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Kaua’i, Hawaii

November 2, 2014 to November 10, 2014

Do you love to travel and are looking to add some adventure in your life? Join our team and come build homes in Kauai. Kauai is rich with history and is home to lovely, welcoming people, colorful and evocative art and music and architecture, not to mention the amazing food! No building experience is necessary, but prepare to be open, adventuresome and flexible, to have fun and to make a host of new friends that you will have for life.

About Kaua’i
Kaua’i is a rural tropical island, the northern most of the Hawaiian Island chain. Its population is approximately 67,000. The island is small, at only 25 miles wide and 33 miles long. Kaua’i’s main economic industry is tourism. Kaua’i is an ethnically diverse community with Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Portuguese, Caucasian, Samoan and Tahitian residents.

With the influx of affluent tourist and vacation homes and rentals, however, the cost of living and housing in Kaua’i has increased dramatically. There is a consistent shortage of housing for local residents and an even more dramatic shortage of affordable housing for low-income families. The average single-family home price is $460,000 and the median income for a family of four is $76,300. Most working class families cannot afford to own their own homes.

The island also suffers a large homeless problem, with many families living on the beach, in their cars, in carports or with relatives.  Working class families also cannot find homes to rent and purchasing a home is often not possible.

About Kaua’i Habitat for Humanity
Kaua’i Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to eliminate substandard housing, and in the process, improve communities.  Kaua’i Habitat was formed in 1993 and has built more than 112 homes to date. More than 50 percent of our builds have been for Native Hawaiian families (2013). Kauai Habitat also has helped more than 25 local families with low cost repairs and renovations to their existing homes through their Repair and Renovation program. Kaua’i Habitat works with many families who earn between 30 and 80 percent of the median income. It most recently launched the Ele’ele Iluna Home Development Project, which will include an additional 100 new construction homes.

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Types of construction for volunteers
A variety of new home construction or repair and renovation projects awaits our dedicated volunteers.

Standard itinerary
(9-day itinerary)

Sunday, November 2 (Arrival day): Greeted at the Kaua’i airport by team leader; dinner and team meeting.
Monday, November 3: Morning affiliate orientation, then time for team building activities, cultural activities; adjusting to the time change, beaches, dinner.
Tuesday-Friday, November 4-7: Work days - breakfast before traveling to work site; circle up/safety briefing on the job site; volunteer service from 8 a.m.– 4 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; time for team activities. Special events throughout the week may include; local cultural activities, farmers markets, beach visits, hiking and luau.
Saturday, November 8: Work day, then sunset “Mahalo” (thank you) celebration with staff, volunteers and Kauai Habitat families.
Sunday, November 9: Cultural outing and team debrief
Monday, November 10: Departure day – team leader transfers everyone to the airport (most flights to mainland USA depart late afternoon or evening).

Kaua’i Habitat for Humanity owns a 5-bedroom, 3-bath home that is used to host volunteer crews. The Volunteer House has a full kitchen, with laundry facilities, internet and WiFi and a distant view of the ocean. Best of all, our neighbors are Habitat homeowners.  

You may want to arrive prior to the workweek or make plans to stay post-trip for exploring more of Kaua’i! However, you will need to make your own arrangements for hotel and transportation.

Trip Cost
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)

Team leaders
Jennifer Filipski and Stefanie McGee became friends on a Global Village trip and are looking forward to co-leading their first trip. 

Stefanie has been involved with the Global Village program since 2010 and has participated in builds in New Mexico and Argentina. Stefanie says of a memorable GV experience, “The instant bond we all had as a team was overwhelming. So it was like being on an adventure with 11 of your best friends, while getting to make a difference in a family’s life. I couldn’t ask for a better way to spend my vacation time. After years of searching for where I fit in, I found my home with Global Village.”

Jennifer is a lifelong resident of Buffalo, New York, and had been on Habitat trips to New Zealand, Romania, Kauai, Portugal, Fiji, Poland and El Salvador. One of Jenn’s favorite GV memories is when she was building in Fiji in 2009, “The sense of community and welcoming by the Fijians was amazing. Saying goodbye on the last day of the build and one of the community members telling the team, ‘see you in Heaven’ stuck with me.” 

To find out more about joining their team, email them at

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

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