Meet Jacinta and Ted from Sandy Bay, Tasmania. They gave up a week of his time last year to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity for Rock the House. This year, They will be returning to Yogyakarta to help build another 12 homes.
Why did you start volunteering with Habitat?
We are fit retirees and live in Hobart. Our kids and grand kids live in Sydney. Previously we have volunteered on a consistent basis, however the more we travel the less possibility there is to be a reliable local volunteer. So, we choose to do a volunteering trip each year for a week or two.
Can you describe the experience in one or two sentences?
The experience was fun meeting diverse, albeit like minded people in their focus to achieve a fulfilling project as a team. Caring for and sharing the entire build with the recipient family, neighbours and our volunteer supervisors.
Tell us a bit about what the week involves?
Hard yakka, hot, dirty, wet. It was like building skills 101. There was a hilarious learning curve being coached by super fit tradies with sign language, huge smiles and giggles! Some of the work also included moving and sifting sand for cement, brick laying and rendering.
What was your favourite part of the week?
Definitely the handover. It was so very emotional for all concerned and a privilege to witness. Oh, then the after party!
Why should others get involved in Rock The House?
Because the whole experience is rewarding and it is palatable. We didn’t meet any one of the 150 volunteers who weren’t moved by the build. It was very frustrating when a downpour on the first day of the build halted work – but out came the guitar and we just sang and danced. We made up for it the next day by having an early start!
Join Jacinta and Ted and a growing number of Aussie volunteers to Rock the House from September 30 – October 7 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Sign up today.