Ten House Blitz Build in Beius, Romania
This Global Village team has a special responsibility of assisting and supporting the HFH Romania Beius affiliate with a 10-house build staffed by more than 125 volunteers from Wesley College (prep school) of Dublin, Ireland. We are seeking skilled and experienced team members who know how to lead and teach young unskilled energetic youth in electrical, plumbing, stuccoing, sheetrock hanging/finishing, team building and basic carpentry. Being gifted in singing, dancing, video editing or website creation would also be a plus. Because we are essentially a component of the Beius support staff on this build we are recruiting a more experienced crew. If you have performed one of these roles with a local affiliate on an excel or blitz build, that would be a bonus. If you are a natural teacher who knows how to empower others, that is another bonus. A flexible positive attitude a must!
We will be arriving the week prior to the Blitz Build (two options are June 16 or June 19) to assist in set up and prepping for the arrival of the Wesley College team celebrating their 10-year commitment to HFH Romania with the 10-house build!
Since getting to Romania is rare for most of us, there will be an optional three-day R&R experience following the build in Transylvania, including castles, forests, mountains and medieval stories. This is organized separately from the Global Village program with guidance from some of our Romanian partners.
Romania is located in southeastern Europe, bordering the Black Sea, between Bulgaria, Hungary, Moldova, Serbia and Ukraine. Romania has an estimated population of 22.3 million (2007 estimate).
Its landscape is broken by the Carpathian Mountains and Transylvanian Alps. The climate is temperate: cold, cloudy winters with frequent snow and fog; and sunny summers with frequent showers and thunderstorms.
Romanian is the main ethnic group (nearly 90 percent), but there are also sizable Hungarian (6.6 percent) and Roma (2.5 percent) populations. Romanian is the Romania’s official language. The dominant religion is Eastern Orthodox (87 percent, including all sub-denominations). Minority religions include Protestant (7.5 percent) and Roman Catholic (4.7 percent).
About Habitat for Humanity Romania
Romania became the 50th Habitat for Humanity country after being invited to help in Beius. Six other communities, including Cluj-Napoca (Cluj), Pitesti, Radauti, Comanesti, Cumpana and Craiova have since taken up the challenge of ending poverty housing as part of Habitat. Now more than 1,200 families in Romania, who previously lived in miserable conditions, have a safe and healthy home.
Beius, where this GV team will be building, is a small town of 12,000 inhabitants located in the northwest of Romania’s Bihor County, near the Romanian-Hungarian border. The town is located in a beautiful valley with many villages surrounded by wonderful mountains. Beius has a rural feel and one should not be surprised to see a wagon with horses crossing through the town.
Founded in 1996, HFH Beius became the first Habitat affiliate in Romania, and has since provided 100 families in the Beius community with safe, decent, affordable shelter. HFH Beius offers a hand up, not a hand out. Partner families pay back the home mortgage over 20 years at no interest, and invest 1,000 hours of sweat equity labor on other Habitat homes.
For more information about Habitat for Humanity Romania, visit www.habitat.ro.
Types of construction for volunteers
Depending on the stage of construction, our team will work on a variety of tasks; new construction of single and duplex wood-frame houses, and home renovations and repairs. No construction experience is required for GV participants.
(Being that this is a special build, it will not directly follow a standard itinerary)
Day 1: Depart from home.
Day 2: Arrival in Budapest, Hungary; overnight in hotel; team dinner.
Day 3: Travel to host program; welcome and orientation with Habitat host program staff member; dinner.
Days 4-6 Work days: Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner in local restaurants; time for team activities; walking tour of host city.
Day 7 Free day: Breakfast served before traveling; free time for cultural activities; dinner in local restaurants; time for team activities.
Days 8-9 Work days: Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner in local restaurants; time for team activities; walking tour of host city.
Note: Trip includes special events throughout the week: Cultural experiences with host program staff, such as market tours, museum visits, etc;
Day 10: Free time; cultural activities in local community.
Day 11-14 Work days: Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner in local restaurants; time for team activities. Farewell dinner, house dedication, final evening on day 14.
Day 15: Departure day.
Teams traveling to Beius, Romania, should expect to stay in a modest guest house with double- or triple-occupancy rooms and shared bath. Meals are usually taken at local restaurants or prepared by the team. The first and last nights, the team will stay in double-occupancy rooms with a private bath at a hotel in Budapest, Hungary.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)
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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!
Rolf Bell was the former West Region Habitat for Humanity International director overseeing the work of 72 Habitat affiliates in four western states. He has led Global Village Teams to New Zealand and Botswana, served as a house leader on two Jimmy Carter Work Projects in the Philippines and Harlem, New York. He has led three teams for the ELCA to build a Chapel in Poland. He is trained as a minister and third generation contractor. Rolf lives in Berkeley, Calif., with his spouse, Laura, and daughter, Olivia, both of whom built in Botswana and will be joining the team in Romania. The best way to reach him: firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-295-9322 cell or 510-540-1111 at home.