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Booking a school volunteering activity

with Habitat for Humanity Australia

Here you will find everything there is to know about booking a school volunteering activity with Habitat for Humanity Australia

Without decent housing, people become vulnerable to a range of issues, including increased health risks, reduced security and social isolation. In Australia, where Habitat for Humanity has been working for over 30 years, there is a great need to support disadvantaged people in our own community. Through our School Volunteering Program, everyone can help people build a better tomorrow, today.

Through shelter, we empower.

Volunteering Program Information

Bushfire Recovery/Resilience

Habitat for Humanity Australia has committed to providing recovery services to people affected by the bushfires. Disaster Recovery Team have been on the ground since the smoke cleared restoring hope to communities affected. We are on the ground in New South Wales and South Australia helping salvage and rebuild, to assist homeowners.  For as long as it takes.

Our bushfire recovery program is usually located no further than 1.5 hours drive from the CBD.

 

The Bushfire Recovery program mobilises teams of volunteers to undertake:

  • Disaster Resilience
  • Repair and maintenance
  • Landscaping, gardening & clean-ups
  • Painting
  • Minor building projects

Please click image below for downloadable brochure. 

SCHOOLS - Bushfire Recovery 2021

Brush with Kindness

The Brush with Kindness program mobilises teams of school volunteers to conduct landscaping and minor repairs to the exterior of homes of people who may be disadvantaged, disabled or socially isolated. It is a ‘backyard blitz’ style activity where teams of 10-15 students can get out of the classroom and get their hands dirty! This is a great team-building and learning experience for school volunteer groups.

Our Brush with Kindness program is usually located no further than 90 minutes drive from the CBD.

 

Please click image below for downloadable brochure. 

SCHOOLS - Brush with Kindness 2021

Itineraries and Costs

1 Day Activity

We generally host teams of up to 10 people and the contribution to the program is $500 per student in fundraising. Habitat for Humanity will also provide a Site Supervisor trained in health, safety and first aid requirements, Habitat branded T-shirts/ caps, pre and post activity reports and lunch/refreshments for volunteers.

We can host teams of 10 people in SA & VIC and 15+ people in NSW & QLD (for every additional 10 volunteers a contribution of $750 + GST will be added to the costs), this funds a second Site Supervisor (required by Work, Health and Safety laws and to ensure a safe activity for your team). Volunteer team numbers need to be agreed and confirmed with Habitat at the time of booking (4 to 6 weeks prior to the activity.)

Please note that your contribution goes beyond the associated costs of the activity and helps to ensure the continued operation of our Australian Home Build Program, which seeks to provide safe, decent and affordable housing to families in need.

2 Day Activity

Our two day activities allow the students to further benefit from their volunteering experience by:

  • Supporting the local economy through dining at restaurants/ cafes and staying in local accommodation
  • Continuing the project they started on Day 1
  • Further immersing themselves in the cause they fundraised for

Please see below for an estimated itinerary and budget, which can both be customised should you need.

3 Day Activity

Our 3+ day activities allow the students to further benefit from their volunteering experience by:

  • Supporting the local economy through dining at restaurants/ cafes and staying in local accommodation
  • Continuing the project they started on Day 1
  • Further immersing themselves in the cause they fundraised for

Please see below for an estimated itinerary and budget, which can both be customised should you need.

Activity Costs

Please see activity by day amount tabs above for a specific cost breakdown. 

  • We generally host teams of up to 10 people and the contribution to the program is $500 per student per day in fundraising. Habitat for Humanity will also provide a Site Supervisor trained in health, safety and first aid requirements, Habitat branded T-shirts/ caps, pre and post activity reports.
  • For a single day activity each student will be required to bring their own lunch. If the build is multiple days we include lunch and snacks on site in your costs.
  • For each additional 10 volunteers (on the same day activity as the original 10), we will need to charge $750 extra for an additional site supervisor. Site supervisor costs are also calculated per activity day.

Please note that your contribution goes beyond the associated costs of the activity and helps to ensure the continued operation of our Australian Home Build Program, which seeks to provide safe, decent and affordable housing to families in need.

Transportation

Habitat for Humanity Australia does not organise transportation for schools coming on activities and this task would be up to the school representative. However, our volunteering team is more than happy to assist you in searching for transportation options.

Extra Information

Key Dates and Deadlines

All paperwork and signed policies:
Deadline: 1 month prior to build
Students can upload all documents via a google spreadsheet (e.g. Your Details Form) or they can submit to you and your school contact can pass on to us

Fundraising Contribution
Deadline: 2 weeks prior to build
Please click here to see an example of what your school fundraising page will look like

Build Cost Payment
Payment deadline: 1- 2 months prior to build

Paperwork

Once you have completed the above, fill out online Your Details Form online and attach the above documents before 10th November.

COVID-19 Precautions

Each student and guardian should travel with a face mask and your own bottle of hand sanitiser. If a students feels unwell during their local village experience please ave them notify the supervisor and a present teach or guardian. If they’re staying over night they should be taken back to the accommodation and isolate in their hotel room. We ask that you all 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.

Policies

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.

Volunteer Code of Conduct

Child Protection Policy

Photos and Stories Policy

Gift Giving Policy

Cancellation Policy

Travel Insurance

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.

Volunteer Guide

Click on image to open Volunteer Guide pdf

Copy of Local Village Booklet
What to Pack - Local Village

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 requires 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.

By us: From time to time we may have to postpone or cancel an activity for reasons beyond our control. If this occurs we will notify you in advance and offer an alternative activity.

By you: The fundraising contribution by each student needs to be completed 2 weeks prior to the activity.

Please note, if an activity is cancelled we are unable to refund any of the fundraising committed to us. We are, however, able to transfer this to a new activity at a later date.

 

Cancellation Policy