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Trinidad and Tobago

January 24, 2015 to February 1, 2015

About Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago is a two-island republic in the Caribbean Sea, just 7 miles off the coast of Venezuela. Trinidad is the larger island at 1,864 square miles, while Tobago is just 116 square miles. Trinidad has some hills and low mountains but is mostly covered by plains. Tobago is a volcanic island of mainly hills and low mountains, with a narrow strip of plains running along the coast.

The nation has a tropical climate, with an average annual temperature of 86F (30C). Temperatures remain relatively stable all year, but the islands experience a dry season from January to early June and a wet season from late June through December. During the wet season, rainstorms are frequent but usually short.

About Habitat for Humanity Trinidad and Tobago
Community leaders in Trinidad and Tobago received approval to open a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in 1996. Shortly afterwards, the keys to the first Habitat house were handed to a family in Sangre Grande. Since then, Habitat houses have been constructed in other communities: Mayaro, Rio Claro, Penal, Point Fortin and Couva.

Habitat houses are built using the culturally preferred materials for construction – concrete blocks and galvanized roofs. HFHTT’s core mission is the provision of simple, decent and affordable housing. Locally Habitat for Humanity Trinidad and Tobago has constructed more than 293 houses, served 1320 families and 3951 individuals to date.

You can learn more at Habitat’s Trinidad and Tobago country profile or  http://www.habitat-tt.org/

Program cost
US$1,895
This cost includes a significant donation to Habitat for Humanity, and it covers the volunteer’s accommodations, meals, in-country transportation and travel medical insurance. Read details.

You may fundraise the program cost, pay it all or pay some yourself and fundraise the rest. With our help, fundraising with social media and email will be easy. We hope that you will set a goal above program cost. That additional donation will keep Habitat building after your team returns home. Joining this team can be your first step in making Trinidad and Tobago a better place to live.

Itinerary

  • Day 1, Saturday: Arrive at Piarco airport where Habitat for Humanity staff welcomes you. Meet your team over dinner.
  • Day 2, Sunday: Enjoy a relaxing cultural activity day in Trinidad; later, Habitat staff will introduce you to our work in Trinidad and show you the community where you’ll work. 
  • Days 3-7, Monday-Friday: Build on-site, with free time and team activities in the evenings. Enjoy a celebration dinner Friday evening.
  • Day 8, Saturday: Visit the island of Tobago.
  • Day 9, Sunday: Depart for home or independently continue your travels.

Accommodations
Global Village teams usually stay in hotels, retreat centers or dorm-style accommodations that are basic, safe and clean.

The team will be accommodated with double occupancy per room, but may occasionally be tripled based on the make-up of the team. Typically, rooms are equipped with a private bathroom, though in some locations, only shared bathrooms are available.

Tasks on the work site
International volunteers may work in all stages of steel frame home construction. Regardless of what stage the house is in when the team arrives, responsibilities will likely include carrying materials, digging, securing cement siding and painting.

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

Carol says: “My favorite moments usually occur near the end of the first workday, when first time Global Village volunteers realize they are an integral part of an international team with all the skills needed to not just build a house, but to create a ripple of cross-cultural understanding and tolerance that will span borders and generations. Each Global Village trip truly is a life-changing experience for all involved.”


To apply for a GV trip, please follow the Application Instructions.

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