This November, a crew of 14 individuals will work side-by-side with a homeowner to build a home for his or her family. No special construction skills or language abilities are required for this adventure—just a positive attitude and the desire to make a difference for a family in need of safe, affordable housing. The team will work with local families and experience the rich culture, food and people of Indonesia through building and other cultural activities throughout the trip.
An Indonesian family in front of their new Habitat for Humanity home.
The republic of Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, consisting of 17,508 islands (6,000 inhabited). It straddles the equator and is a strategic location astride major sea lanes from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. The climate in Indonesia is hot and tropical throughout, with moderate temperatures in the highlands.
With a population of more than 237 million, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country. For many, a long-held cultural tenet of Indonesia is the importance of “Gotong-royong,” or communal spirit. In addition to hospitality, it means helping each other in times of need and despair—an appropriate term for Global Village team members.
Our team will be building in the western side of Bali, most likely in a community in Jembrana—about a three-hour drive from the airport in Denpasar. Bali is the westernmost of Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands and is the country’s most popular tourism destination. While many families are in great need here, there is also a thriving arts scene and the region retains its rich, cultural heritage.
About Habitat for Humanity Indonesia
HFH Indonesia was established in 1997. It now has six affiliates in Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Batam and Manado, and there are disaster-recovery projects in place in Aceh and Yogyakarta. Many partner families here participate in “Save and Build” programs that enable families to empower themselves. As of 2009, Habitat has built more than 5,600 houses with at least 18,000 people served.
Recently, HFH Indonesia marked four milestones. It completed its 1,500th house, built in Meulaboh under the tsunami reconstruction program. The affiliate also finished repairs of 1,000 houses for flood-affected families in Jakarta; celebrated 1,000 houses built for earthquake-affected families in Yogyakarta; and marked 300 houses constructed in Batam. To learn more about Habitat Indonesia, visit http://www.habitatindonesia.org .
Types of construction for volunteers
The core first-stage home normally measures 21 square meters. Houses use cement slab foundations and are made from concrete blocks and plywood, with wood frames and clay tiles for roofs. It takes between 14 and 21 days to build a house. Volunteers may work on existing home renovations and complete home construction. Volunteers may help transport materials; fill foundation with dirt, stone and sand; compact floors; mix mortar; lay bricks; and clean and paint doors and windows.
Day 1(typically Friday): Depart for Indonesia.
Day 2 (Saturday): Travel day.
Day 3 (Sunday): Arrive in Denpasar (Mgurah Rai Airport); travel to host program site; check into hotel; welcome dinner and orientation.
Days 4–8 (Monday–Friday): Workdays with breakfast served before traveling to build site; work from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. with lunch on site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities.
Days 9–10 (Saturday–Sunday): Free days; cultural activities in the local community.
Days 11–15 (Monday–Friday): Workdays with breakfast served before traveling to build site; work from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. with lunch on site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities. Farewell ceremony and dinner on the final day.
Day 16 (Saturday): Depart for home.
Note: Other cultural activities will be offered throughout the trip.
Our team will stay in a hotel, typically in double-occupancy rooms with shared bathrooms. Breakfast will be taken at the hotel. Lunch is usually provided by the affiliate and taken on site. Dinner will be eaten at local restaurants.
Trip cost includes: donation to the Habitat host program and HFHI; meals; accommodations; transport (excluding trip participant air fare); medical emergency evacuation and trip cancellation insurance; some local cultural activities and team coordination and orientation materials. The team leader’s trip cost and estimated air fare may be included in the trip budget. The trip cost does not include trip participant air fare, R&R activities or visa and exit fees (not applicable for all destinations).
Alaine Bunce is excited to be leading this trip. Alaine lives in Cambridgeshire, England and until January of this year was a housing officer for the local government. Since February, she has been doing some long-term volunteering, which included a number of months working for the Kuching Habitat Affiliate in Malaysia. This is Alaine’s eighth build trip with Habitat for Humanity. She is excited to share this experience and hopes to recruit a team of service-minded, fun-loving adventurous folks to build in beautiful Bali.
If interested or for more information, please e-mail Alaine at firstname.lastname@example.org .