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Durban, South Africa

August 10, 2012 to August 19, 2012

In honor of South Africa’s National Women’s Day, this all-women team will build a home in Durban, South Africa. You are reading this because you want to make a difference. Guaranteed is the difference this trip will make to you! Members of this team must be flexible, respect unfamiliar customs, work with a diverse group of individuals, be able to smile while working hard, laugh while sore and suspend all need for luxury accommodations. Is this for you?


South Africa country profile


About South Africa
Situated on the southern tip of Africa between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, the beautiful country of South Africa is hailed as “the miracle nation” for its successful transition from an oppressive apartheid system to a democratic government in 1994.

Boasting abundant natural resources and excellent infrastructure, South Africa bears hallmarks of a highly developed country. However, considerable economic and social problems remain from the apartheid era, and unemployment figures are high. One-third of the population lives on less than US$2 a day. Extreme poverty in rural areas continues to drive people to the cities in search of employment, with 57 percent of the population now living in overcrowded urban areas.

Housing need
In the light of nationwide social and economic issues and despite proactive government policies, almost 10 million South Africans live in poverty housing. Vast informal settlements, known as townships, commonly surround very modern cities. Occupants of townships, mostly black South Africans, often live without adequate services in overcrowded shacks pieced together with cardboard, corrugated iron and scrap wood.

Twenty percent of South Africa’s population is infected with HIV, and Habitat for Humanity South Africa has begun programs in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal geared toward ensuring the epidemic’s orphans have decent homes. Often, orphans are taken in by elderly grandparents, barely able to care for themselves, or by other family members already living in overcrowded housing. Others live alone in shacks that are falling down, with walls open to freezing winter winds and rain. The children typically sleep on the floor, with very little bedding. Habitat for Humanity South Africa aims to build 60 new homes for AIDS orphans and vulnerable children.

About Habitat for Humanity South Africa
Since 1996, Habitat for Humanity South Africa has built more than 2,200 houses in 17 communities across the country, in the Western Cape; Kwazulu-Natal; Gauteng and North West Province, providing shelter for 11,000 people and bringing volunteers together across racial, economic, cultural and social divides.

Types of construction for volunteers
South African Habitat homes are typically made from cement blocks. Volunteers may be involved in: digging trenches, mixing concrete, painting walls, clearing sites or adding the finishing touches to existing house. The nature of the work is often varied and usually involves work on a number of houses during the five days.

Standard itinerary
10-day itinerary
Day 1(Typically Friday): Depart the United States.
Day 2 (Saturday): Arrive in Durban; dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 3 (Sunday): Breakfast at hotel; welcome and introductions upon arrival; free time; dinner; time for team activities.
Days 4-8 (Workdays, Monday-Friday): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8:00a.m.-4:30p.m.; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities.
Day 9 (Saturday): Free time for cultural activities – vary based on host project location.
Day 10 (Sunday): Depart for home.

Our team will stay is a safe, clean hostel, with 2-3 roommates and shared bathrooms.

Program cost
(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!

Team leader
Angela Johnson joined the staff of Habitat for Humanity International in 2005. She values the hands-on Global Village experience as a way to support the Habitat mission beyond her professional role. Angela often leads local Habitat build events near Americus, Georgia, where she lives and works at Habitat’s headquarters. She has been on international Global Village trips to Ghana, Egypt, Kenya and Trinidad & Tobago. This is her third international GV trip as a leader.

Angela’s goal is to lead a team of service-focused, selfless women. Each member will do her part to build team cohesiveness. If you think you will be a great fit, please apply. If you have questions, please contact Angela at

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