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El Salvador- Santa Ana
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, October 19||Arrival day|
|Sun, October 20||Orientation|
|Mon-Thurs, October 21-24||Build days|
|Fri, October 25||Build and farewell ceremony|
|Sat, October 26||Team debrief activities|
|Sun, October 27||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
$1,850 CAD(1), excluding Air Transportation(2) + $ 150 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: Lisa Silveira
I’m Lisa Silveira and I live in Stouffville, Ontario. I work as a Finance Director & Consultant in the Toronto area.
I first went on a Habitat trip in 2016 to Nicaragua. From the moment I arrived at the build site I knew that this was something I wanted to continue doing. I’ve since gone to Sri Lanka and Kenya. These trips have inspired me to become a Team Leader so that I can take people on the journey to make a positive impact in a different and exciting way. It really is a life changing experience!
These trips allow you to embed yourself in the culture, get to know the family and see first hand where your donation is going. Witnessing the positive change in the family’s spirit from the start to the end of the build is an indescribable feeling.
I look forward to having you join me in El Salvador – together we can make a difference in a family’s life!
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.