October 6-14, 2018
Would you like a travel adventure to a remote country that few people ever travel to? This is a great opportunity to make a difference (and have some fun at the same time). Everyone is welcome. Join in regardless of your previous building or construction experience. All we need is your willing pair of hands to help improve the lives of local families.
Why should I go to Paraguay ?
Paraguay falls below the Latin American average in several socioeconomic categories, including immunization rates, potable water, sanitation, and secondary school enrollment, and has greater rates of income inequality and child and maternal mortality. Paraguay's poverty rate has declined in recent years but remains high, especially in rural areas.
It’s one of South America’s poorest and most unequal nation, where females make far less than males for the same work and life can be very hard for families
According to the National Department of Housing, it is estimated that 1,100,000 houses are required in Paraguay, and that number is increasing. An estimated 43 out of every 100 families live in inadequate housing conditions, according to the Inter-American Development Bank.
Tell me about Habitat for Humanity Paraguay
Habitat for Humanity has been involved in Paraguay since 1998. Since then, more than 8000 families - over 40.000 Paraguayans - have partnered with Habitat for Humanity Paraguay to improve their living conditions, to plant their own seeds, and to create new beginnings. More than 5.000 national and international volunteers have supported the work of Habitat Paraguay, most of them in the construction process. Many former volunteers consider their interactions with the kind and friendly local people to be a highlight of their trip.
Throughout its history, Habitat for Humanity Paraguay has implemented actions that transform the housing conditions of families and vulnerable communities, mobilizing resources and promoting solidarity and responsibility of the whole society.
What will my week look like?
- Sat. Oct 6 Arrive in Asuncion (capital city)
- Sun. Oct. 7 Travel to affiliate location, Orientation
- Mon. Oct 8 to Fri. Oct 12 Build Days
- Sat. Oct 13 Local activities and farewell dinner
- Sun. Oct 14 Depart for Home.*
*Please note that “Depart for Home” may also be “Depart for further adventures!!” Since you are travelling so far, it is worth considering visiting other sites in Paraguay and/or neighbouring countries. Iguazu falls is a popular tourist destination and only a few hours’ drive from Asuncion. The list of possibilities is endless, and a little internet research will find something to suit your taste. Personally, I plan to visit Galapagos on the way back.
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 the hotel or local restaurants. Snacks and water will be provided at the worksite.
What will it cost?
The cost for this 09 day opportunity to build in Paraguay is approximately
$1900.00 + round-trip airfare
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 Paraguay and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Paraguay. 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: Randy Heys
Hello. My name is Randy Heys and I am former SVP with a large Canadian company, but now I am retired (I like that much better) and live in Vancouver. I am very excited about the trip to Paraguay and hope you can join us. I am on the Board of Directors for HFH Greater Vancouver. I have done extensive travel throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, North and Central America, and while I have been to some South American countries, I have not spent enough time getting to know our neighbouring continent. I have been to Guatemala with HFH, and this will be my first trip as a Team Leader. I welcome you to join us, and we are going to have some fun as well as getting ourselves a little dirty and sore.
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!