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New Home Construction

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Habitat Romania - Berceni

(New Home Construction)


Volunteer in Romania whilst giving a "hand up" to families in need


June 13 - 21 2020

Habitat for Humanity Romania has three main programs: HAB (Healthy and Accessible Buildings), DRRR (Disaster Risk Reduction and Response) and advocacy, which aims to influence policy through improved housing solutions that positively impacts communities and socio-economic sectors nationwide. 

HFH Romania has 88,500 beneficiaries, built or renovated more than 2,000 homes, and constructed 600 new homes under the following program areas: new home construction, renovation/rehabilitation, technical assistance and support, disaster response and prevention, energy efficiency and financial education training, and community projects. 

Habitat for Humanity Romania

Habitat for Humanity Romania started in 1996 in a small town situated in the north-west part of the country. Now, Habitat Romania has projects in several part of the country, and is the biggest Romanian NGO focused on eliminating poverty and providing safe, decent, and affordable housing as a basic human right.

The housing situation in Romania is one of the most difficult in the European Union.

  • 5.5 million people are in need of home renovations.
  • Over 58% of the population is living in overcrowded conditions, compared to an EU average of 17.8%.
  • 42.5% of the population is living in houses without a bath and toilet with running water.

Habitat Building or in-country schedule (subject to change)

 Saturday, June 13th 

 Arrive and overnight in Bucharest

 Sunday, June 14th     

 Cultural Day and Welcome Orientation

 Monday,  June 15th - Thursday, June 18th 

 Build days

 Friday, June 19th  

 Final build day and Farewell

 Saturday, June 20th     

 Non-build activities

 Sunday, June 21st

 Depart for Canada

Project Description - why we build? 

Most residents of Berceni live off agriculture and livestock, which are the main economic activities in the area. Because these activities generate a low income, most families are unable to access loans to buy, build, or improve their housing. Most young families are forced to live with their parents in cramped and overcrowded spaces. The lack of intimacy leads to conflicts between family members, which can have particularly negative consequences on children and their emotional development. 
Typical Volunteer Tasks
Include digging, foundations, making and pouring concrete, building frames and roof trusses, raising walls, roofing, insulation, plasterboard, gypsum filling, sanding, exterior plastering, and painting. 
Habitat Individual Donation

The Habitat individual donation for this 9 day opportunity to build with Habitat Romania is approximately $2,060 (1) + Air transportation (2) + $200 Non-build activities (3)

(There are additional costs such as passport, visa and immunizations which the team leader will discuss with you. These costs are not tax receipted) 

(1) The Habitat individual donation covers all costs associated with hosting volunteers on the project site as well as support to the project and programs of the local HFH organization: room and board, ground transportation to and from the build site, orientation materials, transportation, traveler's medical insurance, and a donation to Habitat Romania and to Habitat for Humanity Canada Global Village programs. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for this individual donation. 

(2) Participants will need to independently arrange and pay for air transportation from their point of departure to Bucharest and must be done in consultation with the Team Leader. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the eligible airfare.

(3) The costs of any debrief activities will be determined by the Team Leader, not eligible for a tax receipt and are not paid to Habitat for Humanity Canada.

Team Leader

Hello! My name is Penny Gousios and I am excited to be leading this build to Berceni. This will be my fourth Global Village build, and first as a co-leader. I have had th pleasure of building in New Orleans, Kona, Fiji as well as locally in Edmonton and Fort McMurray. Along the way many friendships and memories have been made and this next build promises to only add to that list. 

Every build is unique and equally rewarding, emphasizing the fact that together we make a difference. Apart from my day job as an Executive Assistant for a large transportation company, I am also a certified canfitpro Fitness Instruction Specialist and most recently also an Associate PRO TRAINER so needless to say health and wellness play a big role in my life.

Being a part of a Global Village team means that you are motivated to make a difference, hard-working, flexible and easy-going, able to think outside the the box, and able to maintain a sense of humor when confronted with the unexpected.

Please feel free to contact me at gousios@telus.net if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application.

I look forward to meeting you and seeing what our next adventure looks like!

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