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Habitat El Salvador - Christmas in Action - Blitz Build
El Salvador- San Vicente
Nov 30- Dec 08,2019
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
What will my week look like?
|Day 1- Sat, Nov 30||arrival day|
|Day 2- Sun, Dec 01||travel to build location- team orientation|
|Day 3-6- Mon-Thurs, Dec 2-5||build days|
|Day 7- Fri, Dec 6||build and farewell ceremony|
|Day 8- Sat- Dec 07||
Post Build activities
|Day 9- Sun, Dec 08||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.
What will it cost?
The minimum individual donation to Habitat for this 9 day opportunity to build with Habitat
El Salvador is approximately
$ 1,870.00 CAD (1), excluding Air Transportation(2)+ $ 250.00 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: Alan Rendall
Hi, I’m Alan Rendall and live in Canmore, Alberta. This will be my 18th trip with Global Village. I had such a great time on my first build in El Salvador in 2009 I decided to become a Global Village team leader. I’ve had the opportunity to build in El Salvador (4x), Nicaragua, Mexico, Thailand, Nepal, Malaysia, Portugal, Hawaii, PEI, Montana and Edmonton. I am excited to be a part of this Christmas in Action build project in San Vicente, returning to one of my favorite parts of the world with an opportunity to keep working on my Spanish. If you are a flexible individual that enjoys working as a team to help a family in need please come and join us in El Salvador.
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!