Home renovation

Aug. 01/20 — Aug. 09/20

Poland - Gliwice

Visit Poland on this build opportunity whilst giving a "hand up" to families in need

Is this build opportunity for me?

  • Home Construction Renovation and adaptation
  • Weather Warm
  • Calendar August 1 - 9
  • Polish
  • ~$1,956 + air transportation + ~$200*

Left in the wake of communist economic and social policies, many families have no choice but to live in substandard housing which threatens their health and safety. Habitat Poland renovates apartments in blocks of flats to try and meet Poland's demand for more than 1.5 million affordable apartment.

Projects involve renovation and/or working on the next stage of construction of existing housing units owned by the partner families (adapting them to meet decent housing conditions), as well as remodeling municipality buildings. They also work in partnership with social enterprises to serve the homeless, ill children, disabled adults, recovering addicts, and other vulnerable groups.

Habitat for Humanity Poland

Habitat for Humanity Gliwice was first dreamed of in 1990, started in 1991, and became an official Habitat affiliate in 1992. It was the very first local Habitat in Europe and naturally has become an example and model citizen throughout Europe.

In 2002, Habitat for Humanity Poland was established to support all national efforts on the way to changing the lives of families in need.

Since, 1992, over one hundred low-income families have started living in Habitat homes. Construction projects have been completed in Warsaw, Gdansk, Gliwice, and Wroclaw.

Habitat building or in-country schedule

Day 1: Saturday, August 1
Arrive and overnight in Krakow
Day 2: Sunday, August 2
Cultural days and welcome orientation
Day 3 - 6: Monday, August 3 - Thursday, August 6
Build days
Day 7: Friday, August 7
Build day and farewell
Day 8: Saturday, August 8
Non-build activities
Day 9: Sunday, August 9
Depart for Canada
(The above itinerary may be subject to changes)

Typical Housing Solutions

Renovation and adaptation.

Typical Volunteer Tasks

Include demolition, insulation, plastering, painting, and landscaping. As Habitat Poland is running several projects with various construction interventions, the team will receive information about tasks they will perform closer to the build date.

Habitat individual donation

The Habitat individual donation for this 9 day opportunity to build with Habitat Poland is approximately

$1,956 (1) + air transportation (2) + $200* non build day activities (3)

(There are additional costs such as passport, visa and immunizations which the team leader will discuss with you. These costs are not tax receipted)

(1) The Habitat individual donation covers all costs associated with hosting volunteers on the project site as well as support to the project and programs of the local Habitat for Humanity organization: room and board, ground transportation to and from the build site, orientation materials, transportation, traveler's medical insurance, and a donation to Habitat Poland 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 Krakow and must be done in consultation with the 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 will be determined by the team leader, not eligible for a tax receipt and are not paid to Habitat for Humanity Canada.

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

Team leader: Neetash Patel

My name is Neetash Patel and I've led over 10 builds with Global Village and I'm excited for you to join me on this adventure to Eastern Europe.

Habitat for Humanity has been a tremendous connection for me, combining and sharing my love for travel and philanthropy. There is nothing more special in the charity world than seeing the results of your time, money and effort; and these builds are just that. Getting off the typical tourist path to see a part of the world and way of life many of us simply read about or are just unaware of. In addition to working alongside a family, we get to support the local economy, bring aid and support to a community in need.

Please feel free to contact me at patelyyc@gmail.com if you would like to learn more about this build, or apply now using our on-line application!