Home build­ing can be­come habit-form­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Mata­mata peo­ple are be­ing in­vited to swap their ev­ery­day rou­tine for an ad­ven­ture which will trans­form their lives and the lives of 25 Viet­namese fam­i­lies liv­ing in poverty.

Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity is look­ing for 150 Kiwi vol­un­teers.

They must



to work hard and get dirty, to build 25 homes in just one week in Tien Giang, near Ho Chi Minh City, South Viet­nam.

With Habi­tat’s help, 25 Viet­namese fam­i­lies will ac­quire se­cure land ten­ure and new hous­ing with a clean wa­ter sup­ply and proper san­i­ta­tion.

The fam­i­lies are now ei­ther home­less, liv­ing in in­se­cure, tem­po­rary rental ac­com­mo­da­tion, or are stay­ing with rel­a­tives or friends in over- crowded, in­ad­e­quate hous­ing.

For­mer Mata­mata man Phil Price said Habi­tat was look­ing for peo­ple who wanted to make a dif­fer­ence and ex­pe­ri­ence a trans­for­ma­tional over­seas trip at the same time.

Phil has been in­volved in Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity projects in In­dia, Cam­bo­dia, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

He said each build was dif­fer­ent but all were amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ences for those who went.

‘‘ Ev­ery­one comes home with a story, new friends, colour­ful mem­o­ries and a new ap­pre­ci­a­tion of just what we have here in New Zealand. The prob­lem with th­ese projects is that they can be­come ad­dic­tive and hav­ing been once, peo­ple want to go again and again.’’

The Big Build in Viet­nam runs from Au­gust 5 for a week and in­volves Kiwi and other in­ter­na­tional vol­un­teers as well as lo­cal Viet­namese.

Up to 300 vol­un­teers will work on the site, as­sisted by the fam­i­lies whose houses are be­ing built, so vol­un­teers ex­pe­ri­ence an­other cul­ture at grass roots level, some­thing tourism can­not repli­cate.

Vol­un­teers pay their own way, come from all over New Zealand and in­clude some skilled trades­peo­ple, but the ma­jor­ity of vol­un­teers will have lit­tle or no build­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at all.

The work is hot and labour-in­ten­sive but not too tech­ni­cal, so any­body who is fit enough to travel and pre­pared to get stuck in and give it a go can get in­volved.

Age is no bar­rier ei­ther; men and women from their 20s to their 70s have built Habi­tat homes all over the world.

Af­ter build­ing, Habi­tat of­fers an op­por­tu­nity for vol­un­teers to stay on and see some­thing of the host coun­try be­fore re­turn­ing home.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to vol­un­teer email Phil Price at pprice@ ihug. co. nz or phone 021 260 3456.


Help­ing hand: Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity vol­un­teers lay bricks for a house in Sri Lanka last Au­gust.

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