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Bali, Indonesia

March 1, 2014 to March 15, 2014

Everyone deserves a simple, safe, decent place to live. You can help make this a reality for one family on the island of Bali in Indonesia. I am seeking 12 folks who make up for their lack of construction skills by having a healthy work ethic. It will be a life changing experience for you with the opportunity to view another culture from a unique viewpoint. 

About Indonesia
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.

About Bali
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

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.

Standard itinerary
Day 1 Saturday, March 1, 2014: Depart from home.
Day 2 Sunday, March 2, 2014: Travel day.
Day 3 Monday, March 3, 2014: Arrive in Denpasar (Ngurah Rai Airport); check into hotel in Kuta, welcome dinner and orientation; overnight stay
Day 4 Tuesday, March 4, 2014: Travel to host accommodation in Lovina, check into hotel; visit the project site.
Days 5-7 Wednesday, March 5-Friday, March 7, 2014:  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, March 8-Sunday, March 9, 2014: Free days; cultural activities in the local community.
Days 10-13 Monday, March 10-Thursday, March 13, 2014: 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, March 14, 2014: Travel back to Kuta, overnight stay
Day 15 Saturday, March 15, 2014: 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. 
Program cost
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)

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Team leader
Over the last eight years Bernard has led 16 Global Village trips to India, Trinidad and Tobago, the Fiji Islands, Mongolia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Romania, Zambia, Ethiopia, Uganda and New Zealand. Prior to his involvement with the Global Village Program, Bernard served as a VISTA volunteer with Habitat and as a volunteer internal auditor for Guatemala, Colombia and Ecuador. Bernard is a retired college president who keeps busy with Habitat, five grandsons and writing. His most recent book is Puritan Parker.  

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