Young Professionals Build, Fiji
27 October - 3 November 2018
Make a lasting impact working alongside other like-minded volunteers building disaster resilient housing for families in real need. You’ll be amazed at what can be achieved in just one week when we come together and combine our efforts. As well as forming new friendships and lasting memories, you’ll give one family the gift of a new home and a brighter future.
Heavy flooding and cyclones over the past few years have had a considerable impact on Fiji. This project in Nadi will assist families living in informal settlements who have been displaced by natural disasters, by constructing cyclone-proof transitional shelters. Made from timber frames and corrugated iron, these houses will be strong enough to withstand future storms and provide adequate shelter. They are built in flood-safe locations, or raised off the ground to protect from high waters.
Since Habitat for Humanity began working in Fiji in 1981, over 1,000 families on the island have been served. Habitat for Humanity Fiji not only builds much-needed homes, but also helps in disaster response and prevention, provides water and sanitation facilities to help improve health, and works on projects to enable people with disabilities.
The number of people in Fiji living in substandard housing is on the rise, and already stands at 140,000. Over the next 15 years, there is an expected need of more than 30,000 new homes. Poverty continues to be a problem in Fiji. While official statistics estimate that 31% of people live in poverty, the local social services council are under the impression that 60% would be a more accurate statistic.
As housing prices are too high for many, families have no choice but to live in accommodation without running water, sanitation facilities, rubbish disposal facilities or electricity. Habitat for Humanity Fiji allows families to take out loans that are minor and do not create a burden of debt upon the family, but allow them to obtain a home that they would alternatively have no method of acquiring. Families play a part in building their new homes for themselves to drive down costs, and their loan repayments are then used to build homes for other families in need.
Saturday 27th October 2018:
Meet your team in Nadi and get to know each other over a welcome dinner
Sunday 28th October 2018:
Discover the local sights with your team and meet the Habitat Fiji staff at a welcome to Fiji orientation session
Monday 29th October 2018:
Meet your partner family and the Habitat build staff who will complete your safety orientation for the first day of building
Tuesday 30th – Thursday 1st November 2018:
Full days of building with your teammates
Friday 2nd November 2018:
Final day of building, hand over ceremony and dedication of the new home to your partner family
Saturday 3rd November 2018:
Depart for home or further adventures – many of our volunteers combine a build with travel to other overseas destinations
Click here for an information pack about the build that includes the project info, detailed itinerary, costs and stories from past volunteers – take some time to read about the build and see how you can help change the lives of families in need.
- Minimum Fundraising Contribution: $1,700
- We encourage you to fundraise this amount. Donations over $2 are tax deductible and support Habitat for Humanity’s projects.
- Registration Fee: $160
- Build Week Costs: $1000- $1250 per person, twin share. This amount will be confirmed closer to the build date.
- Registration deadline: 1st September 2018
- Fundraising contribution deadline: 6th October 2018
What’s included in your build week costs:
- Twin share accommodation (single accommodation available at an additional cost)
- All meals Monday – Friday
- 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 Nepal
- 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
- Flights (Habitat can help advise the best flights for you through our partners at Flight Centre’s Travel Club)
- 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
01 September 2018
Ready to sign up for the 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 Young Professionals Build brochure here