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Habitat Mexico- Oaxaca

April 18th - 26th  2020

Immerse yourself in the community and culture of Oaxaca –Mexico while building safe, affordable housing with local families.                                                                                         

About Oaxaca  

Oaxaca ranks as the second poorest state in Mexico. Over 76% of its residents live in extreme poverty, lacking basic necessities such as food, water, education, and healthcare.

It has high poverty and illiteracy rates with a predominantly indigenous population.  61.9% of Oaxaca’s population live under the national poverty line and 23.3% live in extreme poverty. Over half of its population is of indigenous origin, speaking as many as fifteen different ethnic languages. Over 16% of the population is illiterate, well above the national average of 7%.


Habitat for Humanity Mexico  

Since 1989, Habitat for Humanity Mexico has fought poverty through adequate housing, supporting and empowering more than 57,000 families in organized communities.

Despite the progress that has been made in providing housing in recent years, more than 53.3 million people in Mexico do not have the financial means to buy or build adequate housing (45.5%).

Families have been losing purchasing power. 60.6 million People (51.6%) earn incomes below the welfare line, which are insufficient to acquire the goods and services they require to meet their most basic subsistence needs.

Habitat for Humanity Mexico works to combat poverty, supporting low-income families in building their homes; promoting community development through influencing public policies; attracting public and private resources for housing; and sensitizing governments, donors, and volunteers about the human right to have adequate housing.







Habitat Build project or in-country schedule (subject to change)

 Day 1-  Saturday, April 18th  

 Arrive in Mexico

 Day 2- Sunday,  April 19th  

 Cultural day    and team orientation

 Days 3-7- Mon, April 20th   - Fri April 24th  

 Build Days/farewell celebration on Friday

 Day 8- Saturday , April  25th     

 Non build  activities

 Day 9- Sunday, April 26th

 Return to Canada or continue travels


Typical Volunteer Tasks

Volunteers will assist local families in building new homes of concrete blocks. Typical volunteer tasks could include: digging foundations or a septic tank, moving and compacting dirt, mixing mortar and concrete, laying bricks, tying rebar and painting.


                                           Habitat Individual Donation

The Habitat individual donation for this 09   day opportunity to build with Habitat Mexico is approximately $ 1875   (1) + Air Transportation (2) + $ 350 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) 


(1) The Habitat individual donation includes: daily living expenses (i.e. room & board) , traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to Habitat Mexico  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 Huatulco-Mexico  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 activities will be determined by the Team Leader, they are not eligible for a tax receipt and are not paid to Habitat for Humanity Canada.  The Team Leader  will advise you on these activities and to how to pay.


                                                     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) , lead a team of volunteers to participate in a house building project in Nicaragua in April, 2018 and led teams to El Salvador and Fiji in 2019.

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 Oaxaca-Mexico  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!

Please feel free to contact me at  sarahmpachkowsky@gmail.com  if you would like to learn more about this build, or apply now using our on-line application!

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