Trinidad and Tobago
Nov 3 to Nov 11, 2018
If you believe everyone deserves access to safe, clean, and affordable housing; if you get pleasure in seeing others succeed; if you enjoy being part of something bigger than yourself; if you like to work hard and have fun while making new friends and creating memories you will cherish for the rest of your life, then this is the trip for you!
Why should I go to Trinidad and Tobago?
In 2015, more than 100,000 families in Trinidad and Tobago were in need of low-income housing and since that time the demand has grown by approximately 3% per year. With a population of just 1.3 million, this means that a significant percentage of people in this region still need clean, safe, and affordable housing.
Many factors prevent low-income earners from owning homes including financial institutions being unwilling to finance mortgages for this income bracket, the spiraling costs of houses and land, and a lack of certified ownership of inherited land.
Tell me about Habitat for Humanity Trinidad and Tobago
Since it’s founding in 1997, Habitat for Humanity Trinidad and Tobago has helped nearly 3000 families and more than 5800 individuals.
They support a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to construct, rehabilitate or preserve their homes.
In addition to building or renovating homes, Habitat Trinidad & Tobago contributes to community development by providing construction training, financial literacy classes, life-skills training, and various disaster mitigation and disaster risk reduction initiatives. They also offer microloans for incremental repairs to help families gradually build safe, stable, affordable shelters.
What will my week look like?
- Sat Nov 3 - Arrive in Port of Spain - Trinidad
- Sun Nov 4 - Orientation meeting and cultural experience
- Mon Nov 5 – Thurs Nov 8 - Build days (with some cultural experiences in the community)
- Fri Nov 9- Build day and farewell ceremony
- Sat Nov 10 - R & R activities
- Sun Nov 11 - Team departs for home
(Please note that the above itinerary may be subject to changes)
Where will I stay? What will I eat?
Our lodging will be at one of the local hotels (with double occupancy). We will have breakfast at the hotel, lunch at the build site, and dinner at local restaurants. Snacks and water will be provided at the work site.
What will it cost?
The cost for this opportunity to build in Port of Spain is approximately
$ 2,100 + round-trip airfare +$250 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 Trinidad and Tobago and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Port of Spain (airport code: POS).
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: Dave Russell
My name is Dave Russell and I have been a supporter of Habitat for Humanity since 2009 when I started working regularly with the Vancouver affiliate on a local build project. This will be my fourth Global Village trip and my second as a trip leader. I have been to Zambia (2013), Nicaragua (2016), and Honduras (2017 as a trip leader). Each of these trips was extremely rewarding for me and my wife, Sharon, who will be joining me on this trip as well.
I believe strongly in the Habitat philosophy of giving a hand up rather than a handout, and I am looking forward to helping to continue the work of Global Village in Trinidad and Tobago.
If you would like to learn more about this trip, contact me at email@example.com , or apply now using our on-line application!