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Argentina

October 19, 2012 to October 28, 2012

Have you ever visited another country and wanted to have more than that tourist feeling? Come join us for this exciting trip to Argentina and learn about its culture and people from your own personal involvement. You will meet and make new friends as we work together to make a difference in the lives of the Habitat partner families.

Experience the culture and learn about the true ways of life in Latin America as we spend time working and enjoy visiting this wonderful country. This is a true travel adventure with a purpose, which brings a positive outcome to all individuals involved.

 

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About Argentina
Argentina lies in the heart of South America, bordered by Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Chile. There is enormous geographic contrast between the expansive eastern plains and the Andes mountain range to the west.

Unfortunately, there is also an enormous economic contrast. Despite breathtaking landscapes and modern business centers, four of every 10 Argentines live in inadequate housing.

About Habitat for Humanity Argentina
Recognizing the need for decent housing in Argentina, Habitat for Humanity International established operations in the country in 1992 and built its first six houses in the Olavarria, Buenos Aires province.

In 2002, HFH Argentina began hosting Global Village teams, and has provided international volunteers with an opportunity to experience its culture through elaborate welcome and farewell activities with community members and Habitat partner families. During the trip, our team will be provided with educational tools about the housing needs in Argentina that will help us learn more about the families we will be working with.

For more information on the Argentina program, visit http://www.hpha.org.ar/.

Types of construction for volunteers
Volunteers will work on housing improvements, finish/conclusions, repairs and additions or expansions. Additional engagement activities could include work in community development projects with Habitat partner organizations; advocacy and social projects aimed to improve the lives of those in need of housing and education in Argentina; and other unique activities as identified by Habitat Argentina.

Standard itinerary
Day 1 (typically Friday): Depart from home.
Day 2 (Saturday): Arrival in Buenos Aires; greeted by Habitat Argentina staff; transport to hotel in Buenos Aires; free afternoon to rest; team dinner.

Day 3 (Sunday): Welcome and orientation meeting with HFH Argentina staff at the national office; share a typical Argentinean meal of empanadas for lunch; travel to host affiliate.
Day 4–8 (Workdays, Monday–Friday): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner of typical Argentine food; time for team activities.
Day 9 (Saturday): Travel to Buenos Aires; free time for local cultural activities; evaluation meeting with HPH Argentina.
Day 10 (Sunday): Departure. (Flights from Buenos Aires are typically in the evening, with next-day arrival to home city.)

Note: Cultural experiences with host staff during the trip may include city and market tours, recreational activities, school visits and other options. There will also be a farewell ceremony with partner family members on the final build day.

Accommodations
HFH Argentina will choose the team’s lodging taking into consideration our group’s size. Teams usually stay in basic, safe hotels, with team members staying two to four people per room, sometimes in dorm-style accommodations.

Breakfast and dinner will likely be served at the hotel or nearby restaurant. Lunch will be prepared by the hotel and eaten at the work site, where snacks and water will also be provided.

Program cost
US$1,680
(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
Roger D. Blackburn is a mature OSU Buckeye fan who enjoys any activity with his wife, Peggy, as they spoil their grandchildren. He has more than 15 years of volunteer experience with the local Habitat affiliate and had his first build experience with a Whirlpool Build in Arizona, which completed nine new homes in five days.

With the Global Village program he has been a teammate on trips to Mexico, Romania and Northern Ireland and has been a team leader on trips to Alaska and Portugal. He now invites you to come to Argentina this fall and join a team of dedicated, hard-working volunteers who will accomplish their objectives while enjoying the journey.

Please contact Roger to learn more about this trip at gvbuilders2012@gmail.com. Take action and become part of the team!


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

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