Dong Thap, Vietnam
May 9-17, 2020: Swing a hammer on the build site while experiencing a new culture!
Trip cost: US$1,740
Join this trip to Vietnam and help provide access to safe shelter, water and sanitation facilities for low-income families!
Due to natural disasters and climate change, many homes are damaged and require frequent repairs. But with a quarter of the population poor or nearly poor, many cannot afford to repair their house. Additionally, poor groundwater quality makes access to clean water and sanitation another challenge. Habitat for Humanity Vietnam provides safe, affordable housing for low-income families by partnering with the community, focusing on disaster preparedness and WASH programs (safe water, sanitation and hygiene practices).
You’ll stay 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 mixing and carrying mortar, laying bricks, carrying and pouring concrete or transferring materials. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity to visit local markets, tour the city, explore local national parks, take a cooking class, visit Cu Chi tunnel or interact with the local community.
- Saturday: Welcome. Arrive at Ton Son Nhat Airport where Habitat staff will greet you when you and take you get to know your team over dinner.
- Sunday: Learn. Travel with your team to Dong Thap 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 celebrating the week’s accomplishments.
- Saturday: Explore. Go sightseeing around the city, interact with the local community and sample local cuisine.
- Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Vietnam independently or head home.
Please note that while our itineraries begin with arrival day in country, some locations require additional days for travel.
Leading this team
When asked about his Global Village experience, Charles remembers working alongside a family in Chile as they built a new home. “The look of disbelief followed by gratitude on the family’s faces when they saw their very own home where their children would grow up was very powerful. It is something I will never forget and always comes to mind when I’m planning my next trip.”