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El Salvador- Cuscatlan
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
|Sat, April 06||arrival day|
|Sun, April 07||travel to build location|
|Mon-Thurs, April 8-11||build days|
|Fri, April 12||build and farewell ceremony|
|Sat, April 13||Team debrief activities|
|Sun, April 14||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 minimum individual donation to Habitat for this 9 day opportunity to build with Habitat El Salvador is approximately
$1,775 CAD(1), excluding Air Transportation(2) + $ 300 for Team Debrief 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 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 the Team Leader: Sarah Pachkowsky
Ola! I’m Sarah Pachkowsky and live on beautiful Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I have been employed within the non-profit sector for over a decade and volunteering since I was a young girl. I also worked with my local Habitat for two years and learnt a lot about the local build initiatives, while also researching about the housing need on an international scale.
I trained as a Team Leader for Habitat’s Global Village program in 2017, participated on a build in Kauai (2017) and led a team of volunteers to participate in a house building project in Nicaragua in April, 2018.
Currently I am working on contracts with non-profits in my hometown, helping build capacity, community awareness and financial contributions. I am also taking online courses towards my master’s in international leadership. And when I am not working, going to school or volunteering you can find me with my dog Scotch, hiking, rock climbing or reading a book.
A build in El Salvador seems like a great opportunity to help a family, meet new people and learn about a new culture. Habitat builds are an experience you will never forget!
Contact me at email@example.com to learn more about this project or apply now using our online application. Looking forward to hearing from you!