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Santiago, Chile

July 26, 2014 to August 3, 2014

Partner with two Chilean families to make critical improvements to their homes. Your work together will enable their developmentally disabled children to return home from a hospital or treatment center and continue care in a safe, healthy environment. Leave Chile knowing that your team’s work reunited a family.

Eat, work and spend time with your two partner families in Santiago, where you’ll experience life in Chile’s national capital. Get to know neighbors and community members, and learn about our staff’s innovative work. You will also learn about a crucial part of Chile’s history when you visit the Museum of Memory and Human Rights.

Join a team of like-minded volunteers, then come home ready to tell friends how Habitat is transforming communities in Chile one family at a time.

Apply now to join this Global Village team, or email team leaders Aimee Tuttle and Kenny Young.

Trip highlights

  • Your team’s housing improvements will bring disabled children home from a treatment center.
  • Become an honorary family member when you work and live alongside the families.
  • Understand the historical context in which you’re working with a trip to one of Chile’s most famous history museums.


  • Saturday, day 1: Volunteers traveling from North America depart.
  • Sunday, day 2: Arrive in Santiago, meet your team and travel to the hostel. Habitat for Humanity Chile staff introduces their work.
  • Monday-Tuesday, days 3-4: Build on the worksite and get to know your partner families. Spend evenings exploring Santiago.
  • Wednesday, day 5: Build until lunch, then visit the Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos.
  • Thursday-Friday, days 6-7: Build on the worksite.
  • Saturday, day 8: Build until lunch, then enjoy a farewell barbeque with partner families.
  • Sunday, day 9: Travel to the airport. Your travel in South America may continue independently, or you may depart for home.

Program cost

This cost includes an important donation to Habitat for Humanity so that we can continue building safe, decent housing after you return home. For more details about what is included, visit Global Village program cost.

Share your story
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. Share photos and videos, even updates from the field. It’s a great way to raise support for your program cost, and anything extra goes as donations to build Habitat’s impact. Together we can improve shelter conditions and end poverty housing.

Meals and accommodations
Teams stay at modest, comfortable hostels. Enjoy typical Chilean meals prepared by locals, including your partner families.

Tasks on the work site
Typical work for a Global Village team may include digging foundation, framing walls, mixing cement, painting, carrying construction materials and other tasks assigned by the expert construction crew.

Contact this team’s leader
Have questions? Ready to join? Email team leaders Aimee Tuttle and Kenny Young.

Aimee says of a favorite Global Village memory, “I loved working with and getting to know our partner families in Guatemala. Their incredible work ethic and devotion to providing for their family provided daily inspiration to our team.  Each night, they prepared a wonderful family meal and reminded us how grateful they were for our help.  It seems each time I complete a Habitat build, I leave wondering who actually helps whom more. Habitat builds continue to inspire me.”

Kenny says of his work with Global Village, “My first Global Village trip was one that I’ll remember and will be in my heart forever. Not only was it my first time out of the country but I also had a great experience of hiking an active volcano. I’m looking forward to helping volunteers have memorable Global Village experiences, too.”

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

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