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July 12, 2014 to July 26, 2014

Spend your summer doing something unique and rewarding! On this volunteer trip to the Philippines, you will help a family in need, work alongside some wonderful people and experience the beauty of this country.

You and your team will spend two weeks building a safe, decent concrete block house for a family currenty living in inadequate conditions. Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to try some local dishes, visit breathtaking sites and learn about the culture.

About the Philippines
The Philippines, the third-largest English-speaking country in the world, has a rich history, combining Asian, European and American influences.

The Philippines is one of the world’s most urbanized places, with just over half of its population living in cities. Metro Manila is composed of 16 cities and one municipality; with more than 11 million people, it is one of Asia’s megacities.

The government estimates that between 2005 and 2010, the country needs some 3.8 million new homes, with demand concentrated in Southern Luzon, Metro Manila and Central Luzon. In Metro Manila, more than 126,000 families live in the slums, particularly on low-lying floodplains, precarious slopes, exposed riverbanks and within highly toxic zones close to highways and railroads, along waterways, near transmission lines, as well as at airports, dumps, markets and other areas that are unfit for settlement. Those living in squatter communities also face fire hazards.

About Habitat for Humanity Phillipines
Since 1988, Habitat for Humanity Philippines has played an active role in providing decent, durable and affordable housing for families in need. Through a network of affiliates and project offices in rural and urban areas, HFH Philippines has built and repaired over 26,000 homes. Habitat has also assisted more than 5,000 families displaced by typhoons, fire and landslides.

Habitat for Humanity Philippines will determine the best lodging option for your team, considering group size and proximity to the construction site. Accommodations are simple, safe and clean. Generally, rooms are shared by two to three people with a private bathroom for each room, though accommodations vary.

All teams will fly into Manila. The team will take ground transportation to the host program district for site locations within country.

Standard 15-day itinerary
Day 1: Saturday, July 12, 2014: Depart for the Philippines.
Day 2: Sunday, July 13, 2014: Arrive in Manila.
Day 3: Monday, July 14, 2014: Welcome and orientation with local host staff members; visit to the work site and meet home partners; welcome dinner.
Days 4–8 Tuesday, July 15-Saturday, July 19, 2014: Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities; special events throughout the week. 
Day 9: Sunday, July 20, 2014: Activity in local community; visit to poverty housing.
Days 10-13: Monday, July 21-Thursday, July 24, 2014: Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities; special events throughout the week. 
Day 14: Friday, July 25„ 2014: House dedication; farewell with community; free time; final team dinner.
Day 15: Saturday, July 26 , 2014: Departure day.

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 leader
Have questions? Ready to join? Tracie Troha will lead this team to the Philippines and would love to speak with you.

Tracie’s favorite GV story: When I led a GV team to Nepal, the best part of the trip was seeing the smiling, excited faces of the children in the village. It was reassuring to know that these children would have safe homes to sleep, study and grow up in. They are the reason I continue to led GV teams. 

For more information, contact Tracie at

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