Looking for a great reason to travel, make everlasting friendships and have fun? Take an unforgettable journey to Paraguay and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity as a member of our Global Village team! Join us as we work at a local affiliate and enjoy the people, culture and beauty of Paraguay.
This Global Village trip will be an amazing adventure where you can immerse yourself in the culture and work side by side with Paraguayan families to help build affordable and decent housing. Join us in building homes, relationships, and making new friends from around the world…instead of just travelling as a tourist.
No previous construction skill or experience is necessary; just an open mind to accept other cultures, willing to share tasks, flexibility and a lively sense of humor will be a prized asset as well! We promise you an experience of a lifetime.
Paraguay is located in the center of the southern half of South America, just northeast of Argentina. Gently mountainous areas, natural reserves of dense subtropical forests, extensive palm forests and countless rivers, streams and lagoons all make up the Paraguayan landscape.
Paraguay’s population of more than 6.8 million is distributed unevenly throughout the country. The vast majority of the people live in the eastern region. Over 58 percent live in Paraguay’s urban areas, with 2.3 million people crowded into two of Paraguay’s 17 districts. The Chaco, a region in northwest Paraguay that accounts for about 60 percent of the territory, is home to less than 2 percent of the population. Ethnically, culturally and socially, Paraguay has one of the most homogeneous populations in South America. About 95 percent of the people are of mixed Spanish and Guarani Indian descent.
About Habitat for Humanity Paraguay
Habitat for Humanity was established in Paraguay in 1998. Over the course of its first decade, Habitat Paraguay built more than 900 houses, providing decent housing for more than 4,500 people. Each Habitat for Humanity housing project is unique and adapts to the needs of the families and communities where Habitat Paraguay builds.
All of Habitat Paraguay’s housing solutions—traditional homes, "progressive" homes, additions and repairs or improvements—are simple, economical and use highly durable materials, such as clay bricks, cement floors and Spanish tile roofs. Using a variety of approaches to improving families’ housing situations – from new home construction to simple improvements for existing homes – Habitat Paraguay is able to serve more families and increase the availability of simple, decent, affordable housing.
Fifty percent of houses in Paraguay are in substandard condition. In addition, 50 percent of the urban population and less than 40 percent of the rural population has access to water service. Only 34 percent of Paraguay’s total population has access to garbage disposal.
Types of construction for volunteers
Global Village volunteers in Paraguay will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of different tasks on the construction site, including mixing, pouring and carrying cement; laying bricks; transporting materials; leveling foundations; digging holes for septic tanks; cleaning the construction site; painting and more. The use of volunteer labor helps to keep home costs at a minimum and is effective in building simple, decent, affordable homes for families.
Day 1 (Typically Saturday): Depart for Paraguay.
Day 2 (Arrival day, Sunday): Greeted at the airport in Asuncion by Habitat Paraguay staff member; transfer to lodging; Orientation
Days 3-7 (Work days, Monday–Friday): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; welcome ceremony with families and Habitat staff (first day of work); work from 8 a.m–4 p.m. with lunch on site or at the hotel; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities.
Day 8 (Saturday): Cultural Activity, Farewell event
Day 9 (Final day, Sunday): Departure day.
NOTE: Special events throughout the week may include dances, traditional meals, tours, sporting events, slum visits or other educational activities. A farewell ceremony will also be held on the final day.
Habitat Paraguay will determine the best lodging option for the team, taking into consideration group size as well as proximity to the construction site. Work teams usually stay in hotels or retreat centers that are simple, safe and clean. Generally, teams stay two to four people per room. Rooms typically have a private bathroom, but are sometimes shared. All accommodations will have hot water.
Breakfast and dinner will usually be served where you are staying or at a nearby restaurant. Lunch will be eaten at the work site.
(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!
Alaine Bunce and Kris Wangsadiputra are excited to be leading this Global Village trip to Paraguay. Alaine lives in Cambridgeshire, England, and is a social housing officer so Habitat fits in well with the day job! Kris resides in Jakarta in Indonesia. He used to work for Habitat for more than 10 years. They have been on many GV trips both as team members and as trip leaders.
Alaine and Kris are excited to share this experience and hope to recruit a team of service-minded, fun-loving, adventurous folks to build in the wonderful country of Paraguay. If you are interested in joining this incredible opportunity in Paraguay, please email Alaine at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kris at email@example.com