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Negombo, Sri Lanka

June 28, 2013 to July 12, 2013

If you are looking for an amazing adventure that offers you the opportunity to volunteer with Habitat in a stunning location, look no further! Set in the Indian Ocean in South Asia, the tropical island nation of Sri Lanka has a history dating back more than 2,500 years. Few places in the world can offer the traveler such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location. On this small island lie eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 15 national parks showcasing an abundance of wildlife, nearly 500,000 acres of lush tea estates and 350 waterfalls. Join our team and help build a few homes on this beautiful island nation. No construction experience required just a willingness to work hard.

A Sri Lankan family at the door of their
new Habitat for Humanity home.

About Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, knows as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean,” has made steady progress since the opening of its economy in 1977. The island country, located southeast of India, is known worldwide for its tropical, natural beauty that brings in tourists. Unfortunately, poor families have seen few of the benefits.

Policies to alleviate poverty and development efforts by the government and international non-governmental organizations have been hampered by three decades of civil war. Rebuilding still continues from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. More than 4 million people are estimated to live below the poverty line, with about half a million of them residing in slums and shanties.

About Negombo
This Global Village team will be serving in Negombo, a community about 40 kilometers north of the capital city of Colombo. The area is a well-known fishing area with beautiful beaches. Most of the communities have low-income families making a living through daily manual labor or fishing.

While there is great need here, there is plenty of natural beauty as well. Negombo, on the coast, offers cultural attractions, shopping and beaches. 

About Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka

Habitat for Humanity began operating in Sri Lanka in 1994, through affiliates. The model later evolved into a series of Habitat Resource Centers that support satellite centers and individual projects in four regions. Today, Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka is probably the country’s largest homebuilder after the government. Learn more on Habitat’s Sri Lanka country profile page.

Types of construction for volunteers
In Wattala-Ja Ela, Habitat partners with families to construct concrete-block houses through a concept called “Save and Build.” This model enables Habitat to reach the poorest of the poor. Families join together to form a savings group and set a savings goal of building one Habitat house. Each family makes contributions until the group reaches its one-house goal; Habitat and its partners then provide loans for two more houses. After those three houses are completed, the cycle repeats until all members have a home of their own.

Our team will provide volunteer labor to help these families keep reaching their group housing goals. We will help with construction that might include building concrete block or brick walls, installing corrugated tin roofs and finishing plaster.

Standard itinerary
15-day itinerary

Day 1: (Friday, June 28) Depart from home.
Day 2: (Saturday, June 29) Travel day.
Day 3: (Sunday, June 30) Arrive in Sri-Lanka; welcome and orientation, free time. 
Days 4-8: (Monday – Friday, July 1 – 5) Workdays with breakfast served before traveling to build site; construction and safety orientation; work from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities.
Days 9-10: (Saturday – Sunday, July 6 – 7) Free days; cultural activities in the local community; could include temple visits, hikes and sightseeing and shopping opportunities.
Day 11- 14: (Monday – Thursday, July 8 -11) Workdays with breakfast served before traveling to build site; construction and safety orientation; work from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities. Thursday – House dedication, and farewell dinner.
Day 15: (Friday, July 12) Depart for home.

Our team will stay in hotel, typically in double-occupancy rooms with attached bathrooms. Breakfast will be taken at the hotel. Lunch is usually provided by Habitat Sri Lanka and taken on site. Dinner will be eaten at local restaurants.

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- Michal Anthony
Michael Anthony has been involved with Habitat Global Village for more than five years; this will be his tenth build in Asia, including projects in Indonesia, Vietnam, Fiji, and six separate builds in Thailand. Michael is 53 years old, retired, and has two children, who have both been on numerous builds to Southeast Asia. Mike’s looking for a team of individuals who will be flexible, open minded and can commit two weeks of hard work for a needy family. Michael believes that building a home is only half the trip’s purpose; exploring a new culture, making new friends and recharging your appreciation for life is equally important. He encourages all ages to apply and be part of this special team. You can reach him by email at 

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