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January 20-29, 2018

Do you enjoy travelling and experiencing different cultures firsthand?  Do you like meeting new people and having fun?  Do you enjoy working as a team and learning new things?  Would you like to help a well deserving family to have adequate, safe and affordable housing?

Then this trip to Guatemala in January 2018 is for you!  No previous construction experience is required.  Just a willing, enthusiastic attitude and a desire to have fun while learning local building practices is all that is needed.  We have a place on our team for all skill levels.

I am looking for team members who are positive, adventurous, flexible, and culturally sensitive with a good sense of humor.  If you seek an exciting and challenging trip and have a desire to be part of a community while enjoying local culture and hospitality and accomplishing something rewarding, then we want you on this trip! You will be helping to provide a family with safe, affordable housing. 

Why Guatemala?

According to the Central American Association for Housing, the housing deficit in Guatemala exceeds 1.6 million households, including dilapidated, rented and overcrowded housing. To this is also added the need for basic services such as potable water, sanitation, electricity, and the fact that many families still cook with open fires in rural areas.

Families live in extreme poverty, often making under $2 per day.  Most families work in agriculture and depend on the success of their crops.   


Habitat for Humanity Guatemala

Habitat for Humanity Guatemala has operated in Guatemala since 1979 was the first Habitat organization in the Latin America and Caribbean region providing affordable, low-interest mortgages. HFH Guatemala has provided housing solutions to over 350,000 people its work extends to all 22 states in the country.  Over 4000 families are served annually.

What will I be doing?

Homes in Guatemala are constructed of steel-reinforced concrete block and cement with corrugated metal sheet roofing. Volunteer tasks vary depending on the stage of construction when the team arrives.  Typical activities may include mixing concrete and mortar, pouring concrete, tying rebar, splitting concrete blocks, laying blocks, or whatever else is needed. 


What will my week look like?

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Team arrival and meet in Guatemala City

Sunday, January 21, 2018


Monday-Thursday January 22-25, 2018

Build days, cultural activities

Friday, January 26, 2018

Final build day, Farewell and house dedication

Saturday, January 27, 2018

R & R

Sunday, January 28, 2018

R & R, final team dinner

Monday, January 29, 2018

Departure for home or extend your stay in Guatemala

This itinerary may change as details for the trip are finalized.  Outside of build site hours there may be cultural activities.

Where will I stay and what will I eat?

Accommodations will be provided in a basic local hotel or guest house with participants sharing rooms.  Breakfast will be provided at the hotel, lunch will be provided by the partner family on the work site or from a local restaurant, and dinners will be at a local restaurant.

The cost for this 10 day build in Guatemala will be
approximately $ 2,230 plus round trip airfare plus $400 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 Guatemala and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Guatemala City. 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-Rick Belland

My name is Rick Belland and I will be leading this trip to Guatemala.  I have been involved with Habitat for Humanity for six years through volunteering both locally in Edmonton, and as either a participant or team leader on trips to Costa Rica, Portugal, Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, Vietnam, and most recently with the Carter Work Project in Fort Saskatchewan.

I am a retired City of Edmonton Fire Captain where I worked for 30 years.  I have always enjoyed travel and love meeting new people and experiencing new cultures.  Through HFH, I have met many lifelong friends, and have had experiences I would not have had otherwise.  Now that I am retired, I have the time to follow my passion to travel, learn firsthand about other cultures, and to lend a hand to others so that they may obtain safe, affordable, and adequate housing.

I look forward to this exciting adventure to Guatemala and meeting all of you who would like to join me by being part of this team.

Please feel free to contact me at racbel@shaw.ca if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!

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