A woman washes dishes outside of the shack where her family lives.
Take time out of your busy schedule and journey with us to Brazil to participate in an amazing experience. During our time near Recife, we will build with local residents, sharing our cultures and making friends in the process. No previous construction skill or experience is required—just a willingness to learn!
Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth most populous country in the world. Half of the country is covered by the gigantic system of rivers known as the Amazon. Otherwise, dense jungles with abundant wildlife, breathtaking waterfalls and excellent beaches characterize the landscape.
Searching for employment, masses of people are moving into urban areas where they find few affordable housing options besides severely depressed, overcrowded shantytowns and slums. An unstable economy and extremely high inflation rates make circumstances worse for already impoverished Brazilians. It was recently estimated that more than 50 million Brazilians live in substandard housing.
About Habitat for Humanity Brazil
Habitat for Humanity Brazil was formed in 1987 and builds houses of cement block with clay tile roofs, cement floors, wooden doors and metal windows. HFH Brazil is currently working in more than 21 cities in eight Brazilian states.
Types of construction for volunteers
Global Village volunteers may work on a variety of tasks. HFH Brazil’s house model is defined with the partner family, always respecting the goal of building a simple, decent and economical house. Houses are built using the region’s most common method and available resources, such as cement, sand, brick and metal.
Day 1 (typically Friday): Depart the U.S. or home country for destination.
Day 2 (Saturday): Arrival day: greeted at the airport by GV hosts.
Day 3 (Sunday): Register at hotel; welcome with Habitat staff and families; walking tour of the community; dinner and rest.
Days 4–8 (Work days, Monday–Friday): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. with lunch on site; free time after work to clean up; supper of typical local food; time for team activities.
Day 9 (Saturday): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. with lunch on site; cultural tour and closing ceremony with host program; dinner and free time after work for team activities.
Day 10 (Sunday): Departure day.
Note: Special events throughout the week include additional opportunities for cultural outings, such as visits to local schools, churches and nonprofits and free time for other activities.
Habitat Brazil will determine the best lodging option for our group, taking into consideration the group size as well as proximity to the construction site. Work teams usually stay in hotels that are basic, safe and clean. The team will stay two to four people per room. Private or shared baths will also be available.
Breakfast and dinner will typically be served in the hotel or at a local restaurant. Lunch will usually be packed each morning and taken to the build site. Purified water will be provided on site. Volunteers should bring water bottles to carry with them. You may also bring or purchase snacks to take on site.
Trip cost includes: donation to the Habitat host program and HFHI; meals; accommodations; transport (excluding trip participant air fare); medical emergency evacuation and trip cancellation insurance; some local cultural activities and team coordination and orientation materials. The team leader’s trip cost and estimated air fare may be included in the trip budget. The trip cost does not include trip participant air fare, R&R activities or visa and exit fees (not applicable for all destinations).
Caryn Woodard has been volunteering with Habitat for Humanity since 1999. This will be her fifteenth Global Village build, and for Caryn, each of those builds has been an amazing experience. For more information, please send an e-mail to Caryn at email@example.com .