Don’t just see the world, change the world! Working with a group of likeminded Australians, you’ll be amazed what you can achieve in one week when you work together in a team. As well as forming new friendships and lasting memories, you’ll give one family the gift of a new home and a brighter future.
China is one of the world’s most mesmerizing tourist destinations, combining its past, present and future everywhere you turn. China’s development from the oppressive Mao years to the contemporary widespread consumerism may be one of the most incredible changes in human history.
China has an impressive record in reducing poverty. The world’s most populous country lifted more than 600 million people out of poverty between 1981 and 2004. Rapid growth and urbanization and economic reforms have been central to China’s poverty reduction in the past few decades. However, inequality has increased and poverty has become concentrated in rural and minority areas, according to the World Bank. Many of the poor lack access to affordable housing, shut out by soaring land and house prices, and the inadequate supply of low-cost accommodation.
Your team will be working on housing reconstruction and repairs as
part of the Post-Disaster Jian’ge Rural Dilapidated House Project. Outside of the mega-cities many still live in primitive and vulnerable houses made out of mud bricks. Jian’ge county in the province of Sichuan is one such area where many impoverished families live in these insecure homes.
During the devastating 2008 earthquake in Sichuan as well as the
following 2013 and 2014 earthquakes many homes were severely damaged and destroyed. Many of these people continue to live in their damaged homes as they cannot afford to repair or move house.
The project aims to help these families build safe, adequate and affordable houses through the provision of interest-free microcredits, mobilisation of volunteers and construction assistance .
Your adventure begins today with your arrival in Chengdu. Take yourself on a walk to acquaint yourself with the city before heading back to your hotel for dinner. You’ll meet your fellow volunteers, your team leader and the Habitat for Humanity coordinator who will
be accompanying you for the week.
Today, you’ll travel from Chengdu to Jian’ge and check in to your accommodation for the week. Habitat for Humanity staff will give you a thorough orientation for the week ahead, including
construction safety and building tips.
Arriving on the build site for your first day of construction, you’ll meet the family whose home you will be helping to construct, and will have the opportunity to learn about their stories. The construction supervisor and local labourers will show you the ropes, and you can get started on the house construction.
On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, you’ll spend full days building with your teammates and see the new house take shape. You’ll be amazed at how much can be achieved in just one week. From laying bricks to mixing cement and rendering walls,
there are plenty of ways to contribute.
The final day of building is emotional for everyone involved. You’ll add the finishing touches to the house and maybe even add some decorations too. You will welcome the partner family to their new home, and reflect together on the contribution that you have all made. In the afternoon you’ll head back to Chengdu.
our team will have the option to do a range of cultural activities such as visit the Pandas in the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. In the evening you’ll have your last dinner with the team before either heading home or on for further travel on Sunday.
For more details on the build please click here
*This itinerary is provided as a guide and is subject to change.
*Costs are quoted as a guide and are subject to change
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