka is the capital, largest city, and one of the fastest-growing cities in Africa. It is a center for commerce, government and transportation.

Habitat for Humanity Zambia
Habitat for Humanity Zambia (HFHZ) opened its doors in 1984, when it started building houses with fishing families on Kabuyu Island. From these small beginnings, HFHZ has built more than 1,700 houses and expanded into six of the country’s nine provinces. HFH Zambia has also facilitated multiple development initiatives, especially in the Chanyanya community. The newest of the program’s affiliates is in the urban area of Tiyende Pamodzi, Lusaka.

Types of construction for volunteers
HFHZ builds in both rural and semi-urban areas. The average house size is 35 square meters (~300 square feet). Using regionally appropriate technology, most of the program’s rural houses are built using burnt bricks and corrugated iron roofing sheets. The houses are simple but high quality, with separate sleeping, cooking and living areas. The design is such that homeowners have the option of extending the houses in the future.

Friday, June 7:  Depart the United States.
Saturday, June 8: Arrival in Lusaka; greeted at airport by HFH Zambia staff; transport to hotel; dinner and overnight in Lusaka.
Sunday, June 9:Orientation with host staff; grociery shopping; travel to host project.
Monday, June 10-Friday, June 14: Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities.
Saturday, June 15: Work from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.; farewell celebration and lunch; travel back to Lusaka; dinner and overnight.
Sunday, June 16: Breakfast at hotel; depart for home.

Teams stay in a group house or Habitat house, typically 2-6 people per room with bucket showers and pit latrines. Teams will be able to walk to the build site. No electricity!

Program 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!

Team leaders
Hi there! I’m Marlene, and I am stoked to be co-leading this team to Zambia! I’ve volunteered with Habitat locally for a few years and got my first taste of a Global Village trip last fall when I worked as a team member on a pre-build team in Leogane, Haiti. I was immediately hooked so much that I couldn’t pass up the rare opportunity to join a second team and stay an additional week! I appreciated listening to everyone’s varied backgrounds, learning from experienced hands and watching a teammate go from never holding a tool before to nearly mastering it (myself included). Most importantly, I love building something whose purpose won’t revolve around us. Therein lies the addictive ingredient, in the paradox that while we’ll be there to give, we’ll come out having taken more with us than we intended.

Neil has volunteered with Habitat locally in Texas for a number of years and traveled with Habitat to Haiti in 2011. He owns a small business, which acts as a site-management organization for clinical research and is a management company for doctors’ offices. Neil has traveled to many parts of Europe, Australia and Central America, and this is his first trip as a team leader.

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To apply for a GV trip, please follow the Application Instructions.

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