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  Mexico - Chiapas

San Cristobal de Las Casas

July 04-12, 2020

Volunteer in Chiapas with a Habitat partner family to support                    them build a safe, decent and affordable home                                          


About Habitat Mexico

Habitat started working in Mexico in 1989 promoting the right to housing as fundamental human right. In 29 years they’ve helped to build over 61,000 housing solutions for low income families. Habitat Mexico works in over 1250 communities in 22 states of the country. They support, socially and financially low income families providing training through the purchase of building materials and construction assistance. Habitat’s work allows families to become home owners through affordable monthly payments. This empowers individuals and helps them to be self-reliant   and promotes the well being of the communities where they reside.

Habitat's vision is to have world where everybody has an adequate place to live.

San Cristobal de las Casas which is the biggest urban center from Chiapas Highlands, it´s the third major city in the state and it’s considered as the cultural capital of Chiapas.

The area is very diverse in both scenery and culture.  It has rain forest jungles filled with howler monkey and crocodiles, cities filled with graceful colonial architecture, pristine white sand beaches and thousand-year-old, virtually deserted Mayan ruins.  A quarter of Chiapas’s population is indigenous, and this is a great opportunity to get off the beaten path and immerse yourself in local culture.

One past volunteer described Chiapas as a “double cultural immersion. First, you go to Mexico which is a developing country and has a unique culture.  Then you travel into an indigenous community where life follows the traditional ways.  There is so much to learn and see – this is a special experience for sure!

To find out more about Habitat for Humanity Mexico please visit their website here.


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

 Day 1- Saturday, July 04th 

 Arrive at Tuxla Gutierrez airport

 Day 2- Sunday, July 05th

 Get acquainted, team orientation and welcome dinner

 Day 3-7 - Mon-Fri, July 06th-10th

 Build Days / farewell celebration on Friday

 Day 8-  Saturday, July 11th 

 Non-build day activities, as determined by team leader

  Day 9- Sunday, July 12th

 Return to Canada or continue travels


Typical Housing Solutions

According to the area and community where you will work  you will find cultural adaptations The new homes are based on 4 sizes : 22 to 29.90 square meters:  a  bathroom, a kitchen and one bedroom. 

30 to 35 square meters : a bathroom, a kitchen and 1 to 2 bedrooms

35.10 to 39.90 square meters: a bathroom, a kitchen and 2 bedrooms

40 to 49 square meters:  a bathroom, a  kitchen and 2 or 3 bedrooms

The average house in Habitat Mexico is 42 square meters ( a kitchen, 1 to 2 bedrooms and  a bathroom)


Typical Volunteer Tasks 

The work can be rigorous – mixing cement by hand, digging trenches for foundations, moving and piling construction materials and cinder block, laying blocks to build the walls – but teamwork makes the labor fun.


                                                          Habitat Individual Donation

The minimum individual donation for this 09  day opportunity to build with Habitat Mexico  is approximately $ 2,020  (1)  excluding air transportation (2) + $ 250 non-build  activities (3)

(There may be costs related to passports, visa and immunizations, etc. which are the 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 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 Mexico 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) Volunteers will need to independently arrange and pay for air transportation from their point of departure to Mexico. This must only be done once project dates and final project have been confirmed by the team leader. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the eligible airfare.

(3)  Non-build days compromise of activities organized by the team leader where you will take some time to rest, acclimatize, and reflect on your experience in addition to discovering local customs and culture.  Expenses for team-non build days including accommodations, meals and activities are not eligible for tax receipt and are paid separately by the team, not to Habitat for Humanity Canada as part of the donation.

 Should volunteers need assistance with booking flights or non-build day  activities, insurance or other services they may be interested in,  please consider looking into industry registered travel agents within your local province.                                                  

                                                          Team Leader: Surbinder Bolina

My name is Surbinder Bolina. Having grown up in Metro Vancouver I have come to take full advantage of the plethora of outdoor adventures that wait behind every mountain peak; from learning to be a better mountaineer to practicing first aid as a ski patroller.

Back at sea-level I am a teacher and a long-time volunteer on the Downtown Eastside. One of my drivers for personal growth is continuous improvement in community service because my partner firmly holds the opinion that I can further exploit my potential which in turn drives me to do more! 

Habitat builds have been a part of my life from the very beginning. I’m grateful for having been a part of builds in British Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, India, and most recently Nepal. Participating and leading these builds has lead me to question the value of traditional travel vacations to sandy beaches and cozy hotels.

Indeed, the most valuable and rich experiences in my life have been these trips where my fleeting visits to different areas of the world are filled with authentic connections with diverse people that belong to these diverse cultures. Let's get to know each other and create a meaningful and memorable experience in beautiful Chiapas this July! 

Please feel free to contact me about this build at sbolina17@hotmail.ca   or, you can apply now by using our on-line application.


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