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Trinidad And Tobago - Cashew Garden

February 8 - 16, 2020

Are you looking for a life changing experience and to make a positive difference in the lives of others and yourself?  If so, join our team in Trinidad and Tobago help provide decent and affordable homes to families living in substandard housing.

                                                                   

Why should I go to Trinidad and Tobago?

Within the Caribbean islands state of Trinidad and Tobago, substantial pockets of poverty exist. Approximately 20% of people here are in need of shelter but home can be very hard or impossible to achieve. The rising cost of houses and land, unwillingness of financial institutions to lend, unstable employment, and lack of certificates of inherited land are all major obstacles for many families. Those who have managed to secure land often live in self-made, dilapidated homes of old wood and/or cinder blocks which are cramped and unsanitary.

 

Tell me about Habitat for Humanity T&T

Habitat T&T is committed to making decent shelter a matter of social conscience and national action in Trinidad and Tobago. We have helped thousands of Trinbagonians construct, rehabilitate or preserve their homes since 1997, and we support a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As well as supporting homeowners in developing their shelter solutions, Habitat Trinidad-Tobago also provides training in financial management, technical and life skills, housing initiatives and disaster risk reduction programmes.

The government’s Ministry of Housing estimates that some 200,000 people live in informal settlements, approximately 19 percent of the population; the waiting list for government subsidized housing is approximately 107,000 people, some waiting for up to 25 years. The main housing demand stems from inequity and population growth. Habitat Trinidad & Tobago partners with donor entities, government and private agencies, civil society organizations and individual citizens to promote access to government subsidies for construction, land, and housing for low-income families, reducing the country’s housing deficit. We also support disaster risk reduction and recovery locally and in the English-speaking Caribbean.

 

Typical Volunteer Tasks

Volunteers assist families in the construction of new homes of concrete blocks using pre-fabricated steel frames. Typical volunteer tasks may include excavating the foundation and septic tank, tying steel, mixing concrete, painting, or drilling and placing the frame of the home.

 

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

 Saturday February 8th

 Arrival 

 Sunday February 9th

 Orientation 

 Mon Feb 10th - Fri Feb 14th 

 Build Days /  farewell celebration on Friday

 Saturday February 15th

 Non-build day activities, as determined by Team Leaders

 Sunday February 16th

 Return to Canada or continue travels

 

Where will I stay? What will I eat?

Volunteers stay in modest, safe, and comfortable lodgings (with double occupancy) that have all the basic necessities. Meals are usually taken   at the hotel or in local restaurants

 

                                                               Habitat Individual Donation

The Habitat individual donation for this 09 day opportunity to build with Habitat T&T is approximately $2,150 (1) + Air Transportation (2) + approx. $200 non-build day activities* (3)

(There are additional costs such as passport, visa and immunizations which the team leader will discuss with you. These costs are not tax receipted) 

*Costs for non-build days are approximate, and subject to change.

 

(1) The Habitat individual donation includes: daily living expenses (i.e. room & board) , traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to Habitat Trinidad and Tobago and to Habitat for Humanity Canada Global Village. 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 Port of Spain and must be done in consultation with 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.

There are additional travel costs such as passport and immunizations which the team leader will discuss with you.  These costs are not tax deductible.

 

Meet the Team Leaders: Sue Sweet and Doug Hietkamp

 

HI! I’m Sue and I am very excited to be leading another adventure. This will be my 11th Habitat trip and my 6th trip where I have been a lead. I work in local government, and outside of work, I enjoy kayaking, cycling, gardening, reading, and of course travelling.

Looking forward to meeting a new team!

 

 

 

Welcome, along with Sue,I'm also looking forward to another build. I've had the opportunity to build in several countries, each one a unique experience. This will be my second in a lead position, the first was last year with Sue in Guatemala. Volunteering is in me, through additional activities at work, the community I live and abroad with organization like Habitat for Humanity.  Every team is a great team, looking forward to sharing an experience with another!.  Join us in Trinidad and Tobago!

 

Please feel free to contact Sue at itsasweet1@gmail.com or at Doug bdhworks@gmail.com if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!

             
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