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Braga, Portugal

November 7, 2009 to November 16, 2009

Join me on a wonderful adventure! Experience the joy of working with prospective homeowners, the local community and a team of diverse and enthusiastic volunteers. Learn about a culture different than yours and make an impact in the life of families wanting and needing a better place to live. Explore beautiful Portugal and gain an everlasting experience with Habitat for Humanity.


Rosa Coelho praises God that she no longer has to live in the shack visible through the window behind her in Cunha, Portugal.
Country Profile

About Portugal

Land of seafarers and explorers, Portugal is a country whose striking landscapes and cultural wonders lure visitors hoping for a shot of the old world mixed with a vibrant modern flair. Known for its beach resorts, port wine vineyards and olive groves, Portugal’s valleys and the Serra da Estrala mountain range offer some of the best panoramas in Europe, with local color to be found in its many fishing port towns.

Portugal has long been burdened with one of the poorest economies in Western Europe, with the gap between rich and poor widening. Substandard housing that lacks basic amenities, such as indoor plumbing or electricity, can be found in rural areas and in shantytowns surrounding the coastal cities.

HFH Portugal was formed in 1996. HFH Portugal builds houses in traditional style, with red tile roofs.

Standard Itinerary
(10-day itinerary)

Day 1 (typically Saturday): Depart for Portugal.
Day 2 (Sunday):
Arrive in Porto, Portugal; travel to Braga; welcome and orientation with Habitat host program staff member; dinner.
Days 3–8 Work days (Monday–Saturday):
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. Farewell dinner on Day 8. Note: Thursday can be an optional cultural activity day or work day.
Day 9 (Sunday):
Travel to Porto; free time; final team dinner.
Day 10 (Monday):
Departure day.

Note: Special events throughout the week include cultural experiences with host program staff, such as market tours, museum visits, walking tours, etc.

Hotels are simple and basic and typically located near the project site. Rooms sleep two people and include a private bathroom. All facilities are screened by HFH staff to ensure they are safe, clean and well-maintained.

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
Louise Hurless has been employed with Habitat for Humanity for over ten years. She was the executive director for a small rural affiliate in Michigan, and now works in Americus, Georgia for Habitat for Humanity International in the U.S. Support Center. She has participated in a trip to Mexico and led a team of 14 to Hungary.

Louise loves to share Habitat adventures with new and seasoned volunteers. She believes that experiencing the pride and joy of building a home with prospective homeowners and volunteers has no comparison to anything else and looks forward to helping you have the experience of a lifetime while carrying out Habitat’s mission.

For more information about this trip, contact Louise via e-mail at

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