El Salvador volunteer trip

Christmas Blitz

Blitz build

Join hundreds of volunteers to build many houses in one week.

9 days

Trip cost: US$1,735

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 cost

US$1,770

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 raise 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 El Salvador a better place to live.

Itinerary

  • Day 1, Saturday: Arrive at San Salvador airport, where Habitat for Humanity staff welcomes you. Travel to accommodations and meet your team over dinner.
  • Day 2, Sunday: Habitat staff will orient you to our work in El Salvador and introduce you to the community in which you’ll work.
  • Days 3-7, Monday-Friday: Build on site, with free time and team activities in the evenings.
  • Day 8, Saturday: Enjoy a day immersed in the Salvadoran culture, then a final team dinner.
  • Day 9, 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.

What’s next?

Apply now!

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.

Have questions?

Graham Robb will lead this team in the field and would love to speak with you. Email Graham at graham_robb2@merck.com.

Graham says, “My most memorable Global Village moment came near the end of our build in Zdola in northwestern Zambia during a house dedication for Gretchen, who had adopted her five grandchildren after her son and daughter-in-law died from disease. The joy on Gretchen’s face and her sense of pride in being able to provide a decent home for her grandchildren left us all feeling extremely grateful for the opportunity to help make her dream come true.”

Join this trip

Once you fill out the trip application, a team leader will be in touch to tell you more about this trip and answer any questions you may have.
Apply now