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Tien Giang, Vietnam

May 8, 2010 to May 22, 2010

“It’s a house party and you are all invited.”
—R. Sylvster

You are invited to join our team of 14 amazing people as we spend two weeks in Tien Giang, Vietnam working with new friends from around the world. We are looking forward to spending our vacation working hard, seeing a beautiful country and making amazing friends. Please join us on what promises to be a incredible experience!

About Vietnam
Vietnam (“Viet Nam” in Vietnamese), officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia, bordering China, Laos and Cambodia. The population is densely packed in the bustling and chaotic streets of Hanoi in the north. About 3,450 km (2,140 miles) of coastline to the south, are tranquil rice paddies and tropical islands.

The country has experienced significant economic growth in the past two decades as the country shifted to a market-style economy. A driving force for the future is Vietnam’s strongly motivated and educated population—the country boasts a 90 percent literacy rate. But while Vietnam has the second fastest growing economy in Asia, it is still one of the poorest countries in the region. A 2004 census estimated 19.5 percent of Vietnamese lived below the national poverty line. Substandard housing in Vietnam ranges from overcrowded urban units to shacks constructed from scraps or natural materials that need frequent replacing.

Tien Giang province is located north of the Mekong Delta, adjacent to the Tien River. It is bordered on the north by Long An; on the south by Vinh Long and Ben Tre; on the east by Ho Chi Minh; and on the west by Dong Thap. Tien Giang’s population is estimated at more than 1.6 million. My Tho is the capital city and municipality of Tien Giang.

About Habitat for Humanity Vietnam
Habitat’s work in Vietnam is undertaken through the Habitat for Humanity Vietnam national office that was established in October 2002. Currently, Habitat has projects in the southern provinces of Kien Giang, Tien Giang and Dong Nai, as well as Ho Chi Minh City.

Recently, Habitat started a pilot project to reduce poverty levels in Tien Giang, where more than 1,000 families are being provided with improved sanitation and housing. With the help of the provincial authorities, this initiative extended existing microfinance networks so families could save and access credit for home improvements.

To learn more about HFH Vietnam, visit

Types of construction for volunteers
Volunteers may work on existing home renovations and complete home construction. Volunteers may help with some—but not necessarily all—of these activities: transporting materials; filling foundations with dirt, stone and sand; compacting floor; mixing mortar; laying bricks; cleaning and painting windows and doors.

Standard itinerary

Day 1, typically Saturday
: Depart for Vietnam.
Day 2, Sunday
: Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City; free time; dinner; overnight in hotel.
Day 3, Monday
: Travel to My Tho in Tien Giang; orientation with local staff member; visit project sites and families; welcome dinner.
Days 4–7, Tuesday–Friday (workdays)
: 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 and time for team activities.
Days 8–9 (Saturday–Sunday)
: Free days: activities in local community.
Days 10–13, Monday–Thursday
: Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. with lunch on site; free time after work to clean up; dinner at house; time for team activities; farewell lunch with families.
Day 14, Friday
: Travel to Ho Chi Minh City; free time for local activities; dinner.
Day 15, Saturday
: Departure day.

Note: Trip includes special events throughout the week and cultural experiences with affiliate staff, such as market tours, museum visits, church, historical sites etc.

Teams typically stay in a local hotel with air conditioning. Participants share double-occupancy rooms and a private bath.

Breakfast is prepared at the hotel. Lunch is prepared by local restaurants that are located near the work site and served on site. Dinners are taken in local restaurants. Snacks and water is included, as well as the cost of welcome and farewell dinners.

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
Farhan Syed is a native of Bangladesh and has lived in Los Angeles for the past 12 years. This will be his third trip with the Global Village program. His first two GV trips were to Uganda and El Salvador. He has also traveled to London, Germany, Hong Kong and few other countries.

For more information about this trip or team leader, contact Farhan via cell phone at 1-818-415-4602 or e-mail at

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

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