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Yunnan, China

November 23, 2012 to December 8, 2012

Yunnan is China’s most diverse province both biologically as well as culturally, along with beautiful contrasting geographical features. Besides absorbing the natural wonders of this area, this project will allow you to intensely interact with the people in this region and your fellow teammates which in turn will leave you with many lifelong memories and friends.


Despite their country’s impressive growth, more than 150 million Chinese still live on less than US$1 a day. 

Country profile 

About 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.

Yunnan project

The majority of families living in rural areas make their living from subsistence farming. Many are living in primitive houses made of mud-brick walls with ceramic tile roofs. These houses have no sanitation or ventilation systems, and often both the family and livestock share space inside together.

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 either be assisting in creating new housing for families in need or rebuilding housing damaged or destroyed by the 2008 earthquake.

Standard itinerary
(16-day itinerary)

Day 1 Friday, November 23: Depart for China.
Day 2 Saturday, November 24:Travel day.

Day 3 Sunday, November 25: Travel day; arrive in Kunming City; free time and overnight in hotel.
Day 4, Monday, November 26: Travel to site accommodation; welcome and orientation with local staff.
Days 5-8, Tuesday-Friday, November 27–30: (typical work days):Breakfast at a local restaurant; work from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; team activities.

Days 9-10, Saturday-Sunday, December 1-2: Free days; cultural activities in local community.
Days 11-14, Monday-Thursday, December 3-6: (typical work days): Breakfast at a local restaurant; work from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; team activities. Farewell ceremony with community on final work day.
Day 15, Friday, December 7: Travel to Kunming City; free time; final team dinner.
Day 16, Saturday, December 8: Depart for home.

Lodging will be provided in a local hotel with participants sharing double-occupancy rooms and shared bath. The team will spend its first and last nights at a hotel in Chengdu City. All daily meals, including lunch, snacks and bottled water on site, are included in the trip cost.

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 leader
Hugh Mitchell is a former Peace Corps volunteer that has been fortunate to lead several Global Village teams and each has been a fabulous experience. Prospective team members are encouraged to call Hugh at 253-752-2802 or by email at

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

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