Your time building with future Habitat homeowners and other volunteers not only changes the lives of those in need, but will change your life for the better!
Mission Principles of Habitat for Humanity
o Demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus Christ
o Advocate on behalf of those in need of decent shelter
o Focus on shelter by building and renovating simple, decent, affordable houses
o Engage broad community through inclusive leadership and diverse partnerships
o Promote dignity through full partnership with Habitat homeowners and future home partners
o Promote transformational and sustainable community development
Delta’s Force for Global Good Mission: We—Delta's employees, customers, and community partners—together form a force for positive local and global change, dedicated to bettering standards of living and the environment where we and our customers live and work. We are Delta's Force for Global Good.
Things to Know before you Bid
This is a working trip, involving physical activities under what you may regard as difficult circumstances. Please read all terms and conditions and consider carefully before bidding.
Age Requirement. The winning bidder and companion must be 18 or older to participate in the trip to Mumbai.
Screening Conversation – After the auction has closed, the potential winning bidder will be contacted by Delta representatives to have a conversation about the trip. The purpose of this conversation is to determine mental and physical wellness of the winner. This conversation is also to ensure that all parties involved understand the purpose and nature of the trip they have won. Topics of conversation may include are, but are not limited to:
- International travel experience in developing countries
- Familiarity and/or work with Habitat for Humanity
- Reasons for wanting to visit India
- Medical conditions
- Comfort with modest accommodations and rustic living
- Comfort with group travel and sticking to a pre-determined itinerary
- Awareness that Delta employees make up the remainder of the team and that media and press will be a part of this experience
Following this interview, Delta may determine, in its sole discretion, to award the trip to an alternative bidder. Under such circumstances, SkyMiles will be refunded to the account of the bidder whose bid is declined.
Habitat Application. The successful bidder will be required to complete the standard Habitat for Humanity volunteer application.
Lodging – Karjat, the build location outside of Mumbai, is a rural area. Please do not expect luxurious hotels with many amenities. Changing hotels if you are not satisfied upon check-in will not be possible. You will be staying at the very best hotel in the area that has been booked full by the Delta group. Also, please understand that due to power cuts, hot showers may not always be available at the hotel. Please arrive with realistic expectations and an abundance of patience and flexibility. Internet and long-distance phone service may not be available at the hotel. You will be staying in a single occupancy room unless you request otherwise.
Climate – Though India is considered a tropical country, its climate changes with latitude and geographical location. During the Delta Force for Global Good build, the weather will be warm to very hot during the day and slightly cooler at night.
Passports – All volunteers must travel with their passports. Your passport should be valid for six months after November 18, 2007.
Visas – Visas will be your responsibility to obtain and are necessary for entry into India. For more information about the requirements to enter the country, please visit www.visatoindia.com . You must solicit your visa in advance because the duration to obtain an Indian visa is approximately a minimum of 10 business days. Delta will provide you with a list of reputable services upon winning the auction.
Immunizations and Health Reminders – The rainy monsoon season will be ending shortly before the event begins. It will then be mosquito season. Please come prepared. The risks of dengue and malaria are high in India. Check the CDC’s guidelines (www.cdc.gov) – all vaccinations and health-related issues are the sole responsibility of the participant.
·Medical Insurance – Medical insurance is included in the package. This mandatory insurance coverage is consistent with policies recommended by Habitat for Humanity International’s legal department and ratified by the Habitat for Humanity International board of directors. Coverage ensures a comprehensive risk management program and provides protection for all Habitat’s short term mission volunteers, including participants in this event. Medical care will be available on the work site at all times.
Hygiene and Health – Medical care will be available on the work site at all times.
Do not drink the tap water. Bottled water will be provided for you on the work site and at the hotel at all times. Indian food is prepared with different spices than you are probably accustomed to; be alert they could create digestive disorders. You must be especially careful eating food sold by street vendors to avoid gastrointestinal illnesses. Many tourists complain of either diarrhea or constipation. Many bathrooms in India will not have toilet paper, soap or paper towels, so you will need to carry toilet paper or hand sanitizer with you. Also, be prepared that even public facilities may not have Western-style toilets. Instead, you might come across an Indian-style squat toilet (a hole in the floor).
Electricity and Power Supply – There is a planned electricity load shedding schedule, which sometimes you can rely on—but normally not. You should always anticipate longer cuts than scheduled and be aware that cuts may happen even at times of the day not mentioned in the schedule. Thus, electricity is often unavailable.