Bienvenidos! If you are looking for a vacation with a purpose, here it is! We will work hard and get dirty, push ourselves and get out of our comfort zones, make friends, experience local culture and create memories that will last a lifetime. We will also take time to have fun. Building experience is not needed; just a desire to help provide families with a simple, decent place to live. Patience, flexibility and a sense of humor are strongly encouraged! Please consider joining our team.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Gandhi
Argentina lies in the heart of South America, bordered by Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Chile. There is enormous geographic contrast between the expansive eastern plains and the Andes mountain range to the west.
Unfortunately, there is also an enormous economic contrast. Despite breathtaking landscapes and modern business centers, four of every 10 Argentines live in inadequate housing.
About Habitat for Humanity Argentina
Recognizing the need for decent housing in Argentina, Habitat for Humanity International established operations in the country in 1992 and built its first six houses in the Olavarria, Buenos Aires province.
In 2002, HFH Argentina began hosting Global Village teams, and has provided international volunteers with an opportunity to experience its culture through elaborate welcome and farewell activities with community members and Habitat partner families. During the trip, our team will be provided with educational tools about the housing needs in Argentina that will help us learn more about the families we will be working with.
For more information on the Argentina program, visit http://www.hpha.org.ar/
Types of construction for volunteers
Volunteers will work on housing improvements, finish/conclusions, repairs and additions or expansions. Additional engagement activities could include work in community development projects with Habitat partner organizations; advocacy and social projects aimed to improve the lives of those in need of housing and education in Argentina; and other unique activities as identified by Habitat Argentina.
Day 1 (typically Friday): Depart from home.
Day 2 (Saturday): Arrival in Buenos Aires; greeted by Habitat Argentina staff; transport to hotel in Buenos Aires; free afternoon to rest; team dinner.
Day 3 (Sunday): Welcome and orientation meeting with HFH Argentina staff at the national office; share a typical Argentinean meal of empanadas for lunch; travel to host affiliate
Day 4–8 (Workdays, Monday–Friday): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner of typical Argentine food; time for team activities.
Day 9 (Saturday): Travel to Buenos Aires; free time for local cultural activities; evaluation meeting with HPH Argentina.
Day 10 (Sunday): Departure. (Flights from Buenos Aires are typically in the evening, with next-day arrival to home city.)
Note: Cultural experiences with host staff during the trip may include city and market tours, recreational activities, school visits and other options. There will also be a farewell ceremony with partner family members on the final build day.
HFH Argentina will choose the team’s lodging taking into consideration our group’s size. Teams usually stay in basic, safe hotels, with team members staying 2-4 people per room, sometimes in dorm-style accommodations.
Breakfast and dinner will likely be served at the hotel or nearby restaurant. Lunch will be prepared by the hotel and eaten at the work site, where snacks and water will also be provided.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)
Build a better world: Take the Global Village Challenge
Habitat for Humanity International is challenging Global Village volunteers to make an even greater impact on the global issue of poverty housing. We are asking all GV teams to help us raise an additional $1.1 million in the coming year to support Habitat’s building projects worldwide. Take up the challenge! Join us in sharing our story and building a better world!
Kat McCullough and Ranya Elias are excited to be co-leading the GV trip to Argentina.
Kat has built with Habitat GV in South Africa, Thailand (with Ranya) and Trinidad. She is a TV producer at CNN based in NYC and keeps up on all the latest news. She enjoys running, knitting, traveling and seeking out all the best weird food in the world.
Ranya co-lead a GV trip in Thailand and has participated in GV trips in South Africa and Guatemala. At home, she is a forensic auditor for the government accountability office, where she looks into fraud, waste and abuse in government programs. Outside of the office, she enjoys jogging, cooking, knitting and volunteering at a local soup kitchen.
Kat and Ranya are excited to share this experience and hope to recruit a diverse team of service-minded, fun-loving, adventurous folks to build in the wonderful country of Argentina. If you are interested in joining this incredible opportunity, please email Kat at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ranya at email@example.com.