Chiapas, Mexico (July 2017)

My team to Chiapas is now full!  Below is the information from the “official” trip flyer to give you an idea of what we will be doing.  If you are able and interested in financially supporting this trip, all donations are welcome through my fundraising page – tax deductible! 🙂

Build with indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico, where families need a hand up to improve their shelter situation.

Join this team and stay in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, one of Mexico’s best preserved Spanish colonial towns. The setting is beautiful, but 76 percent of the indigenous people there live in poverty. Your team will build decent, sturdy homes using cement blocks.

This community does not often encounter outsiders, so the build will be a great opportunity to see inside of a unique culture. Our volunteers will learn as much as we contribute and strive for a true person-to-person exchange.

Trip highlights

  • Build with and learn from indigenous families.
  • Visit Mexico with Habitat’s local staff, who carefully plans the trip to maximize volunteer safety.

Global Village sends volunteers to build with Habitat for Humanity projects across the world. Get your hands dirty on the work site, meet families whose housing situations have been improved with Habitat’s help, experience the country like an insider and do it all alongside a team of like-minded volunteers. No experience is required! This build is your next step with Habitat to make the world a better place.

Program donation and fundraising

US$1,940

About half  of the trip cost is a direct contribution to Habitat’s work, and the rest covers your volunteer experience.

You may fundraise or give the program donation. Fundraising is as easy as telling your friends, family and co-workers about why you build with Habitat for Humanity. They may even ask to join the team! We set you up with a great website and coaching for success. Volunteers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal over the minimum. Every donation you raise keeps Habitat building after your team returns home and helps us serve another family.

Itinerary

  • Day 1, Arrive. Fly into the Chiapas airport, where Habitat for Humanity staff welcomes you and takes you to your hotel. Get to know your team over dinner.
  • Day 2, Orientation. Learn about Habitat’s innovative work and your team’s project.
  • Days 3-7, Build. Skilled construction workers will guide you and your team as you build. The team will have time for excursions, rest and reflection meetings in the evenings. Cultural activities will be mixed in along with a farewell ceremony on Friday.
  • Day 8, Explore. Free day for you to soak up more of the beautiful region. We’ll have suggestions for the team, or you can opt to do your own thing. At the final team dinner, reflect on your experience and what it means.
  • Day 9, Goodbyes. Depart for home or independently continue your travels in Latin America.

Your safety in Mexico

Habitat for Humanity’s first priority for volunteers is safety. We send volunteers only to locations where we have confidence that the team’s build site, accommodations and transportation are secure. Contact the team leader if you have questions about security during a Global Village trip.

Meals and accommodations

The team will stay in modest, comfortable hotels in double-occupancy rooms. Lunch will be on the build site, while breakfast and dinner will be a variety of cuisines prepared by locals.

Tasks on the work site

Volunteers will have the opportunity to assist in different stages of the home construction process.  Therefore, typical work may include carrying bricks, mixing cement, moving and compacting dirt, and of course, stacking and cementing bricks for the assembly of the houses. Tasks will be assigned and supervised by expert construction workers.

What’s next?

Apply now.

We will connect you with a team leader within two business days. The team leader will tell you more about the build and learn about you. After speaking with the team leader, donate or fundraise your deposit to secure your spot on the team. The team leader will help you prepare and lead you during the trip.

Contact this team’s leader

Ready to join the team? Have questions? Tricia Vos will lead this team in the field and would love to speak with you.

When asked about previous Global Village experiences, Tricia said, “On a build in Kyrgyzstan, I had nine first-time volunteers on the team. To watch them come together as a group and fully embrace the experience was incredible! Even now, several years later, teammates keep in touch and recall their experiences in the community with incredible fondness. To me this is what Global Village is all about – bringing together a diverse group of people for a common purpose, making new friends and helping a family to whom you will be forever tied. Join us, it’ll be an experience to remember.

Exploring and learning while enjoying life and doing my part. Here, there and everywhere…