Check out the trip schedule below to see where you can go to help build a home. Click the country name for detailed information, including itinerary and trip costs.
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November 4th – 12th, 2017
Tiluchi Project in Santa Cruz
Are you moved by the needs of those less fortunate than yourselves? Do you want to make a difference in the life of a family that needs a hand up? Are you willing to work alongside other volunteers and have some fun while you do? Then we want you on our team! No construction experience is required, just a willingness to pitch in and help in whatever way you can. Team members we have traveled with range in age from their 20’s to their 80’s, and each one found their niche and contributed to the success of the project. Each of us experiences this in our own way.
Why should I go to Bolivia ?
Bolivia has a population of approximately eleven million people; most are located in urban areas. Within the three major cities of the country, two of these cities have nearly 2 million people and the surroundings towns are home to about 5,000 people. Approximately 60% of the population does not have stable living conditions, they lack access to health, education, employment and formal financial credit. There is also a deficit in the quality of housing and the environment. 45% of the population lives below the poverty line (live on less than $ 2 USD / day). Many homes have been built out of need for a basic shelter but often these houses are not adequate to meet the needs of families. Since 2009, according to the State Constitution of Bolivia, an amendment focused on habitat and housing and says that the state should promote financing plans based on principles of solidarity and equity. The Projects of Habitat Bolivia are spread in five of the nine large cities within Bolivia. According to the government, the housing deficit is about 43,8% . Based on this information the government set a target to build approximately 25,000 homes per year. However, because population growth is constant, this deficit continues to exist in despite of all efforts to meet the housing need.
Tell me about Habitat for Humanity Bolivia
For 31 years Habitat Bolivia has helped 12,800 families from the cities of La Paz, Oruro, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz and Tarija providing adequate housing, and helping to improve their living conditions. Since 2003, HFH Bolivia has hosted Global Village Teams from the US and Canada. Currently they are working with the Tiluchi Project in Santa Cruz . The housing deficit in Santa Cruz is 43,7% ; 29% of the homes have concrete floors; 25% households cook with firewood and 58% do not have access to adequate bathroom drainage or septic tanks. This project intends to provide access to urban land and adequate housing for vulnerable families, women heads of households and families with members who have disabilities, amongst others.
This project has five main focuses:
Access to land and housing
Healthy and safe homes
Clean water resources and garbage disposal management
Community development ( supporting local community leaders)
Empowering women and youth to bring positive changes
What will my week look like?
- Saturday, November 4th – Arrival
- Sunday, November 5th – settling in and getting familiar with build location
- Monday, November 6th – Build Day
- Tuesday, November 7th – Build Day
- Wednesday, November 8th – Build Day
- Thursday, November 09th – Build Day
- Friday, November 10th– Build Day and farewell ceremony
- Saturday, November 11th– R&R Day
- Sunday, November 12th – Departure
There may be opportunity to do cultural activities during the week.
(Please note that the above itinerary may be subject to changes)
Where will I stay? What will I eat?
Lodgings can range from modest retreat centers to midrange hotels; some of them do have hot water, Wi-Fi, laundry services ,a meeting area and a cafeteria. However, this varies from place to place. Breakfasts are served at the hotel, lunch is catered to the worksite and dinners are either at the hotel or at local restaurants.
What will it cost?
The cost for this 9 day opportunity to build in Bolivia is approximately
$2,460 + round-trip airfare + $350 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 Bolivia and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Bolivia . 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 Leaders: Laura Gibson and Steve Boyd
Hi there! We are Laura Gibson and Steve Boyd and we live in beautiful Vancouver Canada.
We took our first trip with Habitat for Humanity in 2008, and have been hooked ever since! This will be our 13th build with Habitat, our 10th trip as team leaders!
We love the idea of building a shelter for families, a basic human need that we tend to take for granted. We are looking for a team of energetic, passionate, positive, good-humoured volunteers who share the same desire to help families achieve the safety and dignity gained by owning a decent home.
If you share our desire to make a difference in the world by traveling with a purpose, don’t mind getting your hands dirty, make new friends, and learn about a new culture while having fun... then this is the trip for you!
Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!