Guatemalan homeowner

Solola, Guatemala

Nov. 23-Dec. 1, 2019: Immerse yourself in the rich Guatemalan culture while working with the community to improve housing.

Home construction

Help build new homes with those in need.

9 days

Trip cost: US$1,991

Join this trip to Guatemala and help families live healthier lives by helping build innovative smokeless stoves.

Over 90 percent of rural Guatemalan families use wood as their primary cooking fuel, oftentimes using an open fire inside the home which has led to 52 percent of Guatemalans suffering from respiratory disease. Through partnerships with the local community and family, Habitat for Humanity Guatemala has built over 21,000 smokeless stoves, reducing families’ firewood consumption by 60 percent, saving them over $700 a year and allowing them to allocate more time towards generating an income to better support their family. In additional to building smokeless stoves, Habitat also helps provide families with home improvements such as latrines, concrete floors and roofing as well as complete home construction!

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 mixing concrete and mortar, pouring concrete, tying rebar, splitting or moving concrete blocks or laying blocks. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity to visit weaving or coffee cooperatives, take a boat ride on Lake Atitlan, make traditional tortillas or interact with the community through local school visits!  

Itinerary

  • Saturday: Welcome. Arrive in Guatemala City where Habitat staff will greet you at the airport and take you to meet the rest of your team over dinner.
  • Sunday: Learn. Travel to the host affiliate where you’ll learn more about Habitat’s innovative work in the region and details about the week’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 in the afternoon with the community to celebrate the week’s accomplishments.
  • Saturday: Explore. Travel to Antigua and spend the day exploring the city before enjoying a farewell dinner with your team that evening.
  • Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Guatemala independently or depart for home.

Leading this team

As many long-time ‘Habitatters,' Duane started as a volunteer. He and his family moved to the city of Habitat's headquarters, Americus, Georgia, in 1989 as full-time volunteers. During this time, volunteers and staff mingled with Millard and Linda Fuller at daily devotions and monthly potlucks. Volunteering led to over two decades with Habitat, mostly with the Habitat for Humanity U.S. Field Office where he worked directly with Habitat affiliates in the mid-Atlantic area. He consulted with dozens of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York affiliates  in board development, new executive director training, strategic planning and crisis management. Duane worked in executive leadership with several affiliates and is now “semi-semi-retired.” He’s led nineteen Global Village trips to Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, Poland and Portugal. He and his wife live in Philadelphia near their three children and four grandkids. Duane continues to consult with affiliates and other nonprofits. Contact him at duanehershberger@gmail.com or 484.368.4800.

Join this trip

Once you fill out the trip application, a team leader will be in touch to tell you more about this trip and answer any questions you may have.
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