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Guangxi Province, China

August 9, 2013 to August 19, 2013

Join us for an exciting build in beautiful Guangxi, China. This is an excellent opportunity to work with friendly people and learn about their unique and colorful culture. No construction skills or experience are required, just a thirst for adventure and a willingness to learn.

Despite their country’s impressive growth, more than 150 million Chinese still live on less than US$1 a day.

About China
The rise of China as a new economic powerhouse continues to dazzle. China is a land where its historic past mingles with its optimistic, modern present. Over the past three decades, living standards have dramatically improved for many of the more than 1.4 billion people. However, rising prosperity has also sharply increased inequality, especially between those living in the countryside and those who live legally in major cities.

The World Bank estimates that about 150 million Chinese still live on less than US$1 a day, many in rural areas. Many of the chronically poor lack access to affordable housing, shut out by soaring land and house prices, and insufficient supply of low-cost accommodations.

About Habitat for Humanity China
Habitat for Humanity China was established in 2000. It began in Kunming, capital of Yunnan, one of China’s poorest provinces. Through the first eight years of Habitat’s work in China more than 650 houses have been built, multiple partnerships developed and additional offices opened in the country.

Types of construction for volunteers
Habitat works in China primarily in rural areas where homes are often made of unsafe structures. A typical Habitat home measures 70 square meters in size and the most common type of materials used are red bricks, stone, compressed earth blocks or wood supplemented with a tiled roof.

Global Village volunteers will typically be assisting in creating new housing for families in need.  

Standard Itinerary
11 day itinerary
Day 1 (typically Friday): Depart the U.S.
Day 2 (Saturday): Travel day.
Day 3 (Sunday) Arrival and depart for the site accommodation.
Days 4-8, (Monday-Friday) (typical work days): Breakfast at a local restaurant; work from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; team activities.  
Day 9 (Saturday: Travel; free time and cultural activities; final dinner and overnight stay.
Day 10, (Sunday): Free day.
Day 11 (Monday): Departure day.

Note: Special events throughout the trip include cultural experiences with affiliate staff such as market tours, museum visits and historical sites. 

Lodging will be provided in a local hotel with participants sharing double-occupancy rooms and shared bath. The team will spend its first and last nights at a hotel in the arrival city. All daily meals, including lunch, snacks and bottled water on-site, are included in the trip cost.

Program cost
(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
Ezra Millstein is a staff photographer for Habitat for Humanity International. He works to document Habitat’s work in more than 80 countries around the world, and has led Global Village teams to Vietnam, Hawaii, Tajikistan, South Korea, Jordan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kyrgyzstan and India. You can see his work at For more information on this build, contact Ezra at

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

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