Next August, a team of 20 individuals will work side-by-side with local skilled workers and homeowner families to build homes. We will spend two weeks building these homes, perhaps from start to finish and dedication. No special construction skills or language abilities are required for this adventure—just a positive attitude and the desire to make a difference for families in need of safe, affordable housing. While there, we will travel within the country and experience Indonesia’s rich culture, food and people.
An Indonesian family in front of their new Habitat for Humanity home.
The republic of Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, consisting of 17,508 islands (6,000 are inhabited.). It straddles the equator and is a strategic location for major sea lanes from the Indian to the Pacific Oceans. The climate in Indonesia is hot and tropical throughout, with more moderate temperatures in the highlands.
With a population of more than 237 million, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populated country. For many, a long-held cultural tenet of Indonesia is the importance of “Gotong-royong,” or communal spirit. In addition to hospitality, it means helping each other in times of need and despair—a very appropriate term for Global Village team members, too.
Yogyakarta is on the island of Java and is well known for its temples and beautiful landscape. However, Yogyakarta province was also greatly affected by a 2006 earthquake that killed nearly 6,000 people and destroyed hundreds of thousands of houses. Rebuilding efforts continue in the region.
About Habitat for Humanity Indonesia
HFH Indonesia was established in 1997. It now has six affiliates located in Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Batam and Manado, and there are disaster-recovery projects in place in Aceh and Yogyakarta. Many partner families participate in “Save and Build” programs that enable families to empower themselves. As of 2009, HFH Indonesia has built more than 5,600 houses with at least 18,000 people served.
Recently, HFH Indonesia marked four milestones: It completed its 1,500th house—built in Meulaboh under the tsunami reconstruction program; finished repairs of 1,000 houses for flood-affected families in Jakarta; celebrated 1,000 houses built for earthquake-affected families in Yogyakarta; and marked 300 houses constructed in Batam. To learn more about Habitat Indonesia, visit http://www.habitatindonesia.org.
Types of construction for volunteers
The core first-stage home normally measures 21 square meters. Houses use cement slab foundations and are made from concrete blocks and plywood, with wood frames and clay tiles for roofs. It takes between 14 and 21 days to build a house. Volunteers may work on existing home renovations and complete home construction. Volunteers may help transport materials; fill foundation with dirt, stone and sand; compact floors; mix mortar; lay bricks; and clean and paint doors and windows.
Day 1(typically Friday): Depart for Indonesia.
Day 2 (Saturday): Travel day.
Day 3 (Sunday): Arrive; check into hotel; welcome dinner and orientation.
Days 4–8 (Monday–Friday): Workdays with breakfast served before traveling to build site; work from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. with lunch on site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities.
Days 9–10 (Saturday–Sunday): Free days; cultural activities in the local community.
Days 11–15 (Monday–Friday) Workdays with breakfast served before traveling to build site; work from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. with lunch on site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities; farewell ceremony and dinner on Day 15.
Day 16 (Saturday) Depart for home.
Note: Other cultural activities will be offered throughout the trip.
Be prepared for simple living conditions that may not have all the comforts of home. Teams to Indonesia usually stay in a lodge or guesthouse with double-occupancy rooms and shared bathrooms.
Breakfast is usually prepared by the team and taken at the hotel or at the home where you are staying. Lunch is usually provided by the affiliate and taken on site. Dinner is usually taken at a local restaurant. All facilities are screened by HFH Indonesia staff to ensure they are safe, clean and well-maintained.
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).
Mike Skibinski is excited to be leading this trip with his partner, Stacey Kearns. Mike and Stacey live in southern Oregon, where Mike owns two small businesses, which give him time to follow his passion for international aid projects like Habitat. This will be Mike’s sixth Habitat build; he has led trips to Mongolia, India, Ecuador and Ghana. This will be Stacey’s first Habitat trip and first time traveling outside the U.S., and she is excited! Mike and Stacey like to bike, hike, play tennis and otherwise stay physically active.
For more information about this GV trip, contact Mike and Stacey at firstname.lastname@example.org.