Aug. 15-22, 2020: Experience a new culture while learning and building with the local community!
Trip cost: US$1,845
Of the more than 200,000 orphans in Lesotho, more than half of them are living in rural areas where they are exposed to the elements and lack proper toilet facilities.
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. Join this trip and work alongside Habitat for Humanity Lesotho and future homeowners to construct two-bedroom homes 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, meet the local chief or play 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 Maseru 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
Kristin first got involved with Habitat because she wanted to mesh travel with volunteering and making a difference in the world. Since then, she’s led two Global Village teams. Kristin focuses on creating team cohesion and encouraging team bonding on her trips through reflection time and team-building exercises every evening. Past team members have expressed that they gained a lot from these evening activities and that they expanded their Global Village experience.
Kristin describes her leadership style as personal. She likes to watch the team bond and takes time to get to know each person. Kristin loves seeing everyone walk away with uniquely inspiring experiences from two sources: one from the host family and local community, and one from time spent with each other. Kristin hopes you’ll considering joining her Global Village trip so you can get hooked on Habitat too.