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Kostinbrod, Bulgaria

September 19, 2014 to September 29, 2014

This build in the European Union country of Bulgaria is going to be an exciting and rewarding adventure.

We will be working in the city of Kostinbrod, located 15 miles west of Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria. The population of Kostinbrod is about 12,000. The city had an economy based on poultry farming and stock breeding during the Communist period. Now, the Kostinbrod economy is mainly production oriented and includes a 120,000 sq. meter Coca-Cola plant. Our lodging will be in Sofia, a modern city of 1.4 million people. Sofia is one of the oldest cities in the world. The remains of the old city can still be viewed today interspersed among a vibrant and modern city.

About Bulgaria
Bulgaria is a country located in the heart of the Balkans and offers a highly diverse landscape. The north is dominated by the vast lowlands of the Danube and the south by the highlands and elevated plains. In the east, the Black Sea coast attracts tourists all year round. Its location has made it a historical crossroad for various civilizations and as such it is the home of some of the earliest metalworking, religious and other cultural artifacts in the world.

The most famous Bulgarian food is yoghurt, with its reputed giſt of longevity for those who consume it regularly.

About Kostinbrod
Kostinbrod is a town in western Bulgaria located 15 kilometers west of the capital city of Sofia. It has a population of 16,278. Two rivers cross it, the Blato in the north and the Belitsa in the south, both tributaries of the Iskar River. The economy of Kostinbrod was largely based on poultry farming and stock breeding during the Communist period. A number of factories, including a Coca-Cola factory, have emerged in democratic times due to the town’s favorable position and the liberal zoning policy of the municipality. Kostinbrod is also famous for the mineral waters in the area. Thermae were built in the Izvoro country in Roman times.

About Habitat for Humanity Bulgaria
During communist times, the government provided loans for families to buy housing in poor-quality  prefabs. Once a market economy took hold, the responsibility for housing fell on local authorities, with no resources to deal with the problem. As a result, more and more homes need major repairs while many homeowners cannot afford even basic maintenance. In addition, many people with disabilities do not have homes that meet their special needs.

Habitat Bulgaria provides a wide range of services and products designed to meet particular housing needs, including new builds; micro-finance products for home improvements; incremental repairs; energy saving improvements; and advocacy efforts and participation in the policy-making in regard to housing.

Types of construction for volunteers
Volunteers may work on new homes, condominium building renovations and home improvements.

Standard itinerary
(11-day itinerary)

Day 1 (typically Saturday): Depart for Bulgaria.
Day 2 (Sunday): Arrive in Sofia, Bulgaria; welcome and orientation with Habitat host program staff member; dinner.
Days 3–7 (Monday–Friday): 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 in local restaurants; team activities.
Day 8 and 9 (Saturday and Sunday): Special events on the weekend include cultural experiences with host program staff, such as market tours, museum visits, walking tours, etc.
Day 10 (Monday): 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 in local restaurants; team activities. Reflection time and final team dinner.
Day 11 (Tuesday): Departure day.

Accommodations
Hotels are simple and basic, and typically located near the project site. The team will stay in double-occupancy rooms with a private bathroom. The facilities are screened by Habitat staff to ensure that they are safe, clean and well maintained.

Program cost
US$2,130
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)

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Team leader
Bob Jones will be team leader. Bob is a retired banker who has participated in Habitat builds in Hungary and Costa Rica. He was a co-leader in 2012 to Braga, Portugal and leader in 2013 to Amarante, Portugal. He has traveled extensively with his wife Carolyn. Bob has been involved with his local Habitat for several years. “I am excited and look forward to expanding my support of Habitat for Humanity.” Bob will act as coordinator, so please contact him at bulgariasept14@gmail.com for more details and help in making arrangements.


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