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 2020

This winter, B/CS Habitat will be leading a Global Village trip to Antigua, Guatemala from January 4 to 12.

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. This is our third trip to Guatemala, and on on our two previous trips, 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 smokeless stoves as part of the Healthy Home Kits initiative for partner families. The initiative addresses pressing health issues for families earning US$2-4 per day. For these partner families, a smokeless stove that is designed to direct the smoke out of their cooking space means dramatic reduction of smoke-related illnesses such as lung cancer and asthma, and a dramatic improvement on their quality of life!

Join our team to help provide families in Antigua with smokeless stoves and make life-long friends and memories along the way.

No construction experience is required; only an open mind, flexibility, and a desire to work hard.

Cost and Contribution

Trip fee: $1,680

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 jsherman@habitatbcs.org.

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Previous Global Village Trips

Quetaltenango, Guatemala – January 2019

In January 2019, we led a team of 15 volunteers to build new homes alongside two families on the hillsides of Quetaltenango. 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. We spent our work days digging the foundation, mixing concrete and mortar, tying rebar, splitting concrete blocks and setting the first rows of blocks of the walls. The work days were long, but rewarding! Here are a couple of testimonies:

“I enjoyed and learned a lot from my Habitat companions and the Guatemalans we met or worked with. But the appreciation demonstrated by the two families nearly brought me to tears.”

“[The greatest impact of the trip is] getting to know the families and seeing the joy on their faces knowing that they would soon have a safe, comfortable place to live. The difference in the cultures, including expectations and sense of entitlement, also had a large impact. We in the United States are very blessed with what we have, yet it is so often taken for granted.”

This is our second trip to Guatemala and have been impressed by the wisdom and dedication of the Habitat Guatemala staff and the impact they have had. We hope to continue supporting Habitat Guatemala and their mission through our tithe and our Global Village trips in the future.