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Habitat for Humanity International volunteers are packing their wrenches and getting ready to drive their RVs this summer to locations across the U.S. and Canada to build homes for families in need.
But this year, for the first time since the Habitat RV Care-A-Vanners program was founded in 1989, an overseas trip is planned, and the destination is New Zealand.
The Habitat RV Care-A-Vanners program is open to RV owners who can spend six to 12 weeks helping local habitat affiliate chapters build, and in some cases, renovate homes for families in need.
RV Care-A-Vanners must be financially able to travel to the project site, cover personal expenses while there and use their RV as temporary living quarters. Local Habitat affiliates will provide a safe place for RV Care-A-Vanners to park, either at a local campground that donates sites or on church parking lots. Water and electrical hook-ups and waste disposal usually are provided at little or no charge.
Habitat RV Care-A-Vanner groups consist of six to 12 RVs and this summer, Habitat “summer vacation opportunities” for Care-A-Vanners include trips to build homes in Colorado, Montana, California, New Mexico and North Carolina.
But Habitat Care-A-Vanners will not need to ship their rig to New Zealand to participate in the first overseas program. Instead, they can pay $3,000 per person for: roundtrip airfare; RV rental; campground fees; several meals; visits to attractions and a donation to the Habitat office in New Zealand.
The Habitat RV Care-A-Vanners will leave during May and will fly to Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island. They will help build homes in Invercagill on the South Island and then take a ferry to build homes in Whangerei on the North Island.
Sightseeing excursions are scheduled along the way.
For more information on Habitat RV Care-A-Vanner trips in the U.S., Canada and overseas, visit www.habitat.org.