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Guangdong, China

September 12, 2014 to September 21, 2014

I am looking for volunteers who enjoy working as a team toward a common goal of improving the life of people and their families. The excitement of exploration of new and different cultures and a willingness to learn and respect others way of life are a must. Team members should be flexible, have a sense of humor, be willing to work alongside others and have a passion for helping those in need.

This team will be traveling to Guangdong Province, which is situated in the southernmost part of China’s mainland. It features more than 2,000 miles of winding coastline and is considered to be one of China’s most rapidly developing provinces. In Guangdong, you will have the opportunity to see how both the very wealthy and the very poor live in this growing economy.

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
10 day itinerary

Day 1 (Friday): Depart for China.
Day 2 (Saturday): Travel day.
Day 3 (Sunday) Arrival in Guangzhou City and depart for the affiliate site.
Days 4-8 (Monday -Friday) (typical work days): Breakfast at a local restaurant; welcome and orientation; 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 back to Guangzhou City; free time and cultural activities; final dinner and overnight stay.
Day 10 (Sunday), 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 Guangzhou 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.)

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Team leader – Lou Cappiello
I have traveled to Asia over a dozen times since 2006 serving on medical mission trips to Vietnam and Cambodia for the nonprofit organization Vets with a Mission ( I have also served as an Earthwatch volunteer to Vietnam. I have participated with Habitat for Humanity teams in both Vietnam and Cambodia and recently led my first team to Cambodia.

I live in northern Maine with my wife Conni and work at the local medical center as a Pharmacist. I am also an artist and writer and I am currently working on publishing a book of my paintings and writings compiled during my travels in Asia.

You can contact me by email at or phone at 973-650-1829. I really appreciate your interest in this build and would consider it an honor to serve and work alongside you.

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