Volunteer with a holistic development project that builds decent housing as well as economic growth and communal resources.
Trip cost: US$2,260
Build homes alongside farmers living in the post-conflict coffee region of Colombia. Habitat is approaching this situation through the development of innovative, environmentally sustainable and socially appropriate housing solutions.
Through a partnership with the National Coffee Growers Federation, you'll help improve the quality of life for the family of a coffee grower. Houses in the rural areas of the coffee region often combine housing and economic activity in the same space, and some interventions will also help improve the working conditions and productivity of these farmers.
Habitat Colombia tailors interventions to the unique needs of each family so your team may build on a new home or perform critical repairs to existing shelter, including concreting earth floors, improving kitchens and bathrooms, replacing charcoal stoves with smokeless ones, plastering and painting.
Your team will stay nearby in a hotel, double occupancy. Enjoy breakfast and dinner at the hotel or local restaurants with lunch on the build site with the masons and community.
- Friday: Travel. Grab your packed bags and head for Colombia!
- Saturday: Welcome. Arrive at El Eden International Airport before 4 p.m. You'll be greeted by Habitat staff, meet the rest of your team and enjoy a tour of the city.
- Sunday: Learn. You'll be introduced to Habitat's innovative approach in Colombia with some free some to explore the area.
- Monday-Thursday: Build. Hit the build site where you'll spend the day and have lunch with the masons and homeowners. In the evenings, you'll have time to rest and relax before dinner and to reflect with your team about the experience.
- Friday: Celebrate. Spend the morning completing build site tasks before celebrating the week's work in the afternoon.
- Saturday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in South America independently or head home.
Leading this team
Kelli Akremi is leading this trip and would love to tell you more about the experience.
When asked why she's excited to lead another team, Kelli shared, "When not trying to keep up with my energetic Plott hound, hiking in the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains or making lesson plans for my fourth grade students, I'm often found looking on the Global Village website at upcoming projects. I'm especially excited to embark on my 10th Global Village adventure this summer. While helping to build a home, we'll build lifelong friendships, a unique insight into another culture and a better understanding of ourselves. Join us on our adventure, and I can promise laughter, tired muscles and an experience of a lifetime."