Wellington, New Zealand
Come and have an experience of a lifetime by working alongside families to help build their new homes. We are seeking flexible, enthusiastic team members interested in making a difference in the housing needs of New Zealanders. No building skills required, just an open mind, a willingness to work with others and a desire to offer a hand up to families who need decent housing.
On this trip, you will help build a home for a local family and have the opportunity to become immersed in New Zealand’s culture. Have fun and become a part of Habitat for Humanity’s fight for affordable housing! No prior construction experience or language abilities are required for this adventure—just a positive attitude and the desire to make a difference for a family in need of affordable housing
About New Zealand
New Zealand is located in Oceania, which is made up of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Australia. It is a country of rare seismic beauty, from its mountain glaciers and fast-flowing rivers to deep, clear lakes and hissing geysers. Its islands offer abundant forest reserves, deserted beaches that stretch for miles and a variety of unique wildlife, such as the kiwi bird.
Not everyone is able to enjoy the country’s beauty, however. As New Zealand land prices and the cost of daily living continue to increase at a great rate, the dream of homeownership is sadly one that fewer and fewer New Zealand families are achieving.
A 2008 study by Demographia International found that New Zealand has some of the least affordable housing in the developed world, and it is estimated that 29 percent of households that rent in New Zealand suffer from housing-related stress. The high cost of housing keeps families in a cycle of poverty, as little money is left for food, clothing, health care, education or income generation.
About Habitat for Humanity New Zealand
To combat these problems, HFH New Zealand began working with families in 1993. The first New Zealand house was built by our Franklin affiliate (now part of the Greater Auckland affiliate) in Pukekohe in 1993. Today, Habitat for Humanity has 12 affiliate offices throughout New Zealand, and has helped give more than 300 families a hand up into their own home.
Recently, HFH New Zealand initiated a housing project in partnership with a local Maori tribe and the New Zealand government. The Maori tribe provides land, and Habitat and the government share in providing the funds to build houses. HFH New Zealand has a “house-for-a-house” tithe policy where, for every house built in the country, a similar amount is sent to a developing country.
Types of construction for volunteers
Volunteer may work on a variety of construction tasks to support HFH New Zealand’s building efforts with partner families.
(15 day itinerary)
Day 1 Friday, November 9: Depart for New Zealand
Day 2 Saturday, November 10: Travel day.
Day 3 Sunday, November 11: Arrive in Wellington; welcome orientation and dinner with the host staff.
Days 4-8 Monday –Friday, November 12 -16: Work days: breakfast at motel; devotions at work site; work from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. with tea breaks and lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner and time for team activities.
Day 9 -10 Saturday – Sunday, November 17-18: Free days and local sightseeing.
Days 11-14 Monday-Thursday, November 19 - 22: Work days: breakfast at motel; devotions at work site; work from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. with tea breaks and lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner and time for team activities. Farewell ceremony on Wednesday.
Days 15 Friday, November 23: Depart for home.
Team members should expect to stay at a local motel with team members sharing double- or triple-occupancy rooms. Breakfast is usually provided at motel and lunch is taken on the work site. Dinner is taken at various restaurants or planned with the local community.
(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!
Les Regehr currently resides in the Minneapolis area and has worked in the special investigation unit at Prudential Financial for the past eight years. When he’s not working, he enjoys hiking with his dog Jackson, watching sports, reading, traveling and of course volunteering. This will be his seventh GV trip (second as a team leader), and he is super excited to lead this trip.
For more information on this trip, please contact Les at LesRegehrsHabitatTrips@yahoo.com.