Pineapple Build- Honduras
Trip cost: US$1,995
This unique trip will explore the pineapple industry in Honduras and how it affects affordable housing in the region. You'll balance time spent building homes, learning from community leaders and exploring local industries.
This team will travel to La Ceiba, a young and vibrant city along the coast. The region includes a rainforest, marine and wildlife reserve. This area of La Ceiba has long been the operations center of the Standard Fruit Company, producing bananas, pineapples, grapefruits, rambutan, litchi, palm oil and many other agricultural goods that Honduras exports.
You’ll support the local economy while dining on delicious Honduran cuisine at nearby restaurants each night and staying double occupancy in a modest, comfortable hotel. On the build site you’ll participate in a variety of construction tasks vital to the construction of the home including digging, carrying bricks, mixing cement, compacting dirt, moving materials and painting.
After volunteering during the day, you will have free time in the evenings for excursions, relaxation and reflection. During your days off, you and your team will explore the Pineapple Plantation and the Cayos Cochinos marine reserve.
- Saturday: Welcome. Arrive in San Pedro Sula airport before 2 p.m. where you'll be greeted at the airport by Habitat staff. Travel with your team to La Ceiba.
- Sunday: Learn. Learn about Habitat’s innovative work in Honduras. Then enjoy a rainforest hike at Pico Bonito National Park.
- Monday: Discover. Visit a nearby pineapple plantation to learn more about how the industry affects the local economy and housing climate. You'll also explore the Artisan's Village in El Pino.
- Tuesday: Discover. Continue to dive deeper into the issues surrounding affordable housing in Honduras with a visit to Honduras State University. In the afternoon you'll get to prepare authentic Honduran cuisine yourself with a cooking class.
- Wednesday-Friday: Build. Hit the build site and work alongside locals and skilled masons as you help construct a safe, decent home for a local family. After a productive day on the build site, you'll have time to rest and reflect with your team in the evenings before enjoying dinner out at a local restaurant.
- Saturday: Explore. Celebrate the week's accomplishments with your team and reflect on what you've learned while visiting Cayos Cochinos marine reserve.
- Sunday: Goodbyes. Depart for home or continue your journey in Honduras independently.
Leading this team
Annette Holdman is leading this special team to Honduras and would love to tell you more about the experience!
When asked why she's leading this Global Village trip, Annette shared, "As a Spanish teacher, I am in love with the language and culture of Latin America. Global Village projects in Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua have given me a chance to work alongside the wonderful people in these communities. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to work in Honduras and lead a build there."