Joining a Global Village team to work in Anchorage, Alaska is an incredible experience, with great people, appreciative partner families, well organized construction program, beautiful location, spectacular scenery and awesome activities! We invite you to consider becoming part of the first team of the 2014 spring/summer building season. During our time in Alaska, we will have lots to do at the work site, but we will also find time to see local sites, cruise the Kenai Fjord, and ride the train to Seward. No experience is necessary to be considered for participation on this team, and no regard given to age, background, sex, ethnicity, etc. The only criteria are a willingness to listen, learn, work and enjoy. You really can make a difference!
Anchorage sits in a geographic bowl, bounded by the Chugach Mountains to the north and east, and by the Cook Inlet to the west and south. With a population of 265,000, it is the largest city in Alaska (41 percent of the state’s population). The majority are Caucasian (approximately 75 percent), with the remaining 25 percent split between Native Alaskans, Asians, Hispanics and African-Americans.
Anchorage is the commercial center of Alaska and in many ways looks like any other major U.S. city, with shopping malls, housing developments and office buildings (primarily oil and government). There are two military bases nearby as well.
In general, team members should plan for a wide variety of weather. It may be 85 degrees and sunny in Anchorage but cold near glaciers, or it may rain frequently and be very cold in the mountains. A local quality thrift store is available for buying clothing you may need.
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 http://www.hfhanchorage.org.
Types of construction for volunteers
Construction for teams to Anchorage is typically on new homes. Tools and safety equipment are available, and each site is equipped with portable bathroom facilities.
Day 1 (Sunday, May 25): Arrive: Greeted at the Anchorage airport by team leader; welcome dinner.
Day 2 (Monday, May 26): Welcome breakfast and orientation activities.
Days 3–7 (Workdays, Tuesday, May 26-Saturday, May 31): Breakfast before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. with lunch on-site; showers followed by time for team activities. Special events throughout the week include local activities; community dinners.
Day 8 (Sunday, June 1): Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise and Glacier Tour; travel by train and van.
Days 9-10 (Monday, June 2Tuesday June 3): Work at build site or Habitat ReStore.
Day 11 (Wednesday, June 4): Worksite in morning, farewell lunch, celebration and house blessing.
Day 12 (Thursday, June 5): Some departures on Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.
Teams stay in local churches with fully equipped kitchens available for teams to prepare meals. There are clean, adequate bathroom facilities at all churches. Showering facilities are at a local sports center. Twin size air mattresses, sleeping bags, linens, and pillows are provided.
(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!
Boots and Ramsay Walker have been involved with the Global Village program volunteering initially as team members and then as a team leaders for more than a decade, primarily in Asia, Europe and Africa. They have also worked locally in the U.S. and on building teams in Central and South America, and in the spring of 2013 led a Global Village team to Anchorage. Boots is a native of Thailand; Ramsay is a native of Canada. They presently live in northeast Texas, and can be contacted by email at email@example.com regarding this exciting opportunity in Alaska.