Local Village Build, New South Wales
Here you will find everything there is to know about your upcoming build
Please check back frequently as we will be updating this page with new information
Begin day one by meeting your team for breakfast at a charming local café. Then drive to meet with your first partner family either renovating damaged homes or clearing bush fire debris. After the work is finished for the day check in to your accomodation and unwind in the evening at the hotel and enjoy a glass of wine in town. We have some great suggestions for local restaurants which will be provided to you in a travel guide.
You will meet your team onsite this morning and spend day two with your second partner family either renovating damaged homes or clearing bush fire debris. For the evening the team will all meet up and share a farewell dinner together at a delicious local restaurant. As the day comes to a close you can relax at your hotel and reflect on what you have achieved as a team over the past two days.
This is a free day where you can either depart home or venture around the Southern Highlands with some fantastic local activities.
Your actual itinerary will updated soon
We require you to fill out the below documentation in order to protect the vulnerable communities we work with. We only require you to send through your police check and Child protection code of conduct every 2 years so will have both of these documents on file should you wish to volunteer with us again (we really hope you do!).
- Signed Waiver Form (Over 18 Form, Under 18 Form)
- Signed page 12 of the Child Protection Code of Conduct (Safeguarding the communities we work in)
- Police Check
Once you have completed the above, fill out online Your Details Form online and attach the above documents before 10th November.
COVID-19 - Current Lockdown in NSW
We know that you may be concerned about the likelihood of the build proceeding with the current NSW lockdown. We want to assure you that should for any reason the Local Village Build have to be postponed to a later date, we will transfer all costs and fundraising on to another experience of your choosing (including overseas) with Habitat for Humanity Australia.
COVID-19 Precautions on the build
Please travel with a face mask and your own bottle of hand sanitiser. If you feel unwell during your local village experience please notify your team leader and isolate in your hotel room. We ask that you regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, cover your sneeze or cough with your arm, not your hands and mantain distance of 1.5m between other volunteers.
The build site will be located within 10km of Balmoral, Southern Highlands. We recommend booking your accommodation close to this location.
Arrival and departure
- We recommend arriving in Southern Highlands on or before the Thursday afternoon and proceed to check in at your chosen accommodation. This is so you do not have to rush on Friday morning.
- You may depart whenever you wish on Sunday morning to continue travels or head home.
By Registering to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Australia you have agreed to adhere to our important policies. Please read through these carefully and do contact Katie Loughran, Local Village Coordinator directly should you have any questions. These policies ensure we are doing as much as possible to ensure the safety of our volunteers, staff and the communities we work with.
Habitat’s insurance will cover you in the event of emergency medical situations during the build week, however we strongly recommend you take out an additional travel insurance policy to cover you for other occurrences, including cancellation of flights and trip, loss of personal effects and changes to your travel plans.
Vaccinations and Medicine
Unfortunately Habitat for Humanity Australia is unable to provide you with any medical advice as we are not trained professionals. Please see your local GP for advice on vaccinations or any travel medication you may need to take.
Your minimum fundraising requirement is $1,000. Please be sure to reach this minimum amount no later than 6th August. Your fundraising page will remain open until after the build, should you wish to increase your impact by fundraising even more than this!
You do have the option to pay part or all of the donation yourself instead of fundraising through your fundraising page.
For any fundraising ideas, tips or resources please refer to the Volunteer Guide, contact us directly or reach out to other volunteers on the Facebook group page.
Please click here for links to shareable content on your social media accounts
Click on image to open Volunteer Guide pdf
What to pack
Please find here a list of important items to remember:
To reduce our footprint in the communities we work in, we ask all volunteers to bring their own refillable water bottle with them- sometimes even two is helpful on the site, so one can keep cool in the esky while you build.
Habitat require long pants and enclosed shoes to be worn at all times on the build site- this is for your safety.
Tip: Go to a second hand store and buy clothes which you won’t mind if/ when they get ruined.
We have created the Facebook group so that all our volunteers can come together in one giant space and share stories and experiences. If you have any questions a Habitat staff member or even an enthusiastic Habitat supporter will be able to help you out right away.
Go ahead and say hello!