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February 21, 2015 to March 7, 2015

Join this special North American team consisting of separate teams from Canada and the U.S. traveling to Manila, where Habitat for Humanity Philippines is based. Working together you will see and experience how Habitat is transforming the country, one family at a time. In a country beset with poverty and natural disasters, you and your team will help families in need, work alongside some wonderful people and experience the beauty of this country.

You and will spend two weeks building a safe, decent concrete block house for a family currently living in inadequate conditions. Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to try some local dishes, visit breathtaking sites and learn about the culture.

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 Philippines
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 more than 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 and spend the first and last nights at a hotel there. The team will take an internal flight or ground transportation to the host program district for site locations within country. HFH Philippines will assist team leaders with booking ground transportation and

Standard itinerary
15-day itinerary

Day 1: Saturday, Feb. 21: Depart for the Philippines.
Day 2: Sunday, Feb. 22: Arrive in Manila.
Day 3: Monday, Febr. 23: Welcome and orientation with local host staff members; visit to the work site and meet home partners; welcome dinner.
Day 4–8 Tuesday, Feb. 24-Friday, Feb. 27: 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; special events throughout the week. 
Day 9: Saturday, Feb. 28-Sunday, March 1: Activities in local community; visit to poverty housing.
Day 10-13: Monday, March 2-Thursday, March 5: 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; special events throughout the week. 
Day 14: Friday, March 6: House dedication; farewell with community; free time; final team dinner.
Day 15: Saturday, March 7: Departure day.

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

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Team leader
Have questions? Ready to join? David Kvapil will lead this team to the Philippines and would love to speak with you.

Dave says about his involvement with GV: “The Global Village experience provides a truly unique opportunity to help a family have a home of their own all the while learning different cultures, making new friends and visiting communities where an average tourist would not venture.”

For more information, contact David at

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

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