A row of blue houses in the Philippines
Home renovation

Jul. 18/20 — Jul. 27/20

Philippines - Silay City

Volunteer on a Global Village build opportunity and support communities improve their quality of life through decent and safe housing.

Is this build opportunity for me?

  • Home Construction Home construction
  • Weather Warm
  • Calendar July 18 - 27
  • Language Hiligaynon, Tagalog
  • Budget ~$2,025+ air transportation +~$450*

Habitat for Humanity Philippines

Habitat for Humanity Philippines was founded in 1988 and during their 28 years have supported over 140,000 families through new home construction, access to clean water, sustainable energy, healthcare and educational facilities, and livelihood training. In the country there is an estimated 2.2 million people living in informal settlements. Habitat Philippines has partnered with the Silay City government on their relocation program to support the hosing need of families living in informal settlements. These families are living in danger zones such as flood and earthquake prone areas and areas designated for public infrastructure projects. Habitat Philippines is working alongside families and local government to construct 546 homes in a holistic community. The project homes are built to be disaster resilient and the project will also include community facilities as well as a market place. Silay City is part of metro Bacolod and is located on the island Negros Occidental about a 2 hour flight from Manila.

To find out more about Habitat for Humanity Philippines, please visit their website, here.

Habitat building or in-country schedule

Day 1: Saturday, July 18
Arrive in Silay City, Philippines
Day 2: Sunday July 19
Orientation and welcome dinner
Day 3-6: Monday, July 20 - Thursday, July 23
Build days
Day 7: Friday, July 24
Build day, dedication ceremony and farewell dinner
Day 8-9: Saturday, July 25 - Sunday, July 26
Non-build activities as determined by the team leader
Day 10: Monday, July 27
Return to Canada
(The above itinerary may be subject to changes)

Typical Volunteer Tasks

Volunteers will build a house using sustainable construction material -- bamboo! Volunteers may be asked to build reinforced concrete foundations and stilts, building bamboo frame, bamboo floor, walls, foundation of the rainwater collection system, stairs, as well as transport of construction materials and cleaning of tools.

Habitat individual donation

The minimum individual donation to Habitat for this 10 day opportunity to build with Habitat Philippines is approximately

$2,025 (1) + air transportation (2) + approximately $450* non-build activities (3)

(There may be costs related to passports, visa and immunizations etc., which are the responsibility of the volunteer and are not eligible for tax receipts)

(1) The Habitat individual donation covers all costs associated with hosting volunteers on the project site as well as support the project and programs of the local Habitat for Humanity organization: room and board, ground transportation to and from build site, orientation materials, traveler's medical insurance, and a donation to Habitat Philippines 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 Silay City, Philippines. This must only be done once project dates and final project have been confirmed by the volunteer team leader. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the eligible airfare.

(3) The costs of any non-build activities are not eligible for a tax receipt and are not paid to Habitat for Humanity Canada.

Should volunteers need assistance with booking flights or rest day activities, insurance or other services they may be interested in, the volunteer team leader will provide a list of travel agents registered with the Travel Industry Council of Ontario.

*Costs for non-build days are approximate, and subject to change.

Team leader: Kathryn Petrovich

I am ecstatic to be leading my next build to the Philippines! I have led over a dozen builds around the globe and travelled to many parts of the world in search of long-lost family, to connect with close relatives, to feed my natural curiosity for the unknown and love for a little adventure.

My passion is life-long learning, recognizing greatness in others, creating meaningful memories, giving back, and being immersed in a nation’s culture…all while learning directly from native residents organically. What can I say…I love people and everyone’s unique characteristics and history. And what better way to lend a hand, learn from strangers, and experience new traditions (in a local community abroad) than through a Habitat build!

I simply adore everything Habitat. Both my personal and professional involvement with the non-profit has been extensive - overseas and locally here at home in Toronto & GTA, Kitchener/Waterloo, and Ottawa. One of my central focuses - after those daytime working hours - has been devoted to volunteering my time as an international team leader, since the humble beginnings of Global Village Canada. My responsibilities include 5-12 months of behind the scenes planning, which involve: developing the overseas trip details, recruiting new and experienced volunteers, organizing the varying aspects of a build, preparing volunteers, supervising the detailed processes while building in-country, and managing the financial accounting balance of team funds.

I had the joy of working at Habitat Canada headquarters (coordinating teams like this one!) with the Global Village international department. So, it’s fair to say I am fully immersed and engaged with Habitat’s mission and values. More recently, I joined the Family Selection Committee with Habitat Ottawa where I am looking forward to help shape and deliver local initiatives in our nation’s capital.

Being a kind, compassionate, and understanding, team player are the main prerequisites to join any of my teams. Our team. To enhance our team’s contributions to the communities we visit it is essential we each activate our feedback to re-learn familiar things in a new way (with limited resources), compete solely within ourselves, develop grit to overcome any unexpected setbacks, lead by example as we help each other grow, and simply go with the flow when the time calls…as it does come often. It’s helpful if you possess a drive to achieve audacious goals but being respectful, adaptable, and open-minded in diverse scenarios will prove to be the most useful for this build, our team’s overall experience, and your personal journey.

If you would like to be part of an extraordinary team who will make a substantial difference to a family and community (& surprisingly within yourself too), I would genuinely like to hear from you! Please contact me at: kathryn.petrovich@gmail.com to learn more or feel free to apply now using our on-line application to get yourself started today.