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El Salvador

November 29, 2014 to December 7, 2014

Christmas in Action Blitz Build  

Will you remember Christmas 2014? Come together with volunteers from the U.S. and El Salvador to build 10 houses for 10 families. You’ll give them something that can’t be wrapped—opportunity, stability and potential. That’s a holiday you won’t forget.

You’ll receive something special, too: the exhilaration of working with a team, time to reflect and recharge and an escape into authentic El Salvador. We’ll take some time to understand the historical and cultural backdrop, as well as trace the legacy of Oscar Romero, a hero to Salvadorans.

These 10 houses will create sustainable improvements, since they are earthquake-resistant and designed to improve each family’s health, safety and livelihood. You’ll work alongside local volunteers who are pitching in to improve El Salvador.

Global Village sends volunteers to build with Habitat for Humanity projects across the world. Get your hands dirty on the worksite, meet the families whose housing situations you are improving, 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.

Apply now to join this Global Village team, or email questions to team leaders Hector Gutierrez and Kathleen Fayard.

Trip highlights

• Work alongside hundreds of volunteers to build 10 houses.

• Explore Oscar Romero’s legacy and his heroic response to poverty.

• Just after Thanksgiving, you have time for a great side trip before the build.

Program cost
US$1,990
This cost includes accommodations, meals, in-country transportation, medical insurance as well as an important donation to Habitat for Humanity so that we can build safe, decent housing. For more details, visit Global Village program cost.

Itinerary
• Day 1, Saturday: Habitat El Salvador staff greets you at the airport. Meet your teammates at dinner.
• Day 2, Sunday: Tour San Salvador and explore the legacy of Oscar Romero. Habitat staff will share about our innovative work in El Salvador and brief the team on your project. Travel to the affiliate community.
• Days 3-7, Monday-Friday: Build, with free time and team activities in the evenings. On Friday attend a farewell celebration with the new homeowners.
• Day 8, Saturday: Travel to the Pacific Coast, with time for cultural exploration and a final team dinner.
• Day 9, Sunday: Depart for home or continue your journey in Central America independently.

Meals and accommodations
Global Village teams stay in hotels or retreat centers with two to four people per room. Breakfast and dinner are taken at the hotel most nights, and lunch is served on the work site.

Tasks on the work site
Global Village volunteers may work in all stages of construction, from digging foundations to painting houses. Responsibilities will likely include carrying bricks, mixing cement, compacting dirt, moving materials and other tasks as assigned by the construction supervisor.

Share your story and keep Habitat building
You’re doing something exciting with Habitat, so tell people about it! Create a page on Share.Habitat to tell friends, family and coworkers about your Global Village trip. Fundraising your program cost will be easy, and any additional funds you raise will keep Habitat building after your team returns home.

Contact this team’s leader
Have questions? Ready to join the team? Hector Gutierrez and Kathleen Fayard will lead this team in the field and would love to speak with you.

Hector says: “My favorite Habitat moment was on my first Global Village trip in Pondicherry, India, when my roommate and I said goodbye to the family on the first home we worked on. The patron of the household thanked us and told us how lucky he felt to have met us. I hope to build many more of these memories as a Global Village team leader.

Kathleen says: “On my most recent trip to Honduras, some of the women extended family members invited me over to the house next door to take a break, sit, chat and enjoy the view – the homes we worked on overlook a mountain valley with an incredible view. It felt amazing to become a part of their everyday lives, even if only for a week. I know that my team will forever hold a special place in the hearts of the families we served, and their beautiful faces are permanently etched into my memory as well.”


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