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Malawi

November 1, 2013 to November 10, 2013

Are you looking for a memorable African adventure? Join our team of energetic, dedicated, idealistic and fun-loving volunteers as we build a home in Malawi. You’ll be immersed in new culture, language, music, dancing and food. While working side-by-side with local families, you’ll make their community a safer, healthier, better place to live. We’ll build in Mulanje and also have the opportunity to explore the surrounding region and enjoy Malawi’s wildlife.

About Habitat for Humanity Malawi
Habitat for Humanity Malawi has served more than 11,000 families with housing solutions. Their work focuses on the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project, building homes for orphans and their caretakers, as well as providing them with health and legal resources. With safe, decent housing, Malawi’s next generation will be able to remain healthy, receive an education, and experience independence.

Habitat Malawi also works with microfinance lending partners to vet partner families and give technical assistance to new construction and vital repairs.

Our team’s project
We’ll work with a family of orphans and their caretakers—maybe even two families. Typical tasks for Global Village teams include mixing mortar and concrete, making bricks, carrying construction materials, fixing chicken wires, digging foundations, carrying water, and other tasks as given by the skilled masons on site.

Itinerary
Day 1 (Friday): Depart from the United States.
Day 2 (Saturday): Arrive in Malawi; dinner and overnight.
Day 3 (Sunday): Breakfast at the hotel; welcome and orientation with local staff; lunch at hotel; work in the afternoon; dinner and overnight.
Days 4-7 (Monday-Thursday): Typical build day: breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time in the evenings for local cultural activities; dinner; team activities.
Day 8 (Friday): Work a half-day; lunch on site; house dedication and farewell ceremony in the afternoon; drive back to Lilongwe; dinner and overnight
Day 9 (Saturday): Breakfast at the hotel; cultural Activities and free time; dinner and overnight.
Day 10 (Sunday): Depart for home.

There will be other opportunities for cultural activities in the evenings, during free time and during days off.

Accommodations
Teams traveling to Malawi stay in either guesthouses or small hotels, depending on the location. Breakfast and dinner are provided at lodging, and lunch is provided on site.

Program cost
US$2,220
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)

Team leader
Roger has been an active Habitat volunteer since 1991 and was an employee of Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver for five years. Prior to that Roger served as president of three Fortune 100 subsidiaries and lived in England, Russia and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia. Roger has led Global Village trips to Nepal, Vietnam, Bolivia and Kyrgyzstan and has traveled extensively elsewhere.

Roger currently lives in Colorado and enjoys skiing, mountain and road biking, tennis, kayaking and sailing, as well as building just about anything with his hands. Jack of all trades—master of none. 

Please contact Roger at krapfls@gmail.com to inquire about joining this adventure.


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