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Anchorage, Alaska

August 16, 2014 to August 27, 2014

Do you want adventure in the great, wide somewhere? Alaska is definitely great, wide and somewhere.

Do you want to make a difference, make friends and make memories? Join us on a global village trip in August 2014! During our trip to Alaska we will work within the local community to build homes. No construction experience necessary, simply bring an open heart and a willingness to learn. 

During our trip we will also have the opportunity to see local sites, go on a glacier tour of the Kenai Fjord and ride a train to Seward. 

About Anchorage
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.

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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.

Standard itinerary
Day 1 (Saturday, August 16): Arrive; greeted at the Anchorage airport by team leader.
Day 2 (Sunday, August 17): Welcome breakfast and orientation activities.
Days 3–8 (Workdays, Monday, August 18- Saturday, August 23): 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 include local activities and community dinners.
Days 9 (Sunday, August 24): Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise and Glacier Tour; travel by train and van.
Day 10 (Monday, August 25): Work at build site or Habitat ReStore.
Day 11 (Tuesday, August 26): Worksite in morning, farewell lunch, celebration and house blessing.
Day 12 (Wednesday, August 27): 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.

Program cost
(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!

Team leaders
Les Regehr currently resides in the Minneapolis area and has worked in the Special Investigation Unit at Prudential Financial for the past 10 years. When he’s not working, he enjoys hiking with his dog Jackson, training for and running in half and full marathons, reading, traveling and of course volunteering. This will be his ninth GV trip and second to Alaska and he is super excited to lead this trip. Les can be reached at

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

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