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Santiago, Chile "Our Children Return Home Project"

November 23, 2013 to December 1, 2013

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If you are looking for a life-changing travel experience to an exotic country with a fascinating history, then this trip is for you. All you need is a positive attitude, a willingness to expect the unexpected and a desire to explore foreign countries and experience different cultures. Unlike other Habitat for Humanity International trips, this trip will have a special focus on retrofitting houses for parents with children with disabilities. Men and women from all walks of life are invited to be a part of this team and participate in the build in Santiago, Chile.

About Chile
About twice the size of Montana, but stretched long and skinny down the southwestern end of South America, Chile is wedged between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains. Barely Barely extending beyond 200 kilometers (124 miles) in width, Chile makes up for longitudinal mincing by rising rapidly from sea level to 6,000 meters (19,680 feet).

Chile is a highly urbanized country, with nearly 86 percent of its 16.6 million people living in urban settings. However, Chile also has one of the highest economic disparitiesdivides in tthe word and the present challenge is overcoming that gap. Habitat for Humanity is working in the country to make permanent housing affordable for families – and helping families with children with special needsd to continue their treatment at homesecure the right to their own land.

About Habitat for Humanity Chile
HFH Chile was established in 2001, and byySeptember March of 2002 the first three homes were built in Caldera.

Today, there are Habitat projects in five of the 15 regions of the country.  Volunteers going to Chile will be part of the model project called:

Our Children Return Home: Children with life-threatening illnesses in Chile are often relocated permanently to medical facilities to ensure the quality of their living conditions. In cases where the children remain in the home, inadequate housing conditions can jeopardize the effectiveness of their treatment. In response, the program Our Children Return Home, aims to bring a light of hope by building or improving bedrooms to these children with special needs, so they can recover in their own home, in a safe environment and under the care of their families, leaving behind hospitals and children shelters.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity Chile and the housing needs there, read the country’s Web profile

Types of construction for volunteers
Volunteers may assist with home improvements, finishing partially constructed homes; housing repairs; additions and expansions. Our work team can expect to do a variety of different jobs depending of the need of the family.

Standard itinerary: 9 days

  • Day 1 (typically Saturday): Depart from home.
  • Day 2 (arrival day, typically Sunday): Greeted at the airport by Habitat Chile staff member; orientation and welcome dinner.
  • Days 3-4 (Work days, Monday–Tuesday): 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; typical Chilean dinners at hostal; time for team activities.
  • Days 5 (Wednesday): Half work day and time for a cultural activity.
  • Day 6-7 (Thursday-Friday): Work day.
  • Day 8 (Saturday): Work from 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.;  farewell lunch with families on each individual work site.
  • Day 9 (Sunday): Departure day.

Note: Trip includes special events throughout the week: cultural experiences with host program, such as traditional dance, agricultural and architectural tours, typical food preparation – as well as a farewell activity. 

HFHabitat Chile will determine the best lodging option for the team, taking into consideration group size and proximity to the construction site. Work teams usually stay in hotels 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.
Breakfast and dinner will be served at your accommodations and dinner will usually be served where you are staying or at a nearby restaurant. Lunch will be eaten at the work site, where snacks and water will also be provided. 

Program cost
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)

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Team leader
Nicole Streeter is originally from the Los Angeles area and now lives in Washington, D.C. This trip will mark her sixth with HFHI, and her fourth as a leader. She has traveled with Habitat to Ghana, Thailand, Kenya, Malawi and India. Nicole has also participated in the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project and local builds in Washington, D.C. She has a passion for and commitment to the Habitat for Humanity International mission, and is excited about her first Habitat trip to South America.  

Prospective team members are encouraged to send an email to the team email address with any clarifying questions you may have about the trip or to schedule an interview. 

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