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Buffalo Build

5th December - 12th December 2020

Get your hands dirty working alongside local communities to provide strong homes in Long An, Vietnam by assisting low income households affected by the impacts of climate change and
natural disasters.

Get your hands dirty working alongside local communities to provide strong homes in Long An, Vietnam by assisting low income households affected by the impacts of climate change and natural disasters. The project will continue its aim to build coastal estuarine communities’ resilience to disaster risks via enhancing shelter security through improved disaster resilient housing and improved access to safe water and sanitation facilities and associated health and hygiene education.

Long An is considered a low-income province and has a poverty rate of nearly 7% of the total population of approx. 1.458 million. Of the population identified as living in poverty, 16,735 households live in substandard or inadequate housing, with very poor or non-existent access to water and sanitation. In spite of the province’s proximity to Ho Chi Minh City, its primary industries remain agriculture and aquaculture.

Habitat for Humanity Australia is endeavouring to send over a team of volunteers to aid in this problem and gift families shelter and a sense of safety.

Saturday 5th December 2020:

Fly into Ho Chi Minh International Airport where you will be transported by our team in Vietnam to your hotel. Then get to know each other over a welcome dinner.


Sunday 6th December 2020:

Discover the local sights with your team and travel to Long An where you will be building for the week


Monday 7th December 2020:

Meet your partner family and the Habitat build staff who will complete your safety orientation for the first day of building


Tuesday 8th December– Thursday 10th December 2020:

Full days of building with your teammates


Friday 11th December 2020:

Final day of building, hand over ceremony and dedication of the new home to our partner family


Saturday 12th December 2020:

Depart for home or further adventures – many of our volunteers combine a build with travel to other overseas destinations

Minimum Donation Contribution: $1,700 (All donations over $2 are tax deductible and goes towards the home you are building and impacts more families through a wider program in the Asia Pacific.)

  • Deposit: $200
  • Build Week Costs: $600-$850 based on twin share depending on accommodation, meals, transfers and domestic travel requirements – single rooms will be a higher rate
  • Registration deadline: 5th September 2020
  • Fundraising contribution deadline: 5th November 2020
  • For visa application volunteers must hold a passport with at least 6 months validity from the build start date (June 2020)


What’s included in your build week costs:

  • Twin share accommodation (single accommodation available at an additional cost)
  • All meals Monday – Friday
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water on the build site
  • Return airport transfers
  • Transport to and from site each day
  • Local sightseeing activities as per itinerary
  • Support from your team leader, Habitat for Humanity Australia and Habitat for Humanity Vietnam
  • Personal fundraising webpage and access to fundraising resources
  • Local host coordinator and translator
  • Welcome orientation
  • All necessary building materials and safety equipment
  • Dedication and home handover ceremony with partner family
  • 24 hour in-country support
  • Insurance while on the build site

Excluded Costs

  • Flights (Habitat can help advise the best flights for you through our partners at Flight Centre’s Travel Club)
  • Visas
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel Insurance

Need more info?

Please leave your contact details and we will send you an information pack on this volunteer experience.

Registration closes on

05 September 2020

Ready to sign up for an experience of a life time?

A Global Village trip is a truly rewarding experience. Get your hands dirty on the building site, interact with the families whose houses you are helping to construct, experience the country like an insider and do it all alongside a team of like-minded volunteers. No experience is required, sign up today!

Download the Buffalo Build brochure here.

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