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Nurek, Tajikistan

March 19, 2010 to April 2, 2010

Are you the type of individual who believes that becoming immersed in another culture brings richness to life far beyond that experienced by the average tourist? Do you have a heart for service and a desire for a life changing experience? Would you like to work side-by-side with sweet, gentle local people, be invited to eat in their simple village homes, visit their relatives as a part of your mission trip and experience hospitality that inspires all team members? Would you like the stimulation of meeting 12–14 like-minded team members? Then this may be the trip for you! There will be a place on our team for men and women of all experience and ages. No previous construction skill or experience is required.

About Tajikistan
Tajikistan is located in Central Asia, west of China. It shares borders with Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. The country is landlocked in a mountainous region, primarily dominated by the Trans-Alay and Pamir Mountain ranges. Tajikistan’s highest point, Qullai Ismoili Somoni, was previously known as “Communism Peak” and was the tallest mountain in the former USSR.

The climate in Tajikistan varies depending on altitude, but most areas experience hot summers and mild winters, with colder temperatures in higher elevations. It is home mainly to the Tajiks, who share culture and history with the Iranians and speak Tajik, a language closely related to Persian.

About Habitat for Humanity Tajikistan
Due to the country’s civil war in the 1990s and the ensuing economic collapse, poverty housing is a common problem. Many unfinished homes are scattered across Tajikistan, while existing housing is deteriorating from neglect.

Habitat for Humanity began in Tajikistan in 1999, two years after the end of the country’s civil war. In partnership with Shelter for Life International, Habitat has been building in the southern and northern regions of the war-torn country. In November 2003, a community group in the northern city of Khujand was officially welcomed on board as Habitat’s newest Central Asian affiliate.

Nurek is located in the Khatlon region in the southwest of Tajikistan, 75 kilometers from the capital city Dushanbe. This region is the biggest and poorest one of five and is home to a third of the country’s population of roughly 6.5 million. Eighty-five percent of the Khatlon region is threatened by mudslides, and 32 percent of the area is situated in the high mudslide risk zone. These natural disasters occur annually, destroying lives and homes

Types of construction for volunteers
New construction of complete homes, termination of partially-constructed homes, renovations and apartment and home repairs. Depending on the phase of construction, our team will work on a variety of tasks. No construction experience is required for GV participants.

Standard itinerary
(15-day itinerary)

Day 1, typically Friday
: Depart for Tajikistan.
Day 2, Saturday
: Arrival in Istanbul, Turkey; team dinner.
Day 3, Sunday
: Free day in Istanbul to explore the sights; lunch and dinner in restaurants; evening flight to Dushanbe.
Day 4, Monday
: Arrival in Dushanbe in early morning; travel to Nurek; welcome and orientation with Habitat Tajikistan staff member; dinner.
Days 5–9, Tuesday–Saturday (typical workday)
: Breakfast; work from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. with lunch on site; free time in evenings; dinner in local restaurants.
Day 10, Sunday
: Free day; local cultural activities.
Day 11, Monday
: Breakfast; work from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. with lunch on site; free time in evenings; dinner in local restaurants; time for team activities.
Day 12, Tuesday
: Breakfast; work from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. with lunch on site; free time in evenings; dinner in local restaurants; time for team activities.
Day 13, Wednesday
: Breakfast; work from 8 a.m.–12 p.m. with lunch on site; travel to Dushanbe; free time; farewell dinner with HFH Tajikistan staff; overnight in Dushanbe.

Day 14, Thursday: Depart Dushanbe and arrive in Istanbul in the morning; free day to explore Istanbul; final team dinner.
Day 15, Friday
: Departure day.

Team members should expect to stay in a guesthouse. All facilities are screened by HFH staff to ensure they are safe, clean and well-maintained. Meals will be taken at local restaurants or prepared by the team.

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).

Note: In-country transportation from Dushanbe-Nurek-Dushanbe is included in the trip cost.

Team leader
Wanda Smith of Frankfort, Indiana is a veteran leader of over 30 previous Global Village teams. She is excited to be returning to her favorite country, Tajikistan, for the seventh time. She is retired from high school guidance counseling but currently works as the campus coordinator of a new alternative school. She is a founding member of her local Habitat for Humanity and served on the Habitat board as recording secretary and chairman of the family selection committee for over 15 years. Wanda has participated as a co-facilitator of Global Village team leader training roundtables and always looks forward to meeting new people at ANY point in the world. Leading and facilitating Global Village teams is an absolute passion for Wanda!

Note: Based on previous highly successful tour options in Turkey, Wanda is working with a U.S.-based travel agent to develop possible tours in Turkey following the build in Tajikistan.

Fore more information, contact Wanda at or 765-242-1186.

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

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