Buenos Aires, Argentina
Aug. 23-Sept. 1, 2019: Travel, build and learn with Habitat’s Global Village program.
Trip cost: US$2,351
Join this trip to Argentina and build alongside families while exploring a new part of the world and immersing yourself in a different culture!
The housing deficit in Argentina reaches about 3 million homes, increasing at a rate of approximately 36,000 homes per year. Additionally, a wide gap between the economic classes has led to an economic and social crisis, deepening the housing issue and leaving thousands to live in precarious housing. Habitat for Humanity Argentina’s Seed House and Progressive Home Improvements projects aim to bridge the deepening gap between the economic classes in Argentina. These projects offer families a fast solution to their current housing needs, followed by the education and support necessary to further build sustainability on their own.
You’ll be staying in double-occupancy rooms at a nearby hotel where breakfast and dinner will be served. Lunches will be provided on the build site. Work site tasks typically include painting, sanding, digging and filling foundations, digging septic tanks, mixing cement or bending and cutting rebar. Off the work site you’ll get to explore the city and interact with the local community. Share stories with the locals willing enjoying the traditional Argentinean tea “mate” or test out your dancing skills with a Tango class and demonstration!
- Friday: Travel. Grab your packed bags and depart for Argentina!
- Saturday: Welcome. Arrive at International Airport Ministro Pistarini where you’ll be greeted by Habitat’s staff and learn more about our work in the area. Later you’ll get to know your team over dinner at a local restaurant.
- Sunday: Learn. Continue to learn about Habitat work’s in the region while exploring the city and immersing yourself in the local culture.
- 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 activities in the evenings.
- Friday: Celebrate. Spend the morning working on the build site before enjoying a farewell ceremony with the community celebrating the week’s accomplishments.
- Saturday: Explore. Explore the area and share a final meal with your team.
- Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Argentina independently or head home.
Leading this team
Chris Roose will be leading this team, and though he has only been leading teams since 2015, he feels blessed to part of something big that is making a difference one home at a time. Chris led a Global Village build to Jordan in August 2018, and he feels this trip was a fantastic build and a unique opportunity to be part of a community during the national holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.
He believes the leader’s role is to provide intent and not orders. This empowers the team and allows the members to develop and grow into a strong team. For Chris, fostering partnership and building friendships is one of the key principles of Global Village, and not only among team members -- fostering a strong partnership with the host nation program manager and the local community is very important as well. This partnership helps make a great Global Village experience for all. He also believes another key principle is meeting expectations -- volunteer expectations are important to know and understand. Above all, Chris works to create a memorable experience for all the team members as they work together alongside the community to bring wonderful changes to the lives of families.