Learn and Build Experience: locations, dates, costs, application
The 2015 Learn and Build Experience trip application will be posted in early January.
Learn and Build Experience alumni and international trip details
Albany, Georgia – Learn and Build alumni trip
Flint River Habitat for Humanity
Alumni participants will stay in Americus, Georgia, home of Habitat for Humanity International headquarters. Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller. Participation in this alumni trip is an opportunity to immerse oneself into Habitat’s history and the area culture that spurred Fuller’s mission to provide decent housing for all. Participants will interact with HFHI staff and visit locations important to Habitat’s history, including Koinonia Farms and the Global Village and Discovery Center, which features Habitat homes from around the world. Americus is also 10 miles from Plains, Georgia, home of former President Jimmy Carter. The trip will include lots of Southern charm.
Learn and Build U.S. trips
Lafayette Habitat for Humanity is located in the heart of South Louisiana’s Cajun country, where there is always delicious food to eat and places to explore! The unique cultural scene draws visitors from across the world, with many festivals throughout the year focusing on Cajun hospitality and music. While the oil service industry is a cornerstone of the local economy, the area continues to attract new business from energy, technology, healthcare and retail.
Despite the economic boom, Lafayette Parish has a poverty rate above the national average, ranks seventh in the nation for income inequality, and continues to experience a gap between their poorest and richest residents. Housing costs are exceptionally high causing affordable housing to be in very short supply.
Lafayette Habitat was established in 1992 and the affiliate has completed 93 homes. Over the next year they plan to build 10 to 12 more, including breaking ground on a new subdivision.
Forsyth County, North Carolina
Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County is nestled in western North Carolina. Winston-Salem is home of the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons, Krispy Kreme and the R.J Reynolds Tobacco Company. Winston-Salem offers a unique cultural arts scene, as well as a big business with many large banks and insurance companies located in the area.
Although major industries like healthcare, transportation and utilities, and nanotechnology offer a stable business market, about 20.6 percent of the population live below the poverty line, according to 2010 U.S. Census data. Winston-Salem boasts the fourth largest population in North Carolina and a median household income of over $41,000, but more than 36 percent of the population of those under age 18 still live in poverty.
Habitat Forsyth has served more than 350 families in the area and continues to be a popular build site for Collegiate Challenge teams. The area offers a multitude of outdoor and cultural activities to keep volunteers busy even after leaving the work site.