When you volunteer with Habitat for Humanity on a Global Village trip, you become one of thousands of volunteers worldwide who have given of their time, energy and resources to partner with families in need of decent and affordable shelter for nearly 25 years. Your contribution to the construction of the partner family's new home not only impacts them, but also adds to the vitality of the community. The effects will be felt throughout generations. Whether the construction of the home calls for cinder blocks, clay bricks or wood, the foundation that a new home gives the family that will dwell within it is solid. The security that it gives the children that will eat, sleep, play, learn and grow within it is priceless. The opportunity it gives families to serve in their communities and pay their blessing forward are endless. People like you make affordable home ownership a reality for so many working families who are looking for a hand up, not a hand out. Experience the adventure of a new country while sharing the experience of love in action. When you volunteer on a Habitat Global Village trip, you work alongside partner families and volunteers from all works of life using the construction techniques of the native country. We'll also spend time within the community exploring the culture through native foods, music, dance, history tours and other cultural activities. You become more than a volunteer or a tourist - you become a member of our Global Village family, which transforms the lives of those living in poverty housing conditions around the world. You can get involved by joining my Global Village team to Bolivia and help two families build their simple, decent and affordable homes in June 2014.
I work with some amazingly-talented people at Habitat for Humanity International, but I'm always excited to see when our award-winning photographer Ezra Millstein has returned from an assignment with photos or video. Ezra has an incredible ability to capture compelling images to tell the story of Habitat, its partner families and volunteers. Occasionally he puts his camera aside to shoot and produce captivating videos. I watched A Global Village for the first time this week after hearing about it from his manager. It was enthralling to see him take two different families, one from Boston and one from India, and bring them together to show how alike they really are. If you've every experienced a Global Village trip, you know how accurate this depiction is. I was so very moved and inspired by his adaption. This video makes me even more excited about connecting with the families we will work alongside in Cochabamba, Bolivia in June 2014.
My Share.Habitat fundraising site for my Global Village trip to Bolivia is now live! Would you like to get involved with our mission, but you're unable to volunteer and build in Bolivia? You can still help. By donating to my trip, you help our team meet our goal of covering the cost of the Habitat homes that we will be constructing in Cochabamba. The partner families will still have a low-interest mortgage, but the funds help the affiliate in Bolivia continue to serve those in need of safe, decent and affordable housing in their community and they also go to the Global Fund for Habitat for Humanity International to help serve millions in more than 70 countries worldwide. With a donation of $50 or more, I will give you a gift from our Habitat Online Store. The items that I have available are some of my favorite Habitat-branded specialties - our new 2014 calendar, our 2014-2015 day planner and the award-winning book, The Carpenter's Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree.
With Habitat for Humanity, you can watch your seed (your donation) grow from the ground (or the foundation) up. From the two families we will partner with in Cochabamba, to the families on the six continents where Habitat operates, your contribution makes an impact. Give today and help transform lives for those less fortunate than us around the world!
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I have been confirmed to lead a Global Village short-term mission trip to Cochabamba, Bolivia for June 20-29, 2014. The event code for this trip is GV14516. You can apply today to join my team!
Who can participate:
Volunteers must be willing and able to work alongside others to help a family build a simple, decent and affordable home. No construction experience is required.
Christ-follower. Army wife. Mompreneur. @Habitat_org Global Village Team Leader. Crab claw lover. Advocate for adequate shelter, releasing children from poverty and ending human trafficking and slavery.