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El Salvador- Usulatan
Join this trip to Usulatan-El Salvador and immerse yourself in the local culture while helping make safe, affordable housing accessible to low-income families.
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, June 22||arrival day|
|Sun, June 23||travel to build location|
|Mon-Thurs, June 24-27||build days|
|Fri, June 28||build and farewell ceremony|
|Sat, June 29||R & R|
|Sun, June 30||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
$ 1,820 + $ 250 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: Carrie Bowen
Hi! My name is Carrie Bowen, and I live in London, Ontario. After working in Finance for 15 years, I decided to go back to school for Social Work and I am currently studying at King’s University College. I work part-time in a group home environment and in my spare time (not that I have much), I train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing. My first HFH build was in 2014 to Nepal, and it changed my life for the better. I did a second build the following Summer, in Grande Prairie, AB and I was hooked. I am thrilled to have a venue to combine my love of travelling and my passion for helping others. For myself, HFH builds are a way to help a family while becoming a family with the team. This will be my first build as a team leader and I’m looking forward to the experience and meeting a new group of like-minded people to share it with! If you are interested please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or apply now using our on-line application!