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Habitat Guatemala - Antigua

Visit Guatemala whilst giving a "hand up" to families in need


November 30 - December 8, 2019

Our team will work alongside the local community to rebuild a home and smokeless stoves. Guatemalan families that cook over open fires are constantly breathing in smoke and consuming great amounts of firewood. Most affected are Guatemala’s most vulnerable populations. Only the poorest families utilize this cooking method, and it affects women and small children, who spend more time in the home and are the ones suffering most from chronic respiratory problems and burns.Poor families usually don’t have homes of more than one room, thus the smoke contaminates not only the kitchen, but the entire house.


Habitat for Humanity Guatemala

There is a housing deficit of 1.8 million homes across Guatemala. That consists of millions of Guatemalan families living in poverty and without access to decent housing. This is due in great part to the lack of investment, both public and private, in addressing the housing deficit. Many families cannot access credit in the traditional financial system and cannot meet the requirements of credit unions or banks for a home loan. In this case, Habitat Guatemala is one of the only options for these families. Since its inception in 1979, Habitat Guatemala has been able to provide more than 36,500 housing solutions to families in need. This represents an impressive 2.5% of the current national housing deficit.

Since 1979, Habitat Guatemala has provided over 100,000 housing solutions for over 600,000 peopleOn average, they are serving 4,000 families annually, with the number increasing every year. Further, they build more than homes. Services also include home financing, home improvements, Healthy Home Kits (stoves, filters, latrines), and disaster relief. They have built over 100,000 housing solutions—75% of these within the last decade—with the ambitious goal of serving one million people by 2023. In April 2018, HFG celebrated reaching the milestone of 100,000 families served in Guatemala.


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

 Saturday, November 30th   

 Arrive and overnight in Guatemala City

 Sunday, December 1st     

 Travel to Antigua and Welcome Orientation

 Monday, December 2nd - Thursday, December 5th 

 Build Days

 Friday, December 6th  

 Build Day / Farewell

 Saturday, December 7th

 Post-build activities 

 Sunday, December 8th     

 Transit to Guatemala City & Departure to Canada

The above itinerary may be subject to changes.


Typical Housing Solutions

HFHG offers a range of services, including four-room and two-room home construction, home improvements (latrines, concrete floors, roofing, improved stoves, etc.), and home construction with lot purchase in housing colonies. Our Standard home construction includes eight different designs selected based on family preference and terrain. Typically they include two bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room, and a bathroom, and are 484 ft2 in size. Stoves: The stoves are built from adobe blocks with a pipe to carry out the harmful smoke. The multiple-burner metal stove top allows women to dedicate more time to other tasks and to income generation. These improved stoves have other advantages too, including an easy-to-learn assembly process and faster cooking times that can reduce firewood use by up to 50%. Habitat Guatemala’s smokeless stoves have a chamber in which firewood is placed, a stovetop with removable circular “burners” (holes in which pots are placed to cook), and a pipe that connects the chamber where the wood is burned through the roof to the outside of the home. Smoke moves from the chamber through the pipe, leaving the home without harming the family inside it. Costing only $100 USD, these stoves are largely subsidized; participating families pay only 100 quetzales (roughly $12).
Habitat Individual Donation

The Habitat individual donation for this 9 day opportunity to build with Habitat Guatemala is approximately $2,090 (1) + Air Transportation (2) + $300 Post-build 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) 

*Please note - Post-build cost is preliminary, and subject to change. 

(1) The Habitat individual donation covers all costs associated with hosting volunteers on the project site as well as support to the project and programs of the local HFH organization: room and board, ground transportation to and from build site, orientation materials, traveler’s medical insurance, and a donation to Habitat Guatemala and to Habitat for Humanity Canada Global Village programs. 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. This must only be done once project dates and final project itinerary have been confirmed by the Team Leader. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the eligible airfare

(3) The costs of any Team Debrief  activities are not eligible for a tax receipt and are not paid to Habitat for Humanity Canada. 

Should volunteers need assistance with booking flights or Team Debrief  activities, insurance or other services they may be interested in, the Team Leader will provide a list of travel agents registered with the Travel Industry Council of Ontario.  

Meet your Team Leader

My name is Doug Amirault and I grew up in a small fishing village, Pubnico, Nova Scotia. I now reside in Toronto and work for one of the largest hotel chains in the world with openings and renovations across Canada.

My first experience with Habitat was eight years ago as a participant in El Salvador. Despite missing a flight connection and not having my luggage for the entire trip, my first build was a life changing experience and was what inspired me to become a Team Leader.

The opportunity to be immersed in the local culture, make life-long friend and most importantly, seeing first-hand the impact that Habit volunteers make in the lives of families is why I volunteer.

My first build as a Team Leader was in Portugal and I have been back five times since. I have also lead teams to the Yukon, Hawaii, Chile and Guatemala.

Habitat is a great way to grow as a person and give back. I look forward to having you join me in Antigua!

Please feel free to contact me at doug.amirault@gmail.com if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!  

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