Feb. 29-March 8, 2020: Help build a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Trip cost: US$1,755
Join this Global Village trip to Macedonia. Explore the country and culture while helping build safe, affordable housing alongside the local community.
Many families in Macedonia live in homes with damaged or broken windows and doors, inadequate insulation or damaged walls. Habitat for Humanity Macedonia partners with the local community, future homeowners and volunteers to construct apartment buildings for low-income families living in substandard conditions. Habitat Macedonia’s first phase of the project provided 24 families with new, affordable housing. The second phase of the project aims to construct 12 more apartments for families.
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 transporting materials, excavation and cleaning of the build site, assembling rebar, painting or preparing concrete or trusses. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Macedonia's capital city Skopje, Canyon Matka, Macedonian waterfalls, the ancient city Stobi, a small resort city Ohrid or a local winery.
Saturday: Welcome. Arrive at Skopje International Airport where Habitat staff will greet you and transport you to your accommodations for the night.
Sunday: Learn. Explore the city before learning about Habitat’s work in the region and details about the week’s project. After dinner you’ll drive to your accommodations in Veles.
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 working on the build site before enjoying a farewell ceremony celebrating the week’s accomplishments.
Saturday: Explore. Learn more about the culture, interact with the local community, enjoy cultural activities and explore the city. You’ll return to Skopje after lunch.
Sunday: Goodbyes. Depart for home or continue your journey in Macedonia independently.
Leading this team
John has always loved international travel, learning about other cultures and helping people. Global Village gives him the opportunity to do all of this! On a recent trip to Lesotho, the village women pitched in to help the team by pushing wheelbarrows and carrying rocks, smiling and singing all the while. The camaraderie and friendships you create on these trips are never to be forgotten. John hopes you’ll consider joining him on his trip to Macedonia!