Sept. 5-12, 2020: Experience a new culture while learning and building with the local community!
Trip cost: US$1,845
Join this trip to Berea and help vulnerable populations facing additional homeownership barriers gain access to safe, affordable housing!
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 Berea where you’ll learn about our innovative work in the region and 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
Like many long-time Habitat supporters do, Duane started as a volunteer. He and his family moved to Americus, Georgia, in 1989 as full-time volunteers during in the days when volunteers and staff mingled with Millard and Linda Fuller at daily devotions and monthly potlucks. Volunteering led to over two decades of employment with Habitat, working in executive leadership with several affiliates before “semi-semi-retiring.”
Duane has led over 20 Global Village trips to Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, Poland and Portugal. He communicates regularly with his team members before the trip though weekly updates beginning two months before departure. Emails include information on currency exchange, climate, work projects, hotels, transportation and a suggested packing list.