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Kauai, Hawaii

September 18, 2009 to September 27, 2009

Have you always wanted to go to Hawaii? Have you always wanted to make a difference? Here is your chance to do both! Join our team on the beautiful “Garden Island” of Kauai this September for what is sure to be an unforgettable adventure. We will work hard to build simple, decent housing to help meet community needs, and we will make amazing new friends. If you want to start your fall season with an incredible journey, catch the Aloha spirit and join us in Kauai!


Homeowner Lois Witcher’s new Habitat house in Plains, Georgia, USA. Her old home is pictured in the foreground.
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About United States

An estimated 5.4 million American households face worst-case housing needs, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Receiving little or no government housing assistance, these families are unable to find a decent place to live at a price they can afford to pay.

More than 1,600 Habitat for Humanity affiliates are at work in the United States, building houses in partnership with people in need of decent, affordable housing. Habitat for Humanity has helped change the lives of more than 30,000 American families since its first U.S. affiliate was founded in San Antonio, Texas, in 1978.

Standard Itinerary
(10-day itinerary)

Day 1 (Arrival day, typically Saturday)
: Greeted at the Kauai airport by team leader; dinner and team meeting.
Day 2 (Sunday)
: Orientation; free day for cultural activities; welcome dinner.
Days 3–8 (Work days, Monday–Saturday)
: Breakfast before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. with lunch on site; free time after work to clean up; time for team activities. Special events throughout the week include local activities and a community dinner.
Day 9 (Sunday)
: Free time in local community; farewell dinner.
Day 10 (Monday, Final Day)
: Departure day.

The lodging facility in Kauai is called Kahili and is located on the outskirts of town. It is a retreat area with rustic cabins, outdoor showers and/or community showers and mini-kitchenettes in some cabins. The cabins are nestled in the shadows of some of the most majestic mountains on the island.

Trip cost
Trip cost includes: donation to the Habitat host program and HFHI; meals; accommodations; transport (excluding trip participant air fare); medical emergency evacuation and trip cancellation insurance; some local cultural activities and team coordination and orientation materials. The team leader’s trip cost and estimated air fare may be included in the trip budget. The trip cost does not include trip participant air fare, R&R activities or visa and exit fees (not applicable for all destinations).

Team leader
The team leader for this trip is Liesje Sandler. This will be Liesje’s fifth Global Village trip. She has traveled Nicaragua, Lesotho and Honduras with Habitat, and last year, she led her first team on a fantastic trip to Paraguay. She is just wrapping up graduate school in Washington, D.C. and works full-time for a nonprofit organization focused on democracy promotion. Liesje is very committed to the mission of Habitat for Humanity, and she is thrilled to be heading to Hawaii in September. She loves traveling, dancing and listening to all kinds of music, and she is hoping to eat her weight in pineapple while the team is in Kauai!

If you are interested in joining the team or have any questions, contact Liesje at

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

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