Improving Homes for Coffee Farmers in Colombia
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 in double-occupancy rooms. Enjoy breakfast and dinner at the hotel or local restaurants with lunch on the build site with the masons and community.
- Saturday: Travel. Grab your packed bags and head for Colombia!
- Sunday: 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.
- Monday: Learn. You'll be introduced to Habitat's innovative approach in Colombia with some free some to explore the area.
- Tuesday-Friday: 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.
- Saturday: Celebrate. Spend the morning completing build site tasks before celebrating the week's work in the afternoon.
- Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in South America independently or head home.
Leading this team
Margaret Downen is leading this team to Colombia and would love to tell you more about the experience!
When asked about her favorite memory volunteering with Global Village, Margaret shared, "On my first experience with Habitat for Humanity International, I signed onto a team going to Kyrgyzstan with a goal of being engulfed by the experience. Well, I was not disappointed. Our team slept on the floor in two homes in the small village where we worked, and we were surrounded by warmth and respect of the local people. I made lifelong friends and contributed to the success and independence of an amazing family. After two short weeks, I was hooked!"