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Event / Project details

Project start
28 Sep 2012
Event / Project end

Event / Project duration
This project is ongoing

Event / Project ID
633

Event / Project Name
HABITAT MADAGASCAR
Event / Project City
Antananarivo
Event / Project Country
Madagascar
Preferred skills
No construction or building skills necessary
Number of volunteers
Apply for available spaces
Minimum age
18
Event / Project types
Construction and Building

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Brief overview

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Types of construction for volunteers The primary work for volunteers is in moving materials on the work site and laying bricks.

Laying bricks in Madagascar does present special challenges; bricks are not equal size and are not always geometrically straight, and masons are sometimes reluctant for inexperienced volunteers to lay bricks.

The mortar for the homes consists of red mud which requires a specific thickness. GV teams will start with a stone foundation laid, in most cases, and begin working on the walls.

Toilets are built on site prior to the construction of the house for the team’s use.

Standard itinerary (14-day itinerary)

Day 1 (Friday, Sept 28): Depart the United States.

Day 2 (Saturday, Sept 29): Travel Day en route to Madagascar.

Day 3 (Sunday, Sept 30): Arrival in Antananarivo; dinner and overnight in Antananarivo.

Day 4 (Monday, Oct 1): Breakfast at hotel; orientation at National Office; travel to host project; Lunch in transit; welcome and orientation with Habitat Madagascar staff member; welcome ceremony; dinner.

Days 5-8 Work days (Tuesday-Friday, Oct 2nd-5th): Breakfast; work from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with lunch on-site; dinner; free time in evenings; time for team activities.

Day 9 (Saturday, Oct 6): Half-day build; Cultural experiences in the community - visit market, orphanage, etc.

Day 10 (Sunday, Oct 7): Visit local church; visit a local National Park (possibly Parc National De Ranomafana, which is home to two species of Lemur).

Days 11-12 Work days (Monday- Tuesday, October 8-9): Breakfast; work from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with lunch on site; free time after work; dinner; time for team activities. Farewell celebration on Tuesday.

Day 13 (Wednesday, Oct 10): Travel to Antananarivo; free time; dinner and overnight in Antananarivo.

Day 14 (Thursday, Oct 11): Depart for home or begin optional R&R.

Accommodations Most GV teams will stay in an unfinished group house, typically 3-12 people per room, with bucket showers and simple western style toilets. Camp beds and buckets will be provided.

The first and last night, the team will stay in a hotel in Antananarivo, sharing double- or triple-occupancy rooms with a shared bath.

Program cost US$1,830 (For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)

Build a better world: Take the Global Village Challenge Habitat for Humanity International is challenging Global Village volunteers to make an even greater impact on the global issue of poverty housing.

We are asking all GV teams to help us raise an additional $1.1 million in the coming year to support Habitat’s building projects worldwide.

Take up the challenge! Join us in sharing our story and building a better world!

Team leaders: Trish and Mike Rodrique

Trish and Mike have led 25 Habitat for Humanity builds in varied and unique places all over the world.

Mike is a trained civil engineer and has decades of experience and savvy with construction projects and techniques. He is a “people person” and is constantly in tune with his team’s needs as well as that of the homeowners and local affiliate staff.

Trish is a physical therapist and can be counted on to help ease the aches and pains of a hard work day. She is unflappable, highly organized, and loves to cook nutritious and delicious meals for the team (when a working kitchen is available.)

Together, Mike and Trish are the epitome of unity, bridge-building between cultures and the extraordinary merit which comes from purposefully maintaining a positive outlook on life.

They both possess an uncanny talent to make team members feel good about themselves even on the most challenging builds.

Trish and Mike Rodrique 29166 Swimming Bear Lane Polson, MT 59860 Home: 406-883-3368 Cell: 406-539-1381

mrodrique@centurytel.net

trish.rodrique@gmail.com

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