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Please note that as a safety precaution due to the outbreak of Coronavirus in certain Asia Pacific countries, Habitat Canada will be re-routing all March builds in the Asia Pacific region. We will continue to monitor the situation very closely and updates will be posted here.” If you have any questions or concerns, please contact globalvillage@habitat.ca.

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Habitat Dominican Republic -


Join this Global Village team helping build safe and decent shelter for vulnerable populations in the Dominican Republic

June 20 - 28, 2020

This team will work with local masons and volunteers to build safe, decent housing with families in Samana, Dominican Republic. They will also have opportunities to build relationships with communities from another culture, and help provide a decent place to live, improving the living conditions of low- income families through access to housing.

Habitat for Humanity in the Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic, the housing deficit exceeds 1.2 million housing units, of which about 60 percent is qualitative (UNDP 2010). This means that the number of inadequate houses is greater than the number of families without homes. This figure is growing annually by an average of 50,000 to 60,000 homes.

Nationally, the housing production system involves families and communities in building their own homes. The high cost of construction services and low income of families do not allow them to have access to formal means of construction, aggravating the quality and safety of homes.

Habitat Dominican Republic contributes to the country in improving the life conditions of the families that are part of the qualitative and quantitative housing deficit. This is achieved through the creation of programs that facilitate access to micro financing for housing purposes to low-income families with technical assistance in construction and creating financial education and disaster risk programs that support and contribute to building the stability, security and self- reliance families need.

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

 Saturday June 20 

 Arrive in Santo Domingo

 Sunday June 21

 Travel to Samana, Orientation with local team. 

 Monday June 22 - Thursday June 25

 Build Days

 Friday June 26

Build Day, Farewell Ceremony, Travel back to Santo Domingo

Saturday June 27

 Team Non-build day activities

 Sunday June 28

 Return to Canada

Typical Housing Solutions

Habitat has adjusted the housing model to fit the needs of the families. At Las Terrenas, - Samana and individual house is built with cinder blocks and wood, on five rows of concrete block on the walls, then wood-framing to the ceiling and topped with zinc-plated roof. 

Typical Volunteer Tasks

The will work in all stages of construction, from digging the foundation to painting the houses. Task could likely include: carrying cement blocks, mixing cement, compacting dirt\ soil and transporting materials on wheelbarrows or buckets.


Habitat Individual Donation

The minimum individual donation to Habitat for this 9 day opportunity to build with Habitat Dominican Republic is approximately $1,920.00 (1) + excluding air Transportation (2) + approximately $300* non-build activities (3)

(There may be costs related to passports, visa and immunizations etc., which are the responsibility of the volunteer and are not eligible for tax receipts) 


(1) The Habitat individual donation includes: all costs associated with hosting volunteers on the project site as well as support 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 and a donation to Habitat Dominican Republic and to Habitat for Humanity Canada Global Village. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for this individual donation .

(2) Volunteers will need to independently arrange and pay for air transportation from their point of departure to Santo Domingo. This must only be done once project dates and final project have been confirmed by 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.


Meet the Team Leader: Michael MacDonald

Hi my name is Michael MacDonald and I will be your team leader on this  Dominican Republic experience. 

I have been involved with Habitat since 2010.  This will be my  seventh build and sixth as a team leader.  Previous builds include  Portugal, El Salvador, Trinidad, Costa Rica, Honduras and Fiji.  I have also traveled extensively  and led a mission to Chile on a community build.

The Dominican Republic has always interested me, I can think of nothing better than sharing a build experience here with a group of people that want to make a difference  in helping a family in this country.   I consider it an honor and  I look forward to meeting you and working with you.  

No previous construction experience is necessary, there will be a place on the team for all experience levels.  If you are flexible, caring, adventurous, don’t mind hard work and getting dirty, and if you are looking forward to meeting a great family, some fantastic people, and creating memories for a lifetime then  please join this  team. 

Please feel free to contact me at mikeg.macdonald@hotmail.com if you would like to learn more about this build or apply on line using our on-line application.

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