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Anchorage, Alaska

July 7, 2013 to July 21, 2013

If you are searching for an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people while experiencing the wonders of a beautiful location, we invite you to join us for this summer build in Alaska! Our plan is to assemble an adventurous group of 22 volunteers who will become a team in addressing Anchorage’s low-income housing needs. No construction experience is necessary. If you’re open to helping to change a stranger’s life, and maybe your own in the process, then come join us on what will be a fun, challenging and rewarding adventure! 

About Habitat for Humanity Anchorage
In January 1991, a group of Anchorage residents who believed in helping people help themselves began organizing to establish Habitat for Humanity Anchorage. HFHA officially affiliated with Habitat for Humanity International in June 1992, and works with people who live in substandard conditions, volunteers and donors throughout Anchorage. Learn more at

Types of construction for volunteers
The team will be working on the construction of new homes in Anchorage. Projects and assignments will vary day to day. Training, tools and safety equipment are provided. Each site is equipped with portable bathroom facilities. 

Day 1 (Arrival day, Sunday, July 7): Greeted at the Anchorage airport by team leader; welcome dinner and team meeting.
Day 2 (Monday, July 8): Orientation; group activity – introduction to Alaska.
Days 3–6 ( Tuesday, July 9-Friday, July12): Breakfast before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; time for team activities. Special events throughout the week include local activities and community dinners.
Days 7–9 (Saturday, July 13- Monday, July 15): Cultural touring and sightseeing in the Wrangell/ St. Elias National Park. The team will be staying at the Kennecott Glacier Lodge. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the historic Kennecott Copper Mine facilities and enjoy the spectacular surroundings. Optional fly-in hiking, glacier hiking and glacier climbing will be offered (costs for optional activities are not included in the team budget).
Days 10–13 (Tuesday, July 16 - Friday, July19): Work days, same as above.  Farewell and house blessing on Friday afternoon.
Day 14 (Saturday, July 20: Anchorage city day or an optional cultural excursion to Kenai Fjords National Park (additional fee applies).
Day 15 (Sunday, July 21): Departure day. 

The team will stay in a local church with a fully equipped kitchen available for the team to prepare meals. There are clean, adequate bathroom facilities at the host church. Showering facilities will be available at a local health club, towels are provided. Note: the team will not be showering at the church. Twin size air mattresses are provided. Habitat Anchorage has sleeping bags, sheets and pillows to lend if you do not want to transport them. 

Program cost
$1,990 (including cultural tour days)
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.) 

Increase your impact: Take the GV Challenge
Habitat for Humanity is accelerating its work to end poverty housing, and we need Global Village teams to help. Set a goal and fundraise to make your impact last longer than the days you’re in the field. Your support builds more homes, creates resource centers, educates families, and advances our projects to build sustainable communities. We’ll even provide tools to make fundraising easy. Take the GV Challenge – join us in sharing our story and building a better world. 

Team leaders
Todd Hicks and Barbara Nuss will be recruiting the participants for this unique and inspiring GV trip. Todd is hooked on summers in Alaska. This will be his 11th trip to the 49th state since 1998, each time with Habitat. He has also led Global Village teams in Papua New Guinea, Trinidad, Fiji and Botswana. Todd loves his work in the Undergraduate Admission office at Santa Clara University. When he is not reading applications or talking with prospective students; he enjoys the arts and outdoor activities. Most of all he loves and is humbled by being a parent.

Barbara is very excited to be returning to Anchorage as a co-leader after a fabulous experience there last summer. When she is not volunteering, you might find Barbara teaching in the cadaver lab. As a nurse, educator and mother of five, she has an infectious ability to help people get the most out of their circumstances. She is also a fantastic cook and seems to be inspired by the Sonoma wines that make her hometown famous. 

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