Aug. 8-17, 2020: Help build a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Trip cost: US$1,990
Join this trip and work with local Romania families to build affordable housing solutions, allowing them to live safer, healthier lives!
In Romania, 58% of the population lives in overcrowded conditions, leading to family conflicts that often result in emotional imbalances, especially for children. Additionally, 42.5% of the population lack a bath and toilet with running water. To improve these substandard living conditions, Habitat for Humanity Romania partners with future homeowners to build affordable apartments with a kitchen, living room, bathroom and two bedrooms.
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 mixing and pouring concrete, bending rebar, building frame and roof trusses, insulation, sanding and painting. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the National Village Museum, tour historic castles, explore the Targu Ocna salt mines or interact with the local community through traditional dances and meals!
- Saturday: Welcome. Join us in Bucharest, Romania, where you’ll meet your team and spend the first night in Bucharest.
- Sunday: Learn. Spend the morning exploring Bucharest before traveling together to Moinesti. Learn more about our work in the area and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
- 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: Celebrate. Spend the morning working on the build site before enjoying a farewell ceremony celebrating the week’s accomplishments.
- Sunday: Explore. Spend the day exploring the area and share a final meal with your team before traveling back to Bucharest.
- Monday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Romania 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
Graham looks to facilitate an amazing and meaningful experience for each team member while supporting the important work of Habitat for Humanity in helping families to have a decent, safe place to live. He loves to visit new countries and learn about different cultures. Graham is passionate about building homes and relationships while also providing opportunities for participants to learn more about the community where the team is working.
On past trips, Graham’s teams have met with community activists and religious leaders. Other activities have included spending an evening learning Romanian folk dancing, attending church services and a soccer match in Zambia, spending time with children in schools in Argentina, Zambia and El Salvador, visiting an animal orphanage in Kenya and sharing dinner with a family in Macedonia. Graham has been volunteering with his local Habitat in Philadelphia and the Global Village program since 2006. He’s led teams to Romania, Argentina, Zambia, Portugal, Nicaragua, Macedonia, El Salvador, Kenya and India and has volunteered with Habitat in Brazil and Louisiana. He is a “retired” attorney living in Philadelphia with his wife and three dogs. They have two adult sons who often can be found joining Graham on Global Village builds.