|Team Name||Saga JET|
|Work site||2 Families、Concrete blocks, fiberglass shingle roof|
|Itinerary||17 Day(s) 27-Apr 2007(FRI) ?13-May 2007(SUN)|
|Member||Total: 11 JET(M): 2, JET(F): 9|
|Expenses||Traveling: 116845 JPY（taxes included）/person|
In-country: 3500 JPY（taxes included）/person/day
|Route||Fukuoka-->Seoul (Korean Air)|
Seoul-->Ulan Bataar (Korean Air)
|Report||The Darkhan Affiliate was wonderful. They were very well organized and very helpful if anything came up. In Darkhan our accommodations were for the most part very comfortable. We stayed two to a room in the Utuurchin Hotel, which had good showers and plenty of cable tv. Team members were able to relax and have some personal time in the evenings there, although unfortunately there was not a communal lounge that we could comfortably gather in after dinner. Meals at the restaurant there (breakfast, lunch, and sometimes dinner) were good and there was enough variety on the menu that everyone could usually find something they liked (vegetarians should expect surprise bits of meat in some of the potato salads though). There was some confusion over laundry ? it turned out to be much more expensive that we had thought (price is per piece, not per load) and there are apparently no public laundromats that we could use, so we ended up buying a box of detergent and washing clothes in our bathroom sinks. There was an internet cafe nearby as well for folks who wanted to stay connected. We worked on two sites, both about a ten minute drive from our hotel; the first site saw slightly more progress but both went from foundation to nearly finished exteriors in just two weeks. The pace of work was near perfect ? we had a variety of construction tasks we could take part in and every day was a little bit different. There were a few short lulls towards the very end but on the whole it was one of the best Habitat builds I've been on in terms of offering volunteers an opportunity to do real work and see real meaningful progress. The homeowners and their families worked very hard right alongside (and in a few cases, ahead) of us. On Wednesday of our first week, we were able to visit a local elementary school, where we played games and sang songs with a class and brought donations of school supplies from our students back in Japan. After our build we went on a three-day tour with Mongolia Expeditions, a tour company referred to us by the HFH Mongolia offices. Although we had some long bumpy rides in the van, our R&R was also extremely enjoyable, with opportunities to see a broader piece of Mongolia's countryside, as well as go horseback riding and visit several historical sites. I summary, would highly recommend Mongolia, and Darkhan, to any future GV team leaders.|
|Photo||Upper left: team, Upper right: house completed|
Lower left: building, Lower right: building
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|Team Name||Hiroshima JET|
|Work site||2 Families Single-storey brick homes|
|Itinerary||12 Day(s) 26-Apr 2007(THU) ? 07-May 2007(MON)|
|Member||Total: 9 Adult(F): 3, JET(M): 3, JET(F): 3|
|Expense||Traveling: 107810 JPY（taxes included）/person|
In-country: 4800 JPY（taxes included）/person/day
|Route||Kansai-->Dhaka (Thai Air)|
|Report||We worked at the Satkhira affiliate in Bangladesh, we worked on 2 homes for two separte families within the main part of the town. In some of our free time we were able to visit an orphanage run near a local Catholic church, we played soccer and some other games with the boys there. At another time we were able to walk throughout the rural part of the town and visit some parks and homes in the area. On one day off we were able to go to the the Shundabarns, a mangrove forest, a few hours from Satkhira. One our final day we were able to tour around the capital city, Dhaka. For the 2 nights we spent in Dhaka we stayed at guesthouse near the airport, it suited us fine and there were no problems. At the affiliate in Satkhira, we stayed in an NGO compound in dormitory still rooms. It was a very good set up and seemed to be the best place to stay in the area. The experience was a good one and I highly recommend it for those interested in learning about a new culture and developing relationships with some amazing people. |
|Photo||Upper left: with homeowners, Upper right: building|
Lower left: finished building, Lower right: hotel
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|Team Name||Mie JET|
|Work site||4 Families, A one-story house built with reinforced concrete and concrete interlocking bricks|
|Itinerary||11 Day(s) 27-Apr 2007(FRI) ? 07-May 2007(MON)|
|Member||Total: 37 Adult(M): 2, Adult(F): 3, JET(M): 1, JET(F): 10,|
High School(M): 20, High School(F): 1
|Expenses||Traveling: 113450 JPY（taxes included）/person|
In-country: 4049 JPY（taxes included）/person/day
Manila-->Naga (Air Philippines)
|Report||Our team had a wonderful time in Bicol! The GV coordinator, Mr. Leo Borras, was an amazing host. He organized our time well, and took care of any needs that we had. Most of the Bicol Habitat volunteers were affiliated with Ateneo de Naga University, either as professors or students. The volunteers welcomed us with open arms and kept us entertained and motivated with singing, dancing, and their sense of humor. |
The worksite where we built was a new site, and was unoccupied. Due to some unusual circumstances, we did not build with homepartners, but with volunteers and paid laborers. We regretted that we weren't able to work side by side with homepartners, but we didn't let it dampen our enthusiasm. We were building duplex-style houses on the worksite. Most of our time was spent transporting bricks, water, sand, and rocks. We also helped to prepare the foundation for a new house, finished digging a septic tank pit, and poured cement into the brick walls. I think that we would have enjoyed the chance to lay bricks more, and to make bricks. By the end of our work week, we had finished the second half of one duplex, and started the first half of another.
Our R&R activities were wonderful! We visited and swam in Malabsay Falls, as well as a several hot spring pools. We also went to Atulayan Island and spent the day swimming, laying on the beach, and snorkeling. We also made visits to Ateneo de Naga University, a finished Habitat site, and Queen of Peace orphanage. The orphanage visit was the best part of the trip for most team members. We brought balls, jump ropes, and games for the kids living at the orphanage, and then we spent 2 hours playing with the children. Our accomodations were at Penafrancia Resort in Naga City. We stayed in cottages with 2 to 4 people per room. The resort had a pavilion where we ate most of our meals. They also had fresh water pools and nice grounds. The accomodations were very satisfactory.
More than one of my team members said that this was the best week of their life!! So, I want to sincerely thank all the people in Japan and the Philippines who made our trip a success!
|Photo||Upper left: everyone, Upper right: construction|
Lower right: house completed, Lower left: hotel
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|Team Name||Sendai JETS |
|Work site||10 Families, 2 family duplexes with lofts built of hand made concrete bricks with rebar reinforcements|
|Itinerary||14 days: 21-Apr 2007(SAT) ? 04-May 2007(FRI)|
|Member||Total: 12 JET(M): 5, JET(F): 6, High School(M): 1|
|Expense||Traveling: N/A JPY (taxes included)/person|
In-country: N/A JPY(taxes included) /person/day
|Report||The Sendai JET team spent approximately 6 days in the Bicol area of the Philippines. The team started the building of a two family concrete brick and rebar reinforced duplex in the city of Monseratt magarao. Monseratt is located near NAGA city, one of the major cities in the Bicol area - the other being Legazpi. The team spent the first day, which was a Sunday, visiting the local university, Naga city, a Habitat community and a church. The team worked together 3 full days and 1 half day at the site. On the 5th and final day, half the team worked a full day at the site while the other half visited nearby Atulayan Island for swimming, snorkling and rest. The team also visited Malabsay Falls for a trek and swimming as well as a visit a local orphange during the middle of the week. The team was guided and assisted by friendly and cheerful skilled workers as well as experienced local university volunteers. Our accommodations were clean, comfortable and pleasant: located approximately 15 mins. from the work site by jepney. Team members had an opportunity to dine at local restaurants, visit a local night club and shopping and site seeing in Naga city. The overall experience was both challenging. |
|Photo||Upper left: team and the homeowners, Upper right: builing|
Lower right: hotel
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