You are here

Anchorage, Alaska

June 14, 2014 to June 25, 2014

Spending two weeks in the midnight sun as a Global Village team member is the adventure of a lifetime. Join Jill and Serena in Anchorage, Alaska. A trip to Alaska with Global Village is the perfect combination of volunteering, travel and adventure. You will experience great people, appreciative partner families, a well-organized construction program, spectacular scenery and a multitude of activities! During our time in Alaska we’ll have lots to do at the work site, but will also find time to see local sites, including riding the train to Seward to cruise the Kenai Fjords.

Do you enjoy helping others and learning new skills? Then join us! No experience is necessary to be considered for participation. Consider becoming part of the 2014 summer building season. You can make a difference!

About Anchorage
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    

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.

Standard itinerary
Day 1 (Saturday, June 14th): Arrive; greeted at the Anchorage airport by team leader.
Day 2 (Sunday, June 15th): Welcome breakfast and orientation activities.
Days 3–8 (Workdays, Monday, June 16th- Saturday, June 21st): 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: local activities; community dinners.
Day 9 (Sunday, June 22nd): Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise and Glacier Tour; travel by train and van.
Day 10 (Monday, June 23rd): Work at build site or Habitat ReStore.
Day 11 (Tuesday, June 24th): Worksite in morning, farewell lunch, celebration and house blessing.
Day 12 (Wednesday, June 25th): Some departures on Tuesday eve or this 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.

Program 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
Jill and Serena became friends on a Global Village trip to Alaska in the summer of 2009. Since that time, they have gone on regular adventures together, and are excited their next adventure will be leading a team in Alaska!

Serena Kelsch, a past AmeriCorps for Habitat for Humanity Anchorage, has led two teams and co-coordinated five Global Village teams. With a love for the outdoors, she can often be found exploring the redwoods in Santa Cruz, California. A passion for humanitarian work, Serena writes grants for an international humanitarian organization working with communities in Africa. As one with an inquisitive spirit, Serena is learning to brew beer. She’s stoked to go on another adventure with Jill and 22 of their closest friends!

Jill Dionne has been involved with the Global Village program since volunteering in 2009 in Anchorage, Alaska. Two years later, she also participated in a team to Montana. In addition, she has worked with her local affiliate building homes in New Hampshire where she lives. This is her first opportunity to lead a trip and she’s excited to be joining with Serena and partnering with Habitat Anchorage on the adventure. When not swinging a hammer, she can be found exploring the many lakes and ponds of New England with her kayak and camera. While they say a picture can paint a thousand words, being in the midst of it speaks so much more!

To learn more, please email Jill and Serena at:

To apply for a GV trip, please follow the Application Instructions.

Back to Trip Schedule Page