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Manchester, Vermont

August 11, 2013 to August 18, 2013

Join 12-13 participants from around the country in Bennington County, Vermont, which is located in the mountain region of southern Vermont. The build site is situated in Manchester, Vt., a rural, beautiful and wonderfully vibrant arts haven and popular resort community which lacks affordable housing. Summer will be in full swing in this part of New England where the daytime temperature will be in the 80s and the evenings will be in the 70s. August brings mostly sunshine, fresh air and temperatures conducive to the building experience. The team will be living in small guest houses owned and maintained by Bennington College in Bennington, Vt.

This is the sixth Global Village build hosted by the Bennington Area affiliate – an affiliate that was founded in 1997 and has built 14 homes to date. The team will be working on two homes on Jennifer Lane in Manchester during the summer of 2013. This is the third and fourth of an 11-home development planned for this neighborhood. Taking on a project of this magnitude is unique in scope for Vermont Habitat affiliates. 

Please see the affiliate website for more information: Photos of the Jennifer Lane development can be seen on the photo gallery. 

Day 1, Sunday, August 11: Team arrives at Albany airport by 4:00p.m.; travel to Bennington College housing; welcome dinner with family partners and Bennington HFH affiliate members.
Day 2, Monday, August 12: Breakfast at college house and Global Village orientation; travel to job site; job site orientation and work; lunch at job site; tavel back to Bennington; dinner.              
Days 3-5, Tuesday-Thursday, August 13-15: Breakfast at college house; travel to work site and build; lunch at work site; travel back to Bennington; dinner.
Day 6, Friday, August 16: Breakfast at college; travel to site and build; lunch at site; drive back to Bennington; farewell dinner and celebration.
Day 7, Saturday, August 17: Breakfast at Bennington House; cultural and sightseeing outing; lunch out and farewell dinner; return to Bennington.
Day 8, Sunday, August 18: Breakfast at Bennington House; return to Albany airport for departure.

We will be living in two private guest houses on the Bennington College campus in Bennington, Vt., about a 35 minute drive to the building site in Manchester, Vt. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The team will prepare breakfast each morning. The affiliate will provide lunch each day, and local churches and service organizations will provide most evening meals during which team members will have the opportunity to meet people from the area.  

Trip cost
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village trip cost.)

This price includes lodging, food, ground transportation, cultural tours, traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials and a donation to Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity. The team leader will pick team members up at the Albany Airport* (Albany, NY – ALB) and will be responsible for driving them in rented van to Manchester, Vt., (and for returning them for departure flights on the final day).

*Participants should make their own airfare reservations to and from Albany, N.Y., in consultation with the team leader for maximum coordination on airport pick-ups. 

Team leader 
Stan Duda became involved with Habitat in 2005 when he took his first Global Village trip to El Salvador with his wife Louise. Since then, he has traveled on additional Global Village trips to Honduras, Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Alaska and Nepal. He has a passion for traveling and exploring the natural beauty and culture of various countries. He enjoys working in a team environment and is looking forward to meeting the upcoming Bennington team and sharing his spectacular native state with them. 

For more information, contact Stan at

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