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Habitat Honduras- Tela Bay
March 7th - 15th, 2020
Volunteer in Tela Bay, Honduras whilst giving a "hand up" to families in need
Habitat for Humanity Honduras
Honduras is one of the poorest and least developed countries in Latin America, with nearly two-thirds of Hondurans living in poverty. Before 1998, Honduras had shown moderate economic growth as a result of government reforms. Nevertheless, after losing US$3 billion due to Hurricane Mitch, Honduras’ economy is still in the process of recovery. The agriculture sector, responsible for most exports, was the worst affected. Mitch also caused more than 6,000 deaths and left 8,085 missing and 75,000 homeless. After the Hurricane Mitch tragedy, the housing deficit percentage increased from 63 percent in March 1998 to 66 percent in March 1999, representing an increase of 165,000 houses.
Currently Habitat for Humanity Honduras supports low-income families helping to improve their housing conditions, through a program of loans and grants for the construction or improvement of simple, safe and economic housing. Habitat Honduras also provides credit and technical assistance so that it can gradually improve housing, repairing or renovating ceilings, floors, walls, toilets, etc. Since its inception in 1989 habitat Honduras has served 22,000 families.
About Tela Bay
Tela Bay was founded in 1524 by Cristibal de Olid and by late 19th Century it became an important banana town and headquarters of the Tela Railroad Company. The rafifuna is the most representative ethnic group. Tela is near the Caribbean sea, and flanked by two national parks, botanical gardens, and Cocoa Plantations.
Tela Bay with a population of almost 90,000 inhabitants, the poverty index is 51%, about 32% of them a women head of their homes, authorities calculate that there are 22, 000 houses spread in the 76 villages of the county, 15% of those houses are dirt floor and 10% do not count with water services. 14% do not count with sewerage, another 10% of the families live in crowded conditions.
Most of the houses near town are made with sturdy material like cinder block or bricks and at the outskirts, families build their homes with wattle and daub, adobe, and straw roof or palm leaves fiber.
Habitat Build or in-country schedule (subject to change)
|Day 1 - Saturday, March 7th||Arrival in San Pedro Sula, and transported to Affiliate|
|Day 2 - Sunday, March 8||Orientation and meeting with community|
|Day 3-7 - Mon, March 3rd -Fri, March 13th||Build days / Farewell celebration on Friday|
|Day 8 - Saturday, March 14th||Non-build activities|
|Day 9- Sunday, March 15th||Return to Canada or continue travels|
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 Habitat individual donation for this 09 day opportunity to build with Habitat Honduras is approximately $ 2245 (1) + Air Transportation (2) + $ 300 Non Build 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 for Humanity Honduras 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 San Pedro Sula 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.
Team Leader: Laura Gibson
Hi, my name is Laura Gibson and I will be heading back to Honduras in March! Want to come with?
My husband and I have been taking part in Habitat builds since 2008 and we are hooked! I have been on 18 trips and lead 16 of those teams to El Salvador, Bolivia, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago and most recently India.
When we aren’t traveling, we live in beautiful Vancouver BC, where I work as an illustrator and also as a manager with the Vancouver Farmers Market Association. My husband and I have three dogs a ton of nieces and nephews. And Habitat for Humanity is our passion.
I am looking for teammates who are: motivated to make a difference, very hard-working (we want to get as much building done as we possibly can), flexible and easy-going (very important), want to travel outside the box, have a sense of humour (VERY important on these trips;), like to say ‘yes’ to whatever comes our way!
Did I mention sense of humour? You may be working in the heat, sometimes in tough conditions, and often things do not go the way you had planned. A sense of humour goes a loooong way!
If you want to travel with purpose, make a difference, try new things, make new friends and laugh at lot while doing it… then this trip is for you!
Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using the on-line application!
Please note, i will be away from November 14th-December 3rd. I will be answering all emails and scheduling phone interviews after my return.