Mexico - Puerto Escondido
November 10 -18th, 2018
Come and be part of the change, reach out in compassion and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity to beautiful Mexico. We will be working along side the family members and masons. Your eﬀorts will be rewarded in so many ways. You will experience a diﬀerent culture in a working environment and along with that develop new friends and maybe learn a new language. The memory of giving back to someone will stay with you forever. We are looking for team oriented, self motivated people who are willing to face new experiences and at the same time have so much fun. If you have been considering joining a habitat for humanity build now is the time. Mexico has a rich cultural history and is full of friendly people.
Why should I go to Oaxaca / Puerto Escondido ?
According to the Mexican government agency Conapo (National Population Council), Oaxaca is the third most economically marginalized states in Mexico.The state has 3.3% of the population but produces only 1.5% of the GNP. The main reason for this is the lack of infrastructure and education, especially in the interior of the state outside of the capital. Eighty percent of the state’s municipalities do not meet federal minimums for housing and education. Most development projects are planned for the capital and the surrounding area. Little has been planned for the very rural areas and the state lacks the resources to implement them.
Tell me about Habitat for Humanity Mexico
Among the most important factors that hinder the construction of new housing units in Mexico is the low salary received by families in need. It is estimated that 39 million people have a job in Mexico, but 55% earn less than the minimum wage.
Habitat for Humanity Mexico is a non proﬁt, civil society organization founded in 1989. It works for the recognition of housing as a fundamental human right. In order to make housing solutions accessible to low-income populations and so that every family may have a place to live as a fundamental right to grow and develop. Habitat for Humanity Mexico works to support, socially and ﬁnancially low income families, providing training and support through the purchase of building materials and construction assistance. They do this by a means of a system that allows families to become home owners through aﬀordable monthly payments. This empowers families and the community.
What will my week look like?
- Day 1. November 10th - Arrive at Huatulco airport travel to Puerto
- Day 2 November 11th - Orientation meeting and welcome dinner
- Day 3-7 November 12-16 - Work and Build
- Day 8 November 17- R and R tours and beach
- Day 9 November 18- Departure day or continue to travel on your own
(please note that the above itinerary maybe subject to changes)
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 work site.
What will it cost?
The cost for this 09 day opportunity to build in Mexico is approximately
$2,340.00 + $ 300 for R&R + 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 Mexico and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Mexico. 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 Turner
I have been with Habitat for Humanity for 12 years and have been on 15 builds and been a team leader on 13 builds I am a nurse, and have been nursing for over 35 years. I am currently in palliative care. Married with 3 grown children, and 4 grandkids, life is busy and full. I enjoy yoga ,running, hiking, camping. I am very committed and passionate about my volunteer work with HFH I cannot imagine my life without being involved in this work. I believe in paying it forward and working with HFH has given me the ability to give back my good fortune. I love to be able to give a hand up to these families and provide decent safe shelter.
Come join me on this build to beautiful Mexico and have an experience you will never forget. If you would like to learn more about this trip, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. or apply using the online application.