Dec. 14-22, 2019: Immerse yourself in the indigenous culture while building shelter with the locals.
Trip cost: US$1,986
Join this trip to Chiapas, Mexico, and experience a new culture while helping build safe, affordable housing.
In Mexico, more than 50 percent of the population lives in impoverished conditions, and with 59 percent earning less than three minimum wages per day, many lack the means to buy or build adequate housing. Habitat for Humanity Mexico partners with future homeowners to build homes designed for each family’s needs with separate living spaces, kitchen, and bathroom.
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 moving and compacting dirt, mixing concrete and mortar, painting walls, laying brick or cleaning up the construction sites. Off the build, site you’ll have the opportunity to interact with the local community, sharing coffee and Mexican bread while listening to local legends and stories!
- Saturday: Welcome. Fly into Tuxtla Gutierrez International Airport where you’ll be greeted by Habitat for Humanity staff and get to know your team over dinner.
- Sunday: Learn. Learn about Habitat’s innovative work and your team’s project.
- 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 working on the build site followed by a farewell ceremony with the community to celebrate the week’s accomplishments.
- Saturday: Explore. Enjoy a free day exploring the city and immersing yourself in the culture. At the final team dinner, reflect on your experience and the week's significance.
- Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Mexico independently or head home.
Leading this team
Tom’s primary goal as a Global Village leader is to help each team member have a positive experience. This involves truly listening to what people say they want and need, both before and during the trip. One thing he emphasizes as a team leader is having a daily team meeting where team members have the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from each other’s experiences. He has led Global Village trips to Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.
Tom believes that Habitat’s Global Village trips are about people. Of course we offer help with construction. And yes, the money we contribute is a great help to Habitat’s mission in the countries to which we go. But he believes the greatest impact of Global Village projects happens through relationship with host families, local Habitat staff and local builders who are leading us on the build site. We have the opportunity to encourage them as they improve their community. The Habitat host family isn’t getting a house, they are building a house into which we are pouring our time, money and effort in a way that translates as love to our partner family.