Fiera Nova, Brazil
A women washes dishes outside of the shack where her family lives. Country Profile
Whether it is the people, the food, the majestic landscape, or the music, Brazil offers each visitor a uniquely diverse experience. Join our Global Village team and make a lasting real difference in peoples’ lives as we immerse ourselves in the amazing culture that is Brazil. Our team will meet up in Recife where we will travel to Fiera Nova.
Brazil is the largest country in Latin America and the fifth-most populous country in the world. Half of the country is covered by the gigantic system of rivers known as the Amazon. Otherwise, dense jungles with abundant wildlife, breathtaking waterfalls and excellent beaches characterize the landscape.
Searching for employment, masses of people are moving into urban areas where they find few affordable housing options besides severely depressed, overcrowded shantytowns and slums. An unstable economy and high inflation rates make circumstances worse for already impoverished Brazilians. It was recently estimated that more than 50 million Brazilians live in substandard housing.
About Habitat for Humanity Brazil
Habitat for Humanity Brazil was formed in 1992 and builds houses of cement block, with clay tile roofs, cement floors, wooden doors and metal windows. HFH Brazil is currently working in more than 12 cities in 3 Brazilian states.
Types of construction for volunteers
Global Village volunteers may work on a variety of tasks. HFH Brazil’s house model is defined with the partner family, always respecting the goal of building a simple, decent and economical house. Houses are built using the region’s most common method and available resources, such as cement, sand, brick and metal.
Day 1 (Saturday): Depart the U.S. or home country for destination.
Day 2 (Sunday): Arrival day: greeted at the airport by GV hosts; register at hotel; welcome with Habitat staff and families; walking tour of the community; dinner and rest.
Days 3–7 (Work days, Monday–Friday): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. with lunch at a local restaurant; free time after work to clean up; supper of typical local food; time for team activities.
Day 8 (Saturday): Cultural tour and closing ceremony with host program; dinner and free time after work for team activities.
Day 9 (Sunday): Departure day.
Note: Special events throughout the week, including additional opportunities for cultural outings; visits to local schools, churches, nonprofits; free time for other activities.
Habitat Brazil will determine the best lodging option for our group, taking into consideration the group size as well as proximity to the construction site. Work teams usually stay in hotels that are basic, safe and clean. The team will stay two to four people per room. Private or shared baths will also be available.
Breakfast and dinner will typically be served in the hotel or at a local restaurant. Lunch will usually be packed each morning and taken to the build site. Purified water will be provided on site. Volunteers should bring water bottles to carry with them. You may also bring or purchase snacks to take on site.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)
Build a better world: Take the Global Village Challenge
Habitat for Humanity International is challenging Global Village volunteers to make an even greater impact on the global issue of poverty housing. We are asking all GV teams to help us raise an additional $1.1 million in the coming year to support Habitat’s building projects worldwide. Take up the challenge! Join us in sharing our story and building a better world!
The team leader for this trip is Scott Lyle. Scott started volunteering with Habitat over 20 years ago in Atlanta and now supports Habitat of the Chesapeake in Baltimore. This will be his tenth Global Village Habitat build. He has also participated on numerous Carter Work Project builds with Habitat. Enthusiastic, team-oriented people looking to work hard, laugh often, possibly cry a little and have fun can get more information on this trip by emailing Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.