Spending two weeks in the midnight sun as a Global Village team member is the adventure of a lifetime. Join Barbara and Jeff in Anchorage, Alaska. A trip to Alaska with Global Village is the perfect combination of volunteering, travel and adventure. You will experience great people, appreciative partner families, a well-organized construction program, spectacular scenery and a multitude of activities! During our time in Alaska we’ll have lots to do at the work site, but will also find time to see local sites, including riding the train to Seward to cruise the Kenai Fjords.
Do you enjoy helping others and learning new skills? Then join us! No experience is necessary for participation. Become part of the 2014 summer building team. You can make a difference!
Anchorage sits in a geographic bowl, bounded by the Chugach Mountains to the north and east, and by the Cook Inlet to the west and south. With a population of 265,000, it is the largest city in Alaska (41 percent of the state’s population). The majority are Caucasian (approximately 75 percent), with the remaining 25 percent split between Native Alaskans, Asians, Hispanics and African-Americans.
Anchorage is the commercial center of Alaska and in many ways looks like any other major U.S. city, with shopping malls, housing developments and office buildings (primarily oil and government). There are two military bases nearby as well.
In general, team members should plan for a wide variety of weather. It may be 85 degrees and sunny in Anchorage but cold near glaciers, or it may rain frequently and be very cold in the mountains. A local quality thrift store is available for buying clothing you may need.
About Habitat for Humanity Anchorage
In January 1991, a group of Anchorage residents who believed in helping people help themselves began organizing to establish Habitat for Humanity Anchorage. HFHA officially affiliated with Habitat for Humanity International in June 1992, and works with people who live in substandard conditions, volunteers and donors throughout Anchorage.
Learn more at http://www.hfhanchorage.org.
Types of construction for volunteers
Construction for teams to Anchorage is typically on new homes. Tools and safety equipment are available, and each site is equipped with portable bathroom facilities.
Day 1 (Saturday, July 5): Arrive; greeted at the Anchorage airport by team leader.
Day 2 (Sunday, July 6): Welcome breakfast and orientation activities.
Days 3–8 (Workdays, Monday, July 7- Saturday, July 12): Breakfast before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. with lunch on-site; showers followed by time for team activities. Special events throughout the week: local activities; community dinners.
Day 9 (Sunday, July 13): Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise and Glacier Tour; travel by train and van.
Days 10 (Monday, July 14): Work at build site or Habitat ReStore.
Day 11 (Tuesday, July 15): Work site in morning, farewell lunch, celebration and house blessing.
Day 12 (Wednesday, July 16): Some departures on Tuesday eve or this morning.
Teams stay in local churches with fully equipped kitchens available for teams to prepare meals. There are clean, adequate bathroom facilities at all churches. Showering facilities are at a local sports center. Twin size air mattresses, sleeping bags, linens and pillows are provided.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)
Build a better world: Take the Global Village Challenge
Habitat for Humanity International is challenging Global Village volunteers to make an even greater impact on the global issue of poverty housing. We are asking all GV teams to help us raise an additional $1.1 million in the coming year to support Habitat’s building projects worldwide. Take up the challenge! Join us in sharing our story and building a better world!
Barbara Nuss became connected, heart and soul, to Habitat for Humanity when she participated in her first Global Village building experience in Alaska. Now passionate about both HFH and Alaska (she says both should be on everyone’s “bucket list”), and committed to seeing the incredible Anchorage project through to completion (all 23 homes), she is co-leading her second team to amazing Alaska in 2014! She is confident that you, too, will fall in love with everything about it. When not in Alaska, you may find Barbara in the anatomy cadaver lab at the college where she teaches, traveling to Ohio or Florida to visit her family or at the local park playing with her three adorable grandchildren.
Jeff Daniel first became involved with Global Village on an excursion to Anchorage, Alaska, last year. He was immediately hooked. Experiencing the people, culture and never-ending summer daylight has allured Jeff to come back and co-lead a Global Village Team. When not working with Habitat, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife and family and watching his three children play volleyball.