Critical home improvement
Trip cost: US$1,940
Habitat Poland is serving families dealing with the legacy left by communist economic and social policies. Despite recent reforms, overcrowded and damp housing without proper sanitation is still the reality for far too many of Poland’s low-income families.
While on this trip, you'll learn more about how Habitat provides strength, stability and self-reliance to homeowners through home renovations, community facilities, microfinancing initiatives and technical assistance.
The team will get their hands dirty on the build site with demolition work, installing insulation, plastering or painting. Throughout the week you’ll tour local markets, visit museums and learn more about Warsaw through a walking tour. You’ll stay in double-occupancy hotel rooms near the project site and enjoy dinner out at local restaurants.
- Friday: Travel. Grab your packed bags and depart for Poland!
- Saturday: Arrive. Join us in Poland where you’ll be greeted by Habitat staff at the airport. Meet the rest of your team and enjoy dinner together.
- Sunday: Learn. Experience the community with your team and learn more about Habitat’s work in the area.
- Monday-Saturday: Build. Grab breakfast at the hotel before heading out to the build site. You'll work hard but break for snacks and lunch each day. After cleaning up the site around 4 p.m. each afternoon, you'll have time to explore the area, rest before dinner and reflect on the week's activities with your team.
- Sunday: Explore. You’ll have free time to explore the local attractions with your team and share a final dinner in Poland to celebrate the week's accomplishments.
- Monday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Poland independently or head home.
Leading this trip
Kristin Rouse is a full-time mom of two youngsters, as well as a full-time student pursuing a master's degree of education in school counseling. She is also a military wife.
When asked why she's excited to lead another Global Village trip, Kristin shared, "Participating in Global Village trips is my way of giving back to myself. I feel that it feeds my soul in a way that many people never get to experience."