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Yunnan, China

April 5, 2013 to April 20, 2013
Despite their country’s impressive growth, more than 150 million Chinese still live on less than US$1 a day.
Country profile

Yunnan (pronounced Winan) is China’s most diverse province, biologically as well as culturally. The province contains snow-capped mountains and true tropical environments, thus supporting an unusually full spectrum of species and vegetation types. During summer, the Great Plateau of Tibet acts as a barrier to monsoon winds, trapping moisture in the province. This gives the alpine flora in particular what one source has called a “lushness found nowhere else.”

On this 16-day adventure, you will be helping one or more families build a home. By helping to build a home, you will be helping them and the community achieves their dream of living in decent and safe housing. You will be working alongside local builders, community members and the families that will eventually live in the houses you will have helped construct. It is not all hard work as the trip will include some extra activities, such as visiting local places of interest. This will be a fun-filled adventure, not only on the build site but in the activities we undertake as a team.

I am looking for enthusiastic, fun-loving, dependable, hardworking and open-minded people who don’t mind getting their hands dirty and immersing themselves in the local culture. If that description fits you, please join me on this adventure!

About China
The rise of China as a new economic powerhouse continues to dazzle. China is a land where its historic past mingles with its optimistic, modern present. Over the past three decades, living standards have dramatically improved for many of the more than 1.4 billion people. However, rising prosperity has also sharply increased inequality, especially between those living in the countryside and those who live legally in major cities.

The World Bank estimates that about 150 million Chinese still live on less than US$1 a day, many in rural areas. Many of the chronically poor lack access to affordable housing, shut out by soaring land and house prices and insufficient supply of low-cost accommodations.

About Habitat for Humanity China
Habitat for Humanity China was established in 2000. It began in Kunming, capital of Yunnan, one of China’s poorest provinces. Through the first eight years of Habitat’s work in China, more than 650 houses have been built, multiple partnerships developed and additional offices opened in the country.

Yunnan project
The majority of families living in rural areas make their living from subsistence farming. Many are living in primitive houses made of mud-brick walls with ceramic tile roofs. These houses have no sanitation or ventilation systems, and often both the family and livestock share space inside together.

Types of construction for volunteers
Habitat works in China primarily in rural areas where homes are often made of unsafe structures. A typical Habitat home measures 70 square meters in size and the most common type of materials used are red bricks, stone, compressed earth blocks or wood supplemented with a tiled roof.

Global Village volunteers will typically either be assisting in creating new housing for families in need or rebuilding housing damaged or destroyed by the 2008 earthquake.

Standard itinerary
(16-day itinerary)

Friday, April 5: Depart for China.
Saturday, April 6: Travel Day.
Sunday, April 7: Arrive in Kunming City; free time and overnight stay in hotel.
Monday, April 8: Travel to site accommodation; welcome and orientation with local staff.
Tuesday – Friday, April 9 – 12: (typical work days) Breakfast at a local restaurant; work from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; team activities.
Saturday-Sunday, April 13 - 14: Free days; cultural activities and some sightseeing.
Monday-Thursday, April 15 – 18: (typical work days): Breakfast at a local restaurant; work from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; team activities. Farewell ceremony with community on final work day.
Friday, April 19: Travel to Kunming City; free time; final team dinner; overnight stay.
Saturday, April 20: Depart for home.

Lodging will be provided in a local hotel with participants sharing double-occupancy rooms and shared bath. The team will spend its first and last nights at a hotel in Kunming City. All daily meals, including lunch, snacks and bottled water on site, are included in the trip cost.

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- Ray Fowell
Ray has worked on and led a number of HFH projects in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. This will be his 16th trip and 11th as a team leader. He lives in the UK and heads a small property management company, but his passion is working in far-off lands with like-minded people willing to get their hands dirty, have fun and make a difference.

Click here for a link to the team leader profile for Ray.

If you are interested in joining this team of fun loving individuals or just want more information, contact Ray at:

Phone: +44 7983575271 (remember the time difference, he is on GMT)
Skype: raymundo1952

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