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October 14 – 22, 2017
Our children return home project
A trip with a purpose! A Global Village trip abroad is an experience that is rewarding and life-changing, allowing you to roll up your sleeves and make a difference. Come and experience the natural beauty, culture and history of Chile while working alongside a local family .
Why should I go to Chile?
Chile is wedged between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains, stretched long and skinny down the south-western end of South America. The country boasts one of the longest coast lines in the world and is home to world class wine and enough natural beauties to complete anyone’s bucket list.
Chile’s government is working hard on decreasing poverty levels which have been sliced in half over the past two decades, however, there are still 2.5 million people in Chile that remain below the poverty line. High living costs paired with high commodity prices make it impossible or near impossible for those below the poverty line to survive.
It is a highly urbanized country, with nearly 86 percent of its 16.6 million people living in urban settings. However, Chile has one of the highest economic divides in the world and the present challenge is overcoming that gap. Habitat is working in the country to make permanent housing affordable for families – and help families secure the right to their own land.
Tell me about Habitat for Humanity Chile
Since its inception in 2001, Habitat for Humanity Chile has built homes for more than 12,000 families in various communities across the country. There is continuous construction in each region and various new communities are currently in the process of establishing an affiliation with Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity Chile has a very unique program called “Our Children Return Home”. This program works closely with hospitals, health centers as well as other organizations. The goal of the project is to provide house additions or improvements for the parents of severely ill children. That helps to free up hospital beds if the child is still in hospital, it also provides a suitable environment in the family home where the child can be well cared for.
Habitat for Humanity Chile also has other programs such as the Golden Years which help the elderly population. Other programs also include disaster relief for those affected by natural disasters.
What will my week look like?
- Saturday, October 14 – Arrival & Welcome
- Sunday, October 15 – R&R Day
- Monday, October 16 – Build Day
- Tuesday, October 17 – Build Day
- Wednesday, October 18 – Build Day
- Thursday, October 19 – Build Day
- Friday, October 20 – Build Day
- Saturday, October 21 – R&R Day
- Sunday, October 22 – Departure
(Please note that the above itinerary may be subject to changes)
Where will I stay? What will I eat?
Our lodging will be at one of the local hostels. It is in a central location with places to explore at the end of the day. It also has free wi-fi and laundry services available for a small fee. A typical meal in Chile will consist of some form of meat, a salad, bread and seasonal vegetables. Vegetarian options are also available. Snacks and water will be provided at the worksite.
What will it cost?
The cost for this 9 day opportunity to build in Chile is approximately
$2,300 + round-trip airfare + $500 for R&R*
The trip cost covers: lodging, food and ground transportation for the build portion of the trip, traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to HFH Chile and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Santiago, Chile. Flight arrangements must be made in consultation with the team leader.
*Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the trip cost and the eligible airfare – these will be 2 separate receipts. The costs for R&R portion of the trip are not eligible for a tax receipt and this money must not be sent to HFH Canada. Your team leader will let you know how to pay this.
There are additional travel costs such as passport, visa and immunizations which the team leader will discuss with you. These costs are not tax deductible.
Meet the Team Leader: Doug Amirault
Hola, my name is Doug Amirault and I will be leading this team to Chile. I have always had the “Travel Bug” and don’t always seek out the traditional tourist destinations. 7 years ago, I joined a Habitat for Humanity trip to El Salvador. The experience of being immersed in the local culture, making new friends and helping a family in need, motivated me to become involved and volunteer as a team leader. In 2013, I lead my first team to Braga, Portugal. The warm hospitality, the culture and beauty of the country were motivation enough to choose Portugal again in 2015, 2016 and 2017. I have also led a team to Whitehorse and to The Big Island, Hawaii. I will be returning to The Big Island in July with another team.
I am originally from a small Acadian fishing village on the south shore of Nova Scotia called Pubnico. After six years in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I now live in Toronto, Ontario, where I work for one of the world’s largest hotel chains. I oversee all new hotel openings across Canada which has allowed me to see a lot of our beautiful country.
Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!