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              El Salvador - Sonsonate

Nov 15- 25, 2019

Volunteer on a New Global Village Project and offer a 'hand up' to Habitat For Humanity El Salvador's partner 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 projects are focused on  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.

To find our more about Habitat for Humanity El Salvador please visit their website here

 About the project location

 We will be building in the Sonsonate and Ahuachapán region, in or around the village of Ataco as I understand, will be a unique geographical experience, as its mountainous terrain and distinct cultural history will be a new location for me and the team in El Salvador .


                                            What will my week look like?


Day 1- Fri, Nov 15

arrival day

Day 2- Sat , Nov 16

Cultural activities & travel to build location

Day 3- Sun, Nov  17

team orientation

Day 4-7- Mon-Thurs, Nov 18-21

build days

Day 8- Fri, Nov 22

build and farewell ceremony

Day 9- Sat- Nov  23 

Post Build activities

Day 10- Sun, Nov 24

Post Build activities

Day 11- Mon , Nov 25

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.This is all arranged by Habitat for Humanity El Salvador.


                                                  What will it cost?

The minimum individual donation to Habitat  for this 11 day opportunity to build with Habitat 

 El Salvador   is approximately

$ 1,690.00 CAD (1), excluding Air Transportation(2)+ $ 300.00 CAD for Cultural/Post Build activities (3)

(there may be costs related to passports, visa and immunizations etc,  which are responsibility of the volunteer and are not eligible for tax receipts)

(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 El Salvador 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 San Salvador. 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 Post Build/Cultural 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 the Team Leader: Rob Feagan

Hello/Buenos Días – I have been building with Habitat for Humanity in various places in Canada (northern Alberta on Métis territory, and in various places in southern Ontario), and have also been building with Habitat and the Global Villages Program in El Salvador for 8 years now. Normally my efforts are focused on leading and facilitating groups of university students during their Reading Week in February each year. I have had the opportunity to build in various villages in the region of San Miguel many times, with teams near Suchitoto in the Cuscatlan region, and in San Salvador the capital city. I am passionate about developing good relations with our southern partners in El Salvador and with the communities and families with whom we serve and work. My Spanish is passable, and I am grateful to our translators and guides for making such good connections between our teams, and our community-hosts.

I am happy to check in with you and share my perspectives on this kind of volunteer service, and to hear about your own hopes in taking part in a north-south learning experience like this.

Please feel free to contact me at rfeagan@wlu.ca if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application.

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