Please join us for a once in a lifetime, fabulous trip to La Ceiba, the port city on the northern coast of Honduras. It is the third-largest city in Honduras and named after the giant ceiba trees that grow close to the old dock that shaded the dock workers in the hot afternoons. La Ceiba’s thriving economy is based largely on income from tourism and surrounding pineapple plantations. Expect steamy weather with temperatures ranging between 85-100 F most of the year. We’ll be working with a great team in La Ceiba building houses with a great mason and helpers. No construction experience is necessary; however, you will need to have a sense of humor!
Honduras is the second-largest Central American nation after Nicaragua. It borders the Caribbean Sea, between Guatemala and Nicaragua on the north, and borders the Gulf of Fonseca (North Pacific Ocean), between El Salvador and Nicaragua on its south side.
The climate is subtropical in lowlands, temperate in mountains. Honduras’ main language is Spanish but there are also many Amerindian dialects. The Roman Catholic Church is the officially recognized church in Honduras, with 97 percent of the population identifying themselves as Catholic.
About Habitat for Humanity Honduras
Since its founding in 1988, Habitat for Humanity Honduras has built more than 10,000 houses, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 35,000 Hondurans in need of stable housing construct earthquake-resistant houses made with concrete floors, block walls and corrugated zinc roofs.
Habitat for Humanity’s work in Honduras began in Santa Cruz de Yojoa, Cort’s in the Yure River Valley in 1988. As evidence of its growth, there are now regional offices reaching more than 50 communities.
A typical Habitat Honduras house has a polished, cement floor, block walls reinforced with steel, corrugated iron roof and doors and shutter windows made of wood. Houses include a kitchen, one to three bedrooms and a bath. Families are offered two house models, one measuring 48 square meters and the other 36 square meters. The first model has been used for almost 14 years, and the second was recently introduced with great success, as it allows Habitat to reach families with even lower incomes.
Types of construction for volunteers
Volunteers will help with house improvements, finish/conclusions, repairs, and additions/expansions.
Once on the work site, a technical advisor and a supervisor will guide the volunteers through the construction process. On the first day, they will explain the construction system used in Honduras and provide written construction goals each day. There will be designated resting zones with drinkable water, as well as portable bathrooms with water and soap for the volunteers to use.
Day 1 (Arrival day, typically Saturday): Greeted at airport by Habitat Honduras staff; transported to host program; orientation.
Day 2 (Sunday): Optional church service; additional transportation depending on project location; free day in the community.
Days 3-7 (Work days, Monday-Friday): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner of typical Honduran food; time for team activities.
Day 8 (Saturday): Travel to departure city depending on affiliate location; cultural activity day and closing activities; final team dinner.
Day 9, Final day (Sunday): Departure day.
Note: Trip includes special events throughout the week, such as cultural experiences with affiliate staff, traditional dances, agricultural and architectural tours, typical food preparation, etc. There is also a walking tour of host city and a farewell ceremony.
Hotels are simple and basic and typically located near the project site. Rooms sleep two to four people and include a private bathroom, although bathrooms are occasionally shared. All facilities are screened by HFH staff to ensure they are safe, clean and well-maintained.
Special housing needs (private rooms, air conditioning, first-floor rooms, etc.) can usually be arranged, though may result in additional fees.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)
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Since 2000, Anna Beningo has led 18 trips to Honduras helping to build approximately 48 homes for people in need. She has fallen in love with the beautiful country, the people and the food. She has visited and built in most of the affiliates in Honduras. Although they may have different construction methods in each affiliate, the friendliness, helpfulness, “funness” and love is the same in every affiliate where she has worked and in every partner family that she has known. Anna will build a team that loves to work hard, but also likes to play hard, meaning lots of fun will be had by all!
Anna Beningo has been with Habitat for Humanity International since 2008 as a program manager for government grants. Previous occupations include working at Habitat for Humanity of Michigan as the executive director for seven years and at Avaya, Inc. as an Operations Manager for 23 years.
If you are interested in joining this life changing experience and experience the beauty of her second home, please contact Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will be happy to discuss this trip with you.