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Volunteer Vacations Make a World of Difference

Volunteer Vacations Make a World of Difference

AMERICUS, Ga., May 7 - Sunny skies and a new civic-minded climate are encouraging summer vacationers to make a difference in the world - while seeing it. Why not satisfy your social conscience and your wanderlust by exploring Habitat for Humanity International volunteer vacations? With more than 365 trips a year, Habitat has year-round itineraries to fit every travel preference and schedule. Whether enjoying major international events—such as the annual Jimmy Carter Work Project - or more personal Global Village vacations, volunteers who embark on a Habitat building experience are guaranteed the vacation of a lifetime and the snapshots to prove it.

Make a World of Difference

Durban, South Africa
Join Habitat’s most famous volunteer as you travel to one of the world’s exotic locations for a volunteer vacation on the international stage. This summer’s Jimmy Carter Work Project is June 2-8 in South Africa - a land of pristine beaches, wildlife game preserves and fine wine country. Durban, the main site of this year’s weeklong Habitat for Humanity International blitz build, is a major holiday resort, where high-rise hotels and sprawling spice markets crowd each other along the “Golden Mile” beachfront. In June, this vibrant setting will become a place where volunteers from around the world come together as part of the JCWP 2002 to help 100 South African families in need build simple, affordable houses during the former president’s famous work project. After a week of hauling cement and laying bricks, hearty volunteers are opting to explore South Africa’s breathtaking landscapes and diversions. Thrill seekers might enjoy scuba diving in Rocktail Bay or a wildlife safari in the Djuma Reserve. Other possible side trips include tours of Victoria Falls, Cape Town, South Africa’s famous wine country or the islands of the Indian Ocean.

Carpe Diem

Explore distant lands and vibrant cultures while enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime experience when you take a Global Village “volunteer vacation.” Habitat’s one- to three-week mission trips to more than 40 countries around the world appeal to volunteers interested in adventure at home or abroad as part of their Habitat work experience. Whether your work team is trekking through Nepal or laying foundations in Alaska, you are sure to build cross-cultural understanding and raise awareness of the urgent need for decent, durable shelter around the world. Working on Habitat houses alongside team members and local residents will give you the opportunity to travel, work, eat, sleep and enjoy fellowship as a member of the host community - creating memories and friendships that last a lifetime. Most Global Village volunteers feel they gain much more through the experience than they could ever give. For a family who dreams of a safe, dry dwelling in the monsoons of Southeast Asia, that is no small gift. Broaden your horizons.


(800) HABITAT, ext. 2549

On the Road Again

RV Care-A-Vanners
Load up the RV, link up with a Habitat caravan and hit the highways to build houses and friendships along the open road. Each year, Habitat volunteers pack up their recreational vehicles and wrenches and head out on vacation builds as part of the popular RV Care-a-Vanners program. This year, some mobile volunteers will enjoy big-sky destinations such as Montana and Wyoming, while one lucky team wings its way to New Zealand to help build Habitat houses in the RV Care-a-Vanners’ first-ever global trip. The mobile volunteer program gives vacation volunteers who own RVs, campers or tents the freedom to work on Habitat building projects as they motor around popular vacation destinations. In New Zealand, the RV Care-a-Vanners will tour both islands, building Habitat houses as part of the program’s first overseas trip. Sightseeing excursions will include a visit with members of a native Maori tribe, a boat cruise, tours of Milford Sound and glow worm caves, as well as a bird-watching expedition to see nocturnal kiwis, yellow-eyed penguins and blue penguins.


(800) HABITAT, ext. 2446

It Takes a Village

For the vacation volunteer who wants an international work experience while enjoying the comforts of home, there is Habitat’s new Global Village & Discovery Center. Volunteers can help Habitat bring the world to its international headquarters in Americus, Ga., as they build on a new replica village of houses from around the world. Using authentic materials and house plans, volunteers will hand press bricks, mix mortar and lay tile roofs exactly as they would out in the field. The legacy these volunteers leave will help to educate others about the worldwide need for adequate housing. Once completed, the Global Village & Discovery Center will be an interactive museum, where visitors wind their way through multi-media displays on world housing and then wander through a village to see the many styles of housing in such far-away places as Papua New Guinea, Tanzania, and Sri Lanka.


(800) HABITAT, ext. 2338

Students Learn Life Lessons

Join thousands of your fellow students for school-break blitz builds around the nation as today’s youth build tomorrow’s Habitat. Traveling to build sites in the United States and overseas, thousands of high school and college students choose to spend their spring, summer and fall breaks each year picking up a hammer and nails to help build simple, decent houses alongside families in need. Students who have participated in school-break builds say that hammering for Habitat for Humanity - instead of “getting hammered” at the beach during spring break—was a life-changing experience. “I have learned in the past week that hammers, nails, plaster and bricks build houses. But I know that love, dedication and compassion build homes,” said Meghan Kincode, a student at Villanova University. “I was honored to take part in the building of a home with the promise of a brighter future for a deserving family.”


(800) HABITAT, ext. 2410

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Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 83 nations have built and sold more than 120,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.