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Santa Fe, Argentina

November 15, 2013 to December 1, 2013

Come and build with a fun but hard-working team in Santa Fe, Argentina! See Argentina in a way that is very different to the tourist experience and find out more about the people of this country that spans such a large geographic area of South America. This two-week build has been designed to provide a real immersion into the culture of this fascinating country, and also provides us with the time to make a real difference through our building efforts. 

We are looking for 20 keen participants who would like the opportunity to help Argentinians in need of decent housing, to work closely with local residents and to build lasting friendships with fellow teammates. No previous building experience is necessary, but we value greatly a willingness to work hard coupled with a sense of humour.

About Habitat for Humanity Argentina
Recognizing the need for decent housing in Argentina, Habitat for Humanity International established operations in the country in 1992 and built its first six houses in the Olavarria, Buenos Aires province.

In 2002, HFH Argentina began hosting Global Village teams, and has provided international volunteers with an opportunity to experience its culture through elaborate welcome and farewell activities with community members and Habitat partner families. During the trip, our team will be provided with educational tools about the housing needs in Argentina that will help us learn more about the families we will be working with.

For more information on the Argentina program, visit http://www.hpha.org.ar/

Types of construction for volunteers
Volunteers will work on housing improvements, finish/conclusions, repairs and additions or expansions. Additional engagement activities could include work in community development projects with Habitat partner organizations; advocacy and social projects aimed to improve the lives of those in need of housing and education in Argentina; and other unique activities as identified by Habitat Argentina.

Standard itinerary
November 15: Depart from home.
November 16: Arrive in Buenos Aires; greeted by Habitat Argentina staff; transport to hotel in Buenos Aires; free afternoon to rest; team dinner.
November 17: Welcome ceremony; travel to Santa Fe.
November 18-22: Work days.
November 23: Work alongside and get to know members of the local community in Santa Fe.
November 24-25: Rest days.
November 26- 29: Work days.
November 30: Travel back to Buenos Aires.
December 1: Departure day (Flights from Buenos Aires are typically in the evening, with next-day arrival to home city).

Accommodations
Hotel accommodation: The group will be staying at basic, safe hotels, in central location with team members staying two people per room.

Breakfast and dinner will likely be served at the hostel or nearby restaurant. Lunch will be prepared by the hostel and eaten at the work site, where snacks and water will also be provided.

Program cost
US$2,570
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)

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Team leader
Neale Kemp has been involved with Habitat for Humanity since 2000 as a board member and active volunteer with the Grey Bruce affiliate in Ontario, Canada. Since the 2004 tsunami, Neale has been on and led a number of “First Builder” teams to Sri Lanka and Thailand in 2005-2007. Since that time, Neale has led large teams to undertake construction work in Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia. This is his 16th GV build. Neale is Australian, currently a resident and citizen of Canada, and runs his own marine engineering business out of Owen Sound, Ontario. He may be contacted at nealekemp@aka-group.com.


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