Global Village is a Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) program that creates opportunities for volunteers to build overseas for one to three weeks with families in need and local volunteers.
Global Village Guatemala, January 2019
This winter, B/CS Habitat will be leading a Global Village trip to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala from January 5 to 13.
According to the World Bank’s Assessment of Poverty Report, poverty in Guatemala is both widespread and severe. Approximately 75 percent of the population is estimated to live below the poverty line, which is defined as an income that is insufficient to purchase a basic basket of goods and services. Almost 58 percent of the population have incomes below the extreme poverty line, which is defined as the amount needed to purchase a basic basket of food. Despite this, the people of Guatemala are resilient and resourceful. On our last Global Village trip to Guatemala last winter, we met and worked with some amazing Habitat partner families who worked diligently to improve their living situations. We are so excited to return to Guatemala and lend our support once again!
This time, our team will work alongside Habitat for Humanity Guatemala to help build new homes for families living in dilapidated and overcrowded living situations. We will be working hard on the build site digging the foundation, mixing concrete and mortar, tying rebar, splitting concrete blocks and laying them for the walls of the home. All new Habitat Guatemala homes are made of steel-reinforced concrete block and cement, designed to be resistant to natural shocks and tremors. Corrugated metal sheet roofing keeps the family dry during Guatemala’s brutal rainy season.
Join our team to help provide families in Quetzaltenango with simple, decent, affordable housing while exploring the country and culture.
No construction experience is required; only an open mind, flexibility, and a desire to work hard.
Cost and Contribution
Trip fee: $1,625
Volunteers may fundraise their Global Village program cost or donate it. Most volunteers donate a portion themselves and fundraise the rest. B/CS Habitat has created a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign for volunteers to use.
About half of your program cost goes to building safe, decent housing, including the solution volunteers build. The other half of the program cost covers in-country volunteer expenses. (Participant airfare, R&R activities, and visa and exit fees are not included.)
How to register
If you are interested in joining B/CS Habitat on this trip, contact our Marketing and Communications Manager, Jane Sherman, at firstname.lastname@example.org.