Aug. 9-17, 2019: Experience a new culture while learning and building with the local community!
Trip cost: US$1,837
Join this trip to Berea, Lesotho, 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 percent 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 sanitary ventilated pit latrines to increase access to decent housing and proper sanitation.
You’ll stay in double-occupancy rooms at a local hotel, and both 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, meeting the local chief or a friendly game of soccer.
- Friday: Depart. Grab your packed bags and head towards Lesotho!
- 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.
Leading this team
Paul began volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in 2014 and has now participated in eight Global Village trips, each of which has been very unique and equally rewarding. As team leader, Paul works in close collaboration with Habitat staff and the local community to ensure that everyone has a very meaningful, inspiring and enjoyable experience. Paul also ensures that all team members are well informed both prior to and during the trip.
One of the greatest things for Paul is to witness the chemistry form between a diverse group of volunteers, Habitat staff and the local community as they work together to help build a decent place to live for a family. If you are anything like Paul, by the end of the trip you will have forged lifelong memories and friendships, leave with a sense of accomplishment, have witnessed a country and culture through totally different eyes and be inspired to continue volunteering in the future (locally and/or internationally). No previous experience is necessary. To be a great team member, all you need is a desire to help others, enthusiasm, curiosity, flexibility, a willingness to immerse yourself in the local environment, a respect for other cultures and -- last but not least -- a good sense of humor.