Vietnam: July 2018

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Home Construction     |      July 26 – Aug 4, 2018     |     Trip Cost: $1,575 USD    |  GV19859

Join this Trip!

*REGISTRATION FOR THIS TRIP IS NOW CLOSED. Check back for other future trip opportunities.*

Registration: To confirm that you’ll join this team, please register online. Enter our team’s code: GV19859. After registering, Haley and Weston will contact you to tell you more about the build and go over some details.

If you are unable to physically join, consider supporting this trip by donating!

Get Involved

Join us for an uplifting and rewarding adventure to Vietnam! Learn about the culture while building houses and friendships on this 10-day journey of service and hope. 

Get your hands dirty on the work site, meet families and youth whose housing situations have been improved with Habitat’s help, experience the country like an insider, and do it all alongside a team of like-minded volunteers. No experience is required! This build is your next step with Habitat to make the world a better place.

Help support Habitat for Humanity’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Help build homes, community, and hope for families in need in Vietnam!

About this Project

  • Team Leaders: Haley Pope & Weston Wise
  • Location: Dong Thap, Vietnam
  • Trip dates: July 26 – August 4, 2018
  • Event code: GV19859
  • Team Size: 24 people
  • Program donation: $1,575
  • Program donation due and registration ends: June 11, 2018

During your 10-day Global Village trip, the team will be helping to build a house and renovate the walls, foundation, and floor alongside the recipient family and community. Built into the work week will be a few cultural and site seeing, but you can extend the trip for travel at your own expense before or after the build.

About Vietnam

Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country on the South China Sea known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas, and bustling cities. It is a country of breathtaking natural beauty with a unique heritage. Ancient temples display distinctly Chinese influences in the north and Hindu origins in the south. Hanoi, the capital, pays homage to the nation’s iconic Communist-era leader, Ho Chi Minh, via a huge marble mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) has French colonial landmarks, plus Vietnamese War history museums and the Củ Chi tunnels, used by Viet Cong soldiers.

Vietnam is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, Thailand to the southwest, and the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia across the South China Sea to the southeast. With an estimated 94.6 million inhabitants as of 2016, it is the world’s 14th-most-populous country! The majority of citizens are Buddhist and speak Vietnamese. 

About Habitat for Humanity Vietnam

Long An, the building destination for this trip, 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.

HFHV addresses the housing need of low income families by: mobilizing material and financial resources and voluntary labor to build or repair houses; Providing micro-finance mechanisms to home-partners to improve housing or water and sanitation facilities leading to improved living conditions; Providing training in financial literacy, disaster resilient construction techniques, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and community-based disaster resilient management to households, community members, government partners and schools.

Learn more at the Habitat for Humanity Vietnam website. Read the Vietnam Handbook.

Type of Work

Some of the tasks include mixing and carrying mortar, laying bricks, carrying & pouring concrete, transfer materials, and painting. All tools and construction site materials will be provided by the affiliate, and a professional construction leader will always be present on site.

After volunteering during the day, you will have free time in the evenings for excursions, relaxation, and reflection. During your days off, you will have various cultural experiences like visiting local markets, museums, and historic sites.

Program Cost & Fundraising

The cost for this trip is USD $1,575. This covers all in-country transportation, food, accommodations and cultural activities, as well as travel medical insurance for the dates of the Global Village trip. It does not include airfare, visa fees, and extra travel time and activities. The cost is tax-deductible. While half of the cost covers in-country expenses, the other half is a direct donation to Habitat for Humanity Vietnam to support their work. 

Fundraising is available and encouraged! In fact, once you join the trip, you’ll be set up with a Share.Habitat fundraising page to help you pay for the trip. Fundraising is as easy as telling your friends, family, and co-workers about why you build with Habitat for Humanity. They may even ask to join the team!  Learn more.

Meals, Accommodations & Activities

The team will stay in modest, comfortable hotels in double-occupancy rooms.  Lunch will be on the build site, while breakfast and dinner will be at the hotel or local restaurants.

After volunteering during the day, you will have free time in the evenings for excursions, relaxation, and reflection. During your days off, you will have various cultural experiences like visiting local markets, museums, and historic sites.

Have Questions?

Your team leaders, Haley and Weston, will lead this team and would love to speak with you.  Email us: