Indians believe in sharing happiness and sorrow. A festival or a celebration is never confined to a family or a home. The whole community or neighborhood is involved in bringing liveliness to an occasion. You can become a part of this culture for a short time, and make a difference in the lives of local families.
On this 15-day adventure, you will be helping one or more families build a home in a community, near Delhi. By helping to build a home, you will be helping these families, and their community, achieve the dream of living in decent and safe housing. You will be working alongside a team of local builders, community members and the families that will eventually live in the houses you help construct. It is not all hard work, however, as the trip will include some extra activities, such as visiting an orphanage, a temple and other places of interest. This will be a fun-filled adventure, not only on the build site but also in the activities we undertake as a team.
We are looking for enthusiastic, fun-loving, dependable, hardworking and open-minded people to help. If that description fits you, please join us!
The Republic of India is home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world and is a land as diverse as it is vast. Its population (more than 1.2 billion as of 2008) is expected to exceed China’s by 2020, making it the world’s most populous country.
India is located in southern Asia, with 7,000 kilometers of coastline along the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. It shares political borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, China, Nepal and Pakistan.
India gained its independence from Great Britain in 1947 and is the world’s largest democracy. Since independence, India’s history has been turbulent. Now in a period of liberalization, India faces the challenge of modernizing while trying to preserve its ancient culture. With an annual per capita income of US$300, most Indian families are unable to afford a decent home.
About Habitat for Humanity India
Habitat India was formed in 1983 and has built more than 17,000 houses that are approximately 350 square feet, with at least two rooms and a latrine. House designs vary, depending on materials available in the area and the specific needs of the local community.
Habitat’s IndiaBUILDS campaign aims to house 250,000 people over five years, mobilizing one million volunteers in the process and raising capital toward that goal. Currently, Habitat India operates through resource centers in Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi, as well as satellite centers in the south, east and west. New partnerships with corporate supporters and non-governmental organizations extend Habitat’s presence to north India.
Habitat India also has an active disaster-response program. Reconstruction efforts after the December 2004 tsunami built on earlier initiatives in Gujarat, where Habitat provided homes following an earthquake in 2001 and in Cuttack, Orissa, where communities were rebuilt in the aftermath of a super cyclone. For more information, please visit the Habitat for Humanity India’s Web site.
Types of construction for volunteers
Volunteers may work on new construction of complete homes and with disaster-response programs. Habitat house designs and materials vary with climate and locale. Typically, house designs range in size from 240 to 360 square feet and are comprised of a living room, veranda, kitchen and toilet.
Dec. 4, Saturday: Depart from home.
Dec. 5, Sunday: Arrive in New Delhi. Welcome and orientation with local staff; free time; dinner
Dec. 6-10: Monday-Friday: Workdays; breakfast served before traveling to worksite; work from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with lunch on site; free time after work to clean up; dinner and time for team activities.
Dec. 11-12, Saturday-Sunday: Free days: activity in local community; local sightseeing.
Dec. 13-17, Monday- Friday: Breakfast served before traveling to worksite; 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. At some point during this week we will visit a local orphanage.
Dec. 17, Friday: Farewell lunch with families. Team farewell dinner in the evening
Dec. 18, Saturday: Departure day.
Team members should expect to stay at a hotel or a retreat center, Rooms will be at least double-occupancy in the hotel and will usually have a private bath. Breakfast is provided at the hotel, and lunch is provided by the affiliate and taken on the work site. Dinner is taken at various restaurants or provided by the hotel.
For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village trip cost.
During the free time we normally offer group options to take in a Bollywood movie, visit markets and the occasional restaurant outside the itinerary budget, etc. These activities are not included within the trip fee and are paid individually.
Ray Fowell has worked on and led a number of Habitat Global Village trips in Europe, Central America and Asia. This will be his 11th trip, and his fifth as a team leader to India. He lives in the UK and heads a small property management company, but his passion is working in far-off lands with like-minded people willing to get their hands dirty, have fun and make a difference.
If you are interested in joining this team of fun-loving individuals or just want more information, contact Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call +44 7983575271 (Remember the time difference! I’m on GMT.)