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Our Children Return Home
December 1 to 9, 2018
Help Bring a Child Home
Are you looking for a life changing experience and to make a positive difference in the lives of others and yourself by helping support a family that needs a simple, decent and affordable home to allow their children to return home? If so, then please join us in Chile where you will roll-up your sleeves with your fellow like-minded team members working alongside the family and local community members to inspire, build long lasting relationships and offer hope for these families. All it takes is a positive, open-minded, totally flexible attitude, a willingness to learn, a great sense of humor and the desire to have fun while working hard as part of a team. There are no prior skills or construction experience required.
Why should I go to Chile?
Chile is wedged between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains, stretched long and skinny down the south-western end of South America. The country boasts one of the longest coast lines in the world and is home to world class wine and enough natural beauties to complete anyone’s bucket list. Chile’s government is working hard on decreasing poverty levels which have been sliced in half over the past two decades, however, there are still 2.5 million people in Chile that remain below the poverty line. High living costs paired with high commodity prices make it impossible or near impossible for those below the poverty line to survive. It is a highly urbanized country, with nearly 86 percent of its 16.6 million people living in urban settings. However, Chile has one of the highest economic divides in the world and the present challenge is overcoming that gap. Habitat is working in the country to make permanent housing affordable for families – and help families secure the right to their own land.
Tell me about Habitat for Humanity Chile
Since its inception in 2001, Habitat for Humanity Chile has built homes for more than 12,000 families in various communities across the country. There is continuous construction in each region and various new communities are currently in the process of establishing an affiliation with Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity Chile has a very unique program called “Our Children Return Home”. This program works closely with hospitals, health centers as well as other organizations. The goal of the project is to provide house additions or improvements for the parents of severely ill children. That helps to free up hospital beds if the child is still in hospital, it also provides a suitable environment in the family home where the child can be well cared for. Habitat for Humanity Chile also has other programs such as the Golden Years which help the elderly population. Other programs also include disaster relief for those affected by natural disasters.
What will my week look like?
- Sat, Dec 1st - Arrival in Santiago and Team Orientation
- Sun, Dec 2nd - R&R Cultural Experience and Host Orientation.
- Mon-Fri, Dec 3-7 - Build Days
- Sat, Dec 8 - R&R Cultural Experience
- Sun, Dec 9 - Departure day or Continue Personal Travel
Where will I stay? What will I eat?
Our lodging will be at one of the local hostels. It is in a central location with places to explore at the end of the day. A typical meal in Chile will consist of some form of meat, a salad, bread and seasonal vegetables. Vegetarian options are also available. Snacks and water will be provided at the work site.
What will it cost?
The cost for this 9 day opportunity to build in Chile is approximately
$2,330 + round-trip airfare + $ 350 for R&R*
Meet the Team Leaders: Doug & Paulo