Hoa Binh, Vietnam
March 21-29, 2020: Immerse yourself in the Vietnamese culture while working alongside the community to build housing solutions!
Trip cost: US$1,740
Join this trip to Vietnam and help families living in unhygienic, inadequate shelter gain access to safe, affordable housing.
In Hoa Binh, many homes are built using temporary construction materials such as iron sheets and straw or thatch for roofing. These homes are unable to withstand the frequent landslides and severe cold weather, leaving families exposed to the elements. Additionally, several households do not have access to hygienic latrines or clean water for drinking and cooking. Through WASH programs (safe water, sanitation, and hygiene practices) and home repairs or construction, Habitat for Humanity Vietnam works with future homeowners and the community to build safe, affordable housing.
You’ll be staying in double-occupancy rooms at a nearby hotel where breakfast and dinner will be provided. Lunch will be served on the build site. Work site tasks typically include mixing and carrying mortar, laying bricks, carrying and pouring concrete or transferring materials. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity to tour the Mai Chau village or Hoa Binh Dam, attend a cooking class or visit local markets.
- Saturday: Welcome. Arrive at Ha Noi International Airport where Habitat staff will greet you when you and take you to meet your team.
- Sunday: Learn. Travel with your team to Hoa Binh and learn about Habitat’s work in that community.
- Monday-Thursday: 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.
- Friday: Celebrate. Spend the morning building followed by a farewell ceremony with the community to celebrate the week’s accomplishments.
- Saturday: Celebrate. Go sightseeing around the city, interact with the local community and sample local cuisine.
- Sunday: Goodbyes. Depart for home or continue your journey in Vietnam independently.
Please note that while our itineraries begin with arrival day in country, some locations require additional days for travel.
Leading this team
Barbara has been hooked on Habitat since the first day she volunteered with family selection in Orange County, California. Since then, she has served in the U.S. as a family partner, board member, chair and executive director twice -- once in California and once in South Carolina. She began leading Global Village trips in 2008.
She has held various positions with Habitat Northern Ireland in Belfast, Habitat Poland in Warsaw and Habitat's Europe, the Middle East and Africa area office in Bratislava, Slovakia. Barbara "retired" from southern California to coastal South Carolina in 2001 and now works for Habitat for Humanity International from her home in South Carolina. She has two children and three darling grandchildren in the Washington, D.C., area.
One of Barbara’s favorite Habitat stories is from her very first Global Village trip to Amecameca, Mexico. During the community celebration on the final day, everyone was standing in a circle sharing thanks-yous, hugs and gifts. A 12-year-old Miguel stepped into the circle and said, "I can't believe you came all this way to help us." Now Miguel knows that people do step forward to work alongside one another, and he can carry that sense of community and hope with him as he moves forward with his life.