July 12-19, 2020: Explore, learn and build on this Global Village trip to Paraguay!
Trip cost: US$1,880
Join this trip to Paraguay and work with the local community to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.
Paraguay is facing a housing deficit greater than a million homes, and this deficit is expected to continue to grow. Currently, 43 out of 100 families are living in inadequate and overcrowded conditions, and approximately half of all the houses in Paraguay can be classified as inadequate. Habitat for Humanity Paraguay counteracts these challenges by partnering with future homeowners to build housing solutions that best fit their individual needs.
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 painting, carrying and mixing cement, filling joints of the walls or digging septic systems and trenches. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the city, local shops and surrounding area, including a possible trip to the Golden Trail. You’ll also have the opportunity to interact with the local community through shared meals and local school or orphanage visits.
- Sunday: Welcome. Join us in Paraguay where you’ll be greeted at Silvio Pettirossi International Airport by Habitat staff. Travel with your team to Asuncion where you’ll enjoy your first meal together and learn about Habitat’s innovative work in the region.
- Monday-Friday: 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.
- Saturday: Explore. The team will have a free day to explore local markets, enjoy a mate and sample local cuisine.
- Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Paraguay independently or head home.
Please note that while our itineraries begin with arrival day in country, some locations require additional days for travel.
Leading this trip
This will be Annette’s eleventh build and her seventh as a leader. As a Spanish professor, she’s been drawn to countries in Central and South America where she can use her language skills and learn about different Hispanic cultures. Every build has been an unforgettable experience, bringing people together from different backgrounds with a common desire to help a family achieve their dream of a safe, decent place to live. Annette loves the collaborative nature of the work and the sense of tangible results as the walls of a home go up.
She also enjoys organizing the team: ideally a diverse group of people who are adventurous, flexible and eager to make a difference. Team members will receive frequent updates about the trip and information about the country where they will be working, and she’ll assemble a team newsletter so the team can get to know each other before departure. Annette wants her team to end the week feeling that they have made lifelong friends, learned about a new country by working side by side with its citizens and left a little of themselves behind in the home they have helped create. Helping make that happen is incredibly gratifying!