Do you love to travel and are looking to add some adventure in your life? Join our team and come build homes in Budapest, Hungary, a place referred to as “Little Paris.” Budapest is rich with history and is home to lovely, welcoming people, colorful and evocative art and music and storied architecture, not to mention the amazing food! No building experience is necessary, but be prepared to be open, adventuresome, flexible and to have fun making a host of new friends that you will have for life.
Located in Central Europe’s Carpathian Basin, Hungary has been a link in the chain connecting the East to the West for thousands of years. It shares political borders with Austria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Ukraine. The landscape is mostly flat with low mountains on the Slovakian border. Hungary has a temperate climate. The summers are warm and the winters are cold with a considerate amount of snow.
About Habitat for Humanity Hungary
HFH Hungary was founded in 1996, when former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and more than 500 volunteers built 10 homes within one week in Vac. Since then, Habitat for Humanity has helped 198 families to have a decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity Hungary is also involved in a repairs and renovations program for families who cannot afford to maintain their existing homes. According to the Hungarian Central Statistical Office, 1.2 million people in the country live in overcrowded conditions. Single-room apartments are frequently shared by multiple families. Out of the almost 4 million homes in Hungary, more than 400,000 lack a water pipeline. Many homes have no sewage systems and some 670,000 lack a flush toilet.
A large segment of Hungarians fall through the cracks of government and social support. There are those in Hungary who live in third-world poverty, those who cannot afford regular monthly repayment for housing nor utilities.
A great part of the need for Habitat for Humanity Hungary’s individual repair projects stems from the high inflation of the 1990s. Home maintenance costs grew in that decade from 10 percent of the average Hungarian family’s income to about 50 percent, rendering many low-income families unable to look after their homes. Typical problems Habitat for Humanity Hungary addresses in this program include upgrading doors and windows, fixing roofs, changing sections of walls and adding bathrooms. Often these projects improve energy efficiency, leading to reduced environmental impact and lower energy bills for the homeowners.
You can learn more about HFH Hungary at www.habitat.hu.
Types of construction for volunteers
Volunteers will work on renovation and rehab projects. Some projects will work in partnership with other organizations.
Day 1 (typically Saturday): Depart for Hungary.
Day 2 (Sunday): Arrive in Budapest, Hungary; welcome and orientation with Habitat Hungary national office staff member; dinner; overnight in Budapest.
Day 3 (Monday): Travel to host program; welcome and orientation with Habitat host program; dinner.
Days 4–8 (Tuesday–Saturday, work days): 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 in local restaurants; time for team activities.*
Day 9 (Sunday): Free time; cultural activities in local community.
Days 10-12 (Monday-Wednesday, work days): 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 in local restaurants; time for team activities.* There will also be a farewell dinner on Day 12.
Day 13 (Thursday): Travel back to Budapest; free time; final team dinner.
Day 14 (Friday): Departure day.
Most GV teams will stay in a hotel in Budapest and then in double-occupancy rooms with shared baths at a hotel or guesthouse near the host program.
Breakfast will be at the hotel or in a local restaurant. Lunch will be served daily on the work site and dinner will typically be taken in a local restaurant. Water and snacks are included in the cost of the trip and will be provided throughout the day.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)
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Rick retired in 2012 after spending 40 years in the automotive industry. He found Habitat a place where he could use his skills to help people build their own affordable homes. Since retiring he has built in Alaska, Hawaii, and Thailand. He says being on a Habitat build is truly a life-changing event. Our teams enjoy the satisfaction of learning about another part of our world and building with the homeowner and seeing the satisfaction the team brings to his family and community is worth the trip. You’ll enjoy two weeks of fun, site-seeing and hard work, going home with a new perspective on yourself with many new stories to tell back home. Rick believes the Habitat experience is the most complete vacation possible, and seeks to ensure everyone has a rewarding experience. Join the team for a fun-packed two-week working vacation. Contact Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org .