Start the new year off right with a Global Village trip to Bangalore, India. This will be a once in a lifetime trip that will combine the hard work of building Habitat homes, the adventure of travel, the camaraderie of team work and the rich, welcoming Indian culture.
“It was as if all my life I had been seeing the world in black and white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolor.”
-Keith Bellows, 100 Places that will Change your Life
The Republic of India is home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world and is a land as diverse as it is vast. Its population (more than 1.2 billion as of 2008) is expected to exceed China's, making it the world's most populous country.
India is located in southern Asia, with 7,000 kilometers of coastline along the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. It shares political borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, China, Nepal and Pakistan.
India gained its independence from Great Britain in 1947 and is the world's largest democracy. Since independence, India's history has been turbulent. Now in a period of liberalization, India faces the challenge of modernizing while trying to preserve its ancient culture. With an annual per capita income of US$1000, most Indian families are unable to afford a decent home.
About Habitat for Humanity India
HFH India was formed in 1983 and has built more than 17,000 houses that are approximately 350 square feet, with at least two rooms and a latrine. House designs vary, depending on materials available in the area and the specific needs of the local community.
Habitat’s IndiaBUILDS campaign aims to house 250,000 people over five years, mobilizing 1 million volunteers in the process and raising capital toward that goal. Currently, HFH India operates through resource centers in Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi, as well as satellite centers in the south, east and west. New partnerships with corporate supporters and non-governmental organizations extend Habitat’s presence to north India.
For more information, please visit the Habitat for Humanity India’s website.
Types of construction for volunteers
Volunteer may work on new construction of complete homes and with disaster-response programs. Habitat house designs and materials vary with climate and locale. Typically, house designs range in size from 240 to 360 square feet and are comprised of a living room, veranda, kitchen and toilet.
(14 day Itinerary)
Day 1 (Saturday, January 5): Depart for India.
Day 2 (Sunday, January 6): Travel day.
Day 3 (Monday, January 7): Arrive in Bangalore, India; free time; dinner
Days 4-7 (Tuesday - Friday, January 8 - 11): (Typical work days) Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner and time for team activities.
Days 8-9 (Saturday - Sunday, January 12 - 13): Free days: activity in local community and local site seeing.
Days 10-13 (Monday - Thursday, January 14-17): 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 at house; time for team activities; farewell lunch with families on Friday.
Day 14 (Friday, January 18): Departure day.
Team members should expect to stay at a hotel or a retreat center, depending on location. Rooms will be at least double-occupancy in a hotel and will usually have a private bath. Some teams may stay in a shared space with a shared bath.
Breakfast is usually provided at the hotel or the retreat center, and lunch is usually provided by the affiliate and taken on the work site. Dinner is taken at various restaurants or provided by the hotel or retreat center.
(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 – Katie McKenna
Katie McKenna is an experienced world traveler and has been a part of the Habitat for Humanity staff for the last seven years. During this time, she has built Habitat houses in five countries and nine U.S. cities. Katie is currently the community development manager at Habitat for Humanity Metro Denver and loves the Rocky Mountains, peppermint patties and the smell of new running shoes. After living and working for Habitat for Humanity in Lonavla, India in 2006, India has had a very special place in her heart. She is thrilled to be building with Habitat again in India and hopes that you will join her in 2013! You can contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.