El Salvador volunteer trip

Santa Ana, El Salvador

Home construction

Help build new homes with those in need.

10 days

Trip cost: US$1,970

Travel to Santa Ana, 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 with Habitat homeowners and taste other Salvadoran foods.  Meet the neighbors whose community you’re helping to improve, explore local sites like volcanos and learn about El Salvador’s history and how it affects access to shelter in the region. At the end of the week you’ll get to relax and unwind on the Pacific Coast.

Teams stay at modest, comfortable hotels, with two to three people per room. On the build site you may work on all stages of cinderblock construction. Regardless of what stage the house is in when you arrive, activities will likely include digging, carrying bricks, mixing cement, compacting dirt, moving materials and painting.


  • Friday: Arrive. Join us in El Salvador where you’ll be greeted at the airport by Habitat staff. You’ll meet up with the rest of your team and enjoy dinner together.
  • Saturday-Sunday: Learn. Immerse yourself in the local culture with visits to local attractions, tours of the area and dinner with the rest of your team. On Sunday, Habitat staff will orient you to Habitat’s work in El Salvador and introduce you to the community in which you’ll work.
  • Monday-Friday: Build. Head over to the build site where you’ll spend the day with breaks for lunch and snacks. Afterwards, you’ll have some free time to unwind and reflect with your team.
  • Saturday: Explore. Enjoy a day beside the ocean with the rest of your team, then celebrate the week with a final team dinner.
  • Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in El Salvador independently or head home.

Leading this trip

Perry Shull and Gary Voirol have led more than 10 teams to El Salvador and enjoy working with homeowner families and experiencing the joy and happiness that they share with the team.

Apply to join the team or email Perry and Gary for more information about the experience.

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.
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