Guatemala: April 2018

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Home Construction       |       April 7-15, 2018        |        Trip Cost: $1,930 USD        |        GV18576

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*REGISTRATION FOR THIS TRIP IS NOW CLOSED. Check back for other future trip opportunities*

Registration: To confirm that you’ll join this team, please register online. Enter our team’s code: GV18576. After registering, Haley and Gala will contact you to tell you more about the build and go over some details.

If you are unable to physically join, consider supporting this trip by donating!

Get Involved

Join us for an uplifting and rewarding adventure to Guatemala! Learn about the culture while building houses and friendships on this 10-day journey of service and hope. 

Get your hands dirty on the work site, meet families and youth whose housing situations have been improved with Habitat’s help, experience the country like an insider, and do it all alongside a team of like-minded volunteers. No experience is required! This build is your next step with Habitat to make the world a better place.

Help support Habitat for Humanity’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Help build homes, community, and hope for families in need in Vietnam!

About this Project

  • Team Leaders: Haley Pope & Gala Pope
  • Location: Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
  • Trip dates: April 7 – 15, 2018
  • Team Size: ~18 people
  • Event code: GV18576
  • Program donation: $1,930
  • Program donation due and recruitment ends: week of February 21, 2018

During your 10-day Global Village trip, the team will be helping to build a house and renovate the walls, foundation, and floor alongside the recipient family and community. Built into the work week will some cultural activities and site seeing. You can also extend the trip for travel at your own expense before or after the build.

About Guatemala

Guatemala, a Central American country south of Mexico, is home to volcanoes, rainforests, and ancient Mayan sites. With not even 2% of its landmass urbanized, it’s not surprising that Guatemala offers superb natural scenery.

In smaller towns, you can find picturesque historic buildings, while larger coffee-boom towns such as Cobán and Quetzaltenango maintain vestiges of their glory days in their cathedrals, town halls, and other public buildings. The capital, Guatemala City, features the National Palace of Culture and the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Antigua, west of the capital, contains preserved Spanish colonial buildings. Lake Atitlán, formed in a massive volcanic crater, is surrounded by coffee fields and villages.

Living Maya culture can be witnessed in towns like Rabinal and sacred sites like Laguna Chicabal, but the most traditional villages are in the highlands, especially the Ixil Triangle. We’ll have the opportunity to experience some of the Maya culture on the trip.

About Habitat for Humanity Guatemala

Today, Habitat Guatemala works to improve the quality of life of Guatemalan families through partial or full funding for the construction, improvement, and repair of homes across the country. According to the Central American Association for Housing, the housing deficit in Guatemala exceeds 1.6 million households, including dilapidated housing, rented and overcrowded. To this is also added the need for basic services such as potable water, sanitation, electricity, and families that still cook with open fires in rural areas.

With over 85,000 housing solutions to date, Habitat Guatemala has contributed to the reduction of 4.6 % of the country’s housing deficit, both qualitative and quantitative. Our commitment is to ensure all Guatemalans inhabit adequate housing.

Learn more at the Habitat for Humanity Guatemala website. Read the Guatemala Handbook.

Type of Work

Teams will work on either full home construction or work with multiple families in their existing home structures on Healthy Home Kits that can include smokeless stoves and/or latrines. Further details to come. 

Some of the tasks include mixing and carrying mortar, laying bricks, carrying & pouring concrete, transfer materials, and painting. All tools and construction site materials will be provided by the affiliate, and a professional construction leader will always be present on site.

After volunteering during the day, you will have free time in the evenings for excursions, relaxation, and reflection. During your days off, you will have various cultural experiences like visiting local markets, museums, and historic sites.

Program Cost & Fundraising

The cost of this trip is USD $1,930. This covers all in-country transportation, food, accommodations and cultural activities, as well as travel medical insurance for the dates of the Global Village trip. It does not include airfare and extra travel time and activities. The cost is tax-deductible. While half of the cost covers in-country expenses, the other half is a direct donation to Habitat for Humanity Guatemala to support their work. 

Fundraising is available and encouraged! In fact, once you join the trip, you’ll be set up with a Share.Habitat fundraising page to help you pay for the trip. Fundraising is as easy as telling your friends, family, and co-workers about why you build with Habitat for Humanity. They may even ask to join the team!

Meals & Accommodations

The team will stay in modest, comfortable hotels in double-occupancy rooms.  Lunch will be on the build site, while breakfast and dinner will be at the hotel or local restaurants.

After volunteering during the day, you will have free time in the evenings for excursions, relaxation, and reflection. During the week and also on the weekends, we’ll have the opportunity to experience more of the country through several cultural activities.

Have Questions?

Your team leaders, Haley and Gala, will lead this team and would love to speak with you.  Email us: HabitatsforGlobalVillage@gmail.com 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS TRIP!

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