Oct. 19-27, 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 that allow 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 Andes-trekking 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
Chris Goodrich has led close to 20 Global Village trips, starting in 2002. His view is that Global Village volunteers are "day laborers" -- that he and the team work for/with the local affiliate and future homeowners, building community and hope as well as a home. Chris believes a Habitat home is the manifestation of an idea: that people everywhere are pretty much the same, and that creating something together brings out our common beliefs and goals.
As a team leader, Chris emphasizes appreciation of the local culture, the positive change that Habitat home building represents and how volunteers, having seen the near-miracle of every Global Village build, can use that magic back home in their own lives and communities. In Chris' view, Global Village builds are founded on and founts of inspiration that is both challenging and informative... and also, lots of fun!