We’re excited to invite you to join us on a building adventure in beautiful Alaska, in the city of Anchorage. We will be working with local families to help them obtain decent, affordable housing. There will also be opportunities during the team period to experience some of this part of Alaska’s natural beauty. No experience is necessary to be considered for participation on this team, only a willingness to listen, learn and work.
Anchorage sits in a geographic bowl, bounded by the Chugach Mountains to the north and east, and by the Cook Inlet to the west and south. With a population of 265,000, it is the largest city in Alaska (41 percent of the state’s population). The majority are Caucasian (approximately 75 percent), with the remaining 25 percent split between Native Alaskans, Asians, Hispanics and African-Americans.
Anchorage is the commercial center of Alaska and in many ways looks like any other major U.S. city, with shopping malls, housing developments and office buildings (primarily oil and government). There are two military bases nearby as well.
In general, team members should plan for a wide variety of weather. It may be 85 degrees and sunny in Anchorage but cold near glaciers, or it may rain frequently and be very cold in the mountains.
About Habitat for Humanity Anchorage
In January 1991, a group of Anchorage residents who believed in helping people help themselves began organizing to establish Habitat for Humanity Anchorage. HFHA officially affiliated with Habitat for Humanity International in June 1992, and works with people who live in substandard conditions, volunteers and donors throughout Anchorage.
Learn more at http://www.hfhanchorage.org.
Types of construction for volunteers
Construction for teams to Anchorage is typically on new homes. Tools and safety equipment are available, and each site is equipped with portable bathroom facilities.
Day 1 (Sunday, May 26): Arrive: Greeted at the Anchorage airport by team leader; community welcome dinner and team meeting.
Day 2 (Monday, May 27): Orientation; group activity.
Days 3–6 (Workdays, Tuesday, May 28- Friday, May 31): Breakfast before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. with lunch on-site; showers followed by time for team activities. Special events throughout the week include local activities and community dinners.
Days 7–9 (Saturday, June 1- Monday, June 3): Cultural touring and sightseeing in the Homer area. The team will be staying in motel rooms. Boat trip to Halibut Cove. Optional hiking, kayaking and fishing.
Days 10–13 (Workdays, Tuesday, June 4–Friday, June 7): Work days, same as above. Farewell and house blessing on Friday afternoon.
Day 14 (Saturday, June 8): Cultural activity; Kenai Fjords wildlife and glacier cruise.
Day 15 (Sunday, June 9): Departure day.
Teams stay in local churches with fully equipped kitchens available for teams to prepare meals. There are clean, adequate bathroom facilities at all churches. Showering facilities are available 24 hours a day at a local health club; teams will not be showering at the host church. Twin size air mattresses are provided. Habitat Anchorage has sleeping bags to loan to team members, but most participants choose to bring their own sleeping bags or purchase an inexpensive one in Anchorage.
(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!
Boots and Ramsay Walker have been involved with the Global Village program initially as team members and more recently as team leaders primarily in Europe, Asia and Africa for more than ten years. Boots has worked previously on a GV team in Alaska, and her involvement with Habitat for Humanity also includes a year spent working full time in Thailand, her native country, as national GV coordinator. Boots and Ramsay can be contacted regarding this opportunity by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.