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                                             Dominican Republic

                                                                     Aug. 11 to 19 2018                                                          

                       “What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.” - Aristotle

Want a totally unique travel experience? A trip that combines adventure, cultural experience, and life changing volunteerism? Habitat for Humanity Global Village can do all of that. You can be part of a team that not only directly changes the lives of a family but also will change your own life and alter your perspective forever.


Why should I go to Dominican Republic? 

In the Dominican Republic, the housing deficit exceeds 1,200,000 housing units, of which about 60 percent is qualitative (UNDP 2010). This means that the number of inadequate housing is greater than the number of families without homes. This figure is growing annually by an average of 50,000 to 60,000 homes. Construction services and materials are high and leave many people having to use materials that are inappropriate and unsafe. Having housing that can withstand frequent hurricanes is crucial. In the Dominican Republic's southern provinces of San Juan and Azua, families struggle to acquire adequate housing. The combined population of these two provinces is approximately 450,000 people. Both provinces are recognized by the government’s priority areas due to the level of poverty (70 per cent for San Juan and 62 per cent for Azua). Housing solutions available are generally high priced rentals in very poor conditions. The types of houses found in these areas are often dilapidated and unsafe, either made with plated zinc roofs sustained with wood walls or sticks, palm leaves and dirt, and most houses do not have sanitation facilities. Families in these areas earn small incomes from agriculture, fishing, and forestry or service industries such as food shops, beauty parlors, clothes stores, and more. Due to their limited income, families have little or no access to credit to obtain a decent and affordable home.                                                                   

    Habitat project description

Project Objectives 1. Construct 36 prefabricated homes for 36 low income families in San Juan 2. Provide innovative and affordable safe

shelter solutions for low income families in San Juan and Azua using prefabricated home designs.

                                                                                                R&R options

There are many options for Rest & Relation activities, from rivers, mountains, and ecotourism, to gorgeous beaches, all-inclusive resorts and historical places where every stone and path tells a story.


                                                                                 What will my week look like?

Sat. August 11th

Arrival at airport (Aeropuerto Internacional de las Americas SDQ) transfer to hotel, meet the rest of the team

Sun. August 12th

Travel to build location, free time and Welcome Dinner

Mon. August 13th

Habitat Dominican Republic Orientation and Build Day

Tues. August 14th

Build Day

Wed. August 15th

Build Day

Thurs. August 16th

Build Day

Fri. August 17th

Build Day

Sat. August 18th

Rest and Relaxation TBA, debrief

Sun. August 19th

Departure Day or continue on your own independently


                                                                     Where will I stay? What will I eat?

Our lodging will be at a local hotel (with double occupancy) that Habitat works with. Breakfast will be taken at the hotel, lunch at the build site and dinner will be at local restaurants. Snacks and water will be provided at the worksite.




                                                           What will it cost?

                                                 The cost for this 9 day opportunity to build in Dominican Republic is
                                                  approximately $ 2,180 + round-trip airfare + approximately $ 300 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 International Dominican Republic and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for their round-trip airfare from their point of departure to the Dominican Republic Flight arrangements must be made in consultation with the team leader.

*Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue two separate charitable donation tax receipts: 1) for the Habitat trip fee; and 2) one for the eligible airfare (the airfare related tax receipt is issued after the trip). The costs for R&R are not eligible for a tax receipt and this money must not be sent to Global Village Canada. Your team leader will let you know when and how to pay for this.

There may be additional  travel costs such as passport, visa and immunizations which will be identified and discussed with you.  These costs are not tax deductible

                                              Meet the Team leaders: Joan and Rob Rankin

We began our Habitat for Humanity journey a few years ago when we co-led a high school group to Guatemala. Our daughter was part of the team and this was a really special experience for us.   As teachers, we understand the value of both travel and volunteering.  Rob and I are adventurous and flexible and truly enjoy both the cultural experience and the connections made through volunteering abroad. We discovered on our first Habitat trip that volunteering abroad has some special impacts. You will find that your impact is direct and significant in the lives of a family and community. You gain personal growth as well as having an adventure. Your perspective of your own life is altered and you find that you no longer take for granted the life you lead.  Please feel free to contact us at  joanrankin47@gmail.com if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply by using the online application.

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