Bob Cassioppi and Mark Theisen who work for Thrivent Financial in Minneapolis and Appleton are excited that we were selected to lead a volunteer team on a Thrivent Builds Worldwide (TBW) trip to Brazil, but to make the trip happen we still need four volunteers to join us. Our trip dates are July 24 - August 1, 2010. Our specific project location is Feira Nova, which is in the northern half of Brazil.
This is a wonderful opportunity to build simple, decent, affordable housing, while becoming active partners with people of other cultures. Our TBW team will work with one or more Habitat families, getting to know them, experience their culture, share their stories and hopes as we help their dreams of a decent home come true. Do not be concerned with your building or language skills -¿ no experience is necessary, and we love to teach novices new skills while appreciating the skills veteran builders bring to our team.
The per person land trip cost is $1,070 (Thrivent members) or $1,570 (non-Thrivent members), round-trip airfare to Brazil and visa are extra. Land costs include all lodging (double-occupancy only) and meals while in Brazil, plus all ground transportation, sightseeing and cultural activities (for the team as a whole), traveler's medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to Habitat for Humanity Brazil.
The Thrivent Builds program for 2010 allows for more teams to make a difference. Teams of at least 50% Thrivent members will be able to present an $8,000 donation to the local Habitat affiliate where the funds are most needed. To pay the land-cost balance, you'll also be able to set up a webpage to do some fundraising if you choose, with the final balance due 45 days prior to departure (by June 9, 2010).
Our team includes volunteers from all over the United States. Since this is an open trip, both Thrivent members and non-members are invited to join the trip. In addition, 14 to 18 year olds are welcomed with a parent or legal guardian. If you are interested in joining our Habitat Build trip to Brazil, please email Bob and Mark for more information and an application. Application are due By Friday April 16. Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Thank you for your interest in slamming the door on substandard housing. Bob and Mark look forward to hearing from you soon!