Hi there! I’m Haley Pope
Welcome to my blog dedicated to the trips I lead with my husband, Weston Wise, or my parents, Jeff and Gala Pope, for Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program. You can find all sorts of helpful information about the trips I’ve led, am leading, and will lead in the future.
If you’re a volunteer on a GV trip with me, please check here for information related to your trip, covering topics like trip itinerary, travel arrangement, packing lists, cultural considerations, and more!
What is Habitat for Humanity?
“Habitat seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope. The organization strives towards a world where everyone has a decent place to live.”
Habitat for Humanity does not discriminate. We partner with people in your community and all over the world regardless of religion, race, ethnic background, etc. to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With your support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability, and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families. Through our 2020 Strategic Plan, Habitat for Humanity will serve more people than ever before through decent and affordable housing.
What is Global Village?
Global Village (GV) is a way to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in more than 40 countries abroad as well as in the United States and serve alongside those in need.
On a trip, you’ll experience the country like a local, with the locals, serving alongside those in need of decent places to live. Each trip focuses on a different housing need, ranging from building one house to many houses, advocating for policy, providing disaster recovery, rehabilitating homes and buildings, helping with energy efficiency projects, working with vulnerable populations like children, the disabled, or women.
Read the FAQs for more about this program and what’s involved with volunteering.
Why We’re Global Village Leaders
Leading GV trips allows us to support Habitat’s ongoing homebuilding efforts in each country and encourage others to serve as well.
The financial, emotional, and physical contributions of each trip are life-changing for both those in the communities where we work and in our own lives. It’s an honor to travel the world and broaden our horizons meeting those different than us, while also serving Habitat’s mission and helping future homeowners realize their dreams!
Where We’re From
I am originally from Atlanta where the pines grow tall, but now I live in Colorado where the mountains stand tall! Since I’ve grown up in places like Malaysia, Chile, and South Africa and have traveled extensively in between. Home is wherever I am currently! Weston grew up Moorhead, MN where the winters are long and the land is flat, before moving to North Carolina to pursue his Physical Therapy career. He has taken to the traveling lifestyle and currently enjoys being in Colorado where we both now live.
I have been on service trips to NYC, New Orleans, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic. I led a GV team to Romania with my dad, Jeff Pope, and to Guatemala with my mom, Gala Pope. Weston and I led a team to Vietnam in August 2018.
Being a passionate conservationist and naturalist, I earned a Master of Science degree in zoology from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Today, I’m the president and owner of TerraLens Photography LLC, a company that provides photography, photo archiving, and writing services to other organizations. Weston obtained his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Elon University in North Carolina and now works as a physical therapist at our local hospital.
In our free time, we can be found in the mountains skiing and snowboarding, hiking, or trail running, doing yoga, reading, and drawing. While I also spend time photographing the beautiful CO landscape and wildlife, Weston plays a myriad of instruments and enjoys writing and recording his own songs.