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July 26, 2013 to August 7, 2013

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This will be an amazing opportunity to help families and vulnerable children in a fascinating land. Experience Africa in a unique way as we immerse ourselves in a community of dedicated Zambian people to assist them in building safe and decent housing. No construction experience is needed. This trip is for people with open minds and the desire to be part of a team providing a hand up to those in need.

A woman carries water to the build site in Lusaka, Zambia.
Zambia country profile

About Zambia
Zambia is in southeastern Africa and covers a lot of territory, including highlands, plains, swamps and deserts.

Lusaka is the capital, largest city, and one of the fastest-growing cities in Africa. It is a center for commerce, government and transportation.

Habitat for Humanity Zambia
Habitat for Humanity Zambia (HFHZ) opened in 1984, when it started building houses with fishing families on Kabuyu Island. From these small beginnings, HFHZ has built more than 1,700 houses and expanded into six of the country’s nine provinces. HFH Zambia has also facilitated multiple development initiatives, especially in the Chanyanya community. The newest of the program’s affiliates is in the urban area of Tiyende Pamodzi, Lusaka.

Types of construction for volunteers
HFHZ builds in both rural and semi-urban areas. The average house size is 35 square meters (~300 square feet). Using regionally appropriate technology, most of the program’s rural houses are built using burnt bricks and corrugated iron roofing sheets. The houses are simple but high quality, with separate sleeping, cooking and living areas. The design is such that homeowners have the option of extending the houses in the future.

Friday, July 26: Depart the United States.
Saturday, July 27: Arrival in Lusaka; greeted at airport by HFH Zambia staff; transport to hotel; dinner and overnight in Lusaka.
Sunday, July 28: Orientation with host staff; grociery shopping; travel to host project.
Monday, July 29-Saturday, August 3: 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; time for team activities.
Sunday, August 4: Cultural activities and free time.
Monday, August 5: Typical work day.
Tuesday, August 6: Work from 8am to 10am; farewell celebration and lunch; travel back to Lusaka; dinner and overnight.
Wednesday, August 7: Breakfast at hotel; depart for home.

Teams stay in a group house or Habitat house, typically 2-6 people per room with bucket showers and pit latrines. Teams will be able to walk to the build site. No electricity!

Program cost
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)

Increase your impact: Take the GV Challenge
Habitat for Humanity is accelerating its work to end poverty housing, and we need Global Village teams to help. Set a goal and fundraise to make your impact last longer than the days you’re in the field. Your support builds more homes, creates resource centers, educates families and advances our projects to build sustainable communities. We’ll even provide tools to make fundraising easy. Take the GV Challenge—join us in sharing our story and building a better world.

Team leader
Graham Robb has traveled extensively in Europe, Central America, Asia and South America and is a long-term volunteer with the Habitat affiliate in his hometown of Philadelphia. He has also worked on Habitat projects in Louisiana and Brazil. Graham has led Global Village teams to Romania, Portugal and Argentina and is excited to be leading this summer’s team to Zambia.

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