March 7-16, 2020: Build, learn and explore on this Global Village trip.
Trip cost: US$1,885
Join this trip to Myanmar and learn how housing needs differ around the globe while experiencing a new culture and building affordable housing.
In Myanmar, 11% of households are lacking a toilet and 24% of households fetch water from unprotected wells or springs as a source for drinking water. Habitat for Humanity Myanmar partners with future homeowners to build disaster-resilient homes and improve access to clean water and safe sanitation facilities. Since 2016, more than 3,500 Habitat homeowners have been able to build a better life for themselves and their families and a joint survey by UNICEF shows that more than 60% of the population has access to improved water and sanitation facilities.
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 building reinforced concrete foundations, digging holes for footings, weaving bamboo mats, digging latrines or making brick footings. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity to tour the city, interact with the local community and explore local temples and stupas.
- Saturday: Welcome. Land at Yangon International Airport where you’ll be greeted by Habitat staff. Travel to Bago where you’ll get to know your team over dinner.
- Sunday: Learn. Explore the city and learn more about Habitat’s work in the region and the week’s project.
- Monday-Friday: 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.
- Saturday: Explore. Take a break from the build site and learn more about Myanmar’s culture.
- Sunday: Celebrate. Spend the morning working on the build site before enjoying a farewell ceremony celebrating the week’s accomplishments! You’ll travel back to Yangon for your final team dinner.
- Monday: Goodbyes. Depart for home or continue your journey in Myanmar independently.
Please note that while our itineraries begin with arrival day in country, some locations require additional days for travel.
Leading this team
Nari's service with Habitat has had a deep impact on her life, inspiring her to try new career directions and helping her be her best self -- not just on builds, but in the months that follow. Global Village has also given her life-long friends, near and far, who are a daily source of inspiration, encouragement and support.
Nari enables her teams to have deep and transformative experiences alongside the communities they are serving. She sees herself as a facilitator rather than a leader, helping create opportunities for the team to connect with one another and the community.
Outside of her service with Habitat, Nari loves to run, practice yoga, do Crossfit, travel and devour nonfiction books. She is passionate about sustainability and will be finishing her master's degree in social impact in the spring of 2020. She, her partner and their two cats live in Boston.