The great naturalist, John Muir, described Alaska as one of the “most wonderful countries in the world.” For those travelers who enjoy combining service with adventure, we invite you to our mid-summer arctic build.
Anchorage sits in a geographic bowl, bounded by the Chugach Mountains to the north and east, and by the Cook Inlet to the west and south. With a population of 265,000, it is the largest city in Alaska (41 percent of the state’s population). The majority are Caucasian (approximately 75 percent), with the remaining 25 percent split between Native Alaskans, Asians, Hispanics and African-Americans.
Anchorage is the commercial center of Alaska and in many ways looks like any other major U.S. city, with shopping malls, housing developments and office buildings (primarily oil and government). There are two military bases nearby as well.
In general, team members should plan for a wide variety of weather. It may be 85 degrees and sunny in Anchorage but cold near glaciers, or it may rain frequently and be very cold in the mountains.
About Habitat for Humanity Anchorage
In January 1991, a group of Anchorage residents who believed in helping people help themselves began organizing to establish Habitat for Humanity Anchorage. HFHA officially affiliated with Habitat for Humanity International in June 1992, and works with people who live in substandard conditions, volunteers and donors throughout Anchorage.
Learn more at http://www.hfhanchorage.org .
Types of construction for volunteers
Construction for teams to Anchorage is typically on new homes. Tools and safety equipment are available, and each site is equipped with portable bathroom facilities.
Day 1 (Sunday, July 28): Arrive; greeted at the Anchorage airport by team leader; dinner and team meeting.
Day 2 (Monday, July 29): Orientation; group activity.
Days 3–6 (Workdays, Tuesday, July 30- Friday, August 2): Breakfast before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; time for team activities. Special events throughout the week: local activities; community dinners.
Days 7–9 (Saturday, August 3- Monday, August 5): Free time for local activities.
Days 10–13 (Workdays, Tuesday, August 6–Friday, August 9): Breakfast served before traveling to worksite; work from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; time for team activities. Farewell and house blessing at end of Friday.
Day 14 (Saturday, August 10): Cultural activity; Kenai Fjords visit.
Day 15(Sunday, August 11): Departure day.
Teams stay in local churches with fully equipped kitchens available for teams to prepare meals. There are clean, adequate bathroom facilities at all churches. Showering facilities are available 24 hours a day at a local health club; teams will not be showering at the host church. Twin size air mattresses are provided. Habitat Anchorage has sleeping bags to loan to team members, but most participants choose to bring their own sleeping bags or purchase an inexpensive one in Anchorage.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost .)
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Team leaders: Kat Williams and Cheyenne Willow Gilman
Being a team leader is one of my favorite things in the world, and I cannot begin to tell you how much it means to me to share these experiences with you. I have been blessed to be part of volunteer trips as a team member and leader to Moloka’i, India, Egypt, Mozambique, Nepal, Thailand, and New Mexico as well as working with disaster relief at Camp Hope in New Orleans and Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Cheyenne Willow Gilman
Howdy! My name is Cheyenne Willow Gilman and I was born in Anchorage, Alaska in 1986. I was raised on the creek beads, mountain tops and in the backwoods of the Matanuska Valley, where I currently reside. I’ve spent summers working construction, hiking, skating, camping, fishing and hunting under the midnight sun. I have traveled to Molokai, Hawaii, Egypt and Sri Lanka with Habitat for Humanity. Please contact me at email@example.com .