San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic
March 28-April 5, 2020: Experience a new country and culture on this Global Village trip.
Trip cost: US$1,840
Join this trip and work alongside the local community to improve the housing conditions of families living in substandard conditions.
High rates of poverty, pricey construction materials and devastating hurricanes have left many families living in poorly constructed, substandard conditions. Families are forced to construct their own building materials that aren’t able to withstand the elements and deteriorate with ease. Habitat for Humanity partners with families to replace self-constructed housing with homes made with proper building techniques and materials, improving safety and sanitation.
You’ll be staying in double-occupancy rooms at a nearby hotel where breakfast and dinner will be provided. Lunches will be served on the build site. Work site tasks typically include digging the foundation, carrying cement blocks, mixing cement, compacting dirt or painting. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity to take a cooking or dancing class, tour downtown San Juan or relax on the local beaches.
- Saturday: Welcome. Arrive at Las Americas International Airport in Santo Domingo where Habitat for Humanity staff will greet you and take you to meet your teammates.
- Sunday: Explore. Spend the morning exploring Santo Domingo’s historic Colonial Zone. Travel to the host community to learn about Habitat’s innovative work and your team’s project.
- Monday-Thursday: Build. Spend the day on the build site, breaking for lunch, snacks and water throughout the day. You’ll have free time and team activities in the evenings.
- Friday: Celebrate. Spend the morning working on the build site followed by a farewell ceremony in the afternoon celebrating the week’s accomplishments.
- Saturday: Explore. Enjoy some well-deserved relaxation time on the local beaches.
- Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey independently or return home.
Please note that while our itineraries begin with arrival day in country, some locations require additional days for travel.
Leading this team
John has been with involved with Habitat for Humanity for almost 20 years, both domestically and internationally. He’s led two dozen teams to South and Central America, the U.S., Europe, Asia and New Zealand. His commitment to Habitat goes beyond Global Village. Ten years ago, he started a Habitat ministry at his church in Raleigh, North Carolina. He enjoys his role as team leader, and especially enjoys bringing teams together to realize the joy of making a difference in the lives of others.
For this build, John is looking for team members who want to leave their comfort zone, experience a different culture and work hard in helping a couple of future Habitat homeowners realize their dream. No construction experience is necessary – just come with a desire to make the world a better place, one house at a time. Once you sign up for this build, you’ll hear a lot from John about the country, the house you’ll be working on, the homeowners you'll be working alongside, the logistics of the build and what a typical day will be like.