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El Salvador- Cuscatlan
Create. Inspire. Impact.
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? If so, then please join me in El Salvador where you will roll-up your sleeves with your fellow like-minded team members working alongside the family and local community. All it takes is a positive, open-minded and 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 El Salvador?
El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America. The housing shortage affects more than 944,000 families and continues to grow as the population increases. That statistic means that 6 out of 10 families live in inadequate housing. With approximately 31.9% of the population living in relative or extreme poverty, many families do not have access to financing to improve their homes.
Tell me about Habitat for Humanity El Salvador
Habitat El Salvador offers a variety of housing solutions to meet the needs of Salvadoran families including: assistance in the legalization of land, new home construction and home improvements. A total of 8 community projects have been developed in association with local partners such as local governments, foundations, private companies, churches, etc. These projects include land acquisition, housing, social infrastructure, vocational and business training.
Houses are built with concrete blocks and structural steel reinforcement, glass shutter windows, metal doors, a patio, a perimeter fence that protects the house from erosion, and a cement tile floor.
Home improvements are intended to impact the qualitative deficit, allowing the gradual improvement of existing houses. A variety of alternatives are offered, including loans for risk mitigation build projects, legalization of land ownership and any other financial needs related to housing improvement.
Over 4200 families are served every year through the different services Habitat for Humanity El Salvador provides. Although families come from different backgrounds and present different needs.
Come prepared for a full week of hard physical labor in a rural setting and a willingness to learn and interact with community members. We ask our teams to try to stay flexible in order to enjoy this experience to it’s fullest.
|Sat, April 06||arrival day|
|Sun, April 07||travel to build location|
|Mon-Thurs, April 8-11||build days|
|Fri, April 12||build and farewell ceremony|
|Sat, April 13||R & R|
|Sun, April 14||departure day|
The above itinerary may be subject to changes
Where will I stay? What will I eat?
We’ll be staying in a hotel with double-occupancy rooms where breakfast will be provided. Lunches will be served on the build site. Dinners may be at the hotel or at local restaurants.
The cost for this 9 day opportunity to build in El Salvador is approximately
$1,775 + $ 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 El Salvador and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to El Salvador . 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: Sarah Pachkowsky
Ola! I’m Sarah Pachkowsky and live on beautiful Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I have been employed within the non-profit sector for over a decade and volunteering since I was a young girl. I also worked with my local Habitat for two years and learnt a lot about the local build initiatives, while also researching about the housing need on an international scale.
I trained as a Team Leader for Habitat’s Global Village program in 2017, participated on a build in Kauai (2017) and led a team of volunteers to participate in a house building project in Nicaragua in April, 2018.
Currently I am working on contracts with non-profits in my hometown, helping build capacity, community awareness and financial contributions. I am also taking online courses towards my master’s in international leadership. And when I am not working, going to school or volunteering you can find me with my dog Scotch, hiking, rock climbing or reading a book.
A build in El Salvador seems like a great opportunity to help a family, meet new people and learn about a new culture. Habitat builds are an experience you will never forget!
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the trip or apply now using our online application. Looking forward to hearing from you!