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Sichuan Province, China

December 4, 2009 to December 12, 2009

The May 12, 2008 earthquake outside of Chengdu, China was measured at 8.0 on the Richter scale; it was the worst earthquake in three decades. An estimated 69,000 people in the Sichuan Province died. We want you to be a part of building the homes for the 5 million people who survived but are homeless as a result of that disaster. Don’t miss the chance to make a difference in the lives of people who desperately need a roof over their heads!


Despite their country’s impressive growth, more than 150 million Chinese still live on less than US$1 a day.

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. In the first eight years of Habitat’s work in China, more than 650 houses were built, multiple partnerships developed and additional offices opened in the country.

This team will be building in an area that was greatly affected by the devastating 2008 earthquake that struck Sichuan province. Since the disaster, Habitat has committed to a long-term and sustainable reconstruction effort.

Habitat launched an initial $5 million campaign to assist 1,000 families in the region, with plans to do much more. Global volunteers are vital to the reconstruction efforts.

Types of construction for volunteers
Habitat works in China primarily in rural areas where homes are often 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 either be assisting in building new housing rebuilding and renovating housing that was damaged by the 2008 earthquake.

Standard itinerary
(9-day itinerary)

Day 1, typically Friday
: Depart for China.
Day 2, Saturday
: Travel day; arrive in Chengdu City; free time and overnight in hotel.
Day 3, Sunday
: Travel to affiliate site; welcome and orientation with local staff.
Days 4–8, Monday–Friday (typical work days)
: Breakfast at a local restaurant; work from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; lunch on site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; team activities.
Day 9, Saturday
: Travel to Chengdu City and depart for home.


Lodging will be provided in a local hotel with participants sharing double-occupancy rooms and a shared bath. The team will spend its first and last nights at a hotel in Chengdu City. All daily meals, including lunch, snacks and bottled water on site, are included in the trip cost.

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. Part of 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 Norman Clearfield.

Norm is currently working in the Volunteer Mobilization department at Habitat in Americus, Georgia. He has previously led a GV trip to Alaska and has led numerous trips in the United States. Norm has extensive international travel experience, including recent trips to China and Ethiopia.

Norm is passionate about the need for cross-cultural exchange with China and is excited to be leading this GV trip to China. He can be contacted directly at

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

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