Chile volunteer trip

Santiago, Chile

April 6-14, 2019: Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Chile while improving the health conditions of children!

Home construction

Help build new homes with those in need.

10 days

Trip cost: US$1,878

Join this trip to Chile and help make the homes of vulnerable children more accessible!

Habitat for Humanity Chile’s “Our Children Return Home” project’s goal is to make sure houses meet the necessary requirements to allow children to return home with their families permanently, eliminating the need for extensive hospital stays. Adequate housing improves the health conditions and life expectancy of children and adolescences with special needs or serious chronic illnesses.

You’ll be staying in double-occupancy rooms at a nearby hotel or retreat center. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the hotel with lunches served on the build site. Work site tasks typically include digging, mixing cement, cutting wood, nailing, moving materials, plastering, painting or laying flooring. Off the build site you’ll have the opportunity to tour Santiago City Center and Memory Museum, take wine tours, visit local mines go trekking in the Andes Mountains or interact with the local community through shared meals!


  • Sunday: Welcome. Arrive mid-morning at Santiago Airport where you'll be greeted by Habitat staff, meet the rest of your team and enjoy a tour of the city.
  • Monday-Thursday: Build. Hit the build site where you'll spend the day, and share lunch with the masons and homeowners. In the evenings, you'll have time to rest and relax before dinner and reflect with your team about the day’s experiences. 
  • Friday: Celebrate. Spend the morning on the build site and celebrate the week's accomplishments in the afternoon.
  • Saturday: Explore. Spend the day exploring the city and getting to know the culture better through community interactions.  
  • Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Chile independently or head home.

Leading this team

Nichole MacKinnon fell in love with the Global Village mission on her first trip and became a team leader in 2011. Nichole loves bringing a group of strangers together to bond over a common purpose and goal. As a leader, she prides herself in positive team dynamics, which takes people with a positive attitude, an open mindset and the ability to be flexible. Nichole encourages her teams to embrace the culture of Latin America while waiting for transit, a meal or direction on the build site. She hopes to put together another incredible team to create life-long bonds and make a life-changing impact in a region of the world that is full of vibrancy and life.

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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