Trip cost: US$1,875
Experience Bangalore, the center of India's high-tech industry and a blossoming dining and shopping scene. While taking in the scenic beauty of the region, you'll also help bring strength and stability to future homeowners who currently lack access to affordable shelter.
You'll spend the day on the work site, building a new home or completing essential repairs. In the evenings you'll explore the area with your team, taking in the Victorian architecture, learning about Indian Mehandhi and Rangoli art and celebrating the week's accomplishments with the community.
Your team will help with essential construction activities as you build a new home for a family by digging a foundation, laying bricks, mixing cement and constructing a bathroom. You'll learn more about the economic situation in the area, visit local cultural sites and meet members of the community. You'll stay double occupancy in a hotel near the build site. Lunch, snacks and water will be provided on the build site with dinner at the hotel.
- Thursday-Friday: Travel. Grab your packed bags and head towards India!
- Saturday: Welcome. Join us in Bangalore where Habitat staff will greet you at the airport and take you to meet your team.
- Sunday-Thursday: Build. Spend the day at the work site building, meeting community members and getting to know the family you're partnering with. Enjoy time in the evenings to rest, reflect with your team and share dinner together.
- Friday: Explore. Habitat staff will show you the community, take you to local cultural sites and show you the unique treasures of India.
- Saturday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in India independently or head home.
Leading this team
Shane Werle will lead this team to India and would love to tell you more about the experience!
When asked why he’s eager to lead another trip, Shane shared, “It's been my experience that Global Village builds are about so much more than 'going to build a house.' Every team I've led has resulted in numerous people, myself included, returning home feeling as if they took away so much more than they gave. One trip in particular in which this happened was a trip I led to Jordan. As a team, we were invited into the homes of local people in the community each night for dinner. After dinner, we had the chance to have an open discussion of our respective cultures, including religion and politics. Being invited into their homes and experiencing authentic Arab culture, along with learning new perspectives, is something I will remember for the rest of my life. It certainly left us with a new respect for the people we came to serve.”