United States and Canada Featured Location: Taos, New Mexico
The town of Taos is in northern New Mexico, 110 miles northeast of Albuquerque. Surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this high desert area shows the Southwest in all its beauty. The air is thin, the humidity is low and the sun is bright.
Taos is home to the Taos Pueblo, which is a multi-storied adobe building. It has been used for over 1,000 years. There are also world-class museums and galleries, the historic Taos Plaza, the historic San Francisco de Asis Church in Ranchos de Taos and the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, eight miles northwest of Taos.
Habitat for Humanity Taos was founded in 1993 by a committed group of business men and women with a vision to provide homes for families that couldn’t afford it. Habitat for Humanity Taos builds simple, decent, affordable homes, and with its committed board of directors and staff, will continue to build affordable homes in Taos.
Tourism is the dominant sector of Taos’ economy. As a result, the majority of the population works in the service industry, and over 20 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. The median personal income is $26,000 and the average home price is $340,000. According to the State Housing Authority, 90 percent of the people who live and work in Taos cannot afford a home of their own.
Types of construction for volunteers
Habitat for Humanity Taos builds wood-frame and adobe block houses, depending on the location. Volunteers help in all aspects of new construction: digging foundations, framing, roofing, installing windows and doors, appliances, insulation, sheet rock, painting and finish work.
In addition, volunteers may support the Habitat ReStore, which produces funds for new homes and keeps materials out of landfills.
All tools and construction site materials will be provided by the affiliate.
Taos and Questa, 35 miles north of Taos.
Teams select their own lodging. There are several area lodging facilities that give discounted rates and will work with the team leaders to meet their lodging needs. The budget is for double occupancy in a local hotel or guesthouse.
Food and water
Water is available on site. Participants help prepare most meals. Breakfast will be eaten at the church where daily lunches will also be made. Dinners can be prepared by the team or taken in local restaurants. Some meals will be provided by the affiliate.
Hosting structure and services
Habitat for Humanity Taos will provide support to team leaders throughout the planning process. The construction supervisor organizes and trains all volunteers for the work to be done on the site.
The team will travel in rented vehicles.
The team will fly into Albuquerque and travel from there.
Day 1 (Arrival day, typically Monday): Greeted at the Albuquerque airport by team leader; drive to church and meet volunteer coordinator; team dinner/meeting.
Days 2–5 (Workdays, Tuesday–Friday): Breakfast at 7 a.m.; work on-site 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. with lunch on site; dinner at 7 p.m.; time for team activities.
Day 6 (Cultural Outing, Saturday): Breakfast at 7 a.m.; work on-site 8 a.m.–12 p.m. with lunch on site; clean lodging area and pack up; cultural activity; drive to Albuquerque; stay in a hotel in Albuquerque
Day 7 (Departure Day, Sunday): Team departs.
*View costs included in the standard budget.
Volunteer Engagement specialist
If you have read the FAQs and have further questions before you submit a Global Village trip proposal, please contact U.S. volunteer programs manager Natalie Nuce at NNuce@habitat.org or 229-410-7972 .