Silay City, Philippines
April 5-12, 2020: Help build a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Trip cost: US$1,620
Grab your hammer and help informal settlers gain access to safe, affordable housing on this Global Village trip to the Philippines.
The Philippines current housing backlog is estimated at 5.5 million units and is projected to reach 6.5 million by 2030. Additionally, informal settler families number around 2.2 million nationwide. The goal of Habitat for Humanity Philippines is to help lessen the housing backlog by building decent, affordable homes for 800,000 families by the year 2020. In Silay City, Habitat is partnering with the community, families and volunteers to create a holistic community for 546 low-income, informal settlers who are living along danger zones or were evicted from privately owned lands.
You’ll be staying in double-occupancy rooms at a nearby hotel where breakfast and dinner will be provided. Lunches will be served on the build site. Work site tasks typically include excavation, mixing cement, cementing the floor, laying bricks or digging holes for septic tanks. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the ruins of Talisay, churches or interact with the local community.
- Sunday: Welcome. Arrive at Bacolod Silay International Airport where Habitat staff will greet you and transport you 30 minutes to the host site.
- Monday-Friday: Build. Spend the day on the build site, breaking for lunch, snacks and water throughout the day. You’ll have free time and team activities in the evenings.
- Saturday: Celebrate. Spend the morning working on the build site before enjoying a farewell ceremony celebrating the week’s accomplishments.
- Sunday: Goodbyes. After exploring the city, you can continue your journey in the Philippines independently or head home.
Leading this team
Chuck’s first Global Village trip to India 27 years ago changed the course of his life and led him to want to help others have the same experience. Teams quickly become a close family of friends through the excitement of learning and working with new cultures and people. Chuck tries to encourage each team member to be involved and flexible as they work with the local Habitat and the homeowner families.
Chuck has special memories from each of his trips, including attending a local wedding in Jordan and sharing meals and gratitude with an Ethiopian community each evening! Chuck is happy to welcome back seasoned team members, but he truly enjoys sharing the experience with new people interested in trying to make a small difference in the world. As a leader, he tries to be attentive to the needs of each team member with the goal of becoming an all-inclusive team of fun-loving, adventurous teammates who understand and support the goals of Habitat for Humanity!