Dec. 14-22, 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 will 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 take 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
This will be Annette’s ninth build and her fifth as a leader. As a Spanish teacher, 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 together people 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!