Trip cost: US$2,110
Build with indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico, where families need a hand up to improve their shelter situation.
Join this team and stay in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, one of Mexico’s best-preserved Spanish colonial towns. The setting is beautiful, but 76 percent of the indigenous people there live in poverty. Your team will build decent, sturdy homes using cement blocks.
This community does not often encounter outsiders, so the build will be a great opportunity to see inside of a unique culture. Our volunteers will learn as much as we contribute and strive for a true person-to-person exchange.
Your team will stay in a modest, comfortable hotel in double-occupancy rooms. Lunch will be on the build site, while breakfast and dinner will be at the hotel or in local restaurants. On the build site, you'll offer productive assistance carrying bricks, mixing cement, moving and compacting dirt and much more!
Global Village sends volunteers to build with Habitat for Humanity projects across the world. Get your hands dirty on the work site, meet families whose housing situations have been improved with Habitat’s help, experience the country like an insider and do it all alongside a team of like-minded volunteers. No experience is required! This build is your next step with Habitat to make the world a better place.
- Saturday: Welcome. Fly into the Chiapas airport, where Habitat for Humanity staff welcomes you and takes you to your hotel. Get to know your team over dinner.
- Sunday: Learn. Learn about Habitat’s innovative work and your team’s project.
- Monday-Friday: Build. Skilled construction workers will guide you and your team as you build. After a full day of work, you'll have time to explore the area, rest and reflect with your team.
- Saturday: Explore. Free day for you to soak up more of the beautiful region. At the final team dinner, reflect on your experience and the week's significance.
- Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Mexico independently or head home.
Leading this team
Jennifer Thelen will lead this team to Mexico and would love to tell you more about the experience! Jennifer lives in Menlo Park, California, where she teaches mathematics at a local middle school. She has volunteered with Habitat since 2009 with trips to Thailand, Honduras, Guatemala and Malawi. Jennifer served in the Peace Corps in Cameroon, Africa, for two years and has traveled extensively through southern Africa and parts of Latin and South America.
When asked why she's eager to lead another Global Village trip, Jennifer shared, "I value building a strong team — one that is excited to work together, learn a new culture and share in the work experience of building a home for a family. This work means a great deal to me! No construction or language experience required, just a thirst for adventure and a desire to work side by side with a family in need of simple, decent housing. This is a unique and rewarding way to experience a foreign country, with close interaction with the local indigenous Mayan people and their culture. Come with us to help change lives — one house at a time — on a trip you will never forget. I look forward to talking to you more about this trip and hope that you are ready to get dirty working as part of a dynamic team.”