Below is a brief description of the trips, as we will be going over them at our first general meeting.
**Scroll below for important SIGN-UP information! **
If you have
more specific questions, please email email@example.com or drop by the office during office hours (UC 227).
First off the
- and others, to be determined!
The trips run during our reading week, which falls on Saturday,
February 15 to Sunday, February 22, 2014. These departure dates
are flexible and something the entire team can decide on.
Currently we have spots
for approximate 18-20 spots for each U.S. trip and 12 spots for each
Central America trip.
HOW TO SIGN-UP
date and time TBA - (Peter Clark Hall, basement UC)
Sign ups will be on a first come, first serve basis. Please line up
outside the door, we will give everyone a number and call upon you in
small groups to sign up for your trip of choice.
non-refundable deposit will be due at the time and can be made either
by cash or cheque (see below for breakdown of trip costs). Sorry,
but those without their deposits ready will not be able to sign up.
are about 18-20 spots available for each U.S. trip, so make sure
you arrive early! There will be a waiting list available for each trip,
in case anyone drops out at a later date.
Due to the large interest for these locations and spaces are limited to
12 spots per trip, this year we will be
requiring the completion of a short application
form in order to express your interest.
**Applications for the Central America trips will be due on a to be determined date. Application submissions has now closed, thank you to everyone for their interest!
Honduras Trip Leaders: TBD
El Salvador Trip Leaders: TBD
Central American teams will be announced shortly after the applications are due and the first team meeting will take place on after that
at which time your trip deposit ($160 non refundable) will be due.
Since these teams will be determined before U.S. trip sign-up,
you will still have an opportunity to be on a U.S. team!
What will you be doing?
will be building Habitat homes during the week (Mon to Fri 8-4pm, with
one or two half
days, depending on location). Don't worry if you have no building
experience, for lots of people
this is one of their first significant experiences with a hammer.
You will be supervised and guided by qualified instructors and
wont be expected to do anything you're not comfortable with. That being
said you will be given
the opportunity to try various aspects of building a house; putting up
roofs, using power
tools, and lots and lots of hammering.
What you do on your free time is up to the group to decide. Again were
uber flexible, it is your
trip and we want you to do what you want (within reason of course).
Friday/Saturday: travel time
Sunday: check in, free time
Monday-Friday: on site 8am-4pm, evenings are free-time
Saturday/Sunday: pack-up, travel time
are usually housed in a church, community centre, or other church
facility as arranged by your host affiliate. Kitchens are usually part
of the facility though you will be required to provide your own dishes
and utensils. You will also need to bring your own pillow and sleeping
bag. Often in these accommodations, you will be sleeping on the floor
so a light mat will be valuable!
U.S. Destinations (Florida, Georgia,Alabama
These trips start out with a 19 hour road trip (although somehow they end up
taking closer to 20 hours to complete) you get close to your van-mates
pretty quickly in those squishy space.
If you hadn't already gotten chummy with your team members, you will
now ----20 people piled in one room (a trip to wal-mart for air
mattress is usually a popular choice).
Again, for free time outside of building it's completely up to the
group. Since there will be at least three vans at your disposal there is a bit more flexibility.
Different possibilities include swamp tours, the beach, alligator zoos, Beach, visiting St.
Augustine (the oldest city in the states), shopping (for some reason
Target is always a popular destination), but by no means limiting.
This year there will be 2 trips to Central America: Honduras and El
Salvador. The teams for these trips will fly to their destinations
together on the Saturday/Sunday at the beginning of reading week. The
work week will be Monday-Friday and there is usually a half-day for
exploring. El Salvador is primarily Spanish speaking, so
if you have any background in this language, it is beneficial (though
not required). Build experience is not necessary, you will be
supervised and guided by qualified builders. Houses in these countries
are usually constructed of cement blocks.
you really want to try something different for you reading week, learn
about a different culture
and go somewhere spicy
hot.this is the place for you. University of Guelph has been sending
students on this trip
for the past 10 years. For the past couple of years we've stayed in
beautiful house with an
El Salvadorian family (think bed and breakfast style). Be prepared to
lots of beans and
pupusas (a popular El Sal food- like a thick tortilla with either
cheese or surprise more beans!).
In the past, on their
free time, the students have hiked volcanoes, visited orphanages,
hammocks on a
practically private island on the Pacific Ocean, meandered through
and so much more.
destinations: approximately $500.
(This includes a $150 non-refundable deposit, which is a donation to the affiliate chapter.)
Central America destinations: approximately $2000.
- transportation (mini-van rentals for the U.S., flights for Central America)
- food (excluding the food on the road, there and back)
- ***however, it does not cover spending money or vaccinations (in the case of Central America)
The money will be required in installments. Trips must be paid
in full before departure and fundraising refunds will be returned once
the trip has been completed.
The first is a $150 non refundable deposit (doesnt matter
which trip you're going on) which you must bring when you
sign up the trip. Cash or Cheque payable to:
University of Guelph
Habitat for Humanity
about paying for the trip, we will help you out with fundraising. Your
trip leader is in charge of initiating fundraising activities, but the
amount of money you raise is completely up to you. There will be
many opportunities to fundraise, and it is possible to fundraise your
it is important to know that you will need to pay for the total cost of
your trip BEFORE you leave for the trip. All fundraising reimbursements
will be distributed to team members AFTER the trips (usually in April).
You are able to fundraise up until March and up to the total cost of
your trip. Any funds raised beyond the total cost will become a
donation to Habitat for Humanity.
Donations can be made in
cash or cheque (no credit cards), and cheques can be made payable to
Habitat for Humanity, University of Guelph Campus Chapter. Any donation
of $20 or more is eligible for a tax receipt.
You may do
individual fundraising if you choose to, but team leaders are also
looking for new, creative ways for the whole team to take part in
Any general questions regarding Reading Week trips can be directed to our e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or questions for specific trip leaders:
El Salvador: TBD
Jacksonville, Florida: TBD
Thibodaux, Louisiana: TBD