Feb. 22-29, 2020: Experience a new culture while learning and building with the local community.
Trip cost: US$1,845
Join this trip to Berea and help vulnerable populations facing additional home ownership barriers gain access to safe, affordable housing.
The Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project is Habitat for Humanity’s response to the AIDS/HIV crisis in Africa. According to the Lesotho Bureau of Statistics, the recent life expectancy is estimated at 39 years for men and 45 for women, leaving the 37% of the youth who make up the population orphaned and in need of decent housing. If you join this trip, you’ll work alongside Habitat for Humanity Lesotho and future homeowners to construct two-bedroom houses and ventilated pit latrines to increase access to decent housing and proper sanitation.
You’ll stay in double-occupancy rooms at a local hotel and breakfast and dinner is provided at the lodge. Lunch will be delivered to you on the work site. Typical tasks on the work site include mixing mortar, pouring cement floor slab, moving bricks, passing mortar and some gardening. Off the work site, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with the local community through traditional songs and dances, a visit with the local chief or a friendly game of soccer.
- Saturday: Welcome. Fly into Johannesburg, South Africa, where Habitat staff will greet you at the airport and take you to dinner and your overnight accommodations in Johannesburg.
- Sunday: Learn. After exploring the city, Habitat staff will drive you 4-5 hours to Berea where you’ll learn about our innovative work in the region and about your project for the week.
- Monday-Thursday: Build. Spend the day on the build site, breaking for lunch, snacks and water. You'll have free time and team activities in the evenings.
- Friday: Celebrate. Spend the morning on the build site and celebrate the week's accomplishments over dinner with Habitat Lesotho staff.
- Saturday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey independently or depart for home.
Please note that while our itineraries begin with arrival day in country, some locations require additional days for travel.
Leading this team
Paul loves to travel, meet new people and learn about different cultures. He’s been on Global Village trips to Malaysia, Cambodia, Taos, New Mexico and Guatemala. As a volunteer on his initial builds and now a team leader, he tries to anticipate the needs of each member of the team and asks for their input before making decisions for the team. Communication prior to the trip is important to ensure everyone is prepared and ready to go.
Paul works to empower each volunteer to get the most meaningful and personal experience possible as they work toward the Habitat's goal of helping families achieve a safe, decent place to live. Building relationships with residents of the local community and other Habitat team members is as important as the physical structures that we build. For Paul, the personal interactions with the families and their lasting impressions are the force that drives him to lead another team for Habitat.