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March 27, 2014 to April 7, 2014

Looking for a unique travel experience? How about new friends, great memories, and a lasting impact? Come join the team and build with Habitat in the Philippines! No construction experience or foreign language skills are necessary, just a positive attitude and the desire to make a difference for a family in need. We’ll build relationships while building homes with both team members and local Filipinos. Join the team and you’ll experience the overwhelming generosity of Filipino culture. You’ll quickly see that it’s always more fun in the Philippines!

A mother and her son was a Habitat homeowner in Laguna in 2004

About the Philippines
The Philippines, the third-largest English-speaking country in the world, has a rich history, combining Asian, European and American influences.

The Philippines is one of the world’s most urbanized places, with just over half of its population living in cities. Metro Manila is composed of 16 cities and one municipality; with more than 11 million people, it is one of Asia’s megacities.

The government estimates that between 2005 and 2010, the country needs some 3.8 million new homes, with demand concentrated in Southern Luzon, Metro Manila and Central Luzon. In Metro Manila, more than 126,000 families live in the slums, particularly on low-lying floodplains, precarious slopes, exposed riverbanks and within highly toxic zones close to highways and railroads, along waterways, near transmission lines, as well as at airports, dumps, markets and other areas that are unfit for settlement. Those living in squatter communities also face fire hazards.

About Habitat for Humanity Phillipines
Since 1988, Habitat for Humanity Philippines has played an active role in providing decent, durable and affordable housing for families in need. Through a network of affiliates and project offices in rural and urban areas, HFH Philippines has built and repaired more than 26,000 homes. Habitat has also assisted more than 5,000 families displaced by typhoons, fire and landslides.

Habitat for Humanity Philippines will determine the best lodging option for your team, considering group size and proximity to the construction site. Accommodations are simple, safe and clean. Generally, rooms are shared by two to three people with a private bathroom for each room, though accommodations vary.

All teams will fly into Manila and spend the first and last nights at a hotel there. The team will take an internal flight or ground transportation to the host program district for site locations within country. HFH Philippines will assist team leaders with booking ground transportation and

Standard itinerary
12-day itinerary

Day 1: Thursday, March 27, 2014: Depart for the Philippines.
Day 2: Friday, March 28, 2014: Travel day.
Day 3 Saturday, March 29, 2014: Arrive in Manila.
Day 4: Sunday, March 30, 2014: Welcome and orientation with local host staff members; visit to the work site and meet home partners; welcome dinner.
Days 5–8 Monday, March 31-Thursday, April 3, 2014: 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; special events throughout the week.
Day 9: Friday, April 4, 2014: Activity in local community; visit to poverty housing.
Day 10: Saturday, April 5, 2014: Final work day on site; house dedication, if applicable; farewell with community; free time; final team dinner.
Day 11: Sunday, April 6, 2014: Free day; activity in local community, cultural activities or free time.
Day 12: Monday, April 7, 2014: Departure day.

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
Larry Galante lives in the Philippines and is currently serving as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer. This is his fifth GV trip, having led teams to Honduras and Portugal and volunteered on builds in Guatemala and India. Larry graduated from the University of Virginia in 2009 with a degree in architecture, and then proceeded to ride his bicycle across the U.S. with Bike & Build. He served two years of AmeriCorps with Habitat for Humanity International and Austin Habitat for Humanity. Larry enjoys playing the piano, reading, soccer and seeking out adventures in everyday life. 

For more information, contact Larry at 

To apply for a GV trip, please follow the Application Instructions.

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