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            Guatemala – Rabinal –Baja Verapaz

February 16 - 24, 2019

Are you looking for a life changing experience and to make a positive difference in the lives of others and yourself?  If so, join our team in Guatemala where you’ll roll-up your sleeves with your fellow like-minded team members and help provide decent and affordable homes to Guatemalan families living in substandard housing.

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 Guatemala?

With a housing deficit of 1.8 million homes for a population of around 17 million people, Guatemala has a significant need for accessible housing options. Houses are commonly constructed of sub-standard materials and are in dire need of renovation from the effects of storms or earthquakes, and also serve as home to very large extended families. Habitat’s work in Guatemala is important and your collaboration is essential. Come to Guatemala and help not only build homes, but the possibility of a secure future for families.

 

Tell me about Habitat for Humanity Guatemala and Baja Verapaz

Habitat for Humanity Guatemala is a nonprofit organization that aims to improve the quality of life of Guatemalan families through partial or full funding for the construction, improvement and repair of homes across the country.

Habitat Guatemala has contributed to the reduction of 4.6 percent of the country’s housing deficit, both qualitative and quantitative. Our commitment is that all Guatemalans have a decent place to live. Until December 2015, Habitat Guatemala has helped a total of 86,304 families, with construction, improvement and home repairs.

Located in central Guatemala, the department of Baja Verapaz is mountainous, remote, and covered in lush cloud forests. 

It is about 4 hours from Guatemala City. The population is 59% indigenous, made up of members of the Kakchiquel and Quiche groups. Baja Verapaz ranks 6th in poverty in the country, with over 70% of the population living in poverty, and over 21% living in extreme poverty. Among the sources of income in Baja Verapaz are agriculture , ceramic crafts and  coffee .

 

Typical Volunteer Tasks

Volunteer tasks vary widely, depending on the stage of construction. Typical activities include: Mixing concrete and mortar, pouring concrete, tying rebar, splitting concrete blocks, moving concrete blocks, and laying block. 

 

Habitat Building or in-country schedule (subject to change)

 Saturday February 16th

 Arrival in Guatemala City

 Sunday February 17 th

 Travel to build location / Orientation &       Welcome Ceremony

 Mon Feb 18th - Fri Feb 22nd 

 Build Days /  farewell celebration on Friday

 Saturday February 23rd

 R&R day

 Sunday February 24th

 Return to Canada or continue travels

 

Where will I stay? What will I eat?

Volunteers stay in modest, safe, and comfortable lodgings (with double occupancy) that have all the basic necessities. Meals are usually taken   at the hotel or in local restaurants

 

                                                               Habitat Individual Donation

The Habitat individual donation for this 09  day opportunity to build with Habitat Guatemala is approximately $1,900 (1) + Air Transportation (2) + $ 300 Team Debrief activities (3)

(There are additional costs such as passport, visa and immunizations which the team leader will discuss with you. These costs are not tax receipted) 

 

(1) The Habitat individual donation includes: daily living expenses (i.e. room & board) , traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to Habitat Guatemala and to Habitat for Humanity Canada Global Village. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for this individual donation .

(2) Participants will need to independently arrange and pay for air transportation from their point of departure to Guatemala city and must be done in consultation with the Team Leader. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the eligible airfare.

(3)  Team R&R activities will be determined by the Team Leader, not eligible for a tax receipt and are not paid to Habitat for Humanity Canada.  I will advise you on these activities and to how to pay.

There are additional travel costs such as passport and immunizations which the team leader will discuss with you.  These costs are not tax deductible.

Meet the Team Leaders: Bob Dickeson and Joan Cossentine

Our first Global Village HFH build was in Latin America in 2008 and we have since lead 6 HFH builds in El Salvador and Nicaragua. We were fortunate to spend time in Guatemala in 2018 and now are really excited to be able to return to the country with an HFH team to build a home. HFH builds are terrific opportunities to help others while personally growing and working with great teams. Please consider joining us for this build. No construction experience is necessary. If you are looking for an adventure, would like to make a positive change in someone’s life, and definitely don’t mind getting dirty you will have an amazing experience. Please feel free to contact us at dipnet@shaw.ca  if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!

             
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