Poland building

Gliwice, Poland

Aug. 29-Sep 6, 2020: Learn about Poland’s culture first hand while helping improve living conditions of low-income families!

Critical home improvement

Improve existing shelters to make them safe, decent places to live.

9 days

Trip cost: US$2,055

Join this trip to Poland and help the five million Poles living below the poverty line gain access to safer, healthier affordable housing! 

Poland is in need of two million affordable homes. Over six million Poles currently live in inadequate homes with no sewage systems and insufficient space. Poland is the only European country where there is less than one room per person statistically. Habitat for Humanity Poland projects focus on renovating and adapting existing housing units owned by the partner families, helping them to improve their living conditions and live happier, healthier lives! 

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 demolition, insulation, plastering, sanding, putting down wood panels and bathroom tiles, painting or landscaping. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Wieliczka Salt Mines or Auschwitz Museum, tour local cities, attend a cooking class or explore the Guido Coal Mine! 

Itinerary

  • Saturday: Welcome. Arrive in Krakow, Poland, where Habitat staff will greet you and take you to meet your teammates.
  • Sunday: Orientation. Travel to the hosting program, then learn about Habitat’s innovative work and your team’s project.
  • 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. Travel to Krakow, Poland where you’ll enjoy free time and a final team dinner.
  • Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Poland independently or head home.

Please note that while our itineraries begin with arrival day in country, some locations require additional days for travel.

Leading this team

Jeni Davidson began her journey with Habitat in 2011 when she was selected to become a Habitat homeowner. After celebrating the dedication of her home in 2013, she joined the staff of her local affiliate and began leading Global Village trips in 2016. Jeni is whole-heartedly committed to the mission of Habitat and feels especially humbled and blessed to be able to help and inspire other families as they realize their dreams of home ownership.

Jeni is a very responsive team leader, making herself always available to answer questions and communicating regularly with the team and individual volunteers. She strives to create a team environment that nurtures each volunteer as they explore a new culture and develop connections with the local community and fellow team members. Jeni hopes to provide each volunteer with a deeper understanding of the need for affordable housing and the multi-generational impact that the team is making in the lives of those they serve. By working alongside homeowners, members of the community and fellow volunteers, team members will gain a new understanding of themselves and the world.

Join this trip

Once you fill out the trip application, a team leader will be in touch to tell you more about this trip and answer any questions you may have.
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