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Bangalore, India

July 4, 2014 to July 18, 2014

Travel to mesmerizing India and help build affordable homes in Bangalore. Turn your next summer holiday into an experience filled with culture, history, laughter, friendship and hard work. Come and build homes alongside locals, discover local customs, share stories and experience unforgettable memories.  No previous building experience is required, just open your eyes, be flexible and take this amazing adventure in.

About India
The Republic of India is home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world and is a land as diverse as it is vast. Its population (more than 1.2 billion as of 2008) is expected to exceed China’s by 2010, making it the world’s most populous country.

India is located in southern Asia, with 7,000 kilometers of coastline along the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. It shares political borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, China, Nepal and Pakistan.

India gained its independence from Great Britain in 1947 and is the world’s largest democracy. Since independence, India’s history has been turbulent. Now in a period of liberalization, India faces the challenge of modernizing while trying to preserve its ancient culture. With an annual per capita income of US$1000, most Indian families are unable to afford a decent home.

About Habitat for Humanity India
HFH India was formed in 1983 and has built more than 17,000 houses that are approximately 350 square feet, with at least two rooms and a latrine. House designs vary, depending on materials available in the area and the specific needs of the local community.

Habitat’s IndiaBUILDS campaign aims to house 250,000 people over five years, mobilizing one million volunteers in the process and raising capital toward that goal. Currently, HFH India operates through resource centers in Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi, as well as satellite centers in the south, east and west. New partnerships with corporate supporters and non-governmental organizations extend Habitat’s presence to north India.

For more information, please visit the Habitat for Humanity India’s Web site.

Types of construction for volunteers
Volunteer may work on new construction of complete homes and with disaster-response programs. Habitat house designs and materials vary with climate and locale. Typically, house designs range in size from 240 to 360 square feet and are comprised of a living room, veranda, kitchen and toilet.

Standard itinerary
Day 1 (Typically Saturday): Depart the United States.
Day 2 (Sunday): Travel day.
Day 3 (Monday): Arrive in Bangalore, India; free time; dinner.
Days 4-7 Tuesday-Friday: (Typical work days)
-Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner and time for team activities.
Days 8-9 (Saturday-Sunday): Free days: activity in local community and local site seeing.
Days 10-14 (Monday- Friday ): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with lunch on site; free time after work to clean up; dinner at house; time for team activities. Friday: farewell lunch with families.
Day 15 (Saturday): Departure day.

Team members should expect to stay at a hotel or a retreat center, depending on location. Rooms will be at least double-occupancy in a hotel and will usually have a private bath. Some teams may stay in a shared space with a shared bath.

Breakfast is usually provided at the hotel or the retreat center, and lunch is usually provided by the affiliate and taken on the work site. Dinner is taken at various restaurants or provided by the hotel or retreat center.

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
Alex Harrington was born in France to an American foreign service officer and French fashion designer. He has lived throughout France, the USA, where he taught French and Theater at Emory University, and the United Kingdom. Alex currently lives in London where he studies and researches at The School of Oriental and African Studies.

Alex has had the opportunity to work with amazing people at Habitat for Humanity throughout the years and is thrilled to discover Bangalore with this Global Village build. This build will mark Alex’s tenth habitat adventure spread over three continents.

If you are interested in being part of this adventure, please contact Alex at

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

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