Trip cost: US$1,710
Join this 10-day Global Village trip building new homes in Veles, Macedonia.
In the heart of Macedonia, along the Vardar river lies the city of Veles. Veles is a grand city known for poetry, ancient architecture, culture, history and tradition.
After peacefully gaining independence from Yugoslav, Macedonia has been going through political and economic transition under circumstances unusual for most Eastern European countries. The change from a heavy reliance on subsidies to the logic of the free market in the 1990s led to rigid urban planning and significant deterioration of urban services. Consequently, the number of new dwellings completed per year dropped substantially. In response, the price of housing rose beyond what many families could afford.
In partnership with a local microfinance institution, Habitat for Humanity Macedonia has established a Home Improvement Fund that provides micro-loans for reconstruction and renovation of the substandard housing in Macedonia. Partner with Habitat for Humanity Macedonia to help bring strength, stability and independence to a family in need of a decent place to live.
After volunteering during the day, you will have free time in the evenings for excursions, relaxation and reflection. During your day off, you will have various cultural experiences like market tours, museum visits, and a winery tour.
Global Village sends volunteers to build with Habitat for Humanity projects across the world. Get your hands dirty on the work site, meet families whose housing situations have been improved with Habitat’s help, experience the country like an insider and do it all alongside a team of like-minded volunteers. No experience is required! This build is your next step with Habitat to make the world a better place.
Program donation and fundraising
You may fundraise or give the program donation. Fundraising is as easy as telling your friends, family and co-workers about why you build with Habitat for Humanity. They may even ask to join the team! We set you up with a great website and coaching for success.
We encourage volunteers to set a fundraising goal over the minimum. Every donation you raise keeps Habitat building after your team returns home and helps us serve another family.
- Days 1, Travel. Recommended departure day and travel time from the United States.
- Day 2, Welcome. Arrive in Skopje, Macedonia, where your team leader will greet you and take you to meet your teammates. During dinner, learn about Habitat’s innovative work and your team’s project.
- Days 3-5 Build. Skilled construction workers will guide you and your team as you build. The team will have time for excursions, rest and reflection meetings in the evenings.
- Day 6 Explore. Immerse yourself in the local culture and experience the community firsthand while getting to know your team.
- Days 7-8 Build. Continue your work with time for excursions, rest and reflection meetings in the evenings. On the final day, enjoy a farewell ceremony and dinner with the families.
- Day 9 Celebrate. Travel to Skopje with free time for excursions and a final team dinner.
- Day 10 Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Macedonia independently or return home.
Meals and accommodations
The team will stay in modest, comfortable hotels in double-occupancy rooms. Lunch will be on the build site, while breakfast and dinner will be at the hotel or local restaurants.
Type of work for volunteers
Some of the tasks include moving dirt and bricks, digging for septic tanks, bending rebar, mixing and pouring concrete, laying block foundation and painting. All tools and construction site materials will be provided by the affiliate, and a professional construction leader will always be present on-site.
We will connect you with a team leader within two business days. The team leader will tell you more about the build and learn about you. After speaking with the team leader, donate or fundraise your deposit to secure your spot on the team. The team leader will help you prepare and lead you during the trip.
Your team leader, Melinda Capen, will lead this team in the field and would love to speak with you. Email Melinda at email@example.com.
When asked about previous Global Village experiences, Melinda said, “I’m a photographer so my favorite Habitat memories are images. You can learn so much by expressions and non-verbal cues. When you don’t speak the same language you communicate in other ways and that sticks with me: the smiles, the nods, the tears, the hugs, families working along side you to build a better and safer place for their children, their husband, their wife, their parents. Those moments stay with me like photographs.”