If you feel like there is more to travel than tour buses and Hilton points, and you are looking to experience a country through its everyday people, then you would be a welcome member to this team! The opportunity to work alongside community members, local builders and team members from all over is an amazing way to immerse yourself in a new culture. During this 10-day trip, you will not only be building a home for a deserving family, you will build long lasting friendships that are more priceless than any souvenirs you will bring home.
This team will be traveling to Guangdong Province, which is situated in the southernmost part of China’s mainland. It features more than 2,000 miles of winding coastline and is considered to be one of China’s most rapidly developing provinces. In Guangdong, you will have the opportunity to see how both the very wealth and the very poor live in this growing economy.
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- Jan 4th): Depart for China.
Day 2 (Saturday): Travel day.
Day 3 (Sunday) Arrival in Guangzhou City and depart for the affiliate site.
Days 4-8 (Monday -Friday) (typical work days): Breakfast at a local restaurant; welcome and orientation; 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.
Note: 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. 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.
(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 – Casenya Groner
Casenya Groner graduated with her degree in Chemical Engineering and now works in risk management, providing engineering resources to clients. This will be Casenya’s third trip with Global Village and her first as team leader. She is also an active member of Engineers Without Borders and several other local volunteer organizations. This is Casenya’s first time traveling to China and is excited to share the experience. If you are interested in joining this team or would like more information, please contact Casenya at firstname.lastname@example.org