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Anchorage, Alaska

July 26, 2014 to August 6, 2014

Join a team of fun, energetic, passionate and flexible people to build a home for families and individuals in need. Put your compassion and talents into action and come see a unique part of the United States with some of the most beautiful countryside. Join us on this Habitat for

Humanity Global Village trip to Anchorage, Alaska. No construction experience is required; only an open mind, flexibility, and a desire to work hard. Change your world; change your life.

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.

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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, July 26th): Arrive: Greeted at the Anchorage airport by team leader.
Day 2 (Sunday, July 27th): Welcome breakfast and orientation activities.
Days 3–8 (Workdays, Monday, July 28th- Saturday, August 2nd): 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, August 3rd): Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise and Glacier Tour; travel by train and van.
Day 10 (Monday, August 4th): Work at build site or Habitat ReStore.
Day 11 (Tuesday, August 5th): Worksite in morning, farewell lunch, celebration and house blessing.
Day 12 (Wednesday, August 6th): 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
Joan Naughton and Cassandra Lems are very excited to be leading this trip. This will be Joan’s fifth Global village trip and her second one leading.  This will be Cassandra’s 13th Global village trip and also her second one leading, and second trip to Alaska. Joan and Cassandra both live in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and are very excited to be co-leading this trip. Alaska will be an action-packed trip that is an opportunity of a lifetime.  Joan can be contacted at and Cassandra can be contacted at We look forward to a wonderful team of energetic, fun-loving, caring people.

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

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