The Habitat for Humanity Global Village program is a chance for Habitat volunteers to travel, meet new people, experience new cultures -- and make affordable housing a reality around the world. For five years now, Habitat Greater San Francisco has been visiting their sister affiliate in Vietnam (which you can read more about here), but this January, one of our staff decided to do a Global Village trip in Thailand instead.
Below, Homeowner Development Manager Angelica Resendez writes about her experience.
I love Habitat for Humanity for many reasons, including the fact that my own parents are Habitat homeowners and that I am a living example of what stable, affordable housing can offer. I believe that housing is a human right and I am fortunate to be able to carry out this mission in my work.
Being able to participate in a Global Village trip to Thailand this past January changed my life. I have always wanted to go to Thailand, in fact, it’s been a bucket list item for quite some time. I knew I was taking a risk—I didn’t know anyone, I don’t speak Thai, and it was really far from home.
But something called me there. For the first time, I went into a trip without any expectations. I decided to live in the moment. The one expectation I had was to help build a home for a family in need in Chiang Mai - and I did.
It’s amazing how so many people from different parts of the world and different walks of life can come together because of a shared belief in affordable, safe, decent housing. I built more than a home in Thailand—I built friendships, experiences, and a new sense of self-awareness and self-confidence.
Feeling inspired? Can't wait to get out there yourself? Our 2016 trip to Vietnam is full and leaving next week - but we'll keep you updated. Until then, you can donate below, or check out other Global Village opportunities!