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International Volunteer Program Spotlight: Michael Rabb

By Michael Rabb

I joined Habitat for Humanity as a full-time volunteer in November 2008, assigned as resource development manager working in the Habitat for Humanity Nepal office in Kathmandu.

My duties have included grant writing, producing office support systems (e.g., funder-contact database management, resource development collaboration Web site, training and documentation) and donor relationship building. I was able, with lots of help from local Habitat folks, to put together a number of proposals, brochures and concept papers for HFH Nepal programs and projects. I have also initiated an HFH Nepal 2009 resource development plan, which provides a roadmap for resource development efforts for the next year.

In February, I went on field trip with Bal Devi to view house construction and human settlement infrastructure projects in the Kavre district, about 25 kilometers east of Kathmandu. My wife Jeanne was able to join me for three weeks in Kathmandu. Local Habitat staff welcomed her and made her feel at home. We were able to take a couple of side trips to the mountains and also to Chitwan National Park, where we saw elephants, tigers and rhinos.

In March, the Global Village Team let me tag along for their work in Pokhara. I was able to help build three houses!

Thanks so much for a great volunteer assignment. The HFH Nepal staff are great people, and I really appreciate the opportunity to volunteer in Nepal. I am sure that sometime in the future, I’ll be back!

Michael Rabb served as a Habitat for Humanity International Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Nepal from 2008–2009