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Honduras

January 10, 2015 to January 18, 2015

About Honduras
Honduras is the second-largest Central American nation after Nicaragua. It borders the Caribbean Sea, between Guatemala and Nicaragua on the north, and borders the Gulf of Fonseca (North Pacific Ocean), between El Salvador and Nicaragua on its south side.

The climate is subtropical in lowlands, temperate in mountains. Honduras’ main language is Spanish but there are also many Amerindian dialects. The Roman Catholic Church is the officially recognized church in Honduras, with 97 percent of the population identifying themselves as Catholic.

About Habitat for Humanity Honduras
Since its founding in 1988, Habitat for Humanity Honduras has built more than 10,000 houses, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 35,000 Hondurans in need of stable housing construct earthquake-resistant houses made with concrete floors, block walls and corrugated zinc roofs.

Habitat for Humanity’s work in Honduras began in Santa Cruz de Yojoa, Cortés in the Yure River Valley in 1988. As evidence of its growth, there are now regional offices reaching more than 50 communities.

A typical Habitat Honduras house has a polished, cement floor, block walls reinforced with steel, corrugated iron roof and doors and shutter windows made of wood. Houses include a kitchen, one to three bedrooms and a bath. Families are offered two house models, one measuring 48 square meters and the other 36 square meters. The first model has been used for almost 14 years, and the second was recently introduced with great success, as it allows Habitat to reach families with even lower incomes.

Program cost
US$1,680

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 Honduras a better place to live.

Itinerary

  • Day 1, Saturday: Arrive at San Pedro Sula airport, where Habitat for Humanity staff welcomes you. Travel to host site and meet your team over dinner.
  • Day 2, Sunday: Habitat staff will introduce you to our work in Honduras 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.
  • Day 8, Saturday: Visit the Copan Ruins, absorb local Honduran culture and enjoy the final team dinner.
  • Day 9, Sunday: Depart for home, or independently continue your journey in Central America.

Accommodations
Work teams usually stay in hotels, retreat centers or dorm-style accommodations that are basic, safe and clean. The team will stay two to four people per room. Typically rooms are equipped with a private bathroom, though in some locations only shared bathrooms are available.

Tasks on the work site
Habitat Honduras builds homes of steel-reinforced cement block walls and roofs of corrugated iron. Each site will have a mason and the future homeowner family, when possible, doing construction in addition to volunteers.

Volunteers will aid in whatever skilled or unskilled work is needed. Some tasks include digging foundations, laying block, mixing mortar, moving materials, or cutting and tying rebar.

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

Bob’s favorite GV memory: “In Kamuela, Hawaii, we painted the entire exterior of a house and also demolished and rebuilt a more accessible bathroom for a married couple in their 80s that had been married for 60 years. I sat and talked with the elderly gentleman homeowner; he had tears in his eyes and an open heart filled with appreciation because we came from such a long distance to help him out. He felt truly blessed, and his words landed in my heart and filled my soul with gratitude.”


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