Bali’s natural beauty, warm climate and location are enticements for many travelers. This trip will provide an even more fulfilling experience because we will be working with families, construction personnel and Habitat staff which will give us the opportunity to thoroughly participate and take an active role in the local culture.
The republic of Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, consisting of 17,508 islands (6,000 inhabited). It straddles the equator and is a strategic location astride major sea lanes from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. The climate in Indonesia is hot and tropical throughout, with more moderate temperatures in the highlands.
With a population of more than 237 million, Indonesia is the world’s fourth-most populated country. For many, a long-held cultural tenet of Indonesia is the importance of “Gotong-royong,” or, communal spirit. In addition to hospitality, it means helping each other in times of need and despair – a very appropriate term for Global Village team members, too.
Our team will be building in the northern side of Bali, most likely in a community in Git Git and Goblek Munduk-- about a three-hour drive from the airport in Denpasar. Bali is the westernmost of Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands and is the country’s most popular tourism destination. While many families are in great need here, there is also a thriving arts scene and the region retains its rich, cultural heritage.
About Habitat for Humanity Indonesia
HFH Indonesia was established in 1997. It now has seven affiliates in Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Batam, Manado, Medan and there are disaster-recovery projects in place in Aceh and Yogyakarta. Many partner families here participate in “Save and Build” programs that enable families to empower themselves. As of 2013, Habitat has served more than 39,000 families.
Recently, HFH Indonesia marked four milestones: It completed its 5000th house – built in Aceh under the tsunami reconstruction program; finished repairs of 1,000 houses for flood-affected families in Jakarta; celebrated 1,500 houses built for earthquake-affected families in Yogyakarta; and marked 300 houses constructed in Batam. To learn more about Habitat Indonesia, visit http://www.habitatindonesia.org.
Types of construction for volunteers
The core first-stage home normally measures 24 sq. m. Houses use cement slab foundations and are made from concrete blocks and plywood, with wood frames and clay tiles for roofs. It takes between 14 and 21 days to build a house. Volunteers may work on existing home renovations and complete home construction. Volunteers may help to: transport materials; fill foundation with dirt, stone and sand; compact floors; mix mortar; lay bricks; and clean and paint doors and windows.
Day 1 (Saturday, November 9, 2013): Depart from home.
Day 2 (Sunday, November 10, 2013): Travel day.
Day 3 (Monday, November 11, 2013): Arrive in Denpasar (Ngurah Rai Airport); check into hotel in Kuta, welcome dinner and orientation; overnight stay
Day 4 (Tuesday, November 12, 2013): Travel to host accommodation in Lovina, check into hotel; visit the project site.
Days 5-7 (Wednesday, November 13 –Friday, November 15, 2013): Workdays with breakfast served before traveling to build site; work from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with lunch on-site. Free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities.
Days 8-9 (Saturday, November 16-Sunday, November 17, 2013): Free days; cultural activities in the local community.
Days 10-13 (Monday, November 18-Thursday, November 21, 2013) Workdays with breakfast served before traveling to build site; work from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with lunch on-site. Free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities. Farewell ceremony and dinner on the final day.
Day 14 (Friday, November 22, 2013): Travel back to Kuta, overnight stay.
Day 15 (Saturday, November 23, 2013) Depart for home.
NOTE: Other cultural activities will be offered throughout the trip.
Our team will stay in a hotel, typically in double-occupancy rooms with shared bathrooms. Breakfast will be taken at the hotel. Lunch is usually provided by the affiliate and taken on site. Dinner will be eaten at local restaurants.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)
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Hugh Mitchell is a former Peace Corps Volunteer that has been fortunate to lead several Global Village teams and each has been a fabulous experience. Prospective team members are encouraged to call Hugh at 253-752-2802 or by email at email@example.com