Spend your holidays being thankful for what you have by helping others and let’s build alongside the community in Argentina! Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on what we are thankful for and how we can help others, so get involved with Habitat for Humanity’s global mission to end poverty housing and build new lives and new hope for someone who needs your help. Springtime in Argentina will allow the team to do the maximum amount of good in the time we have abroad and to return home energized and thankful for all we have. Join the team and be a part of helping a community and working together for the good of everyone and in the spirit of the season.
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 and social contrast. Despite breathtaking landscapes and modern business centers, today, of a total Argentinean population of about 40 million, more than 25 percent live in inadequate housing conditions, giving a total of 3,386,606 homes being inadequate and more than 10 million people suffer from inadequate housing.
About Habitat for Humanity Argentina
Hábitat para la Humanidad Argentina (HPHA) was officially constituted as a Civil Association in 2002.
In 2003, HPHA initiated the project “Rebuilding Santa Fe One House at a Time” to assist families affected by severe flooding in Santa Fe that year. In collaboration with a local university, construction began on March 1, 2004. Just one day later, the first foundations were also set in the city of Luján.
The national organization has built in Buenos Aires, Luján, Santa Fe, Salta, Ingeniero Jacobacci and Cañada de Gomez. Currenty the active built locations areBuenos Aires andSanta Fe. HPHA’s projects include: Seed houses, Incremental Improvements, Assisted Rentals, Financial literacy, Legal literacy and Little Bricks (for children).
In 2006, 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 and the context we will be working in.
For more information on the Argentina program, visit our website http://www.hpha.org.ar/ or join our Facebook HPHArgentina or follow us on Twitter @HPHArgentina.
Types of construction for volunteers
Volunteers will work side by side with the partner families on their seed houses, housing improvements, finish/conclusions, repairs and additions or expansions. Tasks might include digging holes, preparing cement, moving material, cutting and bending rebar, sanding, painting, cleaning and organizing the construction site. To guarantee the safety of the team members the National Office will provide safety elements and train the volunteers on safety measures, as well as provide an emergency contact card. At each worksite there will be designated rest areas and the volunteers will be using the family’s restrooms facilities.
No experience is necessary, however you should be in good health and able to walk to worksites that might be in parts of the neighborhood not accessible with transportation.
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 or dinner; travel to host affiliate.
Days 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; dinner of typical Argentine food; time for team activities.
Day 9 (Saturday): Travel to Buenos Aires; free time for local 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 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.
Hotel accommodation: The group will be staying at basic, safe hotels, in central location with team members staying 2-4 people per room.
Breakfast in Argentina is light and sweet, and usually includes coffee, tea, bread, croissant and orange juice. Dinner will be served at the hotel or nearby restaurant. Lunch will be prepared by delivered and eaten at the work site. 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!
Holly Carter has been a team leader for open and closed groups in El Salvador, Indonesia, New Zealand, Honduras, Romania and Sri Lanka. She has also built as a team member in Portugal, Nepal and El Salvador. She is a professor of public health and direct international education for a private liberal arts university. If you are interested in the trip, please email her at email@example.com