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.
Nov 25- Dec 02, 2018
Are you looking to travel to unique places with a purpose and make a positive difference in the lives of others and yourself? To experience the culture of a country dramatically different from Canada while helping families in need of a simple, decent and affordable home?
Do you have an adventurous spirit? Are you positive, open-minded, with a flexible attitude a willingness to learn? Do you have a sense of humour and the ability to work hard as part of a team? (Do not worry about building skills or experience…not required!) If your answers are all “Yes!!”, then please join my Global Village adventure to El Salvador where you will work alongside locals and a group of like-minded people to help make a difference in a family's life.
Why should I go to El Salvador?
El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America. The housing shortage affects more than 944,000 families and continues to grow as the population increases. That statistic means that 6 out of 10 families live in inadequate housing. With approximately 31.9% of the population living in relative or extreme poverty, many families do not have access to financing to improve their homes.
Tell me about Habitat for Humanity El Salvador
Habitat for Humanity El Salvador advocates for adequate housing and promotes sustainable and transformative community development. Through accessible loans, Habitat El Salvador uses housing as a means to help families overcome poverty. For low-income families, access to adequate housing through housing construction or improvements can be a catalyst that contributes to the integral development of the family, for the benefit of their welfare, education and health.
What will my week look like?
Sat. Nov24th - Arrival to San Salvador, stay overnight and meet the team!
Sun. Nov 25th - Travel to the build location, welcome orientation and settle in
Mon. 26th - Fri 30th - Build days and Farewell celebration with the family!
Sat. Dec 1st - R&R day
Sun. Dec 2nd - Departure day
Where will I stay? What will I eat?
Our lodging will be at one of the local hotels (with double occupancy). Breakfast will be taken at the hotel, lunch at the build site and dinner at local restaurants. Snacks and water will be provided at the worksite.
What will it cost?
The cost for this 9 day build in El Salvador is approximately
$1780 + round-trip airfare +approx. $125 USD 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 Habitat El Salvador and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to San Salvador 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 Habitat 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:Laura Gibson
Hi there! I am Laura Gibson and live in beautiful Vancouver BC. I work as an illustrator and with the Vancouver Farmers Market Association. I have two dogs a ton of nieces and nephews and Habitat for Humanity is my passion. I have been taking part in Habitat builds since 2008. Since then I have done 15 different builds, and lead 13 of those teams to El Salvador, Bolivia, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago and most recently India.
I am looking for teammates who are:
- motivated to make a difference
- very hard-working (we want to get as much building done as we possibly can)
- flexible and easy-going (very important)
- want to travel outside the box
- have a sense of humour (VERY important on these trips;)
- like to say ‘yes’ to whatever comes our way!
Did I mention sense of humour? You may be working in the heat, sometimes in tough conditions, and often things do not go the way you had planned. A sense of humour goes a loooong way!:) If you want to travel with purpose, make a difference, try new things, make new friends and laugh at lot while doing it… then this is the trip for you!
Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now by clicking below.