Sept. 21-29, 2019: Immerse yourself in a fun, vibrant culture while building safe, affordable housing!
Trip cost: US$1,878
Join this trip to Chile and help make the homes of vulnerable children more accessible!
Habitat for Humanity Chile’s “Our Children Return Home” project’s goal is to make sure houses meet the necessary requirements, allowing children to return home with their families permanently, eliminating the need for extensive hospital stays. Having adequate housing improves the health conditions and life expectancy of children and adolescent with special needs or serious chronic illnesses.
You’ll be staying in double-occupancy rooms at a nearby hotel or retreat center. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the hotel with lunches served on the build site. Work site tasks typically include digging, mixing cement, cutting wood, nailing, moving materials, plastering, painting or laying flooring. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity to tour Santiago City Center and Memory Museum, take wine tours, visit local mines, go trekking in the Andes Mountains or interact with the local community through shared meals!
- Saturday: Travel. Grab your packed bags and depart for Chile!
- Sunday: Welcome. Arrive mid-morning at Santiago Airport where you'll be greeted by Habitat staff, meet the rest of your team and enjoy a tour of the city.
- 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 on the build site before celebrating the week's accomplishments in the afternoon.
- Saturday: Explore. Spend the day exploring the city and getting to know the culture better through community interactions.
- Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Chile independently or head home.
Leading this team
Staci first fell in love with building and repairing houses when her high school youth group traveled to Appalachia, Kentucky, to spend a week every summer doing just that. While attending college, she learned of an international non-profit that does the same thing, Habitat for Humanity. Her first Global Village build was in India, and she’s been indulging her wanderlust ever since.
After a career in international development, interrupted by motherhood, she continues to fulfill her passion for serving others and cultural immersion as a Global Village team leader since 2012. Her favorite part of her job is team-building and ensuring that each volunteer feels welcomed and valued, beginning with the pre-departure phone calls and emails. In-country, at the end of each workday, you can expect to meet as a team before dinner to reflect on interactions with the host community and each other. This will also be a chance to have fun participating in one of her thoughtfully prepared games, quizzes or zany activities. Upon returning home, you can share and relive this amazing experience watching one of her most creative endeavors, a music video. To learn more about your team leader, check out globalstaci.com.