global village build – guatemala

One of the most significant challenges to housing in Guatemala is access to land. Many low-income families have no legal proof that they own the land they inhabit. These properties rarely have basic utilities and are often located in vulnerable areas, such as ravines and riverbanks. Even when a family has moderate income or has managed to save a small amount of money, obtaining a loan to purchase land or buy a home is often a challenge.

Established in 1979 to improve the lives of low-income families in Guatemala through the construction of adequate, affordable housing, Habitat for Humanity Guatemala was the first Habitat organization in the Latin America and Caribbean region. Since the construction of its first home more than 30 years ago, Habitat Guatemala has served more than 32,000 families and has extended its work to each of the country’s 22 states. Habitat for Humanity does much more than just build houses, including raising awareness about the need for adequate housing, advocating for improved housing policy, and much more.

About the Build

Volunteers will help construct 2-4 room homes and/or work on home improvements such as installing latrines or stoves. Tasks vary depending on the stage of home construction, but may include: digging foundations, mixing concrete and mortar, pouring concrete, tying rebar, splitting concrete blocks, or moving blocks and material. In addition, volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in exciting excursions over the course of two days or evenings!

 

trip at-a-glance

 

destination

Antigua, Guatemala

dates

9/26/20 – 10/4/20

group size

16

cost

$1,700 (fully tax-deductible) – Fundraising available through a custom Habitat fundraising page to share with your family and friends!

Airfare not included and must be arranged by the participant. Estimated cost is $500 – $800.

 

For more information, contact Team Leader: Staci Summers at [email protected]

Cost includes lodging, meals, transportation, security, travel and medical insurance, and supplies during time in Guatemala. Airfare not included.