Trip cost: US$
Travel to El Salvador and help Habitat for Humanity build homes for families in need of safe, decent and affordable shelter.
As you build, you’ll be welcomed into the community. Learn to make pupusas and try other typical foods, meet the neighbors whose community you’re helping to improve and explore local sites. This trip is a unique opportunity to experience life inside the culture.
Global Village sends volunteers to build with Habitat for Humanity projects across the world. Get your hands dirty on the work site, meet families whose housing situations have been improved with Habitat’s help, experience the country like an insider and do it all alongside a team of like-minded volunteers. No experience is required! This build is your next step with Habitat to make the world a better place.
Program donation and fundraising
You may fundraise or give the program donation. Fundraising is as easy as telling your friends, family and co-workers about why you build with Habitat for Humanity. They may even ask to join the team! We set you up with a great website and coaching for success.
Consider setting a fundraising goal over the minimum. Every donation you raise keeps Habitat building after your team returns home and helps us serve another family.
- Day 1, Friday: Arrive at San Salvador airport, where Habitat for Humanity staff welcomes you. Meet your team over dinner.
- Day 2, Saturday: Explore the beauty of El Salvador with your team.
- Day 3, Sunday: Habitat staff will orient you to our work in El Salvador and introduce you to the community in which you’ll work.
- Days 4-8, Monday-Friday: Build on-site, with free time and team activities in the evenings.
- Day 9, Saturday: Enjoy a day at the beach, then a final team dinner.
- Day 10, Sunday: Depart for home, or independently continue your travels.
Meals and accommodations
Teams stay at modest, comfortable hotels with two to three people per room. Enjoy a variety of cuisine prepared by locals.
Tasks on the work site
International volunteers may work in all stages of steel frame home construction. Regardless of what stage the house is in when the team arrives, responsibilities will likely include digging, carrying bricks, mixing cement, compacting dirt, moving materials and painting.
We will connect you with a team leader within two business days. The team leader will tell you more about the build and learn about you. After speaking with the team leader, donate or fundraise your deposit to secure your spot on the team. The team leader will help you prepare and lead you during the trip.
Gary Voirol and Perry Shull will lead this team in the field and would love to speak with you. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When asked about a memorable Global Village moment, Perry says, “Even though I have been to El Salvador a number of times, I am still impressed and rocked to my core with the heartfelt thanks, gratitude and tears expressed by the host families that we have worked with. Those families are the reason we return each year.”
Gary says, “My favorite Global Village experience travels with me to each new build. It is the joy and happiness that I see on the faces of the family members at the end of the build.”