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 over 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. The team will take an internal flight or ground transportation to the host program district for site locations within country.
Day 1: Saturday, May 24, 2014: Depart for the Philippines.
Day 2: Sunday, May 25, 2014: Arrive in Manila.
Day 3: Monday, May 26, 2014: Welcome and orientation with local host staff members; visit to the work site and meet home partners; welcome dinner.
Day 4–8: Tuesday, May 27-Saturday, May 31, 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.
Day 9: Sunday, June 1, 2014: Departure.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)
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Ready to go? Need more information? Contact the team leader, Shelley Ulmer, at firstname.lastname@example.org
This build will mark Shelley’s 16th Habitat adventure spread over five continents. Shelley wanted to lead another team to the Philippines because on her first trip, the homeowners shared their personal stories, their lives, laughter and friendship in such a way that they carved a place in her heart forever. The great need that this country faces after going through both earthquakes and typhoons draws her back in the hopes that she can make some small difference.